Undergraduate Admissions

Application Information and Forms

Office of Admissions and Outreach
Lassen Hall - Room 1102
Office of Admissions and Outreach Website

Requirements for admission to California State University, Sacramento are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at the Chancellor's Office website.

The Office of Admissions and Outreach provides prospective students with information about academic programs, admission requirements, and the application process.

All CSU applications must be submitted online. An acknowledgement will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

Students who want to enroll for residence credit in either a fall or spring semester must file an application for admission. A student who has been in attendance at Sacramento State in either of the two preceding semesters is considered a continuing student and does not need to reapply or pay the $55 application fee. The application and fee are necessary when reentering California State University, Sacramento after an absence of two or more semesters, but are not required for students desiring to enroll only in extension or intersession.

Sacramento State Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination Policy

Sacramento State seeks the participation in all its programs and activities, including admission and access, by all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Discrimination based on these factors is prohibited by University policy. Sacramento State has established nondiscrimination and affirmative action programs that conform to applicable federal statutes, as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and directives of the State of California. These statutes prohibit discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) against applicants, students and employees. Sacramento State is committed to provide equal opportunities to all its students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics. William "Skip" Bishop, the Director of Equal Opportunity, has been designated to coordinate the efforts of Sacramento State to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment on these bases.

For further information, or should you feel that you have been discriminated against in any one of the areas mentioned, including Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, contact the Office for Equal Opportunity at (916) 278-5770, email, or visit our website.

Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The university uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the university to file information returns that include the student’s social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

The student's social security number is not used as the individual identifier in all student records which may include:

  1. application and admissions records,
  2. registration records,
  3. enrollment/transcript records,
  4. financial aid records,
  5. alumni records, and
  6. records maintained by other University operated programs.

A student is assigned a unique Sacramento State ID upon submission of an application for admission to the University, which is used as the student identifier in all student records.

Such personally identifiable records are not shared or distributed to private individuals or agencies unless such sharing or distribution is authorized by the student or unless otherwise lawfully available. (See Appendix D).

Undergraduate Application Procedures

Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be paid online at the time of application via credit card or PayPal and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be requested on the application if desired by the campus. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted campus may be redirected to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents

Sacramento State advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of registration or academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).

Impacted Programs

The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, June for winter terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus which they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. Candidates for admission must meet all of the campus’ specified supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program or campus.

The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and program impaction will be available at the Chancellor's Office website.

Campuses will communicate supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their application service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published on the Sacramento State website and made available online.

Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered for impacted programs at more than one campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admission consideration.

Supplementary Admission Criteria

Each campus with impacted programs or class-level admission categories uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank-ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on verification of the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degrees, the overall transfer grade point average (GPA), completion of specified prerequisite courses and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT, regardless of GPA. For fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible, but no later than November or December of the preceding year.
 
The supplementary admission criteria used by individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program.

Sacramento State Designated Impacted Programs

Biological Sciences has been officially designated as an impacted program on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Biological Sciences, (916) 278-6535, to confirm current criteria.

See Academic Programs/Biological Sciences

All undergraduate programs in Business Administration have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Undergraduate Business Advising Center to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-BIZZ (2499).

See Academic Programs/Business Administration.

The upper division Clinical Nursing Program has been officially designated as an impacted program on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Division of Nursing to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6525.

See Academic Programs/Nursing.

The upper division Graphic Design program has officially designated as an impacted program on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Design, (916) 278-3962, to confirm current criteria.

See Academic Programs/Graphic Design.

All programs in Criminal Justice have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Criminal Justice to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6487.

See Academic Programs/Criminal Justice.

All undergraduate programs in Health Science have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Health Science to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6441.

See Academic Programs/Health Science.

All programs in Psychology have been officially designated as impacted programs on the Sacramento State campus. Check with the Department of Psychology to confirm current criteria at (916) 278-6254.

See Academic Programs/Psychology.

In addition to the Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Clinical Nursing, Criminal Justice, Graphic Design, Health Science and Psychology programs, it is possible that any class level or program categories may be impacted if more applications are received in the initial application filing period than can be accommodated by the University. Preapproved criteria are announced prior to the beginning of each application cycle. Admission criteria are subject to revision.

English Language Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction1 must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following acceptable tests.

Test Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required if your native language is not English1 Score of 510 (paper based test) Score of 5501 (paper based test)
TOEFL Score of 64 (internet based test) Score of 801 (internet based)
PTE Academic Score of 50 Score of 651
IELTS (Academic) Overall band score of 6.5 Overall band score of 7.01

Some majors and some campuses may require a higher score. A few campuses may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency: Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP). Each campus will post the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.

CSU minimum TOEFL standards are:

Undergraduate              61 - INTERNET, 500- PAPER
Graduate                       80 - INTERNET, 550 – PAPER

At the graduate level, a TOEFL score of 550 (or 80 internet based test) is required for admission for all students, with the following exceptions:

  • Communication Studies,
  • English,
  • International Affairs,
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology,
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) require higher scores.

