Transfer Credit - Evaluations Office

Transfer Credit Evaluation

An official transfer credit evaluation, summarizing prior college credit and indicating completed Sacramento State general education requirements will be prepared by the Transfer Credit Evaluations Office for first-time Sacramento State transfer students prior to the mandatory New Student Orientation.  All applicable work in progress will be evaluated when the final grades are received. The results of the evaluation are available on the Student Center - Academic Requirements page online at My Sac State.

Questions about the evaluation should be addressed to the Office of the University Registrar, Transfer Credit Evaluations in Lassen Hall, Room 2000.

Generally, students will be granted credit for baccalaureate level courses successfully completed at regionally accredited two or four-year colleges.

All courses, except remedial, are accepted for degree credit from institutions awarding four-year degrees.

Credit is reviewed by the Transfer Credit Evaluations Office and is granted in compliance with applicable national, state, Title V, CSU system, and University policies and procedures. Such credit may be applied toward fulfillment of major, minor or general education requirements when applicable; other courses may count as elective credit toward the baccalaureate degree. This credit will be listed in summary form on the Sacramento State transcript of academic record.

Unit limitations apply to specific categories of credit which may be used to meet baccalaureate degree requirements:

  • A maximum of 70 semester (105 quarter) units from regionally accredited 2-year colleges.
  • Unlimited number of semester units from a 4-year Baccalaureate degree-granting regionally accredited institutions (with the exception of remedial courses).
  • A maximum of 30 semester units of examination credit (CLEP and/or Credit by Exam).
  • Unlimited number of semester units obtained through Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examination.
  • A maximum of 30 semester units of military credit.
  • A maximum of 90 semester units from accredited foreign 4-year institutions (70 units from 2-year institutions).

Transfer credit is not posted to the Sacramento State transcript for students seeking a Second Bachelor's degree.

For articulation agreements with California public institutions please go to For all other articulation agreements visit Transfer Evaluation System (TES). Please note that if the course is not articulated on ASSIST or TES, you can submit a Transfer Course Equivalency form with course syllabi to the appropriate academic department for approval.

Sacramento State grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Boards. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted from three to six-semester units of college credit for each examination. More information.

Sacramento State grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction appropriate to the baccalaureate, either military or civilian, as recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The number of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. For more information contact the Sacramento State Admissions Office located in Lassen Hall, (916) 278-1000 option 1.
Up to six units of credit for learning knowledge or skills-based experience which has been documented and evaluated according to campus policy may be awarded under the auspices of the Sacramento State Academic Advising Center located in Lassen Hall, (916) 278-1000 option 5.

Credit is granted from recognized overseas institutions. Awarding of advanced standing varies depending on the educational system of the country. Certified copies of transcripts and degrees must be submitted in English translation. CSU students planning to attend overseas institutions should check acceptance of credit prior to departure.

Sacramento State utilizes the following policies in evaluating grades earned in courses accepted for transfer:
The grading policies of the regionally accredited institution where credit was earned is honored by accepting at face value all official transcript entries including those:

  • reflecting academic renewal efforts,
  • reflecting acceptance of grade point remediation for repeated courses, and
  • regarding "incomplete" grades (e.g. I, IS, and IU).

All transfer courses graded Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit are computed at neutral value, except in those cases where the specific grading symbol is identified by the source institution as equivalent to a grade less than C in which case it will be taken at face value.

All transfer course grades or symbols used to designate unsatisfactory, failing, or non-passing work at time of withdrawal such as UW, WU or WF are evaluated as failing grades (F) unless otherwise defined by the source institution.

The Degree Progress Report helps you assess your progress toward graduation. It can tell you how the courses you have taken apply toward your degree requirements and what courses are left to take before you graduate. Students can administer their own degree audit online using My Sac State.