California State University-Sacramento Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

15%

Very Good

37%

Average

30%

Poor

13%

Terrible

5%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

47%

Average

30%

Poor

15%

Terrible

8%

Campus Food
Excellent

23%

Very Good

42%

Average

22%

Poor

8%

Terrible

5%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

31%

Very Good

44%

Average

20%

Poor

4%

Terrible

2%

Class Size
Excellent

24%

Very Good

38%

Average

24%

Poor

8%

Terrible

5%

Activities
Excellent

29%

Very Good

40%

Average

21%

Poor

7%

Terrible

3%

Local Services
Excellent

43%

Very Good

33%

Average

17%

Poor

5%

Terrible

2%

Academics
Excellent

31%

Very Good

31%

Average

22%

Poor

9%

Terrible

6%

Overall Review for California State University-Sacramento

Excellent

22%

Very Good

64%

Average

12%

Poor

2%

Terrible

0%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Leanna

It is a welcoming school that is very diverse in people and culture. They have many clubs that pertain to these cultures and even events to leave about different cultures as well. When it comes to the professors they are very understanding and almost always ready to help, if not then they have regular office hours. It is a very great university for those things but there are many other reasons too.

tern

Nice college to attend friendly environment. Lots of choices to choose from.

Lana

It's good

Alyssa

The professors in my department were all very helpful and understanding. The environment is very calm and peaceful. There are plenty of food areas to stop and get a bite between classes. There are designated paths for cyclists, skateboards, skaters that are nice when there are so many people walking to classes. Afternoon classes are the best!

Tyrae

California State University is a diverse university with lots of trees and resources. There are friendly professors, students, and staff there and some very good places on campus to get a bite to eat. The library is a tranquil place to get homework done.

Ashia

One thing of value is the study abroad program on campus. With the study abroad program I was able to study abroad for 1 year in Japan. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity presented by the study broad program here at Sac State.

Andy

CSUS is a campus that expands over 300 acres with beautiful verdant spots to relax around every corner, the professors are extremely helpful and open-minded, and the facilities are extremely clean and comfortable to help student achieve the most successful learning and studying experiences.

Erin

The campus is beautiful and I enjoy walking it. The classes I have taken so far have stretched my mind academically and I have enjoyed them. Professors keep good office hours so I can attend them regularly. I’m excited to graduate from here and be a CSUS alum.

Audrey

Sacramento State has the opportunity to be an amazing school. One major fall back a lot of students experience is the lack of seats in many ncessary and often required classes. Sacramento state is very willing to collect your tuition money, but when it comes to actually getting into the classes--forget about it. This often adds time to how long it takes to graduate. Which I guess is retrospect is a good business move. But schools should not act as businesses do. They are also considering raising the tuition, have raised the parking permit cost, and overprice books in the bookstore. Many students are often faced with the decision of whether they get the required book for class and if they eat that entire week. As for parking, there are more parking spaces for faculty and staff than students. Students cannot even make it to class in time due to the minuscule amount of parking spaces. I think Sacramento State needs to rethink how they go about certain decisions with the students' best interests at heart.

eric

Its a decent school but there are a couple of things they could improve on. The food in the cafeteria inst really that good. But if your looking for an affordable university with fairly cheap tuition and a family orientated environment definitely a school to consider.

Jazmin

The campus is beautiful, and its location is great. There are a lot of people, but it's not too big or too small. The school could use some more classes though, because getting classes you want here is hard due to the big population. There are so many opportunities here and there is always something going on on campus.

