Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

Application Filing Periods

California State University

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Application Term Date Applications First Accepted Priority Filing Period
Fall Term October 1 October 1 - November 30
Winter Quarter* June 1 June 1 - 30
Spring Term* August 1 August 1 - 31

* Not all CSU campuses or majors accept transfer admission applications for winter/spring terms.
Visit the Cal State Apply Application Dates & Deadlines page to determine if a CSU is accepting applications for a specific term and if admission is limited by type of transfer (e.g. upper-division level, Associate Degree for Transfer applicants, returning applicants, etc.).

CSU Application Resources

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Cal State Apply Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Supplemental Application
Some CSU campuses require transfer applicants to complete a supplemental application which includes grades for all coursework completed for the prior term and all coursework that is in-progress or will be completed in the term(s) prior to transfer to CSU.

Most CSU campuses that require supplemental information will notify transfer applicants in early January for fall transfer.  Be sure to check your email and CSU application portal accounts regularly for any requests by CSU and meet any deadlines posted.

University of California

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Campus Application Term Filing Period
All campuses
(except Berkeley and Merced)
Fall Quarter November 1 - 30**
Winter Quarter^ July 1 - 31
Spring Quarter^ October 1 - 31
(accepts Fall term only)
Fall Semester November 1 - 30**
Merced Fall Semester November 1 - 30**
Spring Semester^ July 1 - 31

** See box below for information about the UC's deadline extension for Fall 2017 transfer applicants.

^ Most UC campuses or majors do not accept transfer applications for winter and spring terms.

To determine if any UC campuses and/or programs are accepting applications the winter or spring term, check the UC Undergraduate Admissions Check for Closed Majors page.

Transfer Applicants for Fall 2017: deadline extension


Read the UC's press release (10/31/2016):
University of California extends deadline for transfer applications


IMPORTANT: Students are still encouraged to apply during the priority filing period of November, as the extension may not apply to certain programs and majors on some campuses. The list of closed programs and majors is expected to be listed the UC Closed Majors page on December 1.


Read the UC's answers to frequently asked questions regarding the extension. [PDF version]

UC Application Resources

Presenting Yourself on the UC Application - Transfers [PDF]

Transfer Application Tips and Tools [PDF]

Personal Insight Questions: Guide for Transfer Applicants [PDF]

UC Transfer Academic Update (TAU)

After applying, transfer students are required to update their grades and course records.

All UC applicants will need to provide final grades from the previous term and list all courses in progress or planned for the term(s) prior to transfer to UC.  The TAU will ensure UC campuses have the most current academic information available.

Even if you do not have any in-progress or planned courses and your record of course grades was complete in your original application, you must log in to your application and complete the TAU.

The priority deadline to submit the TAU website is Jan. 31 for transfer in the fall.

Independent/Private & Out-of-State Colleges and Universities

Students interested in applying to an independent/private or out-of-state college or university should check the Web site for the campus of choice and apply online or download an application form.  Students may also access admission applications - online and in print - for nearly 700 member institutions that use The Common Application.

Locally, in the Bay Area, there are many independent colleges and universities use The Common Application (see ♦ below) to process their admission applications, including the following institutions:

Dominican University of California Samuel Merritt University
Menlo College Santa Clara University
Mills College Stanford University
Notre Dame de Namur University University of San Francisco
Saint Mary's College of California University of the Pacific

Additional Online Application Web sites

The Common Application ( Apply Online

The Common Application offers a common, standardized application form for use at any member college/university. Students can view application fees, general admission requirements as well as get an overview of financial aid, majors and degrees offered, and student life for each prospective member institution.  Additionally, students can also view both online and print versions of college application forms.

Common Black College Application ( Apply Online

The Common Black College Application (CBCA) offers a common, standardized application form to apply to any number of the 50 CBCA member institutions, at the same time, and pay a $35 fee. The list of current CBCA members include California Community College (CCC) Transfer Partner Institutions that participate in the CCC's Transfer Guarantee HBCU program.  The CBCA creates the potential opportunity for students to receive acceptance letters, financial aid packages and scholarship offers from several different colleges.

Universal College Application ( Apply Online

The Universal College Application is a centralized online application system which allows students to apply to multiple member colleges and universities.  Students can access hard copy forms and links to applicant resources.


August 1, 2010August 1-31, 2010

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Last Updated: 7/18/17