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Chances of getting into California State University Sacramento

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
83%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Sacramento
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Sacramento State and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Sacramento State is 83%.  It ranks #77 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. California State University Sacramento is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 21,383 out of 25,734 applicants were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 71 percent (SAT 930/1130 ACT 17/23). California State University Sacramento typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.41. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. California State University Sacramento is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Sacramento State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
930-1130
Applicants Submitting SAT 
93%
SAT Scores for California State University Sacramento
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 930
SAT Scores for California State University Sacramento
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1130
Average SAT Score 1030

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University Sacramento?

California State University Sacramento typically prefers applicants to be in the top 73 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 830. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1030 out of 1600. Sacramento State ranks #53 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 93 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University Sacramento admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1130 and Above Good >90%
1030 to 1130 Avg + 83%-90%
930 to 1030 Avg - 72%-83%
830 to 930 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 830 Low <57%
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Sacramento State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
17-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
30%
ACT Scores for California State University Sacramento
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for California State University Sacramento
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Sacramento State?

Admission data indicates that Sacramento State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #49 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 30 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Sacramento.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Sacramento admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
23 and Above Good >90%
20 to 23 Avg + 83%-90%
17 to 20 Avg - 72%-83%
14 to 17 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 14 Low <57%
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Sacramento State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.41
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into California State University Sacramento?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Sacramento State. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Sacramento was 3.41 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #58 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.41 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Sacramento State accepts 83% of all applicants.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

California State University Sacramento admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,483 10,251 25,734
Accepted 13,176 8,207 21,383
Acceptance Rate 85% 80% 83%
Enrolled 2,284 1,477 3,761
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 18% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to California State University Sacramento is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California State University Sacramento and what student information is used for admission decisions?

California State University Sacramento Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at California State University Sacramento
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110617 IPEDS survey data for California State University Sacramento.

FAQs

Does California State University Sacramento prefer SAT or ACT?

93% of students submit their SAT scores to Sacramento State. 30% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California State University Sacramento?

83% of those who apply are granted admission to Sacramento State. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University Sacramento?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 930 and 1130. 93% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California State University Sacramento?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 23. 30% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.