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Returning Students

Welcome back to Sac!

We are excited that you are exploring your options for completing your degree back at Sacramento State! We know that “life happens” and sometimes our educational goals are interrupted. It’s not too late to return to Sac State to fulfill your goals. Explore the information below to understand how you will return to Sac State in the future.

Please select the category of your returning status, and review the eligibility requirements, application process, and deadlines. Each category will require a review process to determine eligibility for readmission or reinstatement. Students will be notified via email regarding the final decision.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more clarification on returning to Sacramento State.

Spring 2023/Fall 2023 Readmission with Good Academic Standing

Previously enrolled students who have not enrolled at Sacramento State for two or more consecutive semesters and are left in good academic standing must complete the readmission form to apply.

Applications now open!

Spring 2023/Fall 2023 Reinstatement after Disqualification

Students who have been disqualified from the university are eligible to re-apply to return to the Sac State after meeting specific guidelines. Students disqualified before Fall 2022 can reapply for our Spring 2023 or Fall 2023 semester.

  • Submit a Spring 2023 Cal State Apply admission application

Eligibility requirements:

  • Successful completion (C- or better) of Admission requirements: A1-Oral Communication; A2-Written Communication; A3-Critical Thinking; and B4-Quantitative Reasoning (math) by the end of Fall 2022.
  • Completion of all possible lower-division coursework (General Education and major prerequisites) by the end of Fall 2022.
  • 60 transferable units (junior standing) by the end of Fall 2022.
  • Be in "Good Standing" at the last college attended
  • Apply to a non-impacted major

Deadlines for Reinstatement after Disqualification:

  • Spring 2023 filling period is August 1 - August 31, 2022.
  • Fall 2023 filling period is October 1- December 15th.

Application for Reinstatement after Disqualification must be completed through the CSU Apply website.

Apply Now!

Spring 2023/Fall 2023 Reinstatement after Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed can petition for Spring 2023 “Readmission after Dismissal” from August 1 to August 31, 2022. There are two steps in the dismissal petitioning process:

  • Submit a Spring 2023 Cal State Apply admission application
  • Submit a “Readmission after Dismissal” statement

Reinstatement after Dismissal Process:

The reinstatement process requires that students submit a one-page written statement addressing the following:

  • problems that lead to dismissal
  • specific changes made to resolve these problems
  • reason for choosing intended major

Submit your Dismissal Statement to reinstatement@csus.edu

Application for Reinstatement after Disqualification must be completed through the CSU Apply website.

Apply Now!

Eligibility Deadlines

The table below shows the different eligibility deadlines.

Term Deadline to submit Cal State Apply Application Deadline to Submit Dismissal Statement Deadline to meet eligibility requirements by
Spring 2023 August 31 September 30 End of Fall 2022
Fall 2023 December 15 December 15 End of Spring 2023
Spring 2024  August 31 August 31 End of Fall 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is considered a returning student?

You are a returning student if:

  • You were previously enrolled at Sac State, but have not been enrolled for two or more consecutive fall and spring terms
  • You left the university in good academic standing
  • You have not attended another college or university after leaving Sac State

You are a returning transfer student if:

  • You were previously enrolled at Sac State, but have not been enrolled for two or more consecutive fall and spring terms
  • You left the university in good academic standing
  • You have attended another college or university after leaving Sac State
  • You have not received a Bachelor’s degree from another institution since last attending Sac State

Returning transfer students will be required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended after attending Sac State. In order to be eligible for readmission, students will need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (including work at Sac State) and be in good academic standing at the last institution attended.

Please Note: Readmission to the university does not guarantee readmission to an impacted major. Students who wish to be readmitted to impacted majors will need to meet all application deadlines including submitting supplemental applications if required.

Q: How do I know if I was Disqualified or Dismissed?

If you need more clarification on your current academic status, please contact a Admissions and Outreach customer service representative via phone at 916-278-1000 option 1. You may also schedule an Admissions Counselor appointment to discuss your best option.

Q: How long will it take for my application to be reviewed and completed?

The length of your review process depends on your status as a Returning or Reinstatement after Disqualification or Dismissal.

Q: Who is eligible to complete the Re-entry Form?

Only students planning to return as domestic undergraduate students should complete the form.

Please Note: International students planning to return to Sac State should contact the Office of International Admissions. Domestic graduate students planning to return to Sac State should contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Q: What happens after I submit the Readmission form?

Please complete the form as completely and accurately as possible. After you submit the form, you will receive an e-mail either:

  • Letting you know that your re-enrollment at the university has been approved and describing the steps you need to take for enrollment
  • Requesting additional information so that we can determine your eligibility for re-enrollment or
  • Notifying you that you are ineligible for re-enrollment at this time and providing information why
  • After your re-entry has been approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you of your enrollment appointment time. You must re-enroll in the term for which you are approved. If you do not, you will need to apply for re-entry for a future term

Q: What resources are available to returning students?