Transfer Students

  • For more information about CSU, Chico, sign up for a fastPASS account.
  • Utilize resources on CaliforniaColleges and check CSUMentor's Filing Report to see if applications are being accepted. Many CSU's are impacted. Check the impaction by campus or major tool and local admission area definitions for more details. See below for Chico impaction information.
  • Need help transferring? Email, call, or make an appointment with an Admission Counselor; have transcripts available.
  • Note: An evaluation of coursework is done 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 the admission requirements to transfer.
  • Visit ASSIST to determine transferable, 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 a fall term. Review the want to apply page. Application announcements are posted in July for spring and September for fall.
  • Heard of an Associate’s Degree for Transfer? Legislation has streamlined the four-year degree when transferring from a CCC. Certain majors have  approved AA-T/AS-T/ADT degrees. This can increase your chances to apply, be admitted, and stay on track to graduate.
  • Have you been to your college's transfer center? Counselors have copies of GE or IGETC patterns to help with course selection each semester. Taking GE courses can help explore majors and meet admission 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are almost done with a degree at your current school, consider the units in residence requirement needed to earn a degree from Chico.
  • General Education (GE) and the "Golden 4":
  • CSU's: GE patterns are similar, so we honor the courses taken to meet GE areas laid out by the CSU you are attending.
  • UC’s: Courses are likely different but often follow a similar theme to foundation courses we require.
  • If a course is taken 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. Some requirements may need to be supplemented with community college work if nothing is comparable.
  • Contact the major department directly for guidance on what courses are transferable to the major at Chico. Note: Some departments may not advise you until you are an enrolled student.

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

  • Start by reviewing the admission requirements to transfer or non-resident admission requirements.
  • 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 will likely 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • Note: interpersonal communication, when taken out-of-state, is not usually accepted to meet the speech requirement. Online-based public speaking courses are also not commonly accepted. Math from online colleges is unacceptable if intermediate algebra is not listed as a pre-requisite. Review course descriptions for similarities to requirements here at Chico for other general education coursework.

Currently or Previously Been in the Military?

Understanding Impaction

  • CSU, Chico is impacted to transfer students. There are more qualified CSU eligible applicants than there is space available. To maintain a high quality education and ensure that students can progress towards graduation, there are elevated standards for students from outside of our local admission area. 
  • The GPA cutoff is determined by the characteristics of the applicant pool. After all of your transcripts are received, applications are rank-ordered by GPA and processed. It takes time to work through thousands of applications. GPA for non-local students is likely to be higher than the 2.0 minimum.
  • Fall transfers: Applications are only prompted into review when all transcripts have been received. Send official transcripts from all institutions attended after fall grades post but no later than the deadline in February. Admission decisions are made January-April*.
  • Spring transfers: Applications are only prompted into review when all transcripts have been received. Send official transcripts from all institutions attended after spring grades post but no later than the deadline in October. Admission decisions are made September-November*.
  • Note: If you are no longer attending an institution, send your transcripts after applying. Send any necessary test scores (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.