Returning and Adult Students

Returning Students

Sacramento State students are granted an automatic leave of absence for one semester. This leave maintains the continuous attendance status of the student with eligibility to register in the following semesters and holds the catalog that determines degree requirements.

Former Sacramento State students who have been absent for two or more semesters must apply for readmission. An application fee is charged. Following a mandatory interruption of one or more semesters, students who have left in a negative academic standing1 may not be eligible to return until they complete additional coursework. Students who have been academically disqualified or dismissed must file an appeal for reinstatement/readmission.2

Reservation

The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant’s suitability and the best interests of the University.

Steps in the Application Process

Application Filing Periods

(Not all campuses/programs are open for admission to every term.)

Sacramento State uses a semester-based academic calendar. The initial filing periods for applications are the previous October through November for fall semester and the previous August for spring semester. All applications received during the initial filing period will be given equal consideration within established enrollment categories and quotas.

Additional selection criteria may be used to select applicants if more applications are received during the initial filing period than can be accommodated in specific enrollment categories. If the campus is designated an “impacted campus,” supplemental criteria may be used to select applicants.

If any enrollment categories are not filled during the initial filing period, the University will continue to accept applications during an extended filing period until capacity is reached. Enrollment priorities within the extended period will be in chronological order of receipt of applications.

Term Applications First Accepted Initial Filing Period
Fall Semester October 1 October 1 - November 30
Spring Semester August 1 August 1 - 31

Filing Period Duration

Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admissions office for current information.

Application Acknowledgment

On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which they have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may also include a request that applicants submit additional records necessary to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Transcript and Test Score Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to comply with the following transcript and test score requirements as part of the application procedures for admission. Applicants project their class level as of the date of intended initial enrollment.

  • Applicants with No College Units:
    Transcripts: One from high school showing final senior grades and date of graduation. Tests: Either ACT or SAT Reasoning Test score.
  • Applicants with Fewer Than 60 Semester Units:
    Sacramento State is not accepting applications from lower division transfer applicants with fewer than 60 transferable units.
  • Applicants with 60 or More Transferable Semester Units:
    Transcripts: One official copy of final record from each college attended; one showing work-in-progress if currently enrolled.
  • Returning Students:
    Transcripts: One official copy of final record from each college attended since last enrollment at Sacramento State; one showing work in progress if currently enrolled.

All transcripts become the property of the University and will not be released or copied. Processing of applications cannot be guaranteed unless all required documents and test scores are received during the appropriate application period. Individuals who do not file an application for admission are advised that transcripts are retained for one year only. Failure to disclose enrollment in each college or university attended constitutes grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University for unethical conduct. The University reserves the right to determine whether or not a record can be accepted as official.

Notification of Admission

Applicants will receive confirmation of their admission or a statement of ineligibility beginning in March for fall semesters and September for spring semesters, if they filed during the first month of the filing periods and all necessary documents have been received. If the campus has been designated an “impacted campus,” notification of admission status may be delayed while supplemental criteria are applied to applications received after the initial filing period.

Information about registration, placement testing, advising, and orientation will be e-mailed to all admitted students before registration when possible. Late applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.

Hardship Petitions

The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should write the campus Admission Offices regarding specific policies governing hardship admission.

Appeal of Admission Decision

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the CSU establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University.

Admissions appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted, and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students, and must also be published on the campus website.

Visit the "I was not admitted" link at the Office of Admissions and Outreach website for more information.

Freshman Requirements

Office of Admissions and Outreach
Lassen Hall Lobby - Room 1102
Office of Admissions and Outreach Website

The following section outlines the requirements for admission to Sacramento State and other CSU campuses. Prospective applicants should contact a high school or community college counselor or the Admissions and Outreach Office at California State University, Sacramento if they have further questions.

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED), or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  2. Have a qualifying minimum Eligibility Index score (see "Eligibility Index"); and
  3. Have completed with grades of C- or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Honors Courses

Up to eight semesters of approved honors courses taken in the last two years of high school including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade, can be accepted toward students' high school GPA (see "Eligibility Index"). Each unit (one year) of grade “A” in an honors course will receive 5 points; grade “B,” 4 points; and grade “C,” 3 points.

Test Requirements

Freshman and transfer applicants who have fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit are strongly encouraged to submit scores, unless exempt (see "Eligibility Index"), from either the ACT or the SAT of the College Board. Persons who apply to an impacted program may be required to submit test scores and should take the test no later than November or December. Test scores also are used for advising and placement purposes.
Students may contact:

The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200
(609) 771-7588
CollegeBoard.org

ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
(319) 337-1270
ACT.org

The CSU uses only the ACT composite score, the mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores on the new SAT in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.

Sacramento State University requires all first-year student applicants to submit an ACT or SAT score, regardless of high school grade point average.

Subject Requirements

The CSU requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of “C-” or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units (a “unit” is one year of study in high school).

  •  2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government
  •  4 years of English
  •  3 years of math (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra; four years recommended)
  •  2 years of laboratory science (1 biological and 1 physical, both must have laboratory instruction)
  •  2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  •  1 year of visual and performing arts: art, dance, drama/theater, or music
  •  1 year of electives: selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "a-g" list.

