Best colleges in Sacramento

The Golden Capital

Sactown can help you get your diploma in the bag

Picture ocean breezes and sunsets on the horizon. Then wake up, because Sacramento isn't on the coast. Compared to its neighboring cities, one would think there's nothing to do in River City. But this part of Northern California is home to several accredited higher education institutions and one of the strongest community college systems in the state. The city's 28 higher educational institutions include 10 community colleges and one true public 4-year university with more than 60 programs. With the number of degrees constantly rising, it's no surprise that nearly 40% of the Sacramento region has an associate's degree or higher. and though the career focus is primarily dominated by Government jobs, education, and health services, there are other career options available in advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, information technology and agriculture.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *National Center for Education Statistics *Forbes, Sacramento *www.portal.cityofsacramento.org *www.sacto.org

Best Four Year Universities in Sacramento

The University of California Davis is a public, land-grant university that was founded in 1959 after 50 years of operating solely as the main agricultural school in the UC system. UC Davis has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 35,000 and is located just west of Sacramento in the suburban town of Davis. The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is the agricultural epicenter of the United States, making Davis a prime location for studying farming techniques, crop genetics, and related fields. UC Davis has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1 and a graduation rate of 84.6%.

UC Davis consists of a Campus Core situated on the university quad, South Campus that’s home to the Mondavi Center and Arboretum Way, and West Campus that is reserved primarily for agricultural research and development. The school offers over 80 graduate programs through internationally-renowned departments such as the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC Davis School of Medicine. California residents should note that in-state students pay about half what out-of-state students pay for tuition and fees. 

UC Davis is known as a Public Ivy due to the extensive research programs that operate on-campus and at local facilities including the California Raptor Center, Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, and Bodega Marine Reserve. UC Davis student government (ASUCD) is highly active and works to support student interests through the funding of programs like Picnic Day, KDVS Student Radio, and The Entertainment Council, which works to host live musicians and traveling acts annually. Notable alumni include chef and television personality Martin Yan, comedian Hasan Minhaj, and wrestler John Morrison.

William Jessup University offers 36 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 414 students graduated with students earning 284 Bachelor's degrees, 122 Master's degrees, and 8 Certificates.

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California State University-Sacramento offers 107 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 8,197 students graduated with students earning 7,310 Bachelor's degrees, 788 Master's degrees, 51 Certificates, and 48 Doctoral degrees.

Epic Bible College
Sacramento, CA

Epic Bible College offers 16 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 37 students graduated with students earning 14 Bachelor's degrees, 12 Associate's degrees, 10 Master's degrees, and 1 Doctoral degree.

Best Community Colleges in Sacramento

MTI College
Sacramento, CA

MTI College offers 19 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 371 students graduated with students earning 321 Certificates, and 50 Associate's degrees.

National Career Education
Citrus Heights, CA

National Career Education offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 300 students graduated with students earning 285 Certificates, and 15 Associate's degrees.

Asher College
Sacramento, CA

Asher College offers 18 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 232 students graduated with students earning 138 Associate's degrees, and 94 Certificates.

Carrington College-Sacramento offers 31 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,053 students graduated with students earning 1,420 Certificates, and 633 Associate's degrees.

Cosumnes River College
Sacramento, CA

Cosumnes River College offers 142 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 1,126 students graduated with students earning 831 Associate's degrees, and 295 Certificates.

Sierra College
Rocklin, CA

Sierra College offers 128 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,561 students graduated with students earning 2,242 Associate's degrees, and 319 Certificates.

Folsom Lake College
Folsom, CA

Folsom Lake College offers 76 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 1,371 students graduated with students earning 709 Associate's degrees, and 662 Certificates.

Woodland Community College offers 46 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small suburb. In 2019, 365 students graduated with students earning 283 Associate's degrees, and 82 Certificates.

American River College
Sacramento, CA

American River College offers 204 degree programs. It's a very large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 4,498 students graduated with students earning 2,456 Certificates, and 2,042 Associate's degrees.

Sacramento City College
Sacramento, CA

Sacramento City College offers 176 degree programs. It's a very large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 1,823 students graduated with students earning 1,449 Associate's degrees, and 374 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Sacramento

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of California-Davis Logo University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
22 : 1 38,634
William Jessup University Logo William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
5/5
36 : 1 1,743
Charles A Jones Career and Education Center Logo Charles A Jones Career and Education Center Sacramento, CA     243
California State University-Sacramento Logo California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
2/5
39 : 1 31,992
MTI College Logo MTI College Sacramento, CA   42 : 1 756
National Career Education Logo National Career Education Citrus Heights, CA   44 : 1 440
Universal Technical Institute of Northern California Inc Logo Universal Technical Institute of Northern California Inc Sacramento, CA   37 : 1 1,289
My Le's Beauty College Logo My Le's Beauty College Sacramento, CA     254
Paul Mitchell the School-Sacramento Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Sacramento Sacramento, CA     274
Asher College Logo Asher College Sacramento, CA   28 : 1 646
Citrus Heights Beauty College Logo Citrus Heights Beauty College Citrus Heights, CA     123
Carrington College-Sacramento Logo Carrington College-Sacramento Sacramento, CA   33 : 1 3,261
Federico Beauty Institute Logo Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento, CA     326
Epic Bible College Logo Epic Bible College Sacramento, CA
3/5
21 : 1 145
InterCoast Colleges-Rancho Cordova Logo InterCoast Colleges-Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova, CA     117
Cosumnes River College Logo Cosumnes River College Sacramento, CA
1/5
68 : 1 14,398
Sierra College Logo Sierra College Rocklin, CA
1/5
73 : 1 18,226
Folsom Lake College Logo Folsom Lake College Folsom, CA
1/5
69 : 1 8,945
Woodland Community College Logo Woodland Community College Woodland, CA
1/5
79 : 1 3,774
American River College Logo American River College Sacramento, CA
1/5
78 : 1 31,265