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We are California's capital university, providing world-class, affordable education in the Golden State's political, cultural, and economic heart. We are a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement, dedicated to the belief that there are no limits to our students' potential for excellence and success. We are powering the capital region through groundbreaking partnerships and more than 230,000 proud Hornet alumni. We are a vibrant and diverse community, united by our shared intellectual curiosity, commitment to improving the world around us, and passion for redefining the possible.
Students choose Sacramento State because they want something special in a college experience. They come to receive an excellent education from top faculty at our seven colleges offering 58 undergraduate majors – all in a vibrant urban oasis just a few miles from California's Capitol. They come to the state's political, economic, and cultural center to make a difference in their lives and others' lives. They come to our 3,500-tree urban forest along the American River to find and develop their passions and live those passions beyond the classroom.
At Sacramento State, students see the world around them with fresh eyes and discover the tools and opportunities to scale heights and reach goals they never imagined.
Sacramento State graduates – more than 230,000 strong – are redefining the possible in every field imaginable. They are California's educators, nurses, construction managers, scientists and engineers, business and government leaders, etc. They are role models and leaders. They are a significant force in the region's economy and culture: More than half of the University's graduates stay and work in the area. One in 20 Sacramento residents is alums. From local leaders like event organizers Maritza and Roshaun Davis (pictured), who are reshaping Sacramento's identity in a time of change, national figures like NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler, they are defining what it means to be Made at Sac State.
Over the next few years, more than $250 million in new construction will transform the Sacramento State campus and provide new opportunities for students to live and learn. A state-of-the-art Science Complex will provide state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory space for students and faculty. An extensive renovation and expansion of the University Union – Sacramento State's "living room" – and a new 416-bed residence hall will enrich campus life. Moreover, a 1,750-space parking structure and visitors center will welcome the community to our vibrant campus.
From a pioneer Gold Rush town to today's bustling capital, Sacramento has never shied away from its role as the Golden State hub. It is a city with a wild and wooly past and a global future. Students come to live, work, and learn in one of the nation's most diverse, innovative, and fast-growing regions.
When are they not studying? Sac State students may be wandering through the oldest public art museum in the West, watching a basketball game or concert at the state-of-the-art Golden 1 Center, relaxing along the American River, or enjoying locally grown food at one of the many dining spots that have earned Sacramento its reputation as America's farm-to-fork capital.
Our beautiful campus is an urban oasis, nestled alongside the American River in California's dynamic capital city. You'll find plenty to do after classes and homework are done. Student life at Sac State is fun! You'll make new friends, and your experiences will be unforgettable.
You might play rugby. Go to bass fishing. Scale The WELL' challenging rock wall. Learn Scottish country dancing Meditate. Take up wakeboarding through the Sac State Aquatic Center. Join a club—volunteer to help others. Live on campus and get involved, cheer on Hornet athletes competing at the NCAA Division I level. Attend Sac State's top-notch theater and dance productions. Take in an art show—play billiards. Get fit. Go skiing, backpacking, or snowboarding with Peak Adventures. Read a book beneath one of our 3,500 shade trees. Jump on the 32-mile American River Bike Trail (aka the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) at the Guy West Bridge and take a long ride or a run through a unique riparian habitat.
Sac State is just minutes from the city's best restaurants, fast-food eateries, and shopping areas. Arden Fair Mall, home to Nordstrom, Macy's, and the Apple Store, is four miles away. The campus is less than eight miles from the State Capitol. Sacramento's city offers a myriad of museums to explore and plenty of festivals to entertain you throughout the year. San Francisco, Northern California's wine country, the Sierra Nevada, and historical Gold Rush towns are popular weekend destinations.
Cultural and sporting events will keep you engaged and learning in your free time. Cheer on our outstanding student-athletes. Take in a play or a dance concert. Don't miss out on the free events offered by UNIQUE Programs at the University Union. Moreover, while studying at the University Library, don't miss the fabulous public art on display. Try something new. Have a different kind of experience. Get out and explore. Sac State offers opportunities for adventure indoors and out. We are proud of our state-of-the-art recreation and wellness center that you'll know as The WELL. Our Aquatic Center on nearby Lake Natoma is the place for water sports, and Associated Students Inc.'s Peak Adventures offers endless opportunities to challenge yourself.

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