Note: All admission requirements (i.e., grade point average, test scores, and subjects) must be completed by the end of the spring term for a fall enrollment and the end of summer for a spring enrollment.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams and Advanced Standing Credit

Sacramento State grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board.

  • Students may be granted up to 6 units for each Advanced Placement (AP) examination for which a score of 3, 4, or 5 is earned.
  • Transferable college courses completed as a high school student will be evaluated for possible college credit upon receipt of an official college transcript. For the Official Transfer Evaluations click here.

Foreign Language Subject Requirements

The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate competence in a language other than English equivalent to or higher than expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. Consult with a school counselor or any CSU admissions office for information.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Sacramento State recognizes completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as satisfying the college preparatory subject requirements for admission.1 The applicant’s high school GPA and score on the ACT or SAT will also be used in determining eligibility for admission.

Eligibility Index

Eligibility Index – The eligibility index is the combination of the high school GPA and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. GPA is based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in the calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory “a-g” subject requirements and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade 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.

 A CSU eligibility index can be calculated by multiplying a GPA by 800 and adding the total score on the SAT exam (mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing). For students who took the ACT, multiply the GPA by 200 and add 10 times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2950 or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates several combinations of required test scores and averages. The university has no current plans to include the writing scores from either of the admissions tests in the computation of the CSU eligibility index.

Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are a resident of California for tuition purposes need a minimum index of 3570 or 842 using the ACT. Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for nonresidents) is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU campus to which they seek admission. Campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission.

Registration forms and the dates for either test may be obtained from school or college counselors or from a campus Testing Office. Testing information is also available at the Sacramento State Testing website, or by writing to:

College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200
(609) 771-7600
College Board Website

American College Testing Program (ACT)
Registration Unit, P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52243
(319) 337-1270
ACT Website

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the University verifies that they have graduated and received a diploma from high school, have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory “a-g” subjects, and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries will be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section.

Refer to Application to Sacramento State/Undergraduate/Impacted Programs.

Eligibility Index Table for California High School Graduates or Residents of California

A GPA of 3.00 and above qualifies for any score in ACT or SAT.1

GPA ACT Score New SAT Score
2.99 10 560
2.98 10 570
2.97 10 580
2.96 11 590
2.95 11 590
2.94 11 600
2.93 11 610
2.92 11 620
2.91 12 630
2.90 12 630
2.89 12 640
2.88 12 650
2.87 12 660
2.86 13 670
2.85 13 670
2.84 13 680
2.83 13 690
2.82 13 700
2.81 14 710
2.80 14 710
2.79 14 720
2.78 14 730
2.77 14 740
2.76 15 750
2.75 15 750
2.74 15 760
2.73 15 770
2.72 15 780
2.71 16 790
2.70 16 790
2.69 16 800
2.68 16 810
2.67 16 820
2.66 17 830
2.65 17 830
2.64 17 840
2.63 17 850
2.62 17 860
2.61 18 870
2.60 18 870
2.59 18 880
2.58 18 890
2.57 18 900
2.56 19 910
2.55 19 910
2.54 19 920
2.53 19 930
2.52 19 940
2.51 20 950
2.50 20 950
2.49 20 960
2.48 20 970
2.47 20 980
2.46 21 990
2.45 21 990
2.44 21 1000
2.43 21 1010
2.42 21 1020
2.41 22 1030
2.40 22 1030
2.39 22 1040
2.38 22 1050
2.37 22 1060
2.36 23 1070
2.35 23 1070
2.34 23 1080
2.33 23 1090
2.32 23 1100
2.31 24 1110
2.30 24 1110
2.29 24 1120
2.28 24 1130
2.27 24 1140
2.26 25 1150
2.25 25 1150
2.24 25 1160
2.23 25 1170
2.22 25 1180
2.21 26 1190
2.20 26 1190
2.19 26 1200
2.18 26 1210
2.17 26 1220
2.16 27 1230
2.15 27 1230
2.14 27 1240
2.13 27 1250
2.12 27 1260
2.11 28 1270
2.10 28 1270
2.09 28 1280
2.08 28 1290
2.07 28 1300
2.06 29 1310
2.05 29 1310
2.04 29 1320
2.03 29 1330
2.02 29 1340
2.01 30 1350
2.00 30 1350
A GPA below 2.0 does not qualify for regular admission

