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Originally called Sacramento State College, California State University- Sacramento was formally founded in 1947 by Senator Earl D. Desmond to meet the growing demand for higher education after World War II. Today, Sacramento State is a comprehensive public state space-grant research institution in the 23-campus system. Each year, Sac State enrolls more than 26,000 undergraduates and 2,800 post-graduates. CSU Sacramento is located on a beautiful 300-acre urban campus with over 3,500 trees in California's capital city within the Central Valley. It was officially declared "Tree Campus USA" in 2012 by the Arbor Day Foundation. Sac State has over 30 research institutes, including the well-known Center for California Studies.

According to the U.S. News, Cal State Sacramento is ranked as the 63rd best regional college and 18th top public school in the West. In particular, Sac State is distinguished for having the 74th best online graduate business degrees. Forbes magazine recognized California State University- Sacramento for being the 86th best college overall in the West. The university has the 15th most ethnically diverse campus on the West Coast. Washington Monthly named Sac State the 54th best master's-level institution for civic engagement. It's also been placed on the President's National Community Service Honor Roll. Payscale honored CSU Sacramento for having the 59th highest salary potential in the United States too.

California State University- Sacramento Accreditation Details

Reaffirmed for 10 years until 2017, California State University- Sacramento is institutionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Several academic departments have gone the extra mile to receive programmatic accreditations. For instance, engineering degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Nursing programs meet the high standards of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Art degrees have approval from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as well as the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

California State University- Sacramento Application Requirements

With a selective acceptance rate of 72 percent, Sacramento State adheres to strict admissions criteria for incoming applicants. First-year students must have graduated from an accredited high school or earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED). Having completed at least 15 units of college preparatory study with grades of "C" or better is required. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.26. Up to six units can be granted for AP classes with a score of 3 or higher. Applicants must qualify using the CSU Eligibility Index (EI). Freshmen need a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.

California State University- Sacramento is among the top three schools in the state welcoming nearly 4,000 undergraduate transfers yearly. For transfer, applicants must have at least 60 transferable semester units and be eligible for upper-division status. There's a "Degree with a Guarantee" program for California residents with an associate's degree. Carrying a minimum college GPA of 2.0 is mandated. Graduate students must have a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college. Most programs need a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, but some may require higher. International students must score at least 510 (paper) or 64 (Internet) on the TOEFL exam.

Before the November 30th deadline, interested students wishing to attend Sac State should apply through the CSU Mentor system by submitting:

• Completed online admissions form
• Official transcripts of all academic work
• College standardized testing reports
• Proof of English language proficiency
• One-page statement of purpose
• At least two letters of recommendation
• Professional resume or CV of work experience
• $55 non-refundable application fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduates from California who are taking more than six units will pay $3,324 per semester for tuition and fees. In-state residents pursuing a credential or certificate program full-time are billed $3,762 each semester for tuition and fees. Graduate students living in California will pay $3,957 each semester for taking more than six units. Doctoral candidates are charged $6,147 per semester for their full-time work. Non-residents will simply add $372 per unit to these tuition fees. Professional business students are required to add a fee for $254 per unit.

Around 79 percent of beginning students at Sac State receive financial aid. Matriculated learners must file the FAFSA and Dream Act application to qualify. Borrowing money is possible via the Direct, Perkins, Nursing, PLUS, and private/alternative loans, but interest will accrue. Some students could be gifted the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, SMART Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state residents could receive the Cal Grant, EOP Grant, or Middle Class Scholarship. Federal Work-Study (FWS) and graduate assistantships are available to students hired for part-time campus employment. Institutional scholarships, such as the CSU Trustees' Award, Single Parent Scholarship, Osher Re-Entry Scholarship, and McNair Scholars Program, are abundant.

Degrees Available at Sacramento State

Spanning eight academic divisions, California State University- Sacramento has a wealth of degree options available to suit virtually every career interest. Students can currently select from 151 bachelor's, 69 master's, and two doctoral programs. Aspiring educators can also pursue 28 different types of teaching credentials for California licensure. Sac State has an average class size of 38 and student-faculty ratio of 28:1. Majors range from the arts and natural sciences to education and business administration. For example, two accredited degrees are:

B.A. in Digital Cinematography

Requiring the completion of 120 credits, the B.A. in Digital Cinematography is the state's only program of its kind focused on digital film production. Students take a common core to develop a deep understanding of the art and practice of cinema. First founded in 2008, the program is ideal for aspiring videographers, cinematographers, production coordinators, film directors, screenwriters, video editors, and production sound mixers. In the final term, all B.A. students must successfully pass a senior practicum in video production.

M.S. in Nursing

Well-known for being Sac State's most popular major, the M.S. in Nursing program is designed for registered nurses at the baccalaureate level who wish to pursue roles in nursing education or school nurse services. The CCNE-accredited curriculum consists of 33 to 34 credits to build the leadership skills necessary for professional nursing practice. Coursework will cover topics in nursing research, curriculum design, community health, pharmacology, health assessment, scoliosis screening, mental health nursing, and educational program development. Graduates can receive the Special Teaching Authorization in Health (STAH) to teach health classes too.

Other unique degrees offered at California State University- Sacramento include the B.A. in Asian Studies, B.S. in Gerontology, B.A. in Interior Design, B.A. in Photography, M.A. in Bilingual/Multicultural Education, and M.S. in Marine Science.

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