Mailing Address:
The Renaissance Society
6000 J St., Mail Stop 6074
Sacramento, CA 95819-6074

Street Address:
Adams Building,
Room 106
7750 College Town Dr.
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(916) 278-7834
Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Look around these pages to find out what the Renaissance Society is all about. Interested in joining?

Renaissance Society memberships go from July 1 to June 30 and cost $100 for the year (an optional CSUS parking pass for Fridays and Saturdays is $20 and an optional library card is $10). Spring-only memberships will be available for $60 (parking $20 and library card $10); watch this page at the end of the year.

You have two options for signing up for memberships and optional parking permits:

  • Online, with a credit card payment.
  • The paper way, mailing an application and check to the Renaissance Office. NOTE: There are two different forms, for new and renewal memberships!

If you have questions after reading all the information below or are having problems, please call the office (see contact information to the right).

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP AND PARKING: please read all the information below before clicking on the link to sign up!

Here is the link for the online renewal or new membership and parking.

This link will take you to the system and walk you through the process. You will be able to sign up for a $100 membership plus optional $20 parking pass on a single form with one credit card transaction. You can also pay for a $10 CSUS library card; you will pick it up later at the Library desk, showing ID. The system will be asking for credit card info to make the payment, but will not retain credit card info once the transaction completes. We will be going to great pains to make sure all of your online data is safe and secure.

You will be asked to provide your mailing address, phone number and email address, all important for receiving Renaissance communications. You will also be asked to list an emergency contact. Have this information handy, as well as your credit card. NEW THIS YEAR: You will be required to give your car license number (or numbers or you use more than one car) for the parking pass, so have it handy! In addition, you will be asked how you want future Renaissance information (newsletter, catalog, directory) delivered to you: electronically or paper.

Once you have registered, you will get a confirmation email.

RETURNING MEMBERS: Have your current membership card handy as you will need your membership number. Add RS before the six-digit number on the card, i.e., RS777777; you also will be able to look your membership number up on that site if you have forgotten it. You will be able to update any of your personal information (address, phone, email, emergency contacts); do this if anything has changed as it is important for getting announcements, etc. Once you have registered, you will get a confirmation email.

TIP: Type in your credit card number all together (no dashes or spaces).

PAPER AND MAIL SYSTEM: Note there are two SEPARATE FORMS for returning and new memberships! The forms cover both membership and the optional parking pass or library card and you only need to write a single check. You are required to list your car license number or numbers if you use more than one vehicle! Read carefully before you fill one out and mail it in!



You can print out the form, fill it out and mail it and your check to the office (address on the form and also above right).

No matter how you sign up, you will then be on the current membership rolls. New members will be mailed a membership card and parking pass. Returnees will get a parking pass; you will keep the same membership number and card as long as you stay in Renaissance.

In mid-August, the list of fall classes will be available. Those who said when signing up that they want one will get a paper catalog mailed to them; for them and those who opted out of a printed catalog, all the classes will be on this website. Starting Aug. 20, you will be able to sign up for seminars, either online or by calling or emailing the leaders. For more information on seminar registration and links to the seminar offerings, check the Seminars page.

New members: Plan to attend our Orientation to the Renaissance Society on Friday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m., at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H St. You will learn all about how Renaissance works!

Both new and returning members can also attend Rendezvous that day at 10:30 a.m., also at the Scottish Rite Temple for information about all the spring seminars and programs. You can also sign up for seminars at the Rendezvous.

NOTE: This is a new location for both the Orientation and the Rendezvous, due to ongoing construction in the University Union! Parking is free at Scottish Rite, which is off Carlson and H near the J Street CSUS entrance.

Classes begin on Sept. 7 and end Dec. 7 (13 weeks with a break for Thanksgiving week). Look at the Calendar for details about the semester schedule.

Any Renaissance Society member who turns 90 before July 1 is eligible for Honorary Membership and no longer has to pay membership dues. Contact the office about this.

membership heat map
Where do Renaissance members live? All over! The bigger the circle, the more members in that area!
Map by Tom Holt