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Sending your kid to SAC STATE

Congratulations! Your teenager's college plans include the possibility of following in your footsteps at Sac State. (See, she really was listening to you after all.)

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
The world has changed in the years since you were a student. All those secrets of success you've been waiting to pass along will need some updating.

Getting into Sac State and succeeding depend more than ever on staying organized, being responsive and meeting deadlines. Our Top 10 to-do list for future alumni can help you smooth your child's path to the old alma mater.

IMAGE: Commencement1 DON’T BE A STRANGER
"The first thing I recommend is to get your kid to campus and take a campus tour, ideally during the summer before your child's senior year," says Barbara Sloan, associate director of University Outreach Services. That's the office that helps demystify student life for prospective and incoming students, their parents, and high school guidance counselors.

The one-hour walking tour of campus, led by student guides who can answer questions about academics and campus life, can help your child make informed choices. "Besides," Sloan adds, "the tour shows the alum who hasn't been on campus for a long time all the great things going on here." Schedule a tour: www.csus.edu/outreach.

2 KEEP AN EYE ON THE CALENDAR
For students hoping to enroll as freshmen during the fall semester, the initial application period runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 of the year before the semester begins. Applying early offers this big reward: "Any student who meets the requirements for admission and applies during this period is guaranteed a spot," Sloan says. "Although we accept applications after November, we can't guarantee enrollment after that date."

Another early-bird bonus: Those applicants who are eligible for admission and apply during October may be accepted provisionally in November. Acceptance is provisional until the University receives final high school transcripts, at which point it becomes official.

There's a separate calendar of application deadlines for spring semester admissions, as well as for students transferring from community college or applying to graduate school. Visit www.csus.edu/admr.

3 USE A MOUSE, SAVE A TREE
Paperwork and postage are strictly old school. These days, nearly everyone applies for admission using CSU Mentor, the online application at www.csumentor.edu. Eco-friendlier than paper, the electronic application is also processed more quickly- all the data uploads automatically into the University's admissions and records system.

While visiting the campus website, your child should check the "Prospective Students" link, where a wealth of information includes links for on-campus housing (www.csus.edu/housing).

IMAGE: Fall Leaves4 STAY IN THE LOOP
If your child's mailing or e-mail address changes during the application period, the Admissions and Records office needs to know ASAP. Otherwise, your child could miss important information.

After applying for admission, your child can set up an account with SacLink, the campus-wide computer network that provides a campus e-mail address and personal webpage. SacLink offers access to all kinds of electronic transactions and services, including the status of a pending application.

5 MAKE IT OFFICIAL
Sac State provisionally accepts an applicant, pending graduation from high school, with grades that meet admission requirements. Finalizing the application process requires a transcript showing spring grades and graduation date. The high school sends these to Admissions and Records on request.

6 THINK PROFICIENCY
The California State University system requires all incoming freshmen to demonstrate basic proficiency in English and math. High scores on the SAT, ACT or AP exams will exempt your child from this requirement. Otherwise, your child must take one or both proficiency tests before being allowed to register for classes. Tests are offered at all 23 CSU campuses during the spring and summer. Visit www.csus.edu/testing.

7 FIND A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
If your child has requested on-campus housing, the Office of Housing and Residential Life will send a housing application in May. Your child has 30 days to complete and return it, but be aware that on-campus housing can only accommodate about 1,000 students and space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. This is another don't-miss deadline. Visit www.csus.edu/housing and www.csus.edu/offcampus.

8 GET ORIENTED
Beginning in April, first-time freshmen who are admitted receive information on the now-mandatory summer freshman orientation. The two-day on-campus program is repeated throughout June and July. Among other things, your child will meet new and returning students and learn how to use the catalog, hear valuable "survival tips," and register for classes.

9 HUNT FOR THAT CHECKBOOK
Registration fees must be paid before your child can register for classes. (If your child is receiving financial aid, these fees will be deducted.) Once fees are paid, your child is eligible to choose fall semester classes using CasperWeb, Sac State's online class registration system.

10 KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR ANSWERS
Much of what your child might want or need to know about Sac State can be found at www.csus.edu. "But if at any time your child is unclear about an admission matter, have him or her call Enrollment Services at (916) 278-7766," Sloan advises. The Admission Counselors can help incoming students with the admissions process and make referrals to other student affairs offices if necessary. Help with choosing classes, picking a major, and meeting graduation requirements can be found at Sac State's Academic Advising Center, www.csus.edu/acad. Prospective students can get answers to questions at www.csus.edu/admr.

Questions or comments? Contact us at (916) 278-6156 or infodesk@csus.edu


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