ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Undergraduate Advising Procedures
Lassen Hall 1013
Effective academic advising is essential to accomplishing the University’s instructional mission. Through faculty advisors, Student Affairs staff, and advising publications, students receive accurate, reliable, and consistent advising. Students are encouraged and, in some circumstances, required to meet with an advisor at least once a semester. Advisors will help with:
- planning academic programs;
- interpreting and applying University policies;
- understanding the value of the University’s General Education program and the relationship of this program to individual interests and career objectives; and
- choosing educational and career objectives compatible with students’ interests and abilities.
The ultimate responsibility for academic success rests with the student, who is expected to:
- be aware of and comply with the University’s academic policies, procedures, and deadlines;
- maintain an advising file, including General Education evaluations, unofficial copies of transcripts of courses taken at other colleges, reports of placement test scores, semester grade reports from My Sac State, copies of forms and petitions, and notes on discussions with advisors;
- meet regularly, at least once each semester, with an advisor in the student’s major or, in the case of undeclared majors, an advisor in the Academic Advising & Career Center; and
- complete a Change of Major form if applicable; available online at www.csus.edu/registrar/pdf/major_change.pdf.
Because of the relationship between effective advising and academic success, first year and transfer students are expected to attend new student orientation. In addition, first year students are required to see an advisor their first two semesters at Sacramento State. Students should meet with advisors in their major as stipulated in their department’s advising policy. A registration hold will be placed for students who do not comply with policies requiring meetings with advisors. All students on academic probation are required to meet with an advisor in their department or, in the case of second year students and undeclared majors, in the Academic Advising & Carerr Center.
Below is a listing of the primary advising resources available; students are strongly encouraged, and in some cases, required to use the first two at least once each semester.
Advisors in the academic departments help students select appropriate major courses each semester and are also helpful in exploring career options specific to their major or concentration.
Lassen Hall 1013
Academic Advising, located in the Academic Advising & Career Center, offers new student orientation, mandatory first year advising, and advising on General Education and graduation requirements for all students. The Center engages students in a developmental process that helps clarify and implement individual educational plans consistent with their skills, interests, and values. Students understand the University's academic requirements as well as its policies and procedures through individual appointments, group advising sessions, and presentations by professional staff, faculty advisors, and student advisors.
All new first year and transfer students receive academic advising for their first semester by attending the Sacramento State Orientation program. Student orientation leaders and faculty advisors meet with small groups of new students to explain academic requirements, registration procedures, and to offer helpful hints about life at Sacramento State. A detailed description of orientation programs is sent to all new students in May for fall semester and in October for spring semester.
Lassen Hall 3002
(916) 278-7796; (916) 278-5440; or (916) 278-5297
The Student-Athlete Resource Center (SARC) is designed to enhance the academic and overall life development experience for NCAA Division I student athletes at Sacramento State. The SARC assists student-athletes in pursuing and successfully completing a college degree while also preparing them for challenges and experiences after college. The Center also provides Sacramento State student athletes with a very comprehensive academic support system.
The SARC provides student athletes with a variety of academic support and services from the outset of their academic careers at Sacramento State. It provides the student athletes with opportunities to develop and improve their academic skills, as well as to receive exceptional advising on University policies and procedures, coursework, and career choices. In addition, the Center’s staff monitors the progress of each student athlete towards completion of their degree in compliance with the academic bylaws mandated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In addition, the SARC provides student athletes with additional academic support in the forms of computer labs, individual tutoring, and specialized retention advising for student athletes with additional academic needs. The Center also coordinates all of the activities associated with the NCAA/CHAMPS Life Skills Program. This nationwide program focuses on helping student athletes achieve in all areas of personal, academic, community, career, and athletic development.
The SARC Office is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The SARC’s academic lab is also open weekdays and offers both daytime and evening hours during the academic year (Monday to Thursday, 7:30am to 9:00pm and Fridays, 7:30am to 4:00pm).
