Colleges in Sacramento

In Sacramento, many look beyond high school education. That’s shown in the number who attain two-year, four-year and higher degrees. According to the Sacramento Economic Development Center, of the over 460,000 residents, counting those in the 25+ age range, over 29 percent completed bachelor’s or higher degree programs.

For those seeking associate degrees or certificates designed for employment goals or transfer options to a four-year university, Sacramento students have a choice of 20 community colleges and centers. Sacramento City College (SCC), one of the two-year institutions, spans three locations to offer more than 24,000 students a curriculum of over 90 programs of study, including certificates. These programs range from business to computer information science to journalism.

Here are some of the two-year and certificate-awarding schools in Sacramento, based on enrollment:

Institution Enrollment (2012)
American River School 31,088
Cosumnes River College 14,143
Wyotech – West Sacramento 1,417

When it comes to undergraduate and above studies, Sacramento’s eight institutions for higher learning give students a diverse range of options. At California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), over 28,000 students choose from 58 undergraduate majors and 41 master’s degrees.

Below is a listing of some of the other colleges and universities available in Sacramento:

Institution Type
Alliant International University – Sacramento Not-for-profit – Private
California State University – Sacramento Public
Epic Bible College Not-for-profit – Private
Sacramento Center Not-for-profit – Private

Online Colleges in Sacramento

On-site learning isn’t the only option for higher learning students in Sacramento. Online colleges give students the flexibility to study and attain degrees & certificates on their own time. With SCC’s distance learning programs, students can choose from a wide range of Internet-based, hybrid (blended) and video/televised options to attain their degree or certificate. Cosumnes River College offers nontraditional alternatives through online and interactive televised classes.

For the four-year and above student, Sacramento also offers distance learning. Institutions such as CSUS provide undergraduate programs like Science in Criminal Justice and certificate studies in Contract Management.

Top Industries, Careers and Employers

For Sacramento, industrial diversity is a key to economic growth. Here are some of the top industries in the region:

  • Construction
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Educational and Health Services

The greater Sacramento area is home to a variety of employers, such as these leading companies:

  • UC Davis Health System
  • Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Intel Corporation
  • AT&T California

Gen Corp, based in nearby Rancho Cordova, is active in the aerospace industry, while Intel's semiconductor manufacturing and other operations include the neighboring town of Folsom. Sacramento offers resources for recent graduates to explore employment opportunities, including:

Colleges & Universities in Sacramento

Colleges & Universities in Sacramento

California State University-Sacramento 30,362 $5,472 Public

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools in Sacramento

American River College 54,155 N/A Public
Sacramento City College 37,957 N/A Public
Cosumnes River College 22,825 N/A Public

Online Colleges in Sacramento