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Sacramento State: Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer: Jeff Weston,
Director of Admissions and Records
Contacting the office: 916 278-7766
800 722-4748 (toll free)
916 278-5603 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Priority filing date for fall:October 1
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:Yes
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:no
Admissions Requirements:SAT Reasoning or ACT required of applicants with 3.0 GPA or lower.
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
Interview is:neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview:can be arranged with admissions representative
Standardized test requirements:SAT or ACT required of some
School's test preference:no preference
SAT II tests are:required/recommended of applicants submitting SAT or ACT
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:placement
Dates test scores should be received:March 1 for SAT/ACT
High School units required or recommended:
English:4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:2 required, 2 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Other:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 15 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:Audition required of music program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP, conditional admission, and College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) for applicants not normally admissible.
School has formalized early decision program:yes
School has early action program:yes
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report not considered
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.3
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 99%
Average SAT: 469 verbal, 480 math
Average ACT: 19 English, 21 math, 20 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 17 - 23
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 92%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 36%

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received: 22,863
Number of applicants offered admission: 15,377 (67%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 3,781 (25%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 1%
Room deposit amount:$175, refundable until July 31.
Admission may be deferred:yes, up to 1 semester