Freshman Students

I Have Been Admitted

Welcome to California State University, Sacramento!

The items below will help you through the steps you need to take to ensure a successful start here at Sacramento State.

What does “conditional admission” mean?

All offers of admission are conditional. Students typically apply before completing their senior year of high school. Applying prior to the completion of high school means that one or more classes are in-progress and we will not have final grades for these courses until later in the year.

We conditionally admit students based on self-reported and in-progress coursework as indicated on the application from Cal State Apply during the application filing period.

All applicants must maintain eligibility by completing all courses with passing grades (C- or higher), submitting all required official transcripts and test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, AP, IB, etc.), and adhering to all deadlines and other requirements.

Admitted students will be required to submit final official high school transcripts with their high school graduation date included by June 30, 2019 to finish validating their admission eligibility prior to beginning classes at Sac State. Admitted high school students with college credit will also be required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended by June 30, 2019.

Applications are term specific, which means that Sacramento State will not defer or roll forward your application or admission from term to term. If you do not attend Sacramento State in the term designated on your application, then you must reapply and submit a new application and fee for the subsequent term you wish to be considered for admissions to Sacramento State. 

Set up your SacLink Account

If you have not already done so, set up your SacLink account. This will allow you to access important information and communication via your My Sac State portal. This personal portal is how you will stay current with all campus information, access your personalized "To Do" list, get payment and account information, and search and register for classes.

Access My Sac State

Confirm Your Intent-to-Enroll (ITE)

You must let us know if you are planning to attend Sacramento State by May 1. 

Complete your Intent-to-Enroll.

NOTE: This is a critical deadline! Failure to complete the ITE by the deadline will result in your application being withdrawn from consideration. Your offer of admission will be rescinded. 

Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid? Check your "To Do" list in the Student Center of your My Sac State account and be sure to submit all requested documents on or before May 1. Then watch your My Sac State in the spring to Accept/Decline Financial Aid awards. For more information on Financial Aid awards go to:


If you are planning to live on campus, submit your online housing application beginning March 4. For more information on housing and application instructions go to:

The Early Start Program is designed for admitted CSU freshmen who need to improve their skills in English and Mathematics before the beginning of the fall term.  First-time freshmen who need extra preparation to be ready for college-level English and/or Math must start that process no later than the summer before their first term.  Students will be informed by the Admissions & Outreach Office after they have submitted their Intent to Enroll by the May 1 deadline of any Early Start requirements.   Students can then complete the Early Stat enrollment process through their MySacState account. 

The goals of the Early Start Program are to:

  • Better prepare students in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the start of the fall semester of the freshman year;
  • Add an important and timely assessment tool in preparing students for college; and
  • Improve the opportunity for students to successfully complete their college degrees. 

Detailed information can be found at the Early Start Program website 


English Directed Self-Placement Program (DSP)

Directed Self-Placement is a program designed to help entering students determine which first-year composition course is the right choice for them. All First-Time Freshmen must participate in Directed Self-Placement, with the exception of a small number of students who may be exempt. 

Directed Self-Placement will be available online for new students beginning May 13, 2019. DSP must be completed no later than June 16, 2019. Visit the Directed Self-Placement website for additional details.

ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment 


What is the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment?

The ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL) mathematics assessment is an online, adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of mathematics topics.

The Placement Assessment is designed to be completed in a series of steps. First, an un-proctored initial assessment will determine what math topics you know well and what you may need to improve on. Second, a customized Preparation and Learning Module will be made available so you can refresh your knowledge on topics you may need additional help with. Finally, you will complete a proctored assessment that will determine your placement in a required mathematics course at Sac State this coming fall. Each step of the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment will include some, but not all, of the math you learned in high school.


Who needs to complete ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment?

The following majors require first-year students to complete ALEKS PPL:

Biological Sciences
Business Administration
Civil Engineering
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Management
Electrical Engineering
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health Science
Liberal Studies
Mechanical Engineering

Click here to find out more information about a proctored exam at Sac State.


Is more information available? 

Yes, click here for detailed information about the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment.

New Student Orientation - Two -Step Process

Orientation at Sacramento State is a mandatory two- step process.

STEP 1: Complete Hornet Pre-Orientation

1. Submit your Intent to Enroll via your MySacState account,

2. Click on Hornet Pre-Registration on your Student Center's Important Links heading on the lower right.

(see picture below).


STEP 2: Attend First Year Orientation

New fall students must attend their First Year Orientation during the summer. Important to know is that parents/guardians are also invited to attend and that there is a fee to attend Orientation.

For additional information on how to register for an Orientation session, program fees, program dates, registration deadlines and the schedule of the day, visit:


Application Correction Request

Did you make an error while completing your application? 

Submit a completed Application Correction Request Form online. You will need your SacLink username and password to log-in and access the form. 

Please note: Changes to your contact information you can do yourself through your My Sac State account. Do not use this form for changes to your birth date, social security number, or name - these changes require you to call our office for instructions at (916) 278-1000. Change of Major must be requested through the University Registrar's Office by submitting a Change of Major Request Form.  


Submit Your Transcripts

Your official high school transcript with all final grades must be submitted by July 15 to show proof you met all the admission requirements and successfully graduated high school. Your official high school transcript must have your graduation date posted on it. 

Submit Transcripts

By Mail
Sacramento State
Admissions & Outreach
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6048

Drop Off
Sacramento State
Admissions & Outreach
Lassen Hall, Room #1102
Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm

Electronic Transcripts
Sac State accepts and prefers electronic transcripts from other institutions. Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly from your high school or college to our campus via:


  • Official transcripts must in their sealed envelopes from the source. Opened transcripts or transcripts in personal envelopes will be considered unofficial.
  • Transcripts and any attachments emailed to our campus from personal email accounts will be considered unofficial.

High school graduates with college credit: If you have college credit, you are also required to submit final, official transcripts from all colleges attended by July 15. Please see below for colleges we retrieve electronic transcripts from.

Important Electronic Transcript Information
Transcripts will be retrieved electronically by Sac State Admissions on behalf of our incoming students from the following California Community Colleges if they were reported on the Cal State Apply application: American River College, Antelope Valley College, Cerritos College, Chabot College, Chaffey College, Cosumnes River College, Cypress College, Folsom Lake College, Fullerton College, Las Positas College, L.A. City College, L.A. Harbor College, L.A. Mission College, L.A. Pierce College, L.A. Southwest College, L.A. Trade-Technical College, L.A. Valley College, Sacramento City College, San Joaquin Delta College, and Santa Rosa Junior College.

*As of 2/27/2018, we are no longer able to request West L.A. College transcripts.

Please note: You must have the same social security number on file at both institutions for electronic transcripts to be retrieved on your behalf. If you do not currently have a social security number on file, we will not be able to request electronic transcripts for you from these colleges. You will need to request your official transcripts and have them sent to us prior to the transcript deadline. If you have a hold on your record at one of these colleges, your electronic transcript will not be released to us and we will not receive it. You will need to clear the hold and provide the official transcript to us by the stated deadline. If you attended one of the colleges listed above, but did not report the campus on your Cal State Apply application, please fill out an Application Correction Request.

Registration Tuition Fees

Pay your Registration Fees. Fee statements and payments are due after course registration. Several payment options are available, for more information on deadlines and payment options go to If you do not pay fees on time, you will be dropped from your classes.

Immunization Requirements

Make sure you have met the CSU immunization requirement. Click here for more information.