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The school’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is the only university in California to offer a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and is designated as a national center of cyber-security.

By   |  Prof. KP Singh  |  Published: 13th Dec 2020  11:14 pmUpdated: 13th Dec 2020  5:47 pm

Founded in 1947 as Sacramento State College, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS, Sacramento State, or informally Sac State) is the eleventh oldest school in the 23-campus California State University system. With 300 acres of lush greenery, it has 3,500 trees around the campus. A reputed name in the US Education System, Sacramento State College is designated as “Tree Campus USA.” The university is located in Sacramento, the city capital of California State, a few miles away the east downtown along the American River Parkway.

The university has eight colleges — College of Arts and Letters, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineer and Computer science, College of Health and Human Services, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. The school’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is the only university in California to offer a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and is designated as a national center of cyber-security. The university along with Chico State offers CSU’s only Electronic engineering degree option. Sacramento State is the only campus in the CSU to offer a bachelor’s degree in cinematic arts, digital cinematography and professional performance. The College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Some popular Majors among International students are Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Business Administration and Management, Computer, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, International Business, Biology, Psychology and Communication and Media studies. In fact, the chemistry program at the institute is the largest in the California State University system and 17th best undergraduate teaching in the western region, United States reported by the US News and World Report. The university’s Masters of Public Policy and Administration ranks 21st all over the nation and boasts as one of the most popular courses.

The university enrolls approximately 31,500 students annually, has an alumni base of more than 240,000, and awards 7,838 degrees annually. The university offers 151 different Bachelor’s degrees, 69 Master’s degrees, 28 types of teaching credentials, and 5 doctoral degrees. It 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 average class size throughout the university is 38 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is about 28 to 1. The university has about 750 international students from 80 nations.

The university has an excellent team of distinguished faculty members and numerous international collaborations that facilitate outstanding student exchange and study-abroad programs. Since 1951, the university has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Sacramento State is a Space-grant university and is an affiliate institution of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, sponsoring an outreach program to girls and minorities for Excellency in Engineering and Computer Science.

US News & World Report in 2021 ranked Sacramento State tied for 43rd overall out of 127 schools, tied for 20th best public school, tied for 24th best college for veterans, and tied for the 46th best undergraduate engineering program in the western United States. California State University — Sacramento is diverse and a great hub of learning for international students and is one of the Most Popular Colleges and Universities with International Students. California State University — Sacramento is ranked 334th out of 1,279 in our Overall Most Popular US Colleges & Universities for International Students.

Notable Sacramento State alumni include actor Tom Hanks, who won Academy Awards for his roles in the movies Forrest Gump and Philadelphia; Wayne Thiebaud is a renowned painter; Lester Holt is a popular TV journalist and NBC Nightly News anchor; Gregory Kondos is a well-known painter; Mark Otero is a successful entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of KlickNation; Ryan Coogler is a film-maker who won an award for his first film, ‘Fruitvale Station’ and Eugene Villanueva is a famous actor and operatic baritone.


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