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Admitted Student Weekend offers potential Hornets a glimpse of life at Sac State

Students who had been admitted to Sac State and were considering enrolling took advantage of the opportunity to discover more about the University during the 2019 event. This year's three-day event is virtual. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

Bianca Mataka wasn’t sure where she wanted to finish her studies after community college – until she toured Sacramento State.

“As soon as I set foot in the University Union, I knew that I belonged here,” said Mataka, now a senior majoring in Communication Studies. “I felt validated. I saw Latinx students who looked like me. I decided to come to Sac State because of that tour.”

Bianca Mataka. (Courtesy photo)

Campus tours are a highlight of the University’s all-virtual Admitted Student Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, April 16-18.

The three-day “Say Yes to Sac State” event showcases the academic possibilities and campus offerings for potential Hornets, who must declare their intent to attend by May 1.

The University expects more than 8,000 new students to enroll for fall 2021. Like Mataka, many will choose Sac State after attending Admitted Students Weekend, said Brian Henley, Admissions director.

“Visiting campus helps solidify their decision. They get to explore the opportunities and can then make a decision,” he said.

“In the past, some students weren’t sure coming to visit the campus that Sacramento State was their place, but at the end of the day, they had decided to say yes to Sac State,” Henley said.

Admitted Student Weekend will take place virtually 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 16; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 17; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Admitted students can register on the Admitted Student Weekend web page.

Friday’s main event is the “Meet Your College Fair,” during which Sac State’s seven academic colleges will hold open houses on Zoom to give prospective students information about individual majors. Attendees can also visit virtual admissions and general-information booths.


Gaby Martinez
Gaby Martinez will serve as a tour ambassador during virtual tours of the University. (Courtesy photo)

The theme for Saturday is “New Hornet Preparedness.” The day is devoted to everything new students might want to know, including an update on the campus response to COVID-19; information about housing, financial aid, and other resources; and a “Made at Sac State” panel discussion. A campus tour will take place live on Zoom from 3-4 p.m.


April 18 is “Sunday Funday!” Activities will include booths hosted by student clubs, an introduction to The WELL, Instagram Live and other events, and Hornet trivia with prizes. Campus tours on Zoom will take place from 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.

The virtual tours feature narration from tour ambassador Gaby Martinez, a senior Anthropology major who remembers well her campus tour as an incoming student and how the guide answered all of her questions about Sac State.

“I never knew where I wanted to go to school,” Martinez said, “and I ended up loving Sac State. I have a home here.”

Among the virtual tour highlights are stops at the University Union and the Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex.

“We also will show how green the campus is,” Martinez said. “This is a large university with a small-campus feel, where you can see nature in the middle of a big city.”

Video: Admitted Students Day 2020

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About Dixie Reid

Dixie Reid has been a writer for Sac State since 2012 after decades as a newspaper reporter. A Texas native with the accent to prove it, Dixie is crazy about “dear friends, big dogs, good books, great food, day trips, baking cookies, California sunshine (and fog), and kind people.”

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