Sacramento State is welcoming students to campus Friday.
Thursday, President Robert Nelsen gave his fall address and focused on four-year graduation rates, especially for those students who are freshmen.
He announced that three-fifths of incoming freshmen had pledged to take at least 30 credits this year.
"We have the classes. We added 10,000 seats this year so they would have the classes," said Nelsen. "So, we've hired dozens and dozens of lecturers. We've hired over 40 new faculty."
He also challenged each college to create five-year programs like the one in Mechanical Engineering, in which a student can graduate in five years with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.