California State University, Sacramento, or Sac State, is one of the twenty-three Universities in the California State system. It is one of the largest of the institutions, with 29,000 total undergraduate and graduate enrollees. Sacramento is the capital of California, and it is located in the northern region of Central Valley. It has a population of just over 500,000, making it the seventh largest city in the state. It is the cultural and economic center of the Sacramento Metro Area, including four counties with a total population exceeding two-million residents. It is only smaller than San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, all thriving metropolitan regions. It is situated in between two rivers, the Sacramento River and the American River. A notable feature of the Sacramento is that it was awarded the most racially and ethnically integrated city in 2002 by Time Magazine. There are many factors, including all of the above stated, that render it a desirable city for the pursuit of higher education.
Sac State has sixty undergraduate degree programs offered in the following colleges: Arts and Letters, Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Human Services, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Continuing Education. It also has forty graduate degree programs. The largest and most popular program of study is the teacher education degree, and other well-respected programs are in business, criminal justice, computer science, psychology, and communication studies. Sac State has the biggest cooperative education program in California, placing students in paid positions while also earning college credit. The class sizes are small, with a student-teacher ratio of twenty-one to one, and the majority of classrooms having less than thirty students.
There are many distance learning programs available to students pursuing their education at Sacramento State. These include Advanced Placement Program, American Sign Language, Business Administration, Business Operations, Certificate Programs, Child Development, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Degree Programs, Education, Fire Service, Health and Human Services, Information Technology, Judicial Administration, Leadership Development, Online Learning, State Workforce, Supervision and Management, Sustainable Business, Travel Study, and Water Programs. A Master’s Degree in Accountancy is offered online as well as a Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Taxation. Some unique areas of study students can pursue on campus are Japanese, Natural Resource Management, Forensic Chemistry, Real Estate and Land Use Affairs, Digital Media, Mass Communications, Digital Video, New Media, Deaf Studies, Wastewater Treatment Plant Specialist, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teachers in Urban Settings, Apparel Marketing and Design, Music Management, Government-Journalism, Interior Architecture, and Adapted Physical Education Specialist.
California State residents pay an estimated total of $5,194 in tuition and fees for 36 credit hours, and other United States residents pay $16,354. Grants such as the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the National SMART Grant, and the TEACH Grant are available to students, as well as a variety of Federal Loans, Short Term Loans, Federal Work Study, and special aid for foster youth.