Taylor

What's my overall opinion of CSU - Sacramento? I can describe my opinion in one word; love. I am completely infatuated with my university. I know it might sound weird or even unbelievable for me to feel this way, but let me show you what I see. Imagine you're standing in the middle of a quad. Behind you is a huge stone building with two ramps, one on each side, leading to the entrance. Surrounding you are six wooden canopies with stone benches beneath each one and vines slowly consuming every inch of the canopy. To your right is a fountain who's floor is lined with pennies. Now look around you. Each bench has at least one individual on it. Two are reading books. Two are studying for their classes and the last two, a student and professor, are having a constructive conversation about California's education program. Each of these individuals are of a different demographic. All from different places, from different backgrounds, with different opinions, different experiences. Now look beyond the quad. You'll see walkways going and every directions, passed the walkways is a large field, and in the distance you'll view a sea of buildings. The field is full of booths and students flyering for other students to be apart of their organizations. The walkways are full of hundreds of students, teachers, and visitors. Everyone of these people are from a different demographic, background, with different experiences. Yet we all coexist. We talk to each other and laugh with each other. We study together, walk to class together, and eat lunch with each other. This is why I love CSU - Sacramento. The campus has opened its arms to everyone who is willing to work hard for a better future. You are able have real conversations with fellow students, professors, or administrators. They treat you like real human beings who are trying their best to secure a successful future. This university has found a unique balance between educational opportunity and overall support. The classes are educational, the professors actually care about your success, the students want to see their fellow classmates succeed and join organizations. The entire basis of the university is to help the students. I am completely engulfed in the environment of the campus and I absolutely love saying that I am a students of CSU - Sacramento. Stingers Up!

Aleia

I think that Sacramento State is an awesome school, for the community is relaxed and always willing to help. The students are friendly, as well as the teachers and most always try to help the others succeed by offering programs that may expand their academic knowledge or take the time after class to talk to them about their personal or academic inquiries. Given that it's located in the downtown area, there are lots of places to go and hang out, including shops, cafes, theaters, and much more. The art scene around town is pretty impressive if one knows where to look, which helps if you have to review a gallery for school because The Crocker Art Museum is right next door. The campus has multiple on campus galleries as well, so those are easily accessible and have accessible open hours. There are multiple fast food restaurants on campus and if you have a meal plan, then the dining hall is massive and has a variety of food one could try. Not to mention its open from morning to night. It's a very relaxed campus, so you might spot a student or three taking naps in their hammocks, for trees litter the campus like sprinkles on a donut. One could take a nap almost anywhere on campus, for their are multiple quiet places to do so. But if you want more activities then there's always The Well, which is a health center and gym, which includes rock climbing and other activities. Overall, Sac State is pretty awesome.

Emanuel

Great commuter university in the city of trees with a diverse melting pot of races. Lots of clubs and activities along with many opportunities to be involved in any way, including research.

Ketzia

Overall, my opinion of Sacramento State is awesome because it has a welcoming enviroment and very diverse. The people such as students and professors are very nice and understanding. There are many different activities and ways to get involved with school. A really good school to go to when you want to be involved and hears, as well as learn within your courses.

Alisa

Sac State is one of California's largest commuter schools, so while the campus is abundant with students on the weekdays, it's empty on the weekends. There are a million places to study on campus, and the students are friendly and willing to help someone out when they ask for it. The campus is gorgeous, with over three thousand trees planted since the creation of the school. Sac State is a great university to go to regardless of your major, and they are open to all types of people, I highly recommend it.

Felipe

CSUS

Marissa

Sacramento State is a great school. The campus has a chill, relaxed vibe and there is plenty of diversity to be found. Many professors here are very knowledgable about their subject and current events, and always willing to help a student. Parking can be a nightmare but all in all, it's a great place to be.

Joselyne

I love the environment and the scenery that Sac State provides. The library has amazing services and has many places to study. The campus is gorgeous and filled with many trees and adorable squirrels. The classes vary in size, professors are always there for students, and many areas to study. The campus is big but very easy to get around. Sac State has a very competitive and amazing Nursing program. In addition, they have a wonderful gym called The Well. Many students go to exercise or play sports during or after classes.

Ankita

Sac State offers a variety of groups and clubs for different majors which will get you to know the campus better. This campus has the most friendly people including the staff. Sac State also offers studying abroad which is amazing as well as hosts multiple events throughout the academic year. It is also one of the most green colleges in the United States with over 3,000 trees across the entire campus.

