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Congratulations on Your Admission to Sac State!

This is an exciting time and we wish you the best of luck in your academic career!

On this page you will find a wealth of resources to help you in your transition to studying at Sac State, including information on the campus and programs, as well as the Sacramento area and all that it has to offer.

Intent to Enroll (ITE)

Newly admitted graduate students have two weeks to Intent To Enroll (ITE).

You have two weeks from the receipt of your admission email from the office of graduate studies to accept your intent to enroll.

You must indicate your intent to enroll my logging into your MySacState Student Center via and clicking on the “Application Status” link located under the “Admissions” expandable section of your Student Center.

Intent to Enroll Guide (HERE)

Failure to respond by your Intent to Ernoll deadline date may result in your admission being rescinded.

If you have questions and/or need more information, please email


New Graduate students registration for fall 2022 opens:

  • June 30 to August 25: New Graduate Student open registration
  • July 11 to August 25: Continuing Graduate Student open registration

Important Dates

  • August 26-28: Enrollment closes for everyone as waitlist are removed & rosters finalized
  • August 29: First day of Fall 2022. Later registration continues up to census date
  • September 26: Fall 2022 census date. Enrollment locks.


Payment Deadlines

The deadline to pay Tuition Fees is based upon the day when you register for your first class. Tuition Due Dates.

Other information regarding fees and deadlines, as well as payment options, may be found on the Bursar's Office website.

Transcript Deadlines

Letters will be sent out to students who have not yet submitted their final transcript showing the awarding of their degree. Transcript can be sent electronically to or via mail to:

Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Sacramento
Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819

For your convenience, this information is also listed below.

In order to complete your admission file at Sacramento State, the Office of Graduate Studies must receive the following no later than August 20, 2022:

  • Students admitted to a Credential, Master’s or the Physical Therapy Program, please submit your official baccalaureate degree conferral transcript.
  • Students admitted to the Education Doctorate or the Joint Public History Ph.D. Program, please submit your official master’s degree conferral transcript.

If you are completing your bachelor’s or master’s degree this Spring we must receive a Degree Verification from your university’s Office of Registrar by August 20, 2022 You must also request your final degree transcript for your file to be complete.

Please note that your degree conferral/award date must be prior to August 30, 2022. Participation or completion of course(s) date is not the same as a conferral/award date.

Your admission to the university will be rescinded if an Official Transcript with the conferral date of the Baccalaureate or Master’s Degree is not submitted to our office by August 20, 2022. A Financial Aid hold will be placed on your record and will only be removed when our office receives your final transcript with the conferral of your baccalaureate degree. If you have applied for and are eligible for financial aid, you will be responsible for tuition and fees payments if the financial aid hold is not removed. Additionally, a registration and transcript hold will be placed on your record, and you will not be eligible to register for future terms if your official degree conferral transcript is not received by August 20, 2022.

Fall Instruction Begins August 29, 2022

Census is September 26, 2022

Conditional Admission

Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in a Conditionally Classified status if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, any deficiencies in their qualification for the program may be remedied by additional preparation.

If admitted as Conditionally Classified, the student will be notified of the specific conditions to be met and must fulfill these conditions before being fully classified in their program and advancing to candidacy for their degree.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us.

New Graduate Student Orientation Registration

Orientation is a fun, informative, event that lasts about 120 minutes. Review the following orientation dates and mark your calendar. Registration for new graduate student orientation opens June 1, 2022.

Register for New Student Orientation Here (Fall 2022)

  • Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (PDT) (Zoom) Registration closed- FILLED TO CAPACITY
  • Wednesday, July 27, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (PDT) (Zoom) Registration closed- FILLED TO CAPACITY
  • Thursday, August 18, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (PDT) (Zoom) REGISTRATION CLOSED -FILLED TO CAPACITY

Following orientation, you are enrolled in Hornet Grad School Success (a self-paced Canvas course) where during your first semester you can complete modules to enhance your academic, social and professional experience. You will be enrolled to the Hornet Grad School Success course at the end of August or early September.

New Student Orientation (Graduate Hornet Success)

Please Note: These orientations are for Master's & Doctoral Degree students only.

During the orientation, the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) reviews important information such as:

  • Campus Resources;
  • Health & Wellness;
  • Career Exploration;
  • Graduate Milestones;
  • Classification;
  • Advancement to Candidacy;
  • Petition for Exceptions;
  • Academic Standing;
  • Grade Appeals;
  • Important deadlines;
  • Grants/fellowship; and more. Master’s degree seeking students.

Graduate Student Orientation or what we refer to as Graduate Hornet Success offers new graduate students a social and academic overview of graduate studies here at Sacramento State. The Graduate Resource Center designed Graduate Hornet Success as a component with two segments: a directed presentation with Graduate School faculty and staff, followed by an online self-paced program designed to help new students prepare for graduate school and become familiar with the various university services available to graduate students.

All incoming graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend orientation.

If you have any question(s), please contact the Office of Graduate Studies by following the Contact Us portion of this page.

Life In Sacramento

California's capital university is in the heart of the state's political, economic, and cultural center. Our students come here to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others, to find and develop their passions, and to live those passions beyond the classroom.

Campus offerings are decreased due to COVID-19, but you are welcome to take a socially distanced walk along the beautiful path along the American River with access to the Guy West Bridge. Beyond campus, Sacramento – the nation's "Farm to Fork" capital – is home to a one-of-a-kind gastronomic scene, prominent professional sports franchises, a vibrant arts and music culture, and exciting nightlife. Natural amenities on and off campus offer outdoor adventures of every sort: Biking and hiking trails, rivers, lakes, and mountains make up the city's backyard.


  • On-Campus: On-Campus housing for Graduate students is available at the American River Courtyard. This residence hall is intended for sophomores, juniors, seniors, transfer, international and graduate students, in an apartment-style suite setting. Suites are completely furnished with a shared common living area and include two full bathrooms.
    Additional On-Campus housing is available at Hornet Commons. Residents will lease individually by-the-bed and will share the common area, living/dining room, bathroom and kitchen with their roommates. Hornet Commons is intended for sophomore, junior, senior, transfer, international and graduate students.
  • Off-Campus Housing: The Upper Eastside Lofts are a University-owned off-campus housing option, within walking distance of campus. A Hornet shuttle is also available for rides to and from campus. The staff at the Upper Eastside Lofts work hand-in-hand with the on-campus housing staff to provide an excellent off-campus experience while maintaining strong ties to the campus community.

There are also many other rentals available in the surrounding area, that can be found using sites like, Zillow, or HotPads.

University Housing Services - North Village

Parking & Transportation

  • On-Campus: Parking is available on-campus, by permit only. Daily, weekly and semester permits may be purchased from University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS). Please note that although classes are largely online during the COVID-19 pandemic, parking permits are still required. Sac State is also bicycle friendly! With bicycle pathways throughout campus and a foot/bicycle bridge connecting to residential areas on the other side of the American River, as well as several on-campus bicycle parking compounds, commuting to campus by bicycle is a viable option. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, shuttle services have been suspended.
  • Off-Campus: The Sacramento Regional Transit District operates a network of public transportation options that cover the entire Sacramento metropolitan area, including 80 bus routes and 27 miles of light rail.


Traffic in the Sacramento area can get quite congested and a trip during peak commuting times can take much longer than anticipated. If you are planning to commute to campus by car, you can check local traffic reports to keep updated on the current traffic flows.


  • On Campus: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the only dining options available from campus Dining Services , are located in the residence halls.
  • Off-Campus: The area around Sac State also has a variety of dining options available. Show your One Card at certain eateries for a discount!