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Transfer Student Admission Process

Applying to Sacramento State as a Transfer Student: Upper Division Student with 60 Semester/90 Quarter Transferable Units

Apply online at CSU Apply during the priority application filing period.

Fall Admission Cycle for transfer students: October 1 - November 30
Spring Admission Cycle for transfer students ONLY: August 1 – 31

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Application Fee Waiver

Requirements for transfer applicants: All requirements must be completed by the end of spring (for fall admission) or the end of summer (for spring admission), with a grade of C- or higher

  1. Complete at least 60 transferable semester units or 90 quarter units (You can check using www.assist.org)
  2. Be in "Good Standing" at the last college or university attended
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 if you are within our local admission area. If you are outside of our local admission area, the academic characteristics of the transfer applicant pool will determine the GPA minimum
  4. Meet the Golden 4 Requirements
    1. A1 - Oral Communication
    2. A2 - Written Communication
    3. A3 - Critical Thinking
    4. B4 - Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics above Intermediate Algebra)
    5. Complete at least 30 units in CSU General Education requirements or IGETC

Visit the CSUS requirements guides for Transfer Students for more information.

Local Admission Area

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

Associate Degree For Transfer (ADT)

The California Community Colleges and Sacramento State have created the Associate Degree for Transfer program to make it easier for students like you to start at a community college, transfer to a guaranteed saved spot at a participating four-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree.

It is important for students to contact their local community college for information on meeting the requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). For more information regarding the Associate Degree for Transfer program please visit: www.adegreewithaguarantee.com

Learn More About ADT Program

ADT Application Requirements

  • Be pursuing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program at a California Community College
  • Apply to the corresponding major at Sacramento State
  • Apply by the application deadline and self-report ADT when you submit your application

Note: If you did not report ADT at the time of application, complete the Correction Request for ADT online form.

ADT Verification

To verify your ADT is complete, submit an official transcript to our office:

Department of Admissions & Outreach
Lassen Hall, Room 1102
Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Before Applying to Sacramento State

All applicants must have all the following items below:

  • A copy of their unofficial transcripts ready before filling out the application. Students will be asked to enter all the courses that have been completed on the CSU application; those that are currently in progress; and any courses you plan to take. Transcripts will be requested by campuses as needed
  • Applicant's Social Security number (if applicable)
  • Applicant's citizenship status. (Citizenship status for the student or parents does not dismiss or qualify a student for admission to Sacramento State.)
  • A method of payment (can be paid by credit card)
  • The annual income of applicant's parents’ if they are a dependent; your income if you are independent
  • CCCID and Campus ID (optional); every California Community College student is assigned a CCCID and a campus-specific ID number. These numbers should be printed on applicant’s transcript
  • Applicant’s parents' employment background and two letters of recommendation (Note: this only applies if you’re applying to EOP)

After You Have Applied for Admissions

Once you have applied to Sacramento State there are steps to take to ensure that you remain eligible for admission.

  • Complete Golden 4 coursework by the end of spring (for fall admission) or the end of summer (for spring admission), with a grade of C- or higher
  • Submit official transcripts with all colleges coursework completed to date, including courses in progress during the spring semester and any official test scores (AP, IB, and CLEP)
    • Sacramento State will automatically receive your transcripts if you have attended one of the Community Colleges listed below:
      • Los Rios Colleges: American River College, Sacramento City College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College
      • Los Angeles Colleges: Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Southwest College, West Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Mission College
      • Other Colleges: Antelope Valley College, Cerritos College, Chabot College, Chaffey College, Cypress College, Fullerton College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Las Positas College

After Admission Decisions Are Made:

Note: All admission decisions are considered "conditional" until final transcripts are received, reviewed and certified. Learn more about "Conditional Admissions"

  • Submit your Intent-To-Enroll (ITE) through your MySacState Student Center:
    • Fall Semester by May 1st
    • Spring Semester by November 8th

(Note: Failure to complete your ITE by the deadline will result in your application being withdrawn from consideration.)

  • Check your To-Do list on MySacState Student Center
  • Impacted Majors: if you applied to an impacted major, check their website for supplemental application and transcript requirements.
  • Submit proof of eligibility from your community college if you are participating in the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program - Due by 3/15/2020
  • Attend mandatory New Student Orientation and register for classes
  • Apply to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) if you need any special accommodations
  • Submit updated official transcripts with all final grades if you had coursework in progress when you applied - Due by 7/15/2020
  • Make sure you have met the CSU immunization requirement

How to deliver official transcripts

  • Mail to
    California State University, Sacramento
    Office of Admissions & Outreach
    6000 J Street MS 6048
    Lassen Hall 1102
    Sacramento, CA 95819
  • Drop off at the Admissions & Outreach Office: Lassen Hall 1102
  • Submit online via email at incomingtranscripts@csus.edu (Faxes are not permitted)

Foreign Credit Applicant Advising

All prospective applicants with foreign credit should begin their advising at Sacramento State’s office of International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE) preparing to submit an application for admission to Sacramento State.

Please contact the IPGE office for further details.

Domestic applicants with foreign credit should visit the Admissions & Outreach office for further admissions advising on their domestic credits after visiting the IPGE office.

Foreign Credit Form

Foreign Credit Form

The following form will be completed by the International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE) office when evaluating official foreign documents:

Foreign Credit Pre-Admission Evaluation

Admission Appeal

If you have been notified that you were not admitted, please take a moment to review CSU admission requirements. Please submit an appeal within 15 days of the notice of non-admission.

Admission Appeal Form