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California State University, Sacramento - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


First-time Freshmen: Must be a high school graduate and have a qualifying eligibility index, which is a combination of high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. California residents within the defined local admission area must have a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using ACE scores; California residents outside the defined local admission area will be determined by the characteristcs of the applicant pool after all applications are collected; non-California residents must have a minimum index of 3502 using SAT or 842 using ACT scores. The CSU requires first-time freshman applicants to complete, with a grade of C or better, the following comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units (a "unit" is one year of study in high school): Two years of history/social science, including one year of US History or US History and government; four years of English; three years of mathematics (algebra, geometry and intermediate algebra); two years of laboratory science (one biological and one physical, both with a lab); two years of language other than English (subject to waiver); one year of visual and performing arts in a single area; one year of electives selected from the above areas or other approved college preparatory courses. New students must be tested in English (the English Placement Test) and mathematics (the Entry Level Mathematics Examination) before enrollment. Students may be exempt from one or both of the tests if they have scored well on other specified tests or completed appropriate courses. Students wishing to enroll in certain science, mathematics, and foreign language courses must also take placement examinations. (NOTE: All admission requirements must be completed in spring prior to a fall enrollment or during the fall semester for a spring enrollment.)

Undergraduate Transfers: Closed to Lower Division Transfers (those with fewer than 60 transferable semester units or 90 quarter units). Upper Division transfers with a minimum of 60 transferable semester units or 90 quarter units must have completed with a C- or higher the following General Education requirements: A1, Oral Communication, A2, Written Communication, A3, Critical Thinking, and B4, Math (above intermediate algebra). Must also have completed 30 units in CSU General Education requirements or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC); must be in good standing at last college or university attended; have a GPA of 2.0 if completed most of the transferable units within the defined local area of admission; if outside the defined local area for admission, the academic characteristics of the transfer applicant pool will determine the GPA cut-off; if a non-California resident, must have a minimum GPA of 2.4.

Graduate Students: The minimum requirement is an acceptable baccalaureate degree or equivalent academic preparation from a regionally accredited institution conferred prior to beginning graduate course work and a minimum GPA that meets the requirements of the program to which the applicant is applying. Most degree programs have additional admission criteria.

International Students: Students with F-1 or J-1 visas must apply online at: and print/send the supplemental documents available with the online applicaton to the International Admissions Office. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be completed if the applicant's native language is not English. California State University Sacramento interprets "where English was the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the native language (the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents) and that the students receive academic instruction in all subjects (except foreign language courses) at all levels of education in English. The minimum score for undergraduates on a paper-based test is 510; for graduate and second baccalaureate students, 550. The minimum score on the internet-based version is 64 for undergraduates and 80 for graduate and second baccalaureate students. Please note that some graduate departments require a higher score. Effective 2011, undergraduate international upper-division transfer students from accredited California community colleges or California State Universities will be exempt from the TOEFL upon presentation of evidence of earning a grade of B or better in ALL three of the following: General Education Area A1, Oral Communication; Area A2, Written Communication, and A3, Critical Thinking. International applicants must also provide a confidential financial statement with documented evidence that they possess sufficient funds for one full year without financial assistance from the University. Financial aid and scholarships are not available.


Online applications are available at Paper applications are available at high schools, community colleges and any CSU campus. For graduate admissions, see or contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (916) 278-6470, or