Eligibility Index Table for Non-resident or Non-graduates of California

A GPA of 3.61 and above qualifies for any score in ACT or SAT.1

GPA ACT Score New SAT Score
3.60 13 690
3.58 13 690
3.56 13 730
3.54 14 740
3.52 15 760
3.50 15 780
3.48 15 790
3.46 15 810
3.44 16 820
3.42 16 840
3.40 17 860
3.38 17 870
3.36 17 890
3.34 18 900
3.32 18 920
3.30 19 930
3.28 19 950
3.26 19 970
3.24 20 980
3.22 20 1000
3.21 20 1010
3.19 21 1020
3.17 21 1040
3.15 22 1050
3.13 22 1070
3.11 22 1090
3.09 23 1100
3.07 23 1120
3.05 24 1130
3.03 24 1150
3.01 24 1170
2.99 25 1180
2.97 25 1200
2.95 26 1210
2.93 26 1230
2.91 26 1250
2.89 27 1260
2.87 27 1280
2.85 28 1290
2.83 28 1310
2.82 28 1320
2.80 29 1330
2.78 29 1350
2.76 29 1370
2.74 30 1380
2.72 30 1400
2.70 31 1410
2.68 31 1430
2.66 31 1450
2.64 32 1460
2.62 32 1480
2.60 33 1490
2.58 33 1510
2.56 33 1530
2.54 34 1540
2.52 34 1530
2.50 35 1570
2.48 35 1590
2.46 35 ---
ACT - A GPA below 2.45 does not qualify for admission
SAT - A GPA below 2.47 does not qualify for admission

Subject Requirements Substitution for Students with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities are strongly encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements if at all possible. If an applicant is judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of his or her disability, alternate college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements.

Substitutions may be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by the applicant’s academic advisor or guidance counselor in consultation with the director of a CSU disabled student services program. Although the distribution may be slightly different from the course pattern required of other students, students qualifying for substitutions will still be held accountable for 15 units of college preparatory study.

Students should be aware that course substitutions might limit later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics. For further information and substitution forms, please call the director of disabled student services at the nearest CSU campus.

Provisional Admission

Sacramento State may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned coursework for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all coursework has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to the deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student’s first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts and cancel any university registration for students who are found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and received a high school diploma, have earned a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory “a-g” subjects and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

Special Categories

Adult Students

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is twenty-five (25) years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations).
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
  3. If there has been any college attendance in the last five years, has earned a 2.00 GPA or better in all college work attempted.

Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.

Educational Opportunity Program

EOP, a special admission and support program for students who possess the potential and motivation to succeed, is designed to improve access and retention of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students among California residents who wish to pursue a college education.1

Veterans

See the Veterans Success Center website.

High School Students

Office of Admissions and Outreach
Lassen Hall 1102

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment.

These programs include:

  1. Accelerated College Entrance (ACE) for talented students who can benefit from accelerated academic studies, available by phone at (916) 278-7032;
  2. Capitol Center MESA for underrepresented students in CSU mathematics, engineering, and science programs, available by phone at (916) 278-6699.

Students accepted into these programs qualify for reduced fees.

High school students other than those accepted into the above programs may also enroll concurrently in college courses without fee reduction upon approval of parents, high school principal, and appropriate Sacramento State academic department chairs.

Applicants Not Regularly Eligible

Applicants not admissible under one of the above provisions should enroll at a community college or another appropriate institution in preparatory courses to meet eligibility requirements. Only under the most unusual circumstances and only by special action will such applicants be admitted to Sacramento State.

Admissions Appeal-Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the California State University establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University. 

Admissions appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted, and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students, and must also be published on the campus website. Visit the "I was not admitted" link at the Admissions and Outreach website for more information.

Reservation

The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant’s suitability and the best interests of the University.

Transfer Student Preparation

Prospective transfer students may obtain general information on Sacramento State educational opportunities and matriculation procedures from Sacramento State admission and outreach representatives at California community college transfer day and regional college night programs. Representatives are also available at selected transfer centers on a regular basis to provide specific information on CSU matriculation procedures, eligibility for admission, and evaluation of credit. Prospective students who don’t have access to a transfer center can schedule an appointment with an admission counselor for a pre-admission advising session. Applicants should bring unofficial transcripts to these sessions. Contact the Office of Admissions & Outreach for admission counseling hours and availability.

To make an appointment with academic department faculty to discuss academic program requirements and career alternatives, prospective students should call the relevant department office.

Hour-long student-led weekday campus tours are scheduled one week in advance for small and large groups. To schedule a tour on line visit the Campus Tours website

Acceptance of Transfer Courses

Sacramento State annually enrolls more than 5,000 new transfer students from more than 300 different colleges and universities, mostly California community colleges.

Frequently, course titles and numbers differ from campus to campus, making it difficult for transfer students to know in advance which courses will be accepted for transfer to another college. In order to provide students with the assurance that courses taken at their campus prior to transfer will meet Sacramento State lower-division requirements for either General Education or a specific major, three methods of prior approval exist.

General Education Courses

The CSU system has authorized California community colleges and other approved colleges to designate “transferable” courses planned for use in a four-year baccalaureate program. In addition, they have jointly designated courses that may be used to certify a portion of the CSU General Education objectives to a maximum of 39 semester units. Sacramento State will apply courses completed at a California community college toward the CSU General Education objectives as listed on the community college certification form.

