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Transfer Students

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Are You Transfer Ready?

Being Transfer Ready is about arriving at Sacramento State as prepared as possible to smoothly transition into your Upper Division coursework and reach your degree goals sooner.  Through active partnerships with the Community Colleges, the Transfer Ready initiative will prepare students to graduate in two years.  By informing and encouraging students to take required lower division coursework at the community colleges for their respective majors, it will accelerate graduation time and reduce the stress of competing for classes with lower division students currently at Sac State.

Learn more about going Beyond the Basics and Becoming Transfer Ready.

A Degree with a Guarantee - the Associates Degree for Transfer program 

This joint transfer program from the California Community Colleges and the California State Universities makes it easier for students to transfer between the two school systems. Community College students who complete an AA-T or AS-T will be guaranteed admission to the California State University (CSU) system and will be given a special GPA advantage when applying to CSU impacted campuses or majors.

Visit our Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) page for more information, dates, and helpful resources.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Be in Good Standing at the last college or university attended.

2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 if the applicant is within our local service area*.   If the applicant is outside of our local service area* the academic characteristics of the transfer applicant pool will determine the GPA minimum.

3. Complete by the end of Spring (for Fall admission) or the end of Summer (for Spring admission), with a grade of C- or higher:

  • A1. Oral Communication
  • A2. Written Communication
  • A3. Critical Thinking
  • B4. Math (above intermediate algebra)
  • Complete at least 30 units in CSU General Education requirement or IGETC, including the above courses.
  • Complete at least 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units, including the above.

* Local Admission Area: A student transferring with the majority of units from one or more of the following community colleges is considered in our local admission area: American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento City, Sierra, San Joaquin Delta, Solano, Woodland, and Yuba.

Upper Division Transfer students are NOT required to take the Entry Level Math (ELM) or English Placement Test (EPT).  Your successful completion of college level math and English courses will satisfy placement requirements.  Please note that taking the placement tests cannot be used in lieu of college level math and English courses for admission eligibility.  Upon verification of your eligibility, these items will be removed from your Student Center “to do” list.

Returning Sacramento State Students

Returning students are those who were previously enrolled at Sacramento State, who have not enrolled in classes for more than one semester, and who would like to return.  We encourage you to review and download a copy of the "On Ramp to Return to Sac State" brochure created by University Retention Services with information, resources and advice to help ease your return to Sac State. 

A Returning Student to Sacramento State must also be in good standing and have a minimum 2.0 GPA at Sacramento State.   If you have been academically disqualified or dismissed from Sacramento State, please visit instructions and petition information

Second Bachelor’s Degree Students

Sacramento State is not currently accepting applications for undergraduate admission from students who have already completed a four-year degree and want to pursue another bachelor’s degree.

Some suggested options for continuing your education are:

Graduate Studies

We offer 46 master's degree programs, a joint doctorate in Public History, a doctorate in Physical Therapy and an independent doctorate in Educational Leadership.

College of Continuing Education

Offering innovative programs that can help you grow in a new direction, advance your skills and redefine the possible.  Enjoy flexible schedules and small class sizes with our expert instructors, or take online classes that fit your busy lifestyle.

Open University

This program allows you to attend regular university classes on a space available basis without formal admission to Sacramento State.

School of Nursing

Programs offered include traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and Graduate.

When and How to Apply

Apply during the priority application filing period:  October 1st – November 30th for the Fall semester, August 1st - 31st for the Spring semester

Apply online at

Have an unofficial copy of your transcripts handy when you complete your application for admission: Your admissions decision will be based on self-reported information entered on the application—Accuracy is critical!

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Did you know that you might be eligibile for financial aid to help pay for college?  Start the process by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1st thru March 2nd.

Be sure to indicate school code 001150 for Sacramento State on your application.

If you've previously applied for the FAFSA, there are two major changes beginning with the 2017-18 year:

1. You'll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier.  You can file your 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1st, rather than January 1st.  By filing the FAFSA earlier you'll have an earlier indication of how much your family is expected to contribute. which will help with budgeting for the upcoming school year.

2. You'll use earlier income and tax information.  Beginning 2017-18, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year.  For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, you (and your parents - as appropriate) will report 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 information.  This change will make the FAFSA easier because you'll already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you may be able to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA.

Visit to find out how to fill out the FAFSA and create your FSA ID, what information is needed for the FAFSA, what the deadlines are, and what happens after the FAFSA.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Fall Spring
October 1 - November 30 August 1 -31 Priority dates to submit application for admission
October 1 - March 2 --- Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA) using school code 001150
December 15 September 15 Deadline to submit application fee or application fee waiver
January 26 September 15 Deadline to submit official transcripts (including courses in progress, AP, CLEP, IB test scores)
March 1st October 1st Start checking My Sac State for admissions decision


Failure to adhere to any of the above deadlines will result in your application for admission being removed from consideration.

Campus and Program Impaction

If you intend to major in one of our Designated Impacted Programs, please check with that program for supplemental criteria, application instructions and important deadlines:

Learn more about Impaction by visiting our Impaction page.

Pre-Major vs. Expressed Interest - what does this mean for you?

  • Pre-Major – A designation for undergraduate students pursuing a non-impacted major.  These students may declare or be assigned major status upon admission to the university or by the department/program of their intended major  after completing specified pre-requisites as defined by their academic department/program.
  • Expressed Interest – A designation for undergraduate students interested in pursuing an impacted major but who may not declare or be assigned by the department/program of their intended major upon admission to the university.  These students must successfully complete any specified pre-requisites and a supplemental admissions process in order to be formally admitted to the major/program.

Visit the Office of Academic Affairs Policy Definition page here.

Tips from Sac State Counselors

  • Meet with your Community College Counselor to develop an Education Plan to transfer
  • Complete A1 Oral communication, A2 written communication, A3 critical thinking and B4 math (above intermediate algebra) early
  • Visit for more information about lower division major preparation courses
  • Complete the Transfer Planner at
  • Meet with a Sac State representative at your college fair or transfer center
  • Visit Sacramento State and take a campus tour.
  • Transcripts will be retrieved electronically by Sac State Admissions from the following community colleges (you do not need to send transcripts to us): American River College, Canada City College, Cosumnes river College, Cypress College, El Camino College, Folsom Lake College, Fullerton College, Sacramento City College, San Joaquin Delta College, San Mateo City College, Skyline City College. Except if you have a hold on your record at one of these colleges, you will need to clear the hold and then provide the transcript to us.
  • Have an unofficial copy of your transcripts handy when you complete your application for admission: Your admissions decision will be based on self reported information entered on the application—Accuracy is critical!
  • Applying for Financial Aid? Be sure to report the correct social security number on your Admission application so that the Financial Aid Office can download your FAFSA with no delays!



We are accepting applications from Upper-Division Transfer students between August 1st - August 31st

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The Office of Admissions & Outreach facilitates access to higher education for potential students through outreach education, individual admission advising, and accurate, efficient document processing. These activities support the University in achieving optimal enrollment representation including ethnicity, gender, age and regional diversity.

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