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Sacramento State University

As Director of Admissions & Outreach at Sacramento State, allow me to welcome you as you begin your search for your university. Whether you are researching where you want to apply, have applied to Sac State, or have been admitted, the staff in Admission & Outreach are here to assist you on your journey to matriculation.

Our goals are to help you learn about our campus through campus tours, classroom presentations, and publications; to provide the information you need to become a successful applicant and to be available to answer any questions you have regarding your admission.

Apply October 1 – November 30

Important: All admission requirements must be met by the end of Spring. Summer may not be used to complete admission for Fall.

You will qualify for regular admission as a first-time freshman if you:

High School Graduate

Eligibility Index


Your grade point average is based on grades earned during 10th through 12th grades of college prep courses. You may receive bonus points for each C or better in approved honors or AP courses.


Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last two years of high school can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.

Subject Requirements

The CSU requires first-time freshman applicants to complete, with a grade of C or better, the following comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school:

Subject Requirements Area
Subject Units
A History/Social Science 2 years Including one year of US History and govenment
B English 4 years
C Mathematics 3 years Algebra, Geometry, and Intermediate algebra
D Laboratory Science 2 years One Biological, one Physical; both with a lab
E Language other than English 2 years Subject to waiver; must demonstrate equivalent competence
F Visual Performing Arts (VPA) 1 year Must be a year-long VPA course in a single area
G College Prep Elective 1 year Selected from the above areas or other approved A-G courses

For a list of your school's approved A-G courses visit: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/

For complete details on subject requirements visit: www.CSUmentor.edu

Must know for new applicants

Apply during priority application filing period

October 1-November 30 for the Fall semester

Have an unofficial copy of your high school transcript handy when you complete your application for admission: Your admissions decision will be based on self reported information entered on the application – Accuracy is critical!

Take SAT and or ACT no later than December of your Senior Year

Important dates for Fall 2011 admission
October 1 -
November 30
Priority dates to submit application for admission
January 7 Deadline to submit SAT or ACT test scores
January 7 Deadline to submit application fee or application fee waiver
March 1 Check My Sac State for admissions decision

Failure to adhere to any of the above deadlines will result in your application for admission being removed from consideration. Tips from Sacramento State Admissions Counselors:

Set up CSU Mentor account early www.csumentor.edu

Explore all 23 CSU campuses
Complete the High School Planner
Get accurate GPA calculations (10-12)

Be sure to contact your Sacramento State Regional Representative

Regional Representatives will visit designated high schools, and it is important to attend a session if held at your campus.

Take a campus tour: www.csus.edu/outreach/tour

Additional Admissions Programs at Sacramento State


Important: All admission requirements must be met by the end of Spring 2011. Summer 2011 may not be used to complete admissions for fall 2011.

Upper Division- Minimum of 60 transferable semester units

NOTE: If you have attended Sacramento State, go to the Returning Student (Readmission) page click here.

Important dates for Fall 2011 admission
October 1 - November 30 Dates to submit application for admission
January 7 Deadline to submit application fee
March 1 Check your ' My Sac State ' for your admission decision

Failure to adhere to any of the above deadlines will result in your application for admission being removed from consideration.

Tips from Sacramento State Admissions Counselors


Former Sacramento State students returning after a break in enrollment.

Admission Deadlines:
Application filing period October 1 - November 30. Apply at www.csumentor.edu

Upper Division - Minimum of 60 transferable semester units

Tips from Sacramento State Admissions Counselors

The International Admissions (IA), a unit of Global Education (OGE), is your first contact within OGE if you wish to become a student (on F-1 or J-1 visa) at California State University, Sacramento.

California State University Sacramento welcomes international students from over 60 countries, and is committed to increasing the international student population. Our campus is strongly committed to international education and to provide quality support and services to those students. The International Admissions office regularly assists international students in the application process and understands how challenging it can be applying to a university in the United States as an international student. We are here to help.

The International Admissions Web page has detailed information regarding the procedures for prospective international students. Visit the Web site for information on how to apply to California State University Sacramento. If you have any questions or concerns after reviewing the Web site carefully, feel free to contact the International Admissions office directly at (916) 278-7772 or by e-mail [email protected] .

Contact Information

International Admissions
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6012

Colleges and Departments

If you are an academic department or college and need to be either listed or have an existing listing modified please use our online request form .


Residence Classification Information

Under California law, each campus must determine the residence status of all new and returning students. Non-residents are required to pay non-resident tuition.

Generally, to be eligible for resident classification, a person must be able to establish the following one year prior to the residence determination date:

  1. They have the legal right to establish California residency
  2. The have initiated the legal intent to establish California residency.
  3. They have established and maintained a physical presence and permanent residence in California.

Residence determination dates for each academic term for Sacramento State are:

Fall Semester: September 20th

Spring Semester: January 25th

Residence determination of minors is based on the residence status of their parents. Minors are those applicants under the age of 19 on the applicable residence determination date. For more information about California residence requirements, review information on Residence for Fee Purposes (pdf) .

If you have been classified as a non-resident and would like to have your status reviewed please submit a Residency Questionnaire along with supporting documentation to the Residency Screening Office in the Admissions and Outreach Office in Lassen Hall. Please note that no official determination of residence status will be made until after student has submitted an application for admissions and that student may be required to submit additional supporting documentation for a final determination to be made.

If you are eligible for the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption (AB540), print the California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request (pdf) , complete it and submit it to the Residence Screening Office.

If you are a continuing student seeking to change your status from non-resident to resident more information can be found at www.csus.edu/sfsc/payment.htm or by calling (916) 278-4270.

Additional questions may be directed to the Residency Coordinator, located in the Admissions and Outreach Office, Lassen Hall 1102 or by calling (916)278-7766 or via email at [email protected]


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