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International Undergraduate Applicants

International undergraduate applicants (first-time freshmen and transfers) are accepted for both Fall and Spring semester intakes. The filing periods for each intake are as follows:

  • Fall Intake Application Filing Period: October 1 – April 15
    Document submission to intldocs@csus.edu is April 15, 2023.
  • Spring Intake Application Filing Period: August 1 – November 1

Applicants must submit the international application online at Cal State Apply. We strongly recommend that applicants review the Cal State Apply International Student Guide before applying. A non-refundable application fee of $70 USD will need to be paid before submitting the application online using a credit/debit card or PayPal account. Checks or money order are not accepted. If you are unable to access the application online, please send us an email us at: intlinfo@csus.edu.

The document deadline for Spring 2023 application processing is November 4, 2022. Please submit your application documents to us as clearly scanned PDFs via email directly to intldocs@csus.edu Please include your full name (as entered in the application) and Sacramento State ID when reaching out via email. We recommend that you submit unofficial copies of your test scores and transcripts along with your other supporting documents so that our team may process your application as soon as possible.

The document deadline for Fall 2023 application processing is April 19, 2023. Please submit your application documents to us as clearly scanned PDFs via email directly to intldocs@csus.edu Please include your full name (as entered in the application) and Sacramento State ID when reaching out via email. We recommend that you submit unofficial copies of your test scores and transcripts along with your other supporting documents so that our team may process your application as soon as possible.

Take note that important emails from our office may end up in your spam or junk folder and we kindly ask that you frequently check all areas of your email inbox to ensure that you are getting the most up to date communication from our office.

Submitting Documents

Please submit your application documents as clearly scanned PDFs via email directly to intldocs@csus.edu. Please include your full name and Sacramento State ID when reaching out via email. We recommend that you submit unofficial copies of your test scores with your other supporting documents so that our team may provide an admission decision immediately. Please note that official documents will be requested at the time of enrollment and become property of the university.

*Although financial documents are not required for application review, you are highly encouraged to submit all financial documents, including the financial affidavit at the time of document submission to avoid delays in Form I-20 processing if you are granted admission by the International Admissions Team.

First-time Freshmen Applicants

An applicant who has not completed any post-secondary education after high school is considered a first-time freshman applicant. If there is a gap between the time you graduated high school and when you are applying to the University, but have not attempted or completed any college or university coursework, you are still considered a first-time freshman. Please note that an evaluation from an agency is not required or recommended as we do in-house evaluations of all foreign credentials. If you would like to submit an evaluation from an agency, we only accept evaluations from the following agencies: WES, ACEI, and ECE.

Applicant Requirements

* Second Bachelor's degree programs are not open to international applicants.

Required Document GPA or score requirement
High School Transcript Minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 scale or average 80% marks
High School Diploma Must accompany transcript
English Proficiency Exam (only one is required; MyBest TOEFL score not accepted at this time)

Countries where TOEFL or IELTS not required
TOEFL: 64 iBT (ETS code: 004671)
IELTS: 6.0
DuoLingo: 95
Sacramento State ELI: Level 7
PTE Academic: 50
GTEC: 1125
ELS Language Center: Level 112
FLS Language School: Level 16
TLC: Level 9
UCLA Extension: Level 6
Passport Biographical Page Copy Attach the copy to your application documents
Financial Affidavit Complete the form and attach to your application documents
Financial Statement Minimum $30,300 USD proof of funds required for I-20 to be issued

Transfer Applicants

An applicant who has completed any post-secondary education after high school is considered a transfer applicant. All attempted, completed, and in-progress coursework must be disclosed, including any domestic and all foreign coursework. Any coursework presented after an offer of admission may impact your academic eligibility and result in the withdrawal of your admission offer. Please note that an evaluation from an agency is not required or recommended as we do in-house evaluations of all foreign credentials. If you would like to submit an evaluation from an agency, we only accept evaluations from the following agencies: WES, ACEI, and ECE.

Prospective student who are F1 with international credit from an overseas foreign institution should begin their advising by submitting the International Admissions Evaluation Form which can be accessed here.

Please note that transfer applicants who have 60 or more units completed at a community college or university do not need to submit a high school transcript and diploma.

Applicant Requirements

* Second Bachelor's degree programs are not open to international applicants.

*Impacted majors may require a GPA higher than 2.4 to be eligible for admission (Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Health Science, Psychology).

*International transfer applicants are not eligible to apply for Nursing.

*International Admissions accepts lower-division transfer applicants (those who possess less than 60 semester credits completed. Upper-division transfer applicants who possess more than 90 semester credit hours are not eligible to apply and may be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage upper division applicants who possess more than 90 semester credit hours to contact intlinfo@csus.edu for a pre-evaluation to see if you are eligible to apply. This does not apply to applicants who have completed their 70 semester credit hours at a California community college.

Applicant Type Required Document GPA or score requirement
Transfer student with less than 60 semester units High School Transcript Minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 scale or average 80% marks
High School Diploma Must accompany high school transcript
All transfer applicants Post-secondary Transcripts (College or University) Minimum 2.4 GPA post-secondary*
English Proficiency Exam (only one of the following is required; MyBest TOEFL score not accepted at this time)

Countries where TOEFL or IELTS not required
Transfer CSU A2 English course with a grade of B or better, or, one of the following:
TOEFL: 64 iBT (ETS code: 004671)
IELTS: 6.0
DuoLingo: 95
Sacramento State ELI: Level 7
PTE Academic: 50
GTEC: 1125
ELS Language Center: Level 112
FLS Language School: Level 16
TLC: Level 9
UCLA Extension: Level 6
Passport Biographical Page Copy Attach the copy to your application documents
Financial Affidavit Complete the form and attach to your application documents
Financial Statement Minimum $30,300 USD proof of funds required for I-20 to be issued

Appeals

Late or Missed Application Deadline
Appeal deadline for Spring 2023 is Thursday, December 15, 2023.

Sacramento State expects all students to meet the CSU application deadlines. In some instances, appeals for submitting a late application may be approved. Approval to submit a late application does not imply that the student will be admitted, only that the application will be considered. In appealing to be allowed to submit a late application, the student must submit a completed appeal form which includes:

• Reason for missing the deadline.
• The reason why the late application request should be considered.
• Major or program for which the student would like to apply to.
• List of all courses in progress or planned.
• Unofficial high school transcripts, if applying as a first-time freshman student.
• Unofficial college transcripts from all institutions where the student registered for courses at
any time, if applying as a transfer student.
• Unofficial SAT/ACT, AP, IB, IGCSE exam scores, if applicable.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all the above documentation is provided as part of the appeal packet. Appeal requests that are submitted without all requested information may be denied on the basis that the appeal is incomplete.

Please ensure that the application is completed in full, attach any supporting documents, and submit to International Programs and Global Engagement at: intlappeals@csus.edu .

Denial of Admission for Not Meeting Requirements

Our admission requirements are in place to ensure that students are prepared to be successful at the university level and it is expected that all admitted students will meet the minimum admission requirements. In rare circumstances, an exception to the admission requirements will be granted. Pursuing an appeal does not guarantee admission to the University.

In appealing to have an admission denial decision reversed, students must submit a packet which includes a completed appeal form, along with a statement that addresses the reasons that the application should be reevaluated, particularly, what steps the student will take to ensure success as Sacramento State despite not meeting the admission requirements.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all the above documentation is provided as part of the appeal packet. Appeal requests that are submitted without all requested information may be denied on the basis that the appeal is incomplete.

Please ensure that the application is completed in full, attach any supporting documents, and submit to International Programs and Global Engagement at: intlappeals@csus.edu .