Transfer Students

  • For more information about CSU, Chico, sign up for a fastPASS account.
  • Utilize the transfer resources on CSUMentor including the Transfer Planner and Application Filing Status Report.
  • Email, call, or schedule an appointment with an Admission Counselor for assistance with transferring. Be prepared with transcripts so we can advise you on the requirements to transfer.
  • Note: An evaluation of all coursework will not be provided until after you have applied, been admitted, and submitted your intent-to-enroll.

Attending one or a combination of the California Community Colleges (CCC)?

  • Start by reviewing our admission requirements to transfer.
  • Visit ASSIST to determine what is transferable, including general education (GE) and lower-division major courses.
  • Plan ahead! Most CSU campuses are not open for spring due to budget constraints. If possible, plan to transfer for fall semesters. Review our want to apply page for more information. Application announcements are posted in July for spring and September for fall.
  • Heard of an Associate’s Degree for Transfer? Recent legislation has streamlined the four-year degree when starting at a CCC. Certain majors from certain community colleges have been approved as AA-T/AS-T or ADT degrees. This may increase your chance of applying, being admitted, and staying on track to complete your degree in four years.
  • Have you been to your college's transfer center? Most counselors have copies of GE or IGETC patterns to help with course selection each semester. Taking GE courses can help explore majors and meet requirements. You can also get more information about the AA-T and AS-T degrees.
  • Note: Chico only accepts 70 transferable semester (105 quarter) units from community colleges. 

Attending a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC)?

  • Start by reviewing our admission requirements to transfer.
  • General education (GE) patterns at CSU campuses are very similar, so we honor the courses taken to meet GE areas laid out by the CSU you are attending. UC’s are a bit different but often times follow a similar theme. If a course is being used to meet a GE area at a CSU or UC, we will honor that requirement. Review course descriptions for similarities to requirements here at Chico specifically for the “Golden Four” courses.
  • CSU and UC campuses post articulation agreements for courses on ASSIST. Not all utilize this tool, but it can be a place to get started.
  • Contact the major department directly for guidance on what courses are transferable to the major here at Chico. Note: Some departments may not advise you until you are a student at Chico.
  • If you are at a UC or CSU and are almost finished with your degree, review the residency requirements to earn the bachelor’s degree from Chico.

Attending a Four-Year, Out-of-State or Private Institution?

  • If a school is technically accredited, coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you have only attended this type of school, you likely will need to attend a regionally accredited college to meet admission requirements.
  • If a school is regionally accredited and coursework is considered college-level, it is also evaluated on a case-by-case basis. However, these units are more likely to be transferable and working towards admission, major or elective requirements.
  • As a general rule we typically do not accept interpersonal communication when taken out-of-state. We do not typically award credit for online-based public speaking courses. Math from online colleges can also be tricky especially if intermediate algebra is not listed as a pre-requisite. Contact our office to verify admission requirements.
  • Golden Four Courses:
    • A1: Oral communication or “speech” are courses on presenting and being evaluated on speaking in front of others. Examples such as: speech communication fundamentals, public speaking or small group discussion.
    • A2: Written communication or “English” courses are courses establishing your college writing skills. You may have needed to take a placement exam to get into the college-level English or writing course. This is usually not a literature, creative writing or upper-division course.
    • A3: Critical thinking or “logic” courses are looking for critical thinking, examining arguments, reasoning, analyzing, or argumentation and debate in their course title. These are commonly found in Philosophy or English departments. They may be the second English course required at your school. Look for the key words mentioned in course descriptions and titles. This is usually not an introduction to philosophy or ethics course.
    • B4/A4: Quantitative reasoning or “math” are college-level math courses that list intermediate algebra as a prerequisite. Examples such as: statistics, calculus, pre-calculus, college algebra, or a math specific to your major discipline.

Currently or Previously Been in the Military?

