Admissions Information

Applications for Fall 2018 

Applications to the Honors Program for Fall 2018 are now closed!

Applications for Fall 2019 will open on October 1, 2018!


Prospective students for Fall 2018 admission are still welcome to submit applications. Please note that due to our incoming cohort filling, any application received after March 7, 2018 will not be reviewed until after May 1. 


To be eligible for admission to the Sac State Honors Program, students must fall into ONE of the following categories:

  • You are an entering first year student with a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.5 or above.
  • You are an entering first year student with a total New SAT score (March 2016) of 1270 (Math & EBRW) or above OR a total SAT score (prior to March 2016) of 1800 or above.
  • You are an entering first year student with a total ACT score of 27 or above.


Option to Appeal

  • You are an entering first year student, who, despite not meeting the above criteria, thinks you deserve admission to the program because of your exceptional ability and commitment demonstrated in areas other than traditional academic achievement. You should make the special admissions request to the Honors Director.


AP Credit

Many of our applications come with AP credit and/or IB courses. While the program and our admissions committee appreciates the work this requires of students, we also want to strongly encourage students who have NO AP or IB experience to apply to our program. Our committee has various concerns related to students taking AP courses, some of which can be read about here, here, and here. Some of our best students did not have this form of college prep. Rather than discourage students who fall into this category from considering us, we ask you to apply.  



  1. To be eligible to submit an application to the Sac State Honors Program, you must first submit a complete application for admission to Sacramento State University. If you haven't already completed the Sacramento State University Application for Undergraduate Admission, the online admission form is available at
  2. Then, complete the Sac State Honors application. The Sac State Honors application is a supplemental application to the Sac State University application. To complete your application, click APPLY HERE.

If you do not meet the minimal academic criteria, and would still like to be considered for admission to the Sac State Honors Program, complete the application as indicated above, and address a letter to the Honors Director explaining why you believe you should be admitted.



October 1 - November 30

Sac State University application submission period for 2018-2019 Academic Year

Oct 1 - When At Full Capacity

Sac State Honors Application submission period for AY 2018-2019. Check SACLINK for communication from

December 15

 Deadline to submit university application fee or university application fee waiver


Early Admits to Sacramento State are notified

January 19

Deadline to submit SAT or ACT test scores to Sacramento State Admissions Office (use SAT code 4671 or ACT code 0382)


Students admitted into the Honors Program for the Fall term, please submit your Intent to Enroll (ITE) statement to the Honors Program office at

March 1

Check MY SAC STATE for the University Admissions Decision


New Student Orientation Reservations begin

May 1

Confirm your Intent to Enroll (ITE) with Sac State Admissions

Late June/Early July

New Student Orientation is to be determined. First Year Honors students will register for their classes during New Student Orientation



For any questions regarding the application process, please call the Honors Program Office at 916-278-2804 or forward your questions to