Students may have their lower division General Education courses certified by a California community college as meeting either the CSU GE Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Core Curriculum (IGETC) in partial completion of the General Education requirements for the baccalaureate degree.1

Upon matriculation, the Degree Evaluations Office will review courses completed at non-CSU colleges and universities; credit will be granted toward the Sacramento State General Education requirements in compliance with applicable CSU system, Sacramento State, and academic department policies.

Lower Division Major Prerequisites

Sacramento State also has developed an extensive program of major preparation agreements called “Articulation” or “Transfer Credit Agreements.” These are official documents prepared by Sacramento State faculty who carefully review coursework at other institutions and identify courses at those campuses that would be acceptable in lieu of Sacramento State courses. Students who take these courses can be assured they will receive credit toward their academic major at Sacramento State.

Articulation Agreements

Sacramento State has thousands of Articulation Agreements with community colleges and four-year institutions throughout the state. These Articulation Agreements are widely distributed and should be readily available to students at their home campus Counseling Centers or online at www.assist.org.

Transfer Centers

University representatives staffing Transfer Centers on community college campuses advise community college students on transfer issues, providing an excellent resource for prospective transfer students.

Transfer Student Assistance

Students may receive assistance in transferring to Sacramento State through the Transfer Centers at the following campuses:

American River College (916) 484-8685
Cosumnes River College (916) 691-7456
Folsom Lake College (916) 608-6510
Napa Valley College (707) 253-3115
Sacramento City College (916) 558-2181
San Joaquin Delta College (209) 954-5634
Santa Rosa Junior College (707) 527-4874
Sierra College (916) 660-7441
Solano College (707) 864-7158
Yuba College (530) 741-6790

Undergraduate Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer Policies of CSU Campuses

Most commonly, college-level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus.

California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.

“Certification” is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed at Assist.org.

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses, any or all of the California community colleges and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on Assist.org. Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges. Given the university’s 30-semester (45-quarter) unit residency requirement, no more than a total of 90 semester (135 quarter) units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

Transfer Requirements

Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.

Lower Division Transfers Requirements

Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants. Sacramento State is not currently accepting admission applications from lower-division transfers.

An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college credit is considered a lower-division transfer student. Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfers so that more upper-division transfers can be accommodated.

Having fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units at the point of transfer may affect eligibility for registration priority at CSU campuses and may affect the student’s financial aid status.

California resident transfer applicants with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted;
  • Have completed, with a grade of C- or better, a course in written communication and a course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning at a level satisfying CSU General Education Breadth Area A2 and B4 requirements, respectively;
  • Be in good standing at the last institution attended; and
  • Meet any one of the following eligibility standards.

Transfer Based on Current Admission Criteria

The applicant meets the freshman admission requirements in effect for the term for which the application is filed; - OR -

Transfer Based on High School Eligibility

The applicant was eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation; - OR -

Transfer Based on Making Up Missing Subjects

The applicant had a qualifiable eligibility index at the time of high school graduation (combination of GPA and test scores if needed), has made up any missing college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C- or better, and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation.
One baccalaureate-level course of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units is usually considered equivalent to one year of high school study.

(Note: Some campuses may require lower-division transfer students to complete specific college coursework, for example the four basic skill courses, as part of their admission criteria.)

Upper Division Transfers Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted;
  2. In good standing at the last college or university attended; and
  3. Completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C- or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.

The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses that meet CSU general education requirements, including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T)

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide a California community college student the optimum transfer preparation and a clear admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.

CCC students who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS-T admission applicants are given limited priority consideration based on their eligibility ranking to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units. It is the responsibility of the student who has earned an AA-T/AS-T to provide documentation of the degree to the CSU campus.

Provisional Admission

Sacramento State may provisionally or conditionally admit transfer applicants based on their academic preparation and courses planned for completion. The campus will monitor the final terms to ensure that those admitted complete all required courses satisfactorily. All accepted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college-level work completed. Campuses may rescind admission for any student who is found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. In no case may such documents be received and validated by the university any later than a student’s registration for their second term of CSU enrollment.

Local Area for Admission

First-year freshmen applicants who graduate from high school in one of the following counties are considered in Sacramento State's local admission area: Sacramento, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano or Yolo.

Transfer applicants transferring with the majority of units from one of the following community colleges are considered in Sacramento State's local admission area: American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento City, Sierra, San Joaquin Delta, Solano, Woodland or Yuba.

Applicants from the local admission area who meet minimum admission eligibility requirements will be offered admission to the university. However, they may not be admitted to the major of their choice due to impaction.

Wait List

For application terms for which the number of eligible applicants for admission exceeds enrollment capacity, a waitlist will be established. Students who accept the offer to remain on the admission waitlist will be notified of an admission decision as space becomes available.

Special Admission Categories1

Admission of Auditors for Undergraduate Courses

Admission as auditor may be restricted during periods of over-enrollment. Applicants may check with the Office of Admissions and Outreach or the Office of the University Registrar.

Impacted Programs

To obtain the most current information on impacted programs and supplemental criteria, please contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach.

