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Transfer Students

Transfer students are those who have earned college credit at a community college or other institution.

Spring 2017

We anticipate opening for applications for Spring 2017 from August 1 - 31, 2016

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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, August 1 - 31 - at CSUMentor.edu
  • Open to Applications from UPPER DIVISION TRANSFER students ONLY.  Sacramento State is closed to Lower Division (fewer than 60 transferrable semester units).
  • Also accepting Associate Degree for Transfers (AA-T/AS-T) - STAR - SB1440 - "A Degree with a Guarantee"

Upper Division Minimum of 60 Transferable Semester Units

For a student to be eligible to enter Sacramento State as an Upper-Division Transfer for Spring 2017, they must:

1. Be in Good Standing at the last college or university attended.

2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 if the applicant is within our local service area*.   If the applicant is 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 Summer 2016, with a grade of C or higher:

  • A1. Oral Communication
  • A2. Written Communication
  • A3. Critical Thinking
  • B4. Math (above intermediate algebra)
  • Complete at least 30 units in CSU General Education requirement or IGETC, including the above courses.
  • Complete at least 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units, including the above.

* 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.

Impacted Programs

If you intend to major in one of our Designated Impacted Programs, please check with that program for supplemental criteria, application instruction and important deadlines:

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.  Learn more about Impaction and a list of Impacted Majors by visiting our Impaction page here.

NOTE: If you have previously attended Sacramento State, visit the "I Want to Apply" page for Returning Students (Readmission) page here.

Important Dates for Spring 2017 Admission
August 1 - 31, 2016 Dates to submit application for admission
September TBD 2016 Deadline to submit application fee
September TBD 2016 Deadline to submit official transcripts showing Fall 2016 courses in progress and AP, CLEP, IB test scores
October 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.

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.
  • If you listed one of the following community colleges on your CSU application for admission, you do not need to send transcripts to us, since they are received electronically: 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. 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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