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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of California-Davis Davis, CA

University of California-Davis offers 379 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 10,886 students graduated with students earning 8,476 Bachelor's degrees, 1,166 Master's degrees, 1,022 Doctoral degrees, and 222 Certificates degrees.

Based on 92 Reviews
2 California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA

California State University-Sacramento offers 147 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 6,872 students graduated with students earning 5,983 Bachelor's degrees, 877 Master's degrees, and 12 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 60 Reviews
3 William Jessup University Rocklin, CA

William Jessup University offers 64 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 354 students graduated with students earning 314 Bachelor's degrees, 24 Master's degrees, 14 Certificates degrees, and 2 Associate's degrees.

4 Argosy University, The Art Institute of California, Sacramento Sacramento, CA

Argosy University, The Art Institute of California, Sacramento offers 20 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 202 students graduated with students earning 131 Bachelor's degrees, 55 Associate's degrees, and 16 Certificates degrees.

5 ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova, CA

ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova offers 17 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a small city. In 2015, 205 students graduated with students earning 160 Associate's degrees, and 45 Bachelor's degrees.

6 Epic Bible College Sacramento, CA

Epic Bible College offers 11 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 46 students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, 14 Associate's degrees, 9 Master's degrees, and 6 Certificates degrees.

7 University of Phoenix-Sacramento Valley Campus Sacramento, CA

University of Phoenix-Sacramento Valley Campus offers 0 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city.

Best Community Colleges in Sacramento

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Sierra College Rocklin, CA

Sierra College offers 124 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,133 students graduated with students earning 2,529 Associate's degrees, and 604 Certificates degrees.

2 Folsom Lake College Folsom, CA

Folsom Lake College offers 49 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 983 students graduated with students earning 706 Associate's degrees, and 277 Certificates degrees.

3 American River College Sacramento, CA

American River College offers 188 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 6,124 students graduated with students earning 3,746 Certificates degrees, and 2,378 Associate's degrees.

4 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA

Sacramento City College offers 155 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 2,396 students graduated with students earning 1,687 Associate's degrees, and 709 Certificates degrees.

5 Cosumnes River College Sacramento, CA

Cosumnes River College offers 121 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,161 students graduated with students earning 852 Associate's degrees, and 309 Certificates degrees.

6 Woodland Community College Woodland, CA

Woodland Community College offers 31 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a small suburb. In 2015, 285 students graduated with students earning 280 Associate's degrees, and 5 Certificates degrees.

7 MTI College Sacramento, CA

MTI College offers 26 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 855 students graduated with students earning 774 Certificates degrees, and 81 Associate's degrees.

8 Asher College Sacramento, CA

Asher College offers 27 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a small city. In 2015, 344 students graduated with students earning 258 Certificates degrees, and 86 Associate's degrees.

9 Bryan College-Gold River Gold River, CA

Bryan College-Gold River offers 4 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 73 students graduated with students earning 73 Associate's degrees.

10 Wyotech-West Sacramento West Sacramento, CA

Wyotech-West Sacramento offers 0 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of California-Davis University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
15 : 1 35,186
California State University-Sacramento California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
2/5
31 : 1 30,284
William Jessup University William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
5/5
14 : 1 1,161
Sierra College Sierra College Rocklin, CA
1/5
42 : 1 18,218
Folsom Lake College Folsom Lake College Folsom, CA
1/5
46 : 1 8,666
American River College American River College Sacramento, CA
1/5
49 : 1 29,381
Sacramento City College Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
1/5
49 : 1 22,690
Cosumnes River College Cosumnes River College Sacramento, CA
1/5
53 : 1 14,398
Woodland Community College Woodland Community College Woodland, CA
1/5
47 : 1 2,955
MTI College MTI College Sacramento, CA 27 : 1 919
Asher College Asher College Sacramento, CA 19 : 1 485
Argosy University, The Art Institute of California, Sacramento Argosy University, The Art Institute of California, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
4/5
23 : 1 731
Cambridge Junior College-Woodland Cambridge Junior College-Woodland Woodland, CA 19 : 1 56
University Logo Charles A Jones Career and Education Center Sacramento, CA 41 : 1 525
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Sacramento Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
3/5
22 : 1 348
University Logo My Le's Beauty College Sacramento, CA 26 : 1 101
University Logo Cosmo Beauty Academy Sacramento, CA 16 : 1 93
National Career Education National Career Education Rancho Cordova, CA 21 : 1 226
CET-Sacramento CET-Sacramento Sacramento, CA 26 : 1 126
Bryan College-Gold River Bryan College-Gold River Gold River, CA 13
University Logo Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento, CA 15 : 1 256
InterCoast Colleges-Elk Grove InterCoast Colleges-Elk Grove Elk Grove, CA 9 : 1 26
ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova, CA
4/5
16 : 1 415
Epic Bible College Epic Bible College Sacramento, CA
3/5
11 : 1 186
InterCoast Colleges-Roseville InterCoast Colleges-Roseville Roseville, CA 9 : 1 18

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Questions About Going to College in Sacramento

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Sacramento?

Students graduating in the class of 2016 should grab shades as they look to the brightest job outlook Sacramento has seen in almost a decade. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% in May 2016, reaching its lowest point in nine years. If you’re looking to work in government without moving across the country to Washington D.C., Sacramento is a great place to start since young. Eager talent is much appreciated in politics.

Growing industries? What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Sacramento?

While government takes the spotlight in Sacramento’s reputation, the jobs in that industry aren’t growing as quickly as others. Hot growth continues to show up in ares like retail and health care. With 167% growth in 2015, Graphics and More, a Sac-based online retailer of gift, novelty, and custom products, made the Inc. 5000 list. Health care positions from clinician to administrator at companies like Mercy General Hospital, one of the area’s top employers, and the McDonald Hearing Aid Center, one of the fastest growing, offer great benefits and clear career pathways for new graduates.

Is Sacramento more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

Sacramento is the closest thing you’ll get to Washington D.C. without leaving the west coast. That means the standard “no discussing politics at parties” rule does not apply here. If you’re into everything that comes along with living in the most populous state’s capital, Sacramento can be a great place to go to school and raise a family. The university does not draw a large transplant crowd since many people commute to campus, but you will find a lot of people who “ain’t from around here” who have been drawn to Sacramento for its rich history and political happenings.

What do the locals in Sacramento like to do for fun?

Sacramento favors day over night. Most activities revolve around the city’s history and culture or taking advantage of that classic California weather to head outdoors. If you’re outdoorsy, you might find a weekend afternoon ride along the American River Bicycle Trail on your to do list. Prefer to keep it temperature controlled? The Crocker Art Museum is a great space to explore.

What's the dating scene like in Sacramento? Will I meet my perfect mate?

There are 96 men for every 100 women in Sacramento, a difference that gives neither side a clear advantage when it comes to the dating scene. Not exactly “party city”, it often seems like you’re the only single person in town. You’ll likely find a connection at work versus a bar or club, and chances are your prospects will be more interested in the stable and ready-to-commit stage versus fun and flirty. There aren’t a lot of big attractions in Sacramento, so dinner and a movie is a classic first date choice in the area.

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