Getting Starting as an Upper Division Transfer Student

Step One:  You have identified yourself as an upper division transfer student.

You have earned over 60 semester (90 quarter) transferable units, are considered an upper division transfer student, and therefore would need to meet the eligibility requirements outlined. 

  • Complete at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter)
  • Complete at least 30 semester (45 quarter) units of general education with a C or better.  The units must include the “Golden 4”: oral communication, English composition, critical thinking and college-level math (course after intermediate algebra)
  • Have at least a 2.0 or better in college course work.
  • Be in good academic standing at the last institution attended.


Step Two:  Apply to CSU, Chico

We strongly encourage you to apply online at during the priority filing period*:

  • Fall semester:  apply October 1 - November 30
  • Spring semester:  apply August 1 – 31 

*If it is past the deadlines above, you will need to write a letter of hardship explaining why your application should be considered.  While there are no guarantees of approval, the Hardship Committee will review each situation on a case-by-case basis.  Hardship requests for the spring semester must be submitted in full by November 15 or for the fall semester by June 15.

  • Hardship Packet: Along with your brief letter (1-2 pages), provide all college transcripts and any military documents mentioned in Step 3.  Please provide official copies of all college transcripts.  Make sure to include your contact information (address, e-mail and phone number).
  • Address your hardship packet to:

CSU, Chico

Office of Admissions

Attn: Hardship Committee

400 W. First Street

Chico, CA 95929-0722

Hard copies of all documentation are preferred.  Packets may be faxed 530-898-6456 or e-mailed to info@csuchico.eduWARNING:  Incomplete packets and/or illegible documents will delay evaluation of your hardship.  Official transcripts must come in a sealed envelope or sent electronically by the issuing institution.  All documents must come together and need to be clearly identifiable as a hardship and that you are a veteran.

  • We will evaluate your hardship request and make a decision on a case-by-case basis. 
  • You will be notified of the final decision made by the Hardship Committee via mail, e-mail and/or by phone.  It can often takes weeks for a decision to be made, so please be patient.


Step Three:  After you have submitted your application

Once you apply, you will be sent an e-mail with your student ID number and instructions on how authenticate your Chico State portal account.  Pay close attention to the e-mail as it contains further instructions and important deadlines.  Be sure to review your to-do list in your Student Center, and the transfer Already Applied? or Been Admitted? pages for more information.

Send the following documents if applicable:

  • DD-214 (for veterans.)  If you are missing it look here.
  • Military transcripts SMART (Navy,) AART (Army,) and/or CCAF (Air Force.)
  • Official Transcripts (high school and/or all college)


For assistance, contact Admissions and identify yourself as a veteran or current service member

Often, prospective veteran or military students are stationed overseas and/or navigating the admission process on their own and we want to be there to help.  If you need assistance determining your entry status, the application process, applying after a filing period has closed or have questions about CSU, Chico, call the Admissions Office toll free at (800) 542-4426 or email to get started.  Make sure to remember to identify yourself as a veteran or current service member