The Sacramento Region is home to several accredited higher education institutions including two major public four-year institutions—University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento—with combined enrollment over 65,000 students. The region also has one of the strongest community college systems in California with eight public community college campuses hosting over 109,000 students. In addition, the Sacramento Region has 14 private institutions that range from limited program sites to larger more comprehensive campuses. These institutions employ nearly 30,000 faculty and staff and support operating budgets of around $3.4 billion.
While the current base of higher education provides tremendous value, the region has identified new private institutions and satellite campuses of national universities as an important segment of growth. Already such well known universities as University of Southern California (USC) and the University of San Francisco (USF) have significant facilities of learning in the region. With over 400,000 students (and growing) enrolled in the regional K-12 systems, and a high expectation of future college enrollment, the region provides a strong market for institutions of higher learning.