California State University-Sacramento (Sacramento State)

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Sacramento State can be found in Sacramento, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. California State University-Sacramento has nearly thirty three thousand students enrolled yearly.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores in the range of 940 (25th percentile) - 1140 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 16 (25th percentile) - 22 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants that get into Sacramento State. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Sacramento State average GPA ranges from 2.71 to 3.14 for accepted students. Sacramento State accepts approximately 80 percent of applicants. Of those that are admitted, roughly 18 percent of students continue on to register and enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Sacramento State acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 68%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Sacramento State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Sacramento was reported as 82.3% in Fall 2020 with over 27,600 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Sacramento State ACT Scores: 16 - 22
  • Sacramento State Average GPA: 2.71 - 3.14

How Hard Is It to Get into California State University-Sacramento?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into California State University-Sacramento, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California State University-Sacramento has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 71.9%
  • 2017-2018: 67.8%
  • 2018-2019: 63.9%
  • 2019-2020: 82.3%
  • Projected Sacramento State Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 67.9%

How Does Sacramento State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Sacramento State is forty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of California-Davis38.9%
University of California-Berkeley16.3%
California State University-East Bay76.2%
University of San Francisco64.4%
California State University-Stanislaus89.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Sacramento State (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 570
Math470 - 570
Total Score940 - 1140
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 22
Math16 - 22
Composite Score16 - 22
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