Greater Sacramento’s comprehensive network of public and private universities and community and technical colleges fosters entrepreneurship, innovation and community-based learning. Graduates of the region’s programs stand ready to meet the challenges of the future.

#1
in the nation for launching women
into STEM professions

#2
best university globally for agriculture

#5
among public universities in the US

Sources: QS World University Rankings 2018, Wall Street Journal

University of California, Davis

UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, changemakers and problem solvers. UC Davis is one of the nation’s top public research universities, with more than a century of service to the region, the nation and the world. Its four colleges, six professional schools, more than 100 academic majors and 90 graduate programs provide a comprehensive, rigorous and research-based learning environment while its nationally recognized health system provides comprehensive treatment, teaching and research facilities.

California State University, Sacramento

A recognized leader in education, innovation and engagement, California State University, Sacramento prepares students to be leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s professors are known for their dedication to great teaching, and smaller class sizes allow for extensive research opportunities. Sacramento State has 60 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate programs, including two doctorate programs.

High-achieving private universities

California Northstate University

California Northstate University is an educational institution dedicated to advancing to the art and science of healthcare, providing innovative education and healthcare delivery systems and educating, training and developing individuals to provide competent, patient-centered care. The University’s planned $750 million teaching hospital in Elk Grove will include a Level II trauma center.

University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific’s Sacramento Campus is an interdisciplinary center offering graduate degree programs in health, education, business and public policy as well as a bachelor’s degree completion program for working professionals. Anchored by the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, the campus is adding programs keyed to the needs of the Greater Sacramento region.

William Jessup University

William Jessup University is a faith-based institution founded in 1939 in Rocklin offering an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2019, US News ranked the University second for Best Regional Colleges – West and second for Best Colleges for Veterans.

Excellent community and technical colleges

Greater Sacramento offers a rich network of community and technical colleges, including the second largest community college district in California, Los Rios. These institutions offer degree and workforce development programs in a myriad of industries, including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, energy and more.