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 twenty eight thousand students enrolled yearly.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores in the range of 840 (25th percentile) - 1060 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 17 (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 2.80 to 3.14 for accepted students. Sacramento State accepts approximately 70 percent of applicants. Of those that are admitted, roughly 23 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 2015 is going to be around 70%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Sacramento State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Sacramento was reported as 69.7% in Fall 2012 with over 19,700 college 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: 17 - 22
  • Sacramento State Average GPA: 2.80 - 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 slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 66.9%
  • 2009-2010: 80.4%
  • 2010-2011: 70.9%
  • 2011-2012: 67.1%
  • 2012-2013: 69.7%
  • Projected Sacramento State Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 70.3%

How Does Sacramento State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Sacramento State is twenty-six percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of California-Davis45.2%
University of California-Berkeley18.0%
California State University-East Bay68.7%
University of San Francisco61.3%
San Francisco State University63.8%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Sacramento State (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English16 - 22
Math17 - 24
Composite Score17 - 22
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