Chelsie

I love Sacramento State. First off, the campus is beautiful, especially in the fall season. The classes are challenging, the profressors are passionate about what they're teaching and pretty involved with the students, and students and faculty are all friendly and kind.

Charlotte

Sac State has a good-sized campus. There are many places to study, though it does get crowded easily, especially around midterms and finals when everyone is trying to get work done. There's a general sense of overcrowding, which makes it especially hard to get to class quickly. Overall, I like studying at Sac State since there are often many events going on and different opportunities for students. The campus is constantly being updated, so it's exciting to see new things available for everyone.

Sandra

My overall opinion of California Sate University, Sacramento is great for those that like nature. Very beautiful scenery, a lot of trees, the trees change colors along the seasons. There is a lot of events that you can enjoy, speakers, and there is a lot of help.

Jose

it is a vast repository of opportunities. It's a clean well kept University, staff and faculty are very helpful and polite people. Students are involved in many programs as well as sports. Sacramento State is a very divers University and they welcome everyone into the hornet family. Sacramento State University is a safe and fun place to continue or begin any life long goals and careers.

Lupita

I love California State University Sacramento. Growing up in SoCal, it is a big difference but I very much enjoy it because it is one of the most diverse campuses in California, it is not hard to make friends or join clubs that are of your interest. Professors are great and always there when you need the help!

Gloria

California State University-Sacramento is a great college, especially if you are like me and enjoy the outdoors. This college is home for many trees and other greens. There are vasts amounts of grass where students can have picnics or lie down on. This school provides great on-campus housing, especially upper-classman. A majority of the classes are small which mean more student-teacher interaction and help. Like other colleges, CSUS is a great school but not perfect. The college is supposed to be a smoke-free campus, but I have seen students who do not follow the campus rules. Also, the freshman dorms consist of community bathrooms. Lastly, all freshman dorms do not contain elevators, which can be of inconvenience to those who are handicap.

jasmine

CSU-Sacramento definitely has the potential to be an amazing school, but falls short in various areas. For one, they fail to provide an adequate food court. With no food, there is no motivation. Secondly, the institution fails to get their students involved in School Spirit. A very big commuter school. One major thing that everyone should be aware of: there are 3 parking structures with over 30,000 students. They fail to provide efficient parking for students. Okay, so they can't feed us, no school spirit, and no parking.. so what are the good parts? Well, the staff and faculty genuinely care about your academics and success. They are available during their office hours and outside of office hours. Many of the staff and Faculty have experience in the field they are teaching, so they are able to teach more than what is in the books. There are countless of resources that I haven't seen at many other campuses such as "First year Experience" and the various support systems as advisers and peer mentors. Depending on you future career, there are a number of connections the school has since they are located at the Capital. Overall, it is a good school, just falls short on certain aspects.

Eve

Sac State is a cool chill campus. We're a really diverse and lovley campus. The people are generally cool and we have amazing professors and some subpar professors like any school. This school really works hard to make college better any way plausible. The best aspect of the actual school is the incredible services offered (already included in your tuition). The Well had a huge awesome gym, free doctor and counseling services, cooking classes, eye doctor, pharmacy, work-out classes etc. The campus is beutiful and affordable.

Josiah

CSUS is a great school that as unlimited opportunities for those willing to put their minds to it. CSUS also offers a wide variety of majors to students, and are very accommodating to student needs and wants; I had no difficulty declaring two majors, Mechanical Engineering and Anthropology, and whenever i need to know something the students services are always available.

Sean

Great school! Only complaint is too crowded. The facilities are high quality and current products. The school offers many amenities and tools that would otherwise be a hassle to get ahold of. Beautiful trees, flowers, and layout. The parking lots can be a frustrating nightmare though.

Madelyn Jane

As a first year, I feel as if the school could use a bit of work. But because there are many different things that are going to change next semester (Fall 2018), I feel that the experience will be very different. I hope that is will change in a good way.

Juan

its only been six weeks and I really love this school. The people are so welcoming and the teachers care about there students. There is so much to do . The campus has many clubs and sports you can play. The Campus is open to the public. The campus is beautiful because it has a lot of trees.