Catalog Rights for Degree Requirements

Transfer students may choose Sacramento State requirements in effect

  1. at the time they began their college study at a California community college or a CSU,
  2. at the time they entered Sacramento State, or
  3. at the time they graduate from Sacramento State, provided they maintain attendance in college.1

Reservation

The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant's suitability and the best interests of the University.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Allowance of Transfer Credit from Accredited Colleges and Universities

Generally, students will be granted credit for baccalaureate level courses successfully completed at regionally accredited two or four-year colleges.

All courses, except remedial, are accepted for degree credit from institutions awarding four-year degrees. Credit is reviewed by the Degree Evaluations Office and is granted in compliance with applicable national, state, Title 5, CSU system, and University policies and procedures. Such credit may be applied toward fulfillment of major, minor, or general education requirements when applicable; other courses may count as elective credit toward the baccalaureate degree. This credit will be listed in summary form on the Sacramento State transcript of academic record.

Transfer credit generally is not posted to the Sacramento State transcript of postbaccalaureate students, including those seeking a Second Bachelor’s degree. Check with the Office of Graduate Studies ((916) 278-6470) for exceptions.

Advanced Placement Examinations

Sacramento State grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units of college credit.

Use of Advanced Placement Credit

AP Exam GE Area GE Units Elective Units Course Equivalencies
Art History C-Arts or C-Humanities 3 3 None
Art Studio and Drawing None 0 6 None
Art Studio-General Portfolio None 0 6 None
Art Studio-2D Design None 0 6 None
Art Studio-3D Design None 0 6 None
Biology: Score of 3 B2 & B3 4 2 None
Biology: Score of 4 or 5 B2, B3 & B5 6 0 BIO 10
Calculus AB:1 Score of 3 B4 4 2 None
Calculus AB:1 Score of 4 or 5 B4 4 2 MATH 30
Calculus BC1 B4 & B5 6 0 MATH 30 & 31
Chemistry B1 & B3 4 2 None
Chinese Language & Culture C-Humanities 3 3 Foreign Language Requirement
Computer Science A1 None 0 6 CSC 15
Computer Science AB1 None 0 6 CSC 15 & CSC 20
Economics – Macroeconomics D-Economics 3 3 ECON 1A
Economics – Microeconomics D-Economics 3 3 ECON 1B
English Language A2 3 3 ENGL 5
English Literature A2 & C-Humanities 6 0 ENGL 5
Environmental Science B1 & B3 4 2 None
French Language & Culture: Score of 3 C-Humanities 4 2 FREN 2A & Foreign Language reqmt.
French Language & Culture: Score of 4 or 5 C-Humanities 4 2 FREN 2B & Foreign Language reqmt.
French Literature C-Humanities 3 3 None
Geography – Human D-Geography 3 3 GEOG 2
German Language & Culture: Score of 3 C-Humanities 4 2 GERM 2A & Foreign Language reqmt.
German Language & Culture: Score of 4 or 5 C-Humanities 4 2 GERM 2B & Foreign Language reqmt.
Government – Comparative D-Government 3 3 None
Government - U.S. Gov and Politics D-Government 3 3 None - meets US Constitution2
History – U.S.3 D-History +US1 6 0 HIST 17A & HIST 17B
History – European C-Humanities 6 0 HIST 4 & HIST 5
History – World C-Humanities 6 0 HIST 50 & HIST 51
Italian Language & Culture C-Humanities 3 3 Foreign Language reqmt.
Japanese Language & Culture C-Humanities 3 3 Foreign Language reqmt.
Latin: Vergil C-Humanities 3 3 Foreign Language reqmt.
Latin: Literature C-Humanities 3 3 Foreign Language reqmt.
Music: Listening & Literature C-Arts 3 3 None
Music: Theory C-Arts 3 3 MUSC 6
Physics 1 B1 & B3 4 2 None
Physics 2 B1 & B3 4 2 None
Physics 1 + Physics 2: Score of 3 B1 & B3 4 2 None
Physics 1 + Physics 2: Score of 4 or 5 B1 & B3 4 4 PHYS 5A & PHYS 5B
Physics C Mechanics: Score of 3 B1 & B3 4 2 None
Physics C Mechanics: Score of 4 or 5 B1 & B3 4 2 PHYS 11A
Physics C Electricity/Magnetism: Score of 3 B1 & B3 4 2 None
Physics C Electricity/Magnetism: Score of 4 or 5 B1 & B3 4 2 PHYS 11C
Psychology D-Psychology 3 3 PSYC 2
Research None 0 6 None
Seminar None 0 6 None
Spanish Language & Culture: With score of 3 C-Humanities 4 2 SPAN 2A & Foreign Language reqmt.
Spanish Language & Culture: With score of 4 C-Humanities 4 2 SPAN 2B & Foreign Language reqmt.
Spanish Language & Culture: With score of 5 C-Humanities 4 2 SPAN 42, 47 & Foreign Language reqmt.
Spanish Literature & Culture C-Humanities 3 3 Foreign Language reqmt.
Statistics B4 3 3 STAT 1

Credit For Instruction in Non-Collegiate Instruction

Office of the Registrar
Degree Evaluations
Lassen Hall 2000
(916) 278-4862

Sacramento State grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The numbers of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Credit For Prior Learning

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
Amador Hall 255
(916) 278-6504

Sacramento State grants up to six units of credit for learning, knowledge, or skills-based experience that has been documented and evaluated according to campus policy. Students should be aware, however, that policies for earning credit for prior learning vary from campus to campus in the CSU.

