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.

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 Failure to complete the ITE by the deadline will result in your application being withdrawn from consideration.

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 early March. For more information on housing and application instructions go to:

An Early Start is a Smart Start

Early Start is an enrollment requirement for some First-Time Freshmen (FTF).

Multiple measures such as assessment tests, high school grades, and and coursework will determine whether a student is required to participate in Early Start. The CSU wants to help First-Time Freshmen applicants get an “Early Start” toward their preparation for college level work. 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. Visit the Early Start website for more information. Registration opens in early May.

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 9, 2019. DSP must be completed no later than June 1, 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


How do I complete the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment?

The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment is completed in a series of steps.

Step 1: Complete the un-proctored placement exam online (it’s free!) after you are admitted. To create an ALEKS PPL sign-in, you must have an active SacLink account. To access the un-proctored assessment, click here. Step 1 should be completed no later than March 31, 2019.

Counselor Tip: Take the un-proctored assessment seriously! It determines the customized Preparation and Learning Module you will need to complete prior to completing the proctored assessment.  

Step 2: After you complete the initial un-proctored assessment, ALEKS PPL will suggest a Preparation and Learning Module for you to complete. You must complete at least 3 hours of work in the Preparation and Learning Module before you will be allowed to complete the proctored assessment. Step 2 should be completed no later than April 15, 2019.

Step 3: Complete the proctored ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment by June 1, 2019. A proctored assessment is one where an official proctor verifies your identity (with a photo I.D.) and keeps watch over you while you complete the assessment. It’s important the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment is taken seriously. The proctored assessment results will be used to determine the appropriate math course you should register in when you sign up for classes at Orientation this summer. You may complete the proctored assessment up to three additional times prior to June 1, 2019 if you are not satisfied with your placement results. The proctored assessment is free if you complete it at Sacramento State. Click here to register for a proctored exam at Sac State after completing Steps 1 and 2. Step 3 should be completed no later than June 1, 2019. We recommend registering for your proctored exam no later than April 28, 2019.

Counselor Tip: You must allow at least 48 hours between the un-proctored and proctored assessments, so don’t wait until the deadline to begin!


Is there a deadline?

Yes! The ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment must be completed (Steps 1, 2, and 3!) by June 1, 2019


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 June 30 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 June 30. 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.