If you want to apply to CSU Sacramento, the regular decision application deadline is November 30 and the fee for the application is $55. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.
Students who apply for Fall should hear back from CSU Sacramento by March 1.
California State University, Sacramento does not offer early decision but does offer early action. CSU Sacramento will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
CSU Sacramento is amoderately difficult school to get into. CSU Sacramento evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, CSU Sacramento **accepted 83% of students, around 21,363 of the 25,709 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CSU Sacramento, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into California State University, Sacramento is very difficult. CSU Sacramento has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Not Considered|
|Work Experience||Not Considered|
|Extracurricular Activities||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Not Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Volunteer Work||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to CSU Sacramento must submit the following items. Double check with CSU Sacramento's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale)||2|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to CSU Sacramento have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. CSU Sacramento does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
CSU Sacramento is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 94.8% of CSU Sacramento's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18.5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other CSU Sacramento applicants, you should strive to earn between 920 and 1110 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CSU Sacramento 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1110 and 25% of scored lower than 920, 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 560 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 560 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 or higher.
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To be most competitive at CSU Sacramento, you should strive to earn between 16 and 22 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 22 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CSU Sacramento's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 22, and three out of four students scored lower than 22 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.
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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
Can I defer my acceptance to CSU Sacramento?
Students who are admitted to CSU Sacramento must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..
Does CSU Sacramento accept transfer credits?
CSU Sacramento accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CSU Sacramento accepts:
CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit
Does CSU Sacramento accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
CSU Sacramento accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Sacramento?
CSU Sacramento. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
How hard is it to get into CSU Sacramento? CSU Sacramento is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU Sacramento acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 83 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
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
The median ACT score of an admitted student to CSU Sacramento is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into CSU Sacramento. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1110 and Above
920 to 1110
920 and Less
The median SAT score for CSU Sacramento students is 1035. Applicants with SAT scores of 1110 and above have a good chance of being admitted to CSU Sacramento, while applicants with SAT scores between 920 to 1110 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 920 have a low chance of being offered a spot at CSU Sacramento.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At CSU Sacramento, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. 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.
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