If you look hard enough, you’ll find a little bit of California’s 58 counties on the Sac State campus. Here’s the complete list:


Known for:

At Sac State:

number 1 Alameda

USS Hornet aircraft carrier

Hercules "Herky" Hornet is the school mascot.


Grover Hot Springs

Sac State has three swimming pools, two at the residence hall complex and one in Yosemite Hall

number 2 Amador

Means "lover of inanimate objects"

Winner of the Causeway Classic gets a chunk of core as a trophy


Chico State students established Sierra Nevada Brewing

Before the campus was built the land where Sac State is now was covered in hops fields


Name means "skulls"

Sequoia Hall has a large collection of skeletons from small animal species.


Agricultural hotspot

Office of Water Programs helping the county sustain its groundwater.

Contra Costa

Name means opposite coast

Once they've finished their time with state, Capital Fellows can apply for a DC Fellowship in the nation's capital.

Del Norte

A robust elk population

Sac State's mascot was originally going to be the elk.

El Dorado

Gold discovery

The school colors: green was chosen for the foothills and trees, and gold for discovery.


Kings Canyon National Park

Sac State alumnus Scott Freshour '06 (Communication Studies) is the emcee for the Sacramento Kings.


Sacramento Wildlife Refuge

Exotic wildlife is said to roam the campus during off hours, including deer, coyotes and, rumor has it, at one point a mountain lion.


Redwood State and National Parks

The campus boasts 400 species of trees. One of two most common is coast redwood.


Winter home to Blue Angels, youngest county

Blue Angels pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet.

number 3 Inyo

Year-round mountain-climbing

The Well's climbing wall is one of the tallest in the CSU.


Edwards Air Force Base

Artworks from the activist art collective Royal Chicano Air Force are on display at the Library


Factory for the largest world's largest mozzarella maker

Renovations to the campus Dining Commons will include a gas-fired pizza oven that will serve up a fresh pizza in matter of minutes.


Clear Lake, the largest natural lake in California

Lake Natoma's east-west orientation makes the Sac State Aquatic Center a prime rowing venue.


Lassen National Forest

Sac State is a perennial Tree City USA campus.

Los Angeles

Panda Express, founded in Glendale

The restaurant chain has two locations on campus


Gateway to Yosemite

Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration hosts field camps in the national park.


Point Reyes earthquake trail

U.S. Geological Survey has offices in Placer and Modoc halls


Name means "butterfly"

Mariposa Hall is one of 17 campus buildings named for a county


Point Arena Lighthouse

The University logo contains a flame symbolizing knowledge and leadership.


Home of Foster Farms poultry company

The University was once home to an urban chicken population.


Tule Lake War Relocation Center National Historic Landmark

The Japanese American Archival Collection features images and memorabilia from families who were interred.


Mono Lake

The Center for Collaborative Policy works with groups trying to raise lake levels and improve habitat.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Biology Professor Ron Coleman lab holds dozens of tanks for the study of convict cichlids.



Hornet Wine and Food Classic features alumni-owned wineries.


Boreal Ridge, often the first Sierra ski resort to open for the season

Sac State's Ski and Snowboard Club is among the most venerable and visible campus groups.


Orange groves

A 75-foot orange tree, accessible from the Guy West Bridge, has been providing students with snacks for generations


Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics

Hornet Stadium hosted the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Track and Field Trials


One-hundred lakes, 1,000 rivers

Students learn about groundwater at largest and most sophisticated on-campus water well-field in the country


Cochella Music Festival

The Festival of New American Music is the country's longest-running event focused on contemporary music.


Farm-to-Fork Capital

Tuesdays and Thursdays, gourmet food trucks come to campus.

San Benito

Named for Saint Benedict, patron saint of the married

Our Harper Alumni Center, named for husband and wife Leslie and Anita Harper, hosts hundreds of weddings and other events each year.

San Bernardino

Largest county in the contiguous US (20,000 + square miles)

Sac State is the seventh largest campus in the CSU.

San Diego


Electrical engineering students use Legos to build their first forays into robotics.

San Francisco

Iconic bridge

Guy West Bridge is a scale model of the Golden Gate.

San Joaquin

Stockton 99 Speedway

Hornet Racing Team students build and race Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) cars

San Luis Obispo

San Simeon

The University's Julia Morgan House was designed by Julia Morgan, the architect who designed Hearst Castle.

San Mateo

SFO International Airport, hub for more than 40 airlines from around the globe

Nearly 900 alumni live outside the U.S. Japan has the most with 105.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

University Arboretum features more than 1,400 native plants and trees.

Santa Clara

"Silcon Valley," a name coined in 1971

We were the first California public university to offer a master's degree in software engineering.

number 4 Santa Cruz

Birthplace of Mainland surfing

Who needs waves? The Sac State Wakeboard Team can ride anywhere.


Views of three mountain ranges

Campus is bordered on by three sides by a river, a railroad track and a freeway


The Sierra Nevada

On a clear day, you can see the Sierra from the upper floors of Riverside Amador and Mariposa halls.


Mount Shasta, second highest volcano in the state

Geology program has two volcanologists.


Two of the counties cities –Benicia and Vallejo-- served ad the state capitol in the early 1850s

We're California's Capital University.

number 5 Sonoma

The Peanuts Museum

"Drabble" creator Kevin ­­­­Fagan started at The State Hornet and advised by Charles Schulz to syndicate the strip.


Rose Parade

The Founder's Rose Garden is a riot of color in summer and spring.


Named for Gen. John Augustus Sutter

Sutter Hall residents can request theme housing, with communities focused on global awareness, leadership or health and wellness.


The Olive City and Olive Festival

Sacramento State's official "green" color palette includes Sac State Green, Stinger Green, Bike Lane Lime and Desert Olive.


World Solo 24-hour Mountain Bike Championship

Peak Adventures offers "year-round riding" bike clinic.


World Agricultural Expo

The Sustainable Technology Outdoor Research Center features an aquaponics farm.


Name means "people who dwell in stone houses"

The brick Roundhouse is home for java addicts.


Ronald Reagan Museum

As governor, Reagan addressed a 1972 CSU Academic Senate meeting.


Bicycle Capital of the U.S.

Campus is bordered on the east by the American River Bike Trail.


Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Los Lobos to the Ramones to Tiffany have performed here.

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