Tahoe Hall 1030
(916) 278-BIZZ (2499)
The Undergraduate Business Advising Center of the College of Business Administration (UBAC) assists undergraduate business administration majors, pre-majors, and minors with program advising, career advising, graduation evaluations, and petitions relating to the major and/or minor.
Eureka Hall 216
The Teacher Preparation and Credentials (TPAC) Office assists students who are interested in pursuing a career as an elementary, middle/junior high, high school, or special education teacher. The TPAC advisors work with students on issues related to state and university requirements for credential programs, support for taking required exams, and information about scholarships and other sources of financial support available to teacher candidates. Students considering teaching as a career should visit this office during their first semester.
Lassen Hall, Main Lobby
Reentry Services offers educational counseling to students who are returning after a break in their education. Educational options are reviewed, including selection of major, General Education, graduation requirements, and academic policies.
First Year Seminars provide students with an introduction to the nature and meaning of higher education and to the functions and resources of the University. Students in the class gain insights and develop tools that allow them to get the most out of their university education at Sacramento State. The seminars also provide students with the opportunity to interact with fellow students and the seminar leader, building a community of academic and personal support. Students who have taken the course do better academically than the general student population.
This introductory course satisfies the Area E General Education requirement. The course is listed under individual department names with the added designation of 21. For example, COMS 21 (Communication Studies) is a First Year Seminar, with specific information relevant to each major covered in more detail. Some of the First Year Seminars are stand-alone courses while others are part of a learning community.
The General Education Honors Program at California State University, Sacramento offers qualified and highly motivated students an opportunity to pursue a challenging and stimulating learning experience encompassing an interdisciplinary academic orientation that promotes integrative learning and the application of insights acquired in one discipline to others.
The Honors Program academic experience is composed of 45 units of Honors courses (36 lower division and 9 upper division). In their freshman and sophomore years, Honors students take three Honors courses per semester, filling out their schedules with other General Education courses or courses required in their pre-major. Three upper division courses taken during the junior and senior year will conclude the Honors experience. Honors students take at least 12 units overall per semester.
The core curriculum is a three-semester Honors seminar in which students read some of the great books of world civilizations, analyze the writings of world thinkers and writers, and improve their skills in critical thinking and writing. All Honors courses fulfill all Sacramento State General Education requirements for graduation.
Honors students at Sacramento State experience individualized attention from dedicated professors, special seminars in their academic programs, extracurricular activities in the form of cultural events, various Honors Colloquia and interaction with faculty members and their fellow Honors students in and out of class.
The Learning Communities program establishes connections between courses in different subject areas with General Education curricula. Each Learning Community consists of two to three classes, scheduled in a block, with faculty who work together to link course topics around a common theme, coordinating readings and assignments. Students who join a Learning Community are linked to other students enrolled in the same classes, helping students form connections with professors and other students that strengthen their networks of social and academic support.
Students admitted to Sacramento State do not need to meet any other admission criteria to join a Learning Community. New communities are formed each fall, and information about the semester’s Learning Community offerings is shared at Freshman Orientation and found on the Sacramento State website.
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded program designed to prepare selected Sacramento State undergraduate students for admission and study at the doctoral level. Each year, 24 McNair Scholars participate in both academic year and summer activities.
Students who have obtained 45 units or more, have a GPA of 2.8 or higher and are low income and first in their family to attend college, or students who are considered underrepresented in their major (as defined by federal regulations) can gain research skills, knowledge, and information needed to complete doctoral degrees in their fields of study.
The academic components include: a three-unit research methodology course, meetings with the McNair Program staff and the faculty mentors to assess personal needs and review academic progress, and preparation for a summer research project. For students who have completed 60 units or more, the summer component includes enrolling in a one unit supervised research course and travel to select McNair Symposiums where students have the opportunity to present their research findings. Scholars receive additional guidance from the McNair Faculty Coordinator and a faculty mentor in completing a published research article. Senior McNair scholars complete a 3-unit senior seminar which provides assistance with selecting, applying, and financing graduate studies.
