President's Welcome


Welcome to California State University, Sacramento

We are the Hornet Family – a family of over 30,000 students, staff, and faculty. It is an exciting and transformational time at Sacramento State and our campus undergoes significant construction. We have recently opened new residence halls, a downtown location, a parking garage, expanded our University Union, and our state-of-the-art science complex is rising from the ground. It is truly an exciting time to be a Hornet.

Over the past few years, we have seen numerous accomplishments that are redefining Sacramento State. Our four-year and six-year graduation rates continue to improve, and we were awarded with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Student Success and College Completion Award for our Finish in Four plan for student success. In the spring, we began construction on a 1,100 bed student housing apartment complex on the southeast side of campus, we purchased a building on Folsom Boulevard to use as a training facility for our gymnastics' team, and we are excited about the completion of the University Union expansion. Our programs and students would not have these successes without the outstanding faculty and curriculum at Sacramento State. Our faculty spend countless hours developing courses that will give our students the highest-quality and most relevant education for their field.

The catalog is designed to help you navigate your academic pathways to success throughout your time here at Sacramento State. It is a resource for courses, programs, and several academically-related policies; following its guidelines will help you graduate on time. I am proud to welcome you to the 2019-2020 catalog, and I look forward to seeing you on campus. Stingers Up!


Robert S. Nelsen