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Colleges / California State University, Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate94%
Acceptance Rate94%

CSU Sacramento Admissions

If you are applying to CSU Sacramento, the regular decision application deadline is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Students who apply to CSU Sacramento for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

CSU Sacramento Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of CSU Sacramento's admissions stats.

CSU Sacramento 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1035
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 11.1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 1.3%
Waitlist Yes

California State University, Sacramento Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for California State University, Sacramento.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes –– December 1
Regular Decision Yes November 30 March 1

Considering Applying Early to CSU Sacramento?

California State University, Sacramento may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with CSU Sacramento directly for more information about early applications.

CSU Sacramento will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on California State University, Sacramento Admissions

For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into California State University, Sacramento is very difficult.

Transferring to California State University, Sacramento

For more information on transferring to California State University, Sacramento, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to CSU Sacramento

CSU Sacramento has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does CSU Sacramento Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at CSU Sacramento

Curious about the factors that are considered by CSU Sacramento during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with CSU Sacramento for more information on admission factors.

CSU Sacramento Application Requirements

To apply to CSU Sacramento, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with CSU Sacramento's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU Sacramento?

Students admitted to CSU Sacramento have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

CSU Sacramento does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

CSU Sacramento does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 11.1% of CSU Sacramento's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 1.3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other CSU Sacramento applicants, you should aim to earn between 880 and 1100 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CSU Sacramento 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1100 and 25% of scored lower than 880, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a CSU Sacramento student is 1035.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CSU Sacramento students scored 550 or higher and 75% of students scored 450 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CSU Sacramento students scored 540 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 or higher.

To be most competitive at CSU Sacramento, you should strive to earn between 16 and 23.5 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23.5 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CSU Sacramento's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23.5, and three out of four students scored lower than 23.5 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CSU Sacramento students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

More Information on Transferring to California State University, Sacramento

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in CSU Sacramento during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

CSU Sacramento Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to CSU Sacramento?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to CSU Sacramento.

Does CSU Sacramento accept transfer credits?

✅ CSU Sacramento accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CSU Sacramento accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does CSU Sacramento accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ CSU Sacramento accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Sacramento?

✅ CSU Sacramento is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is CSU Sacramento's acceptance rate?

✅ CSU Sacramento has an acceptance rate of 94%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at CSU Sacramento?

🟨 CSU Sacramento may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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CSU Sacramento Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into CSU Sacramento? CSU Sacramento is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU Sacramento acceptance rate is 94%. This means that the institution accepts 93 out of every 100 applicants.


CSU Sacramento Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Sacramento is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Sacramento is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

CSU Sacramento SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

880 - 1100


Math SAT Range

440 - 550


Reading SAT Range

450 - 540

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1100 and Above


880 to 1100


880 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for CSU Sacramento students is 1035. Applicants with SAT scores of 1100 and above have a good chance of being admitted to CSU Sacramento, while applicants with SAT scores between 880 to 1100 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 880 have a low chance of being offered a spot at CSU Sacramento.

CSU Sacramento GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU Sacramento, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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