Stipends for travel to doctoral institutions and research conferences to present research papers are granted to students who complete their research projects. McNair scholars also receive a stipend as part of their participation in the summer research experience. Scholars are encouraged to participate in statewide and national conferences to present their research findings.
The Student Academic Success and Educational Equity Programs are committed to fostering diversity and equity while promoting a campus learning environment that encourages and supports all students in persisting toward their educational goal by increasing their retention and graduation rates. This is accomplished through the unified effort of the following programs: College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), College Based Educational Equity Programs (CBEEP), Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Faculty Student Mentor Program (FSMP), and the Services to Students with Disabilities Program (SSWD). These programs and services are designed to build upon the dreams and aspirations of our campus community – our students, faculty, and staff, our alumni, and the people of our region.
The Student Academic Success and Educational Equity Programs are guided by the following primary goals:
1. Access and Equity
To provide underrepresented students with access to a higher education and supportive services that are designed to enable them to persist through the college experience.
2. Recruitment and Transition
To aid students in their transition to college life through pre-college equity services and assistance in navigating the higher education experience.
3. Retention and Graduation
To provide a comprehensive range of retention services (e.g., academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, etc.) to underrepresented students in the division to facilitate their graduation.
Note: The Early Assessment Program (EAP) and Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) are affiliated SASEEP Programs.
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The College Assistance Migrant Program helps students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds make the transition to college life during the first year at Sacramento State and assists them in developing the skills needed to stay in and successfully graduate from Sacramento State. CAMP offers:
- Special admission and pre-admission services;
- Assistance with financial aid, housing, and University services;
- Academic advising;
- Career exploration & referrals to career-related job and internship opportunities;
- Personal counseling;
- Tutors in basic skills and subject area courses;
- A home-like environment;
- Supplemental financial assistance awarded on the basis of financial need.
In order to be eligible for CAMP, students must reflect an agricultural background, meaning they or their parent(s) or guardian(s) must have engaged in migrant or seasonal farm work labor within the last 24 months. A student must enroll full time and be in need of academic support services and financial assistance.
Tahoe Hall 3067
The Business Educational Equity Program (BEEP) encourages and supports all students who major in business. BEEP provides a peer-assisted tutoring and study center where one-on-one and group assistance is available for business students seeking academic support in numerous lower and upper division business courses. All business students interested in the program should contact the College of Business Administration Office of Student Affairs at (916) 278-5875 or visit the office in Tahoe Hall 1037.
Enhancement Program (CWC)
Amador Hall 460
Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program (CWC) emphasizes scholarship, leadership, and service by creating a supportive and nurturing learning environment that is responsive to the needs of students. Although the program is patterned after traditional relationships between students and faculty at historically Black colleges and universities, it serves students from all backgrounds. Faculty, staff, and community members assume the responsibility for shaping and guiding students through the college experience. Key objectives of CWC are the retention of students and the development of leaders.
CWC scholars, staff, faculty, and members of the community organize and participate in the following activities/events: Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program, African-American History Month rally and lectures, the annual Anna J. Cooper and Carter G. Wood lectures, and the annual African-American graduation celebration ceremony. CWC also awards various scholarships.
Santa Clara Hall 1213
Participation in the MESA Engineering and Computer Science Program (MEP) doubles the probability that students will be successful in their engineering or computer science college studies. Focusing on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of highly motivated students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, MEP emphasizes participation by students from communities with low rates of enrollment in engineering or computer science majors.
The MEP program provides an on-campus home for its members with a large 24 hours-a-day study center/computer lab that encourages study groups. MEP provides professional development, a freshman orientation course, and personal-academic advising. It assists in the coordination of retention services for all students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Additionally, MEP sponsors MEP Honors Partnership (MHP), a paid internship program to competitively selected students. MHP Industry Fellows are offered full-time, paid positions during summers and college breaks from their freshman through senior years. The income students earn, coupled with the financial aid they receive, allows them to attend school full-time and eliminates the need to work when classes are in session.
