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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 Readmission with Academic Probation Standing

Previously enrolled students who have not enrolled at Sacramento State for two or more consecutive semesters and were placed on academic probation, are eligible to reapply. Students must complete the readmission form to apply. Students placed on Continued Probation will be limited to a maximum course load of 14 units per semester until they return to academic good standing.

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 (Closed)
  • Submit a Fall 2023 Readmission Form to Apply

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 for Spring enrollment, and Summer for Fall enrollment.
  • Completion of all possible lower-division coursework (General Education and major prerequisites) by the end of Fall for Spring enrollment, and Summer for Fall enrollment.
  • 60 transferable units (junior standing) by the end of Fall for Spring enrollment, and Summer for Fall enrollment.
  • Be in "Good Standing" at the last college attended
  • Apply to a non-impacted major

Deadlines for Reinstatement after Disqualification:

  • Spring 2023 filing period is August 1 - August 31, 2022.
  • Fall 2023 filing period is October 1- January 30.

Application for Reinstatement after Disqualification must be completed through the Readmission Form to Apply.

Apply Now!

Spring 2023/Fall 2023 Reinstatement after Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed can petition for Fall 2023 “Readmission after Dismissal” between October 1, 2022 - January 30, 2023. There are two steps in the dismissal petitioning process:

  • Submit a Fall 2023 Readmission Form to Apply
  • 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 Readmission Form to Apply.

Apply Now!

Eligibility Deadlines

The table below shows the different eligibility deadlines.

Review your Admission Checklist

Spring 2023 Checklist | Fall 2023 Checklist

Term Deadline to submit Readmission Form to Apply Deadline to Submit Dismissal Statement Deadline to meet eligibility requirements by
Spring 2023 August 31 September 30 End of Fall 2022
Fall 2023 January 30, 2023 January 30, 2023 End of Summer 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?

Spring 2023 Checklist

Last Revision: 10/13/22

Checklist Items Deadlines
Create your SacLink account to check your My Sac State frequently for important updates regarding your enrollment. As soon as you receive your application acknowledgment
Submit official transcripts with all college coursework completed to date (including all courses currently in progress for Fall 2022) and official test scores (AP, IB, and CLEP). Deadline: Submit as soon as possible
File your 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Sac State School Code: 001150

File your California Dream Act if you’re AB540 eligible.
2022-2023 Application Filing Period: Oct. 1, 2021 – March 2, 2022 (Apply as soon as possible)
Apply for on-campus housing.  Available: October
Submit your supplemental application if applying to an impacted major. Learn more by visiting the Impaction website Deadlines: October 1 Traditional Pre-Licensure Nursing | October 15 RN to BSN Nursing | October 17 Psychology | October 18 Criminal Justice, Business
Submit proof of eligibility from your community college if you are participating in the Associate's Degree for Transfer (ADT) program. Deadline: October 31, 2022
Submit additional documents to Financial Aid Office (if requested). Check your To Do list in your Student Center  Deadline: As soon as possible
If need Sac State One Card reissued, visit the Bursar's Office Deadline: Whenever possible
Submit updated official transcripts with all final Fall 2022 grades if you had coursework in progress when you applied. Deadline: January 12, 2023
Request an accommodation related to a disability. Learn more at Services for Students with Disabilities  Contact: 916-278-6955
Submit proof of immunizations. Visit the Immunizations Page for more information. Deadline: Prior to the first day of instruction
INSTRUCTION BEGINS! Monday, January 23, 2023

Fall 2023 Checklist

Last Revision: 11/15/22

Checklist Items Deadlines
Apply during the priority period on Cal State Apply Application period: October 1 – December 15, 2022
Submit official transcripts with all college coursework completed to date (including all courses currently in progress for Spring 2023) and official test scores (AP, IB, and CLEP). Deadline: February 2, 2023
File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Sac State School Code: 001150. File your California Dream Act if you’re AB540 eligible. Available: October 1, 2023. 
Priority Deadline: March 2, 2023
Apply for on-campus housing. Available: TBD
Submit your supplemental application if applying to an impacted major. Learn more by visiting the Impaction website. Nursing: March 1, 2023 | Criminal Justice: March 15, 2023 | Psychology: March 15, 2023 | Business: March 15, 2023
Submit proof of eligibility from your community college if you are participating in the Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) program. Deadline: March 13, 2023
Submit additional documents to Financial Aid Office (if requested). Check your To Do list in your Student Center. Deadline: May 1, 2023
Submit your Intent to Enroll (ITE). Failure to complete the ITE by the deadline may result in your application being withdrawn from consideration. Deadline: May 1, 2023
Upload your picture for your Sac State OneCard. This will be your Student ID Card. #NoFilter Students can get their OneCard at the Bursar’s Office (Lassen 1001). More info about OneCard. Deadline: At least two days prior to scheduled Orientation date
Submit updated official transcripts with all final Spring 2022 grades if you had coursework in progress when you applied. Deadline: July 13, 2023
Request an accommodation related to a disability. Learn more at Services for Students with Disabilities. Contact them as soon as possible: 916-278-6955
Submit proof of Immunizations. Deadline: Prior to the first day of instruction
INSTRUCTION BEGINS! Monday, August 28, 2023