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Sacramento State Makes Downtown Sac Move

Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone

The site of Sacramento State’s planned School of Public Affairs at 304 S St.

Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone

California State University, Sacramento has made a move into downtown Sacramento. 

Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen says the school will use a three-story building for the planned School of Public Affairs.

He says a nonprofit auxiliary of Sacramento State, University Enterprises Inc., bought the structure a few blocks southwest of the State Capitol for about $5.4 million. No state funds were used in the purchase.

Nelsen says classes could be held at the new campus location when the fall semester starts August 29.

"The establishment of a downtown School of Public Affairs is exciting for both Sac State and the city of Sacramento,"says Nelsen. "We are the capital’s university and, with this new building, we are delivering on the promise to offer programs and courses near the State Capitol and City Hall."

He says The School of Public Affairs would be home to several government-related programs, including the Center for Collaborative Policy, the Institute for Social Research (ISR), and the Capital Fellows Programs, along with master’s courses in urban land development, and public policy and administration.

"The city, the mayor, our public policy alumni group, and the citizens of Sacramento have been asking for Sac State to establish a presence downtown, and we are now #MakingItHappenAtSacState," says Nelsen, with the hashtag added in a news release.