The University of California at Davis or Sacramento State University in Sacramento wouldn't be bad. Also California State University, Sacramento is here. About an hour or two from all the Tahoe resorts, depending on I80 road conditions. Plus, both Davis and Sacramento are close to everything else you'd ever want to do as well. Surfing is only a couple of hours away, San Francisco is close, Napa Valley is close, Lake Tahoe during the summer is awesome, ClearLake is a few hours north of Sacramento... this is really an amazing area. Davis is a great city too, with an awesome vibe. Sacramento isn't bad, depending on where you can afford to live, but if you are on the Sac State campus or CSU campus it's supposed to be awesome.
There is no substitution for human competition.