President's Welcome

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Welcome to California State University, Sacramento

We are the Hornet Family – a family of over 30,000 students on a 300-acre campus featuring 3,500 trees creating the feel of an urban forest. We are proud of our campus and the features that give everyone at Sacramento State a truly unique experience. The next few years will see several new construction projects to campus. Our student Union will be expanding, and we are adding a new state-of-the-art science building, a new parking garage, and new student residences along the American River. It’s an exciting time to be a Hornet.

Our faculty are receiving praise from around the world for their research, teaching, and scholarship. Our Capital Fellows Program is consistently ranked nationally as a top 10 fellowship; our Construction Management Department has maintained a 100% job placement rate since 2011; we are home to the nation’s second-largest Criminal Justice program; and our School of Nursing graduates over 200 nurses each year who average over a 95% on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s licensure examination (NCLEX).

The success of our programs and students is in large part due to the outstanding faculty and curriculum at Sacramento State. We take pride in the unique experience that our General Education Program offers, and our faculty spend countless hours developing courses that will give our students the highest-quality and most relevant education for their field.

Those courses, programs, and several academically-related policies are detailed in our University Catalog, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the newest edition of the catalog and to the new online format. We are excited to be working with Courseleaf to publish a high quality online catalog, and look forward to how we can improve the catalog experience in the future. I look forward to seeing you on campus. Stingers Up!


Robert S. Nelsen