Universities in California

CSU Sacramento


University Information

Location: Sacramento, California
Founded: 1947
Undergraduate Students: 27 876
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public state university 
Website: www.csus.edu

About the University

California State University, Sacramento (CSUSSacramento State, informally Sac State), founded in 1947 as Sacramento State College, is a public comprehensive university in the city of Sacramento, the capital city of the U.S. state of California. It is the eleventh oldest school in the 23-campus California State University system. The university enrolls approximately 30,500 students annually, has an alumni base of 215,000 and awards 7,000 degrees annually. The university offers 151 different Bachelor’s degrees, 69 Master’s degrees, 28 types of teaching credentials, and 2 Doctoral degrees. The university also has extensions in Singapore, offering a unique IMBA (International Master’s in Business Administration).

The campus is consistently one of the top three destinations among all universities in the state for California Community College students, welcoming over 4,000 new transfers each academic year.

The campus sits on 300 acres, covered with over 3,500 trees and over 1,200 resting in the University Arboretum (formerly the Goethe Arboretum). The university is the site of two National Register of Historic Places, the Julia Morgan House and the terminus of the Pony Express.

The university comprises the following colleges:

  • Arts & Letters
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Education
  • Health & Human Services
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Continuing Education

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

As a condition of your enrollment at Sacramento State you will be automatically enrolled in the CSU-approved GeoBlue health insurance policy administered by JCB Insurance SolutionsCharges will appear in your MySacState account. For more information consult the website.

Cost: $775 (semester), $1,550 (year) 

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.  If you are interested in living on-campus, please visit the Housing and Dining Programs.

Cost: $$2,649-$4,964* per semester
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Off-campus Housing: Locating off-campus housing near Sac State will require a few days. Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in Sacramento as early as possible to begin your search for accommodations.  For a list of suggested housing and apartment complexes near the Sac State campus, please view the housing flier. Apartment complexes, proximity to campus, and contact information can be found for various housing options used by international students.

Housing Options

Other Off-Campus Rental Listings: There are numerous housing opportunities available in the surrounding campus area. Listings are available on www.apartments.com, www.sacbee.com/classifieds, and others.

Cost: $871 per semester

The average budget per month is: $1,200-$1,400

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $8,605 (semester), $17,210 (year)