a current student here
Sac State is a commuter campus, meaning most of the students that attend the university either went to high school and/or junior college in the area or were already living here prior to enrolling. This means most students drive to school which creates a problem because the number of students greatly outnumbers the amount of parking spaces on campus. But as far as what you get for your money, Sac State is actually a pretty great value. Tuition is only a few thousand dollars per semester, which is nothing compared to a lot of other CSUs, UCs and private universities. That gets you at least 12 units and no more than 18 units per semester, access to The Well which is a fantastic, state of the art, workout facility with basketball courts, an indoor track, plenty of cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, conditioning equipment, a rock climbing wall, locker rooms with showers, free equipment rentals, racquetball courts, free towel rentals, and access to student health services, a pharmacy, and wellness programs. Parking permits are about $160 per semester which doesn't seem like a lot but it definitely feels like a lot considering most of the parking is a long walk to the heart of the campus and it can be quite difficult to find parking at certain times of the day. For a lot of programs, you get a good education here and the few thousand per semester won't seem too bad once you get your degree. Students also get free access to campus wifi and to all of the computer labs on campus, and some majors (particularly engineering and computer science majors) get access to a lot of free software to download and can access computer lab machines from their personal computers at home so they don't have to download programs to their own computers! The first couple of semesters here, you'll probably feel like you're getting ripped off because of the difficulty getting into classes and having to take a bunch of GE's but by sophomore year you'll be all good.