Transfer Credit From Overseas Institutions

Credit is granted from recognized overseas institutions. Awarding of advanced standing varies depending on the educational system of the country. Certified copies of transcripts and degrees must be submitted in English translation. Sacramento State students who plan to study abroad through independent programs, CSU International Programs or through Sacramento State partnerships should contact International Programs and Global Engagement for information.

Nontraditional Credits

Sacramento State allows the following degree credit, based on evaluation of nontraditional academic experiences and/or examinations to apply toward the baccalaureate degree:

  1. Baccalaureate-level course credit certified by the Defense Activities in Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES). The amount of credit is limited to 24 semester units, the limit on the number of extension/correspondence course units that can be applied toward the degree.
  2. Standardized examinations designated for system-wide credit by the Chancellor of the California State University. The names of these examinations, the passing scores required, and the number of semester units to be awarded is listed under system wide Credit by Examination.1 The total amount of examination credit applied to the baccalaureate degree cannot exceed 30 semester units.
  3. The Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board on which the student receives a score of 3, 4, or 5. Up to six semester units may be awarded for each Advanced Placement Examination passed.
  4. Credit for basic training and commissions in the military service. The American Council on Education’s Commission on Education Credit and Credentials recommends the number of units allowed for each branch.
  5. Commissions held while in the military service: 12 upper division units.
  6. Civilian and military courses and schools recommended for credit by the American Council on Education’s Commission on Education Credit and Credentials.

Additional Degree Credits Allowed

  1. Credit for selected vocational/technical courses applicable to the Special Major in Fire Services and Construction Management and/or Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.
  2. Transfer credit from provisionally accredited colleges may be granted upon completion of 24 residence units with a “C” grade point average at Sacramento State. Credits granted would normally be in course areas commonly taught in four-year baccalaureate degree programs. Credit is granted only for courses in which at least “C” grades are earned. No credit will be granted for courses in religion, education, psychology, or philosophy if completed at a sectarian college. Credit may be restricted when the institution is specialized, e.g., offering only one or a small number of related programs. Credit to be used toward the student’s major or minor must receive the recommendation of the appropriate department. Students who have attended institutions that are listed as business schools only may receive credit through challenge examination

Limitations on the Transfer of Credit

Unit limitations apply to specific categories of credit that may be used to meet baccalaureate degree requirements:

  1. A maximum of 70 hours transferred from two-year or community Colleges.
  2. A maximum of 30 hours of examination credit.
  3. A maximum of 24 hours in extension and correspondence (transfer, Sacramento State or in combination).
  4. A maximum of 30 hours of any combination of correspondence, extension, and military service credit.
  5. A maximum of 24 units in Special Sessions

Transfer Grade Policies

Sacramento State utilizes the following policies in evaluating grades earned in courses accepted for transfer:

  1. The grading policy of the regionally accredited institution where credit was earned is honored by accepting at face value all official transcript entries, including those:
    1. reflecting academic forgiveness actions;
    2. reflecting acceptance of grade point remediation for repeated courses; and
    3. regarding “incomplete” grades (e.g., “I”, “IS”, and “IU”).
  2. All transfer courses graded Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit are computed at neutral value, except in those cases where the specific grading symbol is identified by the source institution as equivalent to a grade less than “C” in which case it will be taken at face value.
  3. All transfer course grades or symbols used to designate unsatisfactory, failing, or non-passing work at time of withdrawal such as “UW”, “WU”, or “WF” are evaluated as failing grades “F” unless otherwise defined by the source institution.

Official Transfer Evaluations

Office of the University Registrar
Lassen Hall 1000
(916) 278-1000

The Office of the University Registrar will prepare an official transfer credit evaluation summarizing prior college credit and indicating Sacramento State General Education requirements met. Students may access their Transfer Credit Evaluation through their MySacState account.

Questions about the evaluation can be discussed with the Student Services Center, Lassen 1000 or by calling the Help Line at (916) 278-1000.

Placement Measures for First-Year GE Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/ Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA and math GPA.

Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment.

These skills assessments are designed to inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs.

First-time freshmen in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the Early Start Program. 

The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/ quantitative reasoning the summer before their first term. 

