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Sacramento State University

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State, informally Sac State), founded in 1947 as Sacramento State College, is a public comprehensive university in the city of Sacramento, the capital city of the U.S. state of California, and is the eleventh oldest school in the 23 campus California State University system. The university enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually, has an alumni base of 215,000 and awards 7,000 degrees annually.



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Herky The Hornet
Sac State Green Hornet Gold Hornet Metallic Gold

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The efforts to get a four-year university in Sacramento date back to the 1920s; however, legislation repeatedly failed. Local supporters blamed "pork barrel politics" by Bay Area legislators tying to monopolize higher education. Sacramento State was formally established in 1947 through legislation by State Senator Earl D. Desmond, by playing hardball to get it done � convincing the Senate's finance committee to withhold funding for the University of California until he had a commitment. Later on, Desmond eventually had 11 children and grandchildren graduate from the university. Originally founded as Sacramento State College on September 22, 1947, during a time of intense demand for higher education after World War II, Sacramento State shared space with Sacramento Junior College. Sacramento State's first semester of classes consisted of 235 students enrolled in 44 sections. During December 1947, the official mascot "Herky" (short for Hercules) the Hornet was chosen over the Elk, which wasn't considered to be aggressive enough. The university's colors � green and gold symbolizing the foothills and trees, were also established. The next Spring, the university held its first graduation ceremony. A single student, history major John J. Collins, who had transferred from UC Berkeley, graduated. By 1948, the university was already fielding intercollegiate teams in basketball, baseball, and tennis. In Spring 1949, the winning "Fight Hornet Fight" song was composed by Donald McDonald. The State Hornet and Statesman yearbook were first published in 1949. Several sites for a permanent home for the university were considered. A site at 5th Street and Broadway, a site near Fruitridge and Stockton Boulevard, and a site in the Pocket Area of South Sacramento were all rejected. In 1949, the state purchased 244 acres of what was then peach farm land to be the site of the new university at $1,650 to $1,800 an acre.[19] On December 1952, the school left the Sacramento City College property and moved to its permanent location on the banks of the American River. In February 9, 1953, the then 289-acre campus opened to approximately 2,400 students with a parade through town called "GO EAST WITH WEST," in reference to President West. Parking has notoriously been a problem at the university, and since the beginning, drivers were confronted by a sea of mud. Students would simply drive as close to the buildings as they could and park. Even before its selection for a university, this site had rich history, being located on the American River midway between two prominent village locations of the Nisenan Indians. This site was later bordered by the gold rush mining town of Norristown � subsequently rechristened the tent city of Hoboken � which sprang up after the floods drove merchants and miners out of the river front town of Sacramento five miles to the west. Thereafter, the land was used for agriculture production and, at the time of ground breaking in 1951, was planted with hops and peach trees. Through subsequent land acquisitions, the initial site grew to 282 acres. Today, 60 years later, grassy green open areas, mature trees with dense tree canopies, and the gentle curve of the American River define the campus character. Construction began in 1951 and continued at an aggressive pace for the next 10 years. By 1962, 30 new structures had been built and occupied. A campus landmark was created when the Guy West Bridge was erected � a bridge modeled after the Golden Gate Bridge and named after the university's founding president. In 1955, the first Hornet Football team scored their first victory, against Southern Oregon College. Jackrabbits were a problem in the early years and landscapers were permitted to shoot them on sight through the 1960s. In 1972, the school was elevated to university status as California State University, Sacramento. In 2004, the school formally re-adopted "Sacramento State" as its short-form name; it had been used on an informal basis (particularly in athletics) for some time before then. Today, CSUS is the only major four-year comprehensive university in the city of Sacramento. The university underwent a major expansion in the Korean War years, with the 'heart' of the campus residing in Douglass Hall, Shasta Hall, Sacramento Hall (the administration building). In 1975, the University Union opened its doors, originally comprising only 65,000-square-feet. In 1981, the Sacramento State Aquatic Center was established. The Center for California Studies was established the following year. In 1986, Sacramento State established a Master Plan that called for over $100 million in growth. During that same year, the university came within hours of being deliberately flooded as officials contemplated blowing floodgates to avoid a massive levee failure in Sacramento. The 1990s saw significant growth again, constructing more than 1.2 million square-feet of space. In 1992, Hornet Stadium was renovated, providing capacity for 26,000 patrons. In 2000 and 2004, the campus hosted the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. In 2003, Dr. Alexander Gonzalez is appointed as the 11th president of the University. In his first year, he launched Destination 2010, an ambitious, comprehensive university initiative focusing on reforming academic programs, constructing new facilities, and creating a destination campus.

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California State University, Sacramento is dedicated to the life-altering potential of learning that balances a liberal arts education with depth of knowledge in a discipline. We are committed to providing an excellent education to all eligible applicants who aspire to expand their knowledge and prepare themselves for meaningful lives, careers, and service to their community. Reflecting the metropolitan character of the area, California State University, Sacramento is a richly diverse community. As such, the University is committed to fostering in all its members a sense of inclusiveness, respect for human differences, and concern for others. In doing so, we strive to create a pluralistic community in which members participate collaboratively in all aspects of university life. California State University, Sacramento is committed to teaching and learning as its primary responsibility. In both the academic and student support programs, success is measured in terms of student learning. In addition, the University recognizes the vital connections between pedagogy and learning, research activities and classroom instruction, and co-curricular involvement and civic responsibility. All students, regardless of their entering levels of preparation, are expected to complete their degree programs with the analytical skills necessary to understand the social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological complexities of an increasingly interconnected world. Located in the capital of the nation's most populous and diverse state, California State University, Sacramento is dedicated to advancing the many social, economic, political, and scientific issues affecting the region and the state. The University's curricular and co-curricular programs continue to focus on these issues through undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs that prepare graduates for successful careers dedicated to public service and the enhancement of the quality of life within the region and the state. Our research centers and much of our individual scholarly efforts also remain directed at the enhancement of the quality of life within the region and the state. At California State University, Sacramento, we are constantly striving to create a sense of unity among faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, and community members. In pursuing the combined elements of our mission, we seek to foster a sense of pride in all who view this campus as their own � pride in Sacramento State as the institution of choice among our current students; pride among our alumni in the ongoing impact of the Sacramento State education upon their lives; pride among faculty, staff, and administration in their university's achievement of excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship; and pride in Sacramento State as an asset to the community among residents of the Greater Sacramento region.



The university has conferred over 200,000 degrees since its establishment. CSUS alumni live over all 50 states of the U.S., with over 165,000 residing in California, nearly 3,000 in Washington, 2,500 in Oregon and over 2,000 Texas. There are also over nearly 1,000 alumni residing in approximately 62 countries, including 102 located in Japan, 90 in India, and nearly 60 in Canada and China.



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