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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 during the priority application filing period.

Fall Admission Cycle for transfer students: Oct 1, 2020 – Jan 8, 2021 (Application period is now closed.)
Spring Admission Cycle for transfer students ONLY: August 1 – 31 (Application period is now closed.)

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Requirements for transfer applicants: All requirements must be completed by the end of Summer 2021 (for fall admission) or the end of Fall 2021 (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
  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:

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

Sacramento State must receive confirmation your ADT is in-progress by the following deadlines:

Fall – March 15
Spring – November 1

If you self-reported your ADT on your Cal State Apply application and applied for graduation at your community college by their stated deadline, your community college will provide this documentation to us electronically through eVerify by the deadline.
If you did not self-report your ADT on your Cal State Apply application, or if your college does not participate in the E-Verify system, you must submit an In-Progress Verification Form signed by your community college campus by the deadline listed above.

Submit Signed Form

ADT Validation

Once your ADT is completed and awarded to you by your community college, be sure to submit a new updated official transcript to our office so we can add it to your academic record.

Mail to:

California State University, Sacramento
Office of Admissions & Outreach
6000 J Street MS 6048
Sacramento, CA 95819

Drop off at the Admissions & Outreach Office: Lassen Hall 1102

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 Admission

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"

  • Accept/Decline your admission by completing your Intent to Enroll (ITE) through My Sac State Student Center as soon as you know you will or won't be attending Sac State:
    • Fall Semester by the extended deadline, May 1st
    • Spring Semester by November 6

(Note: Failure to complete your ITE by the deadline will result in your application being withdrawn from consideration.)

  • Check your To-Do list on My Sac State Student Center
  • Download your Fall 21 Admission Checklist
  • Download your Spring 21 Admission Checklist
  • Impacted Majors: if you applied to an impacted major, check their website for supplemental application and transcript requirements.
  • Transcripts are to be sent while courses are in-progress and once all course work is completed to finalize your admission process.
    • Fall 2021 Admits:
      • Submit official transcripts with all college coursework completed to date including all courses currently in-progress for Spring 2020 and official test scores (AP, IB, and CLEP) – Due February 4
      • Submit updated official transcripts with all final grades if you had coursework in progress when you applied. The final deadline for all transcripts and official test scores. – Due July 1
    • Spring 2021 Admits:
      • Submit official transcripts with all college coursework completed to date including all courses currently in-progress for Fall 2020 and official test scores (AP, IB, and CLEP) – Due September 11
      • Submit updated official transcripts with all final grades if you had coursework in progress when you applied. The final deadline for all transcripts and official test scores. - Due January 11
    • Note: All admission decisions are considered “conditional” until final transcripts are received, reviewed, and certified.
  • Submit proof of eligibility from your community college if you are participating in the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program - For the Fall Semester is due by March 15 & for the Spring Semester is due by November 2
  • Complete the two-step New Student Orientation process. Register and attend virtual New Student Orientation.
    • Spring 2021 Orientation registration will take place November 2 - 30. Orientation will take place January 5 - 13, 2021. Compete Hornet Pre-Orientation. This is an online introduction to Sac State. A link will be emailed to students in November.
  • Apply to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) if you need any special accommodations
  • Submit proof of CSU immunization requirement

How to deliver official transcripts

Electronic Transcripts
Sacramento State accepts and prefers official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) from other institutions.
Official e-transcripts must be sent directly from your high school/college to our campus via email at (Faxes are not permitted)

Mail official sealed hard copy transcripts
Sacramento State
Admissions & Outreach
6000 J Street MS 6048
Sacramento, CA 95819

Drop off official sealed hard copy transcripts
Student Service Center Document Drop Box
Lassen Hall, Outside Room #1000
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

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 Process

Foreign Credit Applicant Advising

Prospective students who are U.S citizens, permanent residents or holders of any visa (other than F1/J1) with foreign credit should begin their advising by making an appointment with Caroline Peretti, Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator, Admissions & Outreach. Appointment requests should be sent to

F1/J1 applicants should contact the Office of International Programs and Global Engagement.

Applicants with a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree

If the foreign degree is deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree, prospective students are not eligible to apply for a second bachelor’s degree (except for Nursing). Students may apply to a master’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Foreign Credit Form

The Evaluation of Foreign Coursework form will be used to determine whether the courses and units completed can be used to fulfill admission and graduation requirements at Sacramento State. Bring official copies of all foreign coursework, course descriptions and/or course syllabi, and transcripts for any courses completed in the U.S. to your appointment. Sacramento State does not provide a copy of our internal evaluation. If you need a formal evaluation for work purposes, we recommend the following agencies.


World Education Services (WES)

P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Telephone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100

Website: World Education Services (WES)

Evaluation Type

WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) Course-by-Course Evaluation
Price $205
The package above includes the long term storing of evaluations

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)

P.O. Box 6908
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Toll-Free: (800) 234-1597 (USA Only) or (310) 275-3530
Fax: (310) 275-3528
Website: Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)

Evaluation Type

Comprehensive Report
Price $185
Evaluations are held for a limited time

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Telephone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
Website: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

Evaluation Type

Course-by-Course Evaluation
Price $160
Evaluations are held for a limited time