Peyton

I believe that California State University, Sacramento is a great college. It's not much of a college atmosphere though. It could definitely use more school spirit. The sports programs could be a lot better as well. But overall it is a great college and I would recommend it to anyone.

Andrew

I think Sac State is a wonderful school. I gave it four stars because it can obviously be better, but it's always improving which I think is great. They have a brand new gym called The Well, they have newly built dorms (sadly I can't afford to stay in), and they're adding a new building to The Union, their main center building for student organizations and entertainment. I am actually going to an Iamsu concert at The Union for only thirteen bucks. They always have quality concerts cheap for students. The students here are awesome too. The school is very diverse with many open-minded people. I feel like I can walk up to anybody and spark a conversation. I don't, but I could. There are also so many fraternities, sororities, and clubs that I think there is something for everyone. Everyone trying to recruit is really friendly and encourages you to join, if not theirs, one of the clubs. There's also at least one party every weekend, so that's cool too.

Veronica

California State University - Sacramento is an overall great school. There are plenty to offer from academics, clubs, organizations, ect. There are some things that can be improved, but nothing new from other universities. I definitely recommend this school to many others.

Kyle

So far I have not had any issues during the my time at the school. There are ample resources and people available on and off campus if someone has an issue. The staff and community are open and friendly to everyone and the school has a variety of clubs and extra-curriculars for people of any interest.

Victor

My overall opinion of CSUS is that it is an amazing university with a few flaws. One huge flaw is that many professors have bad ratings which discourages many students from taking them and when there is no other option, students are forced to take them. Being able to learn and enjoy it is hard when you are forced to have to take a bad professor. Why should professors with bad ratings be an option? On the other hand, the reasons that professors have bad ratings are only based on student opinions which we all know that students can exaggerate a bit when they don't get their way. Another minor flaw is that they charge students unnecessary amounts of money for things that most students do not use and or we do use but hate paying a large amount for it. For example, parking permits have a high cost and paying for newspapers when they are not popular is not a good charge for students.

jennifer

Sac State is a commuter school, open campus, near downtown Sacramento. Professors are well versed and involved in the community. Student's are open and interested in education and respectful of others ideas and cultures. Variety of food, cafes, and student services to help students navigate or relax pre, during, or post class.

christian

Sacramento state University is an overall great campus. It is a really big campus with a lot of great different programs for many different majors. The halls also are apart of a great community that is located on a perfect location not too far from campus.

Wendy

This is a great university it's so well rounded and diverse. The facilities are incredible the people are wonderful as well. You really do meet a lot of great people and make wonderful connections. It's in a great area that has a lot around it such as different food places and near by housing.

Lizette

Overall Sac State is good university. Even though its a commuter school people manage to be on campus as much as possible. The sports culture is great plenty come out and support on game day and have great school spirit. As for classes it's pretty impacted every semester many classes fill up even before you get the chance to register, which makes it very stressful and the number one reason why many don't graduate on time.

Therese

I find that California State University-Sacramento is an amazing university. The library is amazing, and the university union has a variety of amazing food places and sitting areas. However, there is an issue with the university. Parking is absolutely horrible.

Erica

My overall opinion is, California State University needs improvement. More work on student awareness and programs should be taken into account to advocate students who are in need of help, both financial and academic wise. The professors, need to be more engaging to their students since we are paying out of pocket to learn for our future and not to teach ourselves. I can count how many professors I had in the past where I actually learned and not self teaching myself. Getting admitted into the major programs are ridiculous and competitive. Sac State is "declared" to be a four year university, but there are students, including myself, who are on their fifth or sixth year, and even seventh year trying to graduate because the classes are impacted. In addition to the professors bringing down the students morale by saying that "they can't achieve nothing in the future". This is my fourth year and so far I have achieved nothing from this university. Originally my major was Biological Sciences, Pre-Med, however, one of their prerequisite class is difficult, two attempts are made to take the class. I was a few points away from achieving a solid C. and for those few points I will not be admitted into the Biological Sciences Program. I am moving towards Psychology and starting possibly another four years there. My college life has been nothing but disappointment.

