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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.

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 you are within our local service area*. If you are 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 - Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics above Intermediate Algebra)
  • Complete at least 30 units in CSU General Education requirements or IGETC, including the above courses.
  • Complete at least 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units, including the above courses.

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

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, with the exception of the School of Nursing (See below).

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

Sacramento State is accepting applications for undergraduate admission from prospective nursing students who have already completed a four-year degree and want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Admission to the university is contingent upon being offered admission into the Traditional BSN or RN to BSN program. All university admission decisions for second bachelor prospective nursing students will be pending department approval. Nursing second bachelor applicants are NOT allowed to change their major at any time during the admission process.

Please visit for important information on how to complete the university application and the new online supplemental application to the School of Nursing.

When and How to Apply

Apply online at during the priority application filing period: 

Fall Semester: October 1 - November 30

Spring Semester: August 1 - 31 

Need assistance completing the Cal State Apply application?

Check out the Transfer Student Application Guide and Transfer Credit Entry Guide from Cal State Apply for additional information. 

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

Application Fee Waiver Appeal  

The deadline to submit an Application Fee Waiver Appeal for Fall 2019 is December 7th, 2018.

If you would like your application for admission to be considered for the upcoming Spring 2019 semester, you must be sure to pay and submit your Cal State Apply application to our campus by the August 31st deadline.

Do you need help completing the questions on the application related to the Application Fee Waiver? Check out the Application Fee Waiver Checklist for assistance!

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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

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 1, rather than January 1. 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 2019 Spring 2018
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
February 8
September 13 Deadline to submit official transcripts with all college coursework completed to date (including all courses currently in progress) and official test scores (AP, IB, and CLEP)

March 1 - 31* October 5-12

Begin checking your My Sac State for your admission decision.

*Fall 2019 admission decisions will be released throughout the month of March.

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 early to develop an Education Plan for transfer
  • Complete the "Golden 4" courses (with a grade of C- or higher) early:
    • A1 - Oral Communication
    • A2 - Written Communication
    • A3 - Critical Thinking
    • B4 - Math (above intermediate algebra) 
  • Visit for more information about lower-division major preparation courses
  • Complete the Transfer Planner at Cal State Apply
  • Meet with a Sac State representative at your college fair or transfer center
  • Visit Sacramento State and take a campus tour.
  • Have an unofficial copy of your transcripts handy when you complete your application for admission. Your admission 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 application for admission so that the Financial Aid Office can download your FAFSA with no delays!


Applications will open for Fall 2020 October 1 - November 30, 2019 

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