Assessments and Placement for GE Written Communications

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea A2 English Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test

  • 3 or above: AP Language and Composition
  • 3 or above: AP Composition and Literature

College Transfer Coursework

  • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area A2 (written communication) with a grade of C- or better

Placement in a GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

English CAASPP/EAP Test:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better

English New SAT Test1:

  • 550 or above
  • 510 – 540 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better English

ACT Test:

  • 22 or higher
  • 19-21 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted GPA 3.3 or above
  • GPA 3.0 or above and completed approved 12 grade year-long English course (AP, CSU ERWC, Weighted Honors English)
  • GPA 3.0 or above and completed Honors English
  • GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school English

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

English New SAT Test1:

  • 510 – 540 and 4 or more years of high school English

ACT Test:

  • 19-21 and 4 or more years of high school English

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted GPA 3.0 or above and 4 or more years of high school English

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program.  Visit the Early Start Page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Non-Math Intensive Majors (Algebra and Statistics Disciplines, Non-STEM and Undecided Majors)

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test:

  • 3 or above: Calculus AB
  • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
  • 3 or above on AP Statistics
  • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles

International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:

  • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

College Transfer Coursework:

  • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the following criteria:

CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • Standard Met and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

New SAT Math Test1:

  • 570 or above
  • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
  • 520 – 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

ACT Math Test:

  • 23 or above
  • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.5 or above and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

High School GPA:

  • Weighted  math GPA 3.3 or above
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.0 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Pre-STEM/STEM and Other Math- Intensive Majors

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test:

  • 3 or above on AP Calculus AB 
  • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
  • 3 or above on AP Statistics
  • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles

International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:

  • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

College Transfer Coursework:

  • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

New SAT Math Test1:

  • 570 or above
  • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
  • 520 – 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

ACT Math Test:

  • 23 or above
  • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a grade of C- or better
  • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via the criteria below:

High School Math GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program.  Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Early Start Program

The goal of the Early Start Program (ESP) is to:

  • Better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students’ chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before the start of the freshman year.
  • For general information about ESP including fees and course listings, visit csustudentsuccess.org/earlystart. Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for ESP information once admitted.
  • Eligible financial aid applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less will be eligible for waiver of the per unit ESP fee. For more information on assessments, placements and the Early Start Program, please visit www.csustudentsuccess.org
 

Directed Self Placement (DSP)

All first time freshmen must participate in Directed Self-Placement (DSP).  For additional information about DSP, please visit the DSP website

First-year Composition Course Options:
By engaging in the Directed-Self Placement activities prior to coming to orientation and before enrolling in courses, students will receive a recommendation to help them choose from the options below:

The Semester-Long Program—English 5 or 5M1: Accelerated Academic Literacies. Intensive, semester-long course to help students use reading, writing, discussion, and research for discovery, intellectual curiosity, and personal academic growth—students will work in collaborative groups to share, critique, and revise their reading and writing.  Students will engage in reading and writing as communal and diverse processes; read and write effectively in and beyond the university; develop a metacognitive understanding of their reading, writing, and thinking processes; and understand that everyone develops and uses multiple discourses. 3 units.

The Year-Long “Stretch” Program—English 10/11 or 10M/11M1 Academic Literacies I & II. Year-long course to help students use reading, writing, discussion, and research for discovery, intellectual curiosity, and personal academic growth—students will work in collaborative groups to share, critique, and revise their reading and writing.  Students will engage in reading and writing as communal and diverse processes; read and write effectively in and beyond the university; develop a metacognitive understanding of their reading, writing, and thinking processes; and understand that everyone develops and uses multiple discourses. 6 units.

One-Unit Small Group Tutorial – ENGL 1X: Composition Tutorial. Taken in conjunction with one of the courses above, this composition tutorial offers supplemental instruction in elements of composition and assists students in mastering the writing process with special emphasis on planning and revising essays. Instruction takes place both in traditional classroom setting and in small group and individual tutorials. Students enrolled in this tutorial must also be co-enrolled in a first-year composition course as the focus will be drafting and revising the work done in the primary writing course. 1 unit +5/5M or 10/10M, 11/11M.

Additional Course Placement Examination Requirements

Chemistry

Sequoia Hall 156
(916) 278-6684

Students enrolling in Chemistry 1A are required to take a General Chemistry Placement Examination. This examination must be taken in the first laboratory period during the first week of the semester.

Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) exam

All students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) in order to graduate. The Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) exam is a prerequisite for all Writing Intensive courses.  For additional information, please visit the GWAR website or call the Writing Programs Office in the English Department at (916) 278-6409.

Foreign Language

Mariposa Hall 2051
(916) 278-6333

Sacramento State students who continue their study of a foreign language begun elsewhere must enroll in a course that does not duplicate previous college credits received. A placement test will be given prior to registration or at the first class meeting. If given prior to registration, it will be listed in the Class Schedule. Adjustment of registration, if necessary, will be made in accordance with the results of the placement exam.

Students who have begun the study of any foreign language in high school and who will enroll before taking the placement test may use the following as a guide for their first enrollment:

1A - if the student has less than one year of satisfactory high school study

1B - if the student has one year but less than two years of high school study

1C - if students have completed up to two years of high school study or one year of college French or German or Spanish with failing or unsatisfactory achievement or evaluation; and if students have had an extended interruption of beginning or intermediate formal language study

2A - if the student has two but less than three years of high school study

2B - if the student has three years of high school study

Students who have acquired knowledge of a foreign language without having received high school or college credit should consult with an advisor for placement.