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Old 03-15-2012, 02:34 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

I am currently considering to transfer to Sacramento State or UC Davis, but I am leaning more toward Sacramento State. I have a few questions for those who currently attend Sac State and live by there. Would you consider Sac State to be a good school? (biological sciences)? Is there a lot to do throughout the year? are the students and teachers welcoming? is it difficult to make friends? Which places are the safest to live around? I like the big city life, coming from the bay area and I was curious to know if there is a lot to do around Sac? I would appreciate all answers Thank you.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:08 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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I went to graduate school there. It's outside of the downtown area, in the Y I80 where it meets highway 50 and with the river on the other side, so pretty secluded. I commuted from the bay area and had classes all two days a week. I can't speak about undergrad, but I found even then that it was easy to meet people but I never met any that were from the Sacramento area.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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It's a suburban campus, there is a lot to do around Sacramento if you care to look for it. It's not the Bay Area but Sacramento has plenty to offer. Davis is more remote but still close to Sacramento's downtown. The neighborhoods around the CSUS campus are pretty safe--East Sac, Campus Commons, even Tahoe Park to the south.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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I'd classify it more on the edge of eastern Sac (as in the City of Sacramento, not the county). To me, suburban implies further out (e.g., Rancho Cordova, area around American River College, Flordin Rd., etc.) though that varies by individual.

Interesting you don't mention price (California State Universities usually lower tuition that University of California campuses), whethr you are certain you can get into either campus, why you're concentrating on Sacramento (vs. the other campuses in each system), etc. I took night classes at Sac State (before it was officially CSUS), but it's been awhile. My general impressin was that CSUS would be closer to urban attractions, such as bars, restaurants, etc. (found in Sacramento) but that UCD would have more of a university town feel. I'd definitely visit each campus and ask for a tour.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:09 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for the replies, I visited Sacramento State briefly a while back and I really liked it, therefore, Im more drawn toward going to Sac State. However, I was just curious on how everyone else's experience was at Sac State or UCD. I will definitely ask for a tour in both campuses and see which I like best. )
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Downtown Rancho Cordova, CA
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Thank you everyone for the replies, I visited Sacramento State briefly a while back and I really liked it, therefore, Im more drawn toward going to Sac State. However, I was just curious on how everyone else's experience was at Sac State or UCD. I will definitely ask for a tour in both campuses and see which I like best. )
Uh, am I missing something here? Davis is ranked the 38th best school in the entire country by U.S. News. It's ranked significantly higher than schools like the University of Texas and and Penn State.

And Sac State is ranked . . . uh, well . .

If you can get into both, the decision seems pretty easy.

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for the replies, I visited Sacramento State briefly a while back and I really liked it, therefore, Im more drawn toward going to Sac State. However, I was just curious on how everyone else's experience was at Sac State or UCD. I will definitely ask for a tour in both campuses and see which I like best. )
Go with UCD. Much higher ranked school.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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I wouldn't really consider CSUS a suburban campus nor the area around it suburban (by california standard). It's a commuter campus, but not really a suburban campus.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Who are you, and what have you done with Majin?
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Alameda, CA
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Hello everyone,

I am currently considering to transfer to Sacramento State or UC Davis, but I am leaning more toward Sacramento State. I have a few questions for those who currently attend Sac State and live by there.
Would you consider Sac State to be a good school? (biological sciences)?
Is there a lot to do throughout the year?
are the students and teachers welcoming?
is it difficult to make friends? Which places are the safest to live around? I like the big city life, coming from the bay area and I was curious to know if there is a lot to do around Sac? I would appreciate all answers Thank you.
I just graduated Sac State this past year and have my fiance graduating this year.

Regarding CSU vs UCs: it depends on what you want. IMO what makes you, as a student and future grad, look good is (a) your GPA and (b) your experience. Employers haven't cared that I went to Sac State -- they cared that I got a degree in XYZ. CSUs are semester while UC are quarter based. You'll pay more at UCs, obviously. (I believe UCs are more research based than CSUs are, however)

I'm unsure about biological sciences. What are you planning on doing? Pre-med or just biology?

There are a lot of events throughout the year, but unfortunately not many clubs. A lot of students join sororities or frats, or join a club that's pretty active.

Teachers and students aren't judgmental. You're there to learn, they're there to teach and help you understand. Teachers will like that you go the extra step and go to office hours will want to help you more. (making friends is up to you)

You can live on-campus, which has apartments and dorms, go to the University Lofts which are pretty safe, live in La Riviera (not immediately around the school but towards Watt) or commute from a different area. Sac State's a commuter school for a reason.

If you like things to do, there seems to be plenty. I'm an at-home nerd so I enjoy the darkness, but there are events going on a lot in Sacramento. Second Saturday is pretty fun to attend.
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