Understanding Impaction

  • CSU, Chico is impacted to transfer students. Meaning, there are more CSU qualified students than there is space available at Chico. In order to maintain a high quality education and ensure that students can progress towards graduation, we have elevated standards for students applying to transfer from schools outside of our local admission area. 
  • We do not know what GPA cutoffs we will use until we see the applicant pool. Applications are rank-ordered based on GPA and processed once all transcripts have been received. This will take weeks or months to determine depending on the application cycle as we work through thousands of application files. GPA for non-local admission area transfer students is likely to be higher than the 2.0 minimum.
  • Many CSU's are impacted at both campus and major level requiring higher standards to be admitted. Before you apply, we recommend you research what campuses are impacted for the upcoming academic year. Check out the impaction by campus or major tool and local admission area definitions for more information.
  • Fall transfers: Applications are only prompted for review when all transcripts have been received. Make sure to send official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended after fall grades post but no later than the document deadline in mid-February. Admission decisions begin in January and go out on a rolling basis through April*.
  • Spring transfers: Applications are only prompted for review when all transcripts have been received. Make sure to send official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended after spring grades post but no later than the document deadline in mid-October. Admission decisions begin in September and go out on a rolling basis through November*.
  • Note: If you are no longer attending an institution, do not delay in sending your transcripts to our office after applying. You should also send any test scores that may add to your file (AP, IB, and CLEP; this does not include ACT or SAT.)
  • *Subject to change based on the volume of applications received.

Is Chico State a fit for you?

Finding the right college can be a challenging yet rewarding process. We hope this list helps you see why students choose Chico State!


  • Programs- More than 100 majors, minors, certificates, options or patterns to choose from!
  • Dedicated Faculty- Faculty hold office hours for every course they teach; faculty to student ratio 25:1; Average class size 31; 84% hold Doctorates or Terminal degrees in their field of study.
  • Hands-On Learning- Internships, job opportunities, volunteering, lab environments, real-world connections and projects, opportunities to work closely with faculty doing relevant and applicable research in a variety of fields.


  • Clubs and Organizations- Over 240 student-run groups. Can't find something to get involved in? Create it!
  • Volunteer- Through CAVE students volunteer over 60,000 hours a year through 15 different programs. The highest ranked school for fundraising efforts to St. Jude's Children's Hospital through Up 'Til Dawn. President's Honor Roll award for service for the 5th time in 6 years. 
  • Leadership- AS government, Freshmen Leadership Opportunities, LEADCat, Wildcat Leadership Institute, honor societies and clubs specific to majors, and a wide variety of other opportunities to shine as a leader.
  • Study Abroad- Ranked third in the nation for sending students abroad for a year. Many opportunities to study abroad for a year, a semester, a summer or a few weeks. 
  • Greek life- 14% of students participate in national or local Greek organizations.


  • Natural Beauty- Big Chico Creek runs through campus, designated arboretum (tree museum,) brick buildings and collegiate architecture.
  • Tradition- Opened in 1887, Chico State is the second oldest CSU in the system. Generations of students have followed in relative's footsteps and become one of our 100,000 alumni.
  • Community- located in Northern California, Chico the town has more than 80,000 people. Chico State has a true college-town feel and is adjacent to the downtown area. Many opportunities for students to participate in community events, projects and service learning.
  • Sustainability- Leaders in the CSU for sustainability. LEED Certified buildings, organic dairy farm, local or organic produce and goods sold on campus and in dining facilities, AS recycling diverts tons of trash each year, and a pledge to be zero waste in the near future!


  • Athletics- 13 NCAA Division II teams. High achieving student athletes and athletic programs. Club sports for the more competitive and intramural sports for fun and recreation.
  • WREC- Wildcat Recreation facility opened in 2009 and is included in student tuition fees.
  • Bidwell Park- 3,670 acre municipal park located close to campus for swimming, hiking, biking, walking, or relaxing with friends.
  • Adventure Outings- Student led trips for reduced costs throughout California. Learn how to surf, hike to remote locations, camp, swim, and explore the beautiful environment around us.