Sequoia Hall 224
The Science Educational Equity (SEE) program is a comprehensive academic support program designed for students who face social, economic, or educational barriers that limit access to careers in the sciences and health professions. Students are encouraged to form study groups for both lower and upper division coursework. Science faculty provide academic and pre-professional advising for each student and are available for career guidance and assistance with course material. Students attend professional conferences, participate in academic workshops and seminars, and are encouraged to attend summer enrichment programs at other universities and laboratories. The program provides assistance with applications to graduate programs, health professional schools, and summer enrichment programs. SEE also provides students the opportunity to meet and interact with faculty, community members, and other students.
All students interested in becoming a part of the SEE program are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the community through service to SEE, the University, and/or the Sacramento community. Upon entry to the program, each student is required to meet with an academic/major advisor to develop a comprehensive academic plan; it is the student’s responsibility to schedule an advising appointment each semester thereafter to update the academic plan.
Lassen Hall 2205
The Educational Opportunity Program, enacted by law in 1969, is a state-mandated program that provides first-generation college students with access to a four-year college education. Its counselors, advisors, and support staff provide the majority of student advising, counseling, and tutorial services.
Specifically, EOP applicants are California residents coming from low-income, educationally disadvantaged communities who may not have had the opportunity to prepare adequately for admissions to a four-year college. An EOP student has the potential to perform satisfactorily at Sacramento State, but may not have been able to realize this potential because of his/her economic or educational background. Services include:
First Year Experience - The first year of university life is critical to student learning and success. The EOP First Year Experience (FYE) is designed to provide all EOP freshmen with the skills and support networks necessary to ensure success. A First Year Experience Project Team comprised of faculty, student development professionals, students, and other campus representatives is involved in all facets of the program. The First Year program is comprised of many different components, among them, academic advising services, personal counseling, course grouping through our Learning Communities, educational workshops, social/cultural programs, tutoring, and, if deemed appropriate, extensive academic preparation through our Summer Bridge component. General and continuing services include:
- admissions assistance;
- outreach presentations to schools and communities;
- a special orientation to the University;
- undeclared advising support and a sophomore success program;
- advising, personal counseling, and tutoring;
- financial aid advising and information;
- career and student success workshops;
- an EOP grant awarded to eligible EOP students;
- course placement and planning;
- learning and study strategies;
- instructional services through an EOP Learning Community;
- recommendations/referrals to other programs and services.
The Center also houses the Summer Bridge Program* designed to help incoming Sacramento State freshmen make a smooth transition to college.
*See Admission and General Support Programs/Summer Bridge.
Lassen Hall 2205
Summer Bridge, administered through the Educational Opportunity Program, is a free six-week intensive academic preparation and college orientation program designed to help incoming first-year first-time freshmen make a smooth transition from high school to college. Economically disadvantaged and first-generation students who have been admitted to the University and who demonstrate a need to strengthen reading, writing, and/or mathematical skills are eligible. Summer courses may include up to three college courses including an in-depth College Success/Leadership course. Successful completion of the courses earns students 3-8 units of credit.
To be considered for Summer Bridge, students must be admitted to Sacramento State and to EOP, submit a separate online Summer Bridge application as well as take the Entry Level Math (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT).
Summer Bridge applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the Summer Bridge program in early Fall and take the ELM and EPT in early Spring.
All eligible students are encouraged to learn more about and apply to the Summer Bridge Program by or visiting the Summer Bridge website at www.csus.edu/eop/sb.
Lassen Hall 2205T
The Faculty Student Mentor Program is an educational equity program designed to offer academic and personal support to students from traditionally low-income communities and selected students who have requested services due to challenges experienced in their education.
Faculty and Peer Mentors are key elements to goal attainment. Program participants’ integration into the campus life is facilitated by the development of discipline-based faculty and peer mentor teams. The FSMP matches the faculty peer mentor teams with program participants. These teams may organize study sessions and tutorials. In addition, the mentors give personal, career and academic advice, and provide referrals to advisors within the departments and other on-campus resources. The teams also plan activities supportive of the students’ interests and needs. The Faculty Student Mentor Program’s goals are to increase the retention rates of students by helping them develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to complete their academic goals, introduce the students to a discipline, build communities, and to promote excellence.
