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Transfer Students

We are CLOSED for applications for Fall 2016 - the application filing period was from October 1 - November 30, 2015

We will be open for applications for Fall 2017 from October 1 - November 30, 2016

Before you learn specifics about how to apply, check out this short video about getting in to Sac State.

Upper Division applicants are required to apply during the application filing period, October 1 - November 30 at CSUMentor.edu

Sacramento State is closed to Lower Division (fewer than 60 transferrable semester units).

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Important: All admission requirements must be met by the end of Spring 2016. Summer 2016 courses may not be used to complete admissions for Fall 2016.

Upper Division Minimum of 60 transferable semester units

For students to be eligible to enter Sacramento State as upper-division transfers, they must have:

  • Completed all admissions requirements by the end of Spring 2016
  • Completed 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units, to include:
    • Completed 30 units in CSU General Education requirements or IGETC, to include:
      • Completed the following courses with a C or higher:
        • A1. oral communication
        • A2. written communication
        • A3. critical thinking, and
        • B4. math (above intermediate algebra)
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • *Local Area for Admission applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Outside Local area for Admission applicants: The academic characteristics of the transfer applicant pool will determine the GPA cut off

* 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.

NOTE: If you have previously attended Sacramento State, go to the Returning Student (Readmission) page here.

Important Dates for Fall 2016 Admission
October 1 - November 30 Dates to submit application for admission
December 17, 2015 Deadline to submit application fee
January 28, 2016 Deadline to submit official transcripts (including Spring 2016 courses in progress, AP, CLEP, IB test scores)
March 1, 2016 Check 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.


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 here.

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 Sacramento State Admissions 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 www.assist.org for more information about lower division major preparation courses
  • Complete the Transfer Planner at  www.csumentor.edu
  • 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!

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