Kaylee

I personally believe that Sacramento State is an amazing school and gives students the ability to learn while having fun. The campus life is great and all students are able to get involved with many activities on campus. Overall the entire sac state campus is a positive atmosphere and is a perfect place for any student to get an education.

Carlos

It is a beautiful school. Everyone there is super friendly and are there to help. Your never alone there I have meet many nice people to help me get in track to attend sacramento state and there are many groups and activities to join. I love the green and trees they have it is so amazing.

Jamie

It's a good college, but I recommend to complete your pre-requirements at a junior college before going to Sac State Especially if you're in a science major due to the heavy impaction. The sports and the greek life is amazing! There's always a fun event to go to! Joining one of the Greek associations has been one of my best decisions while at college and I love how it's really important to Panhellenic to get good grades and be involved in the community. The campus itself is GORGEOUS! The most beautiful time is autumn.

Kyla

As a resident of California, specifically in the Elk Grove/Sacramento area for more than five years now, I never realized until my first year at Sac State how beautiful it actually is. People trash-talk commuter schools, but CSU - Sacramento proved me wrong. In my senior year of high school, I thought, "Pft, Sac State? No way. I'm gonna go big--UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, anywhere in SoCal and San Francisco!" I thought that the only way for me to discover myself and "make it big" was to go to the big cities. Eventually, I got declined from all of my dream schools and I huffed and complained at the thought of attending Sac State. But that would be the last time. Ish. The first time I stepped onto the Sac State campus grounds I was turning in a paper to the Financial Office I believe. I got lost. But I got lost in the surroundings of trees as my feet stepped on the green grass, and I witnessed peace, quietness, and a place to breathe. I also got lost in the building. I didn't know how the room numbers worked as they corresponded with the level numbers. As my naive self wandered through Lassen Hall, a kind staff member noticed me and directed me to the right place. I will never forget that kindness. Fast forward to September 2018, my first semester at Sac State. The first month was full of meeting new people, making bad schedule decisions resulting in me having back-to-back classes running across the campus, overspending my money from jobs and financial aid on clothes and food, gaining 15 lbs, and having terrible breakdowns inside my car in the parking lot. Even so, I've found that as the semesters progress, I've found more interesting clubs, helpful resources, friendly professors, and cool classmates. Although if I could complain about some things, I wish the older buildings had better bathrooms and the eatery was more than just Starbucks and Panda Express. Overall, I am enjoying my education at Sac State and will be a proud future alumni.

Brandie

If you have an affinity for squirrels, plant pollen, and the American River, then Sac State may be the college for you!Warning: attending school here requires you to basically be a ninja; finding a parking spot on campus definitely requires ninja skills. It also requires you to come already equipped with a "squad"; Sac State is a HUGE commuter school (hence the terrible parking situation)-most people rush home immediately after classes thus making friends pretty hard. Joining a club or fraternity/sorority is highly encouraged, although we lack housing for the Greek community. Sac State has a charm to it though; I always felt like I was in a movie during the fall when the millions of trees that surround campus had their leaves change colors. I also appreciated the fact that class sizes were relatively small and I actually had professors actually teaching classes as opposed to TA's. All in all I enjoyed my experience here-creepy stalker squirrels and all.

Lizbeth

I believe that Sacramento State University has a beautiful diverse environment, where the teachers and staff are there to support you to be successful while having a great time. The campus also has many buildings where they offer you with a free space to learn and meet new people to study with or places where you can get free materials needed for class.

Veronica

Sacramento State is growing within the years. I am a second year sophomore and my experiences have been challenging, professors vary every semester, parking is always a disaster, and worst of all tuition seems to keep going up every year. Sacramento State is a commuter school, therefore everyone comes from hours away to receive an education. Moreover, student come and go without indulging into the campus life. Overall, Sacramento State is going what they can to get students in and out within 4 years and a college experience is what you make out of it.

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