Eligibility Requirements

Out-of-State Transfer Students

Upper-Division Transfers

Upper-division applicants must meet the following requirements (summer or intersession work completed during the term immediately prior to enrollment cannot be used for eligibility):

  • Complete at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units)
  • Complete at least 30 semester units of general education with a C or better. The 30 units must include all of the general education requirements in communication (oral communication, English composition, critical thinking), and one course in college-level mathematics.
  • Out-of-state applicants must have a cumulative transferable grade point average of at least 2.0 or better* in college coursework.
  • Be in good academic standing at the last institution attended.

*Impaction Criteria: CSU, Chico is an impacted campus for upper-division transfer students. In addition to meeting the general CSU transfer admission requirements, students from outside of our local admission area may be held to a higher GPA requirement. This GPA will be decided based on the characteristics of the applicant pool.

PLEASE NOTE: If your general education math, English, oral communication, and/or critical thinking courses are in progress at the time of application, you must provide verification of your grade in these courses before you will be allowed to register for classes at Chico. Please use this Confirmation of Final Grade form (pdf).

For a further explanation of the four specific course requirements listed above, visit Future Wildcats and choose Attending a Four-Year, Out-of-State or Private Institution.

Lower-Division Transfers

Lower-division applicants must meet the following requirements (summer or intersession work completed during the term immediately prior to enrollment cannot be used for eligibility):

  • Qualify for first-time Out-of-State Freshmen admission.
  • Out-of-state applicants must have a cumulative transferable grade point average of at least 2.0 or better in college course work.
  • Be in good academic standing at the last institution attended.

If you did not complete the 15-unit pattern of college preparatory subjects required for freshman admission while in high school, you must make up the deficiencies in college.

If you are a lower-division student and do not meet the eligibility index from high school, we recommend that you continue your education at a California Community College and complete 60 or more transferable semester units (90 or more quarter units) before attempting to transfer to a CSU campus.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have not completed an English composition and/or college-level mathematics course with a C- or better, you may be required to take our English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Math tests unless exempt.  To view test exemptions, schedule out-of-state exams or access more information please visit the ELM/EPT test information page.