For more information, please call or visit our office.
Lassen Hall 1008
(916) 278-6955 (voice) or (916) 278-7239 (TDD)
(916) 278-7825 (fax)
The Office of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) offers students with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in all programs, services, activities, and facilities. SSWD also promotes campus awareness and education on disability issues.
The following disability categories may impede a student’s educational process and necessitate support services: visual, communication, hearing, psychological, and mobility impairments, specific learning disabilities, and other functional limitations.
Individually prescribed services linked to functional limitations may include: academic advising, limited priority registration and add/drop, disability management counseling, readers, note taking, interpreting, Real Time Captioning, Braille textbooks, electronic text, limited on-campus transportation assistance, selective adaptive equipment, classroom test accommodations, advocacy, and referrals.
In order to help facilitate graduation, the “TRIO” Student Support Services Project offers retention services to students with disabilities who have academic support needs. It offers limited supplemental and remedial instruction in various subjects including English writing and modified remedial Math to eligible students.
The High Tech Center ensures equal access to computers through needs assessment instruction in the use of assistive computer hardware and software, and alternative media production.
The Learning Disability Program provides limited screening for diagnostic assessment of LD and ADD/HD referral to campus and local resources and appropriate support services.
To be eligible for services, a student must be currently enrolled at Sacramento State with documentation of disability on file at the SSWD Office that demonstrates the need for accommodation and support services.
Lassen Hall 2200
The Learning Skills Center offers preparatory courses for students on the basis of performance on the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Math test (ELM). Its courses and tutorials are designed for first year students. The Learning Skills Center also provides supplemental (adjunct) instruction in support of selected General Education courses, as well as a range of course and tutorial offerings in the areas of reading for native speakers and reading, oral skills, grammar, and writing for multilingual students. The Learning Skills Program offers supplemental courses for students in EOP Learning Communities and academic services for students with disabilities. In addition, internship courses provide opportunities for students who want to tutor at the college level.
Lassen Hall 2302
The Testing Center supports the academic community by coordinating and administering a variety of national examinations, including the CBEST, RICA, GRE, and CTEL. The Testing Center is also responsible for coordinating and administering the three system-wide examinations: the English Placement Test (EPT), the Entry Level Mathematics examination (ELM) and the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ). Online registration is available at the Center’s Web site for all major exams.
The Testing Center administers qualifying exams and course challenge exams for all academic departments, including the Math Diagnostic for Math 30 (calculus).
Psychological testing including personality testing, vocational interest testing, ability, and aptitude testing is available by referral from a campus professional.
Accommodations for students with disabilities are provided by the Center, including special equipment such as adjustable tables, adaptive hardware/software, special lighting, and a quiet, distraction-free environment. Readers, scribes, and interpreters are provided upon request.
As a service to the faculty, the Testing Center offers a make-up exam program. With faculty permission, students who have missed classroom exams have the option of taking their exams in the Testing Center.
Additionally, the Testing Center provides consultation to campus departments regarding a wide range of testing and psychometric issues. A reference library of test materials is maintained and is available for use by appointment.
The Cooperative Education Program, located in the Academic Advising & Career Center at Sacramento State provides upper division and graduate students with paid, degree-enhancing professional work experience. Co-op encourages student growth by providing opportunities that link classroom theory with real work experience. Students who participate in a Co-op earn academic credit in addition to a salary. A faculty coordinator monitors students’ work and issues assignments and credit.
Participation in Cooperative Education empowers students to make informed career decisions and move toward achieving an advantage in a competitive job market. Additionally, participation can enhance self-esteem, bring greater meaning to coursework, and help students build important contacts for future employment. Upon graduation, students have the demonstrated experience and the necessary skills top-level employers seek. The Cooperative Education Program offers career counseling and referrals for possible job placements. Students must meet minimum qualifications to apply and participate. The Cooperative Education Program is administered through the Academic Advising & Career Center with additional satellite offices located across campus.