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Applying to the University

Applying to transfer to a university is often more than just completing a form. It is a package of materials that you submit to support your candidacy for their program. The application cycle can take as short as two weeks or as long as one year. It is a process that may require the reporting of your academic history, admissions essay, portfolio or supplemental application to specific programs and departments. In addition, you are likely finding yourself applying for financial aid, scholarships, on-campus housing, etc.. 

Download the Final Year Transfer Checklist then locate even more resources specific to the transfer institution for support through the transfer application cycle.

Final Year Transfer Checklist


California State University (CSU)

Priority Application Filing Period

  • Fall 2021 (August/September 2021 Start Date): October 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020 (some CSU campuses are still accepting applications for some majors. Check here.)
  • Winter 2022 (January 2022 Start Date): June 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021
  • Spring 2022 (January 2022 Start Date for semester system CSU campuses or April 2022 for quarter system CSU campuses): August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021

How to Apply

General Overview & Checklist

Completing the Application

Making Application Update & Completing Supplemental Applications

Workshop Recordings

Applying for EOP

Application Assistance


University of California (UC)

Application Filing Period:

  • Fall 2021 Transfer Admission: November 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
  • Winter/Spring 2022 UC TAG: May 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021
  • Winter/Spring 2022 Transfer Admission: July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021

How to Apply

Completing the UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) for UC TAG

  • Reference UC TAP Presentation to learn how to complete the UC Transfer Admission Planner for the UC TAG.

Preparing for the Application

Completing the Application


Updating the Application

Application Assistance

  • UC Application Help Center
    • Within the U.S.: (800) 207-1710
    • Outside the U.S.: (925) 298-6856
  • Helpdesk hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm PST
    • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Private/Out-of-State Institutions

How to Apply

General Education (CSU GE or IGETC) Certification

What is GE Certification?

GE Certification is a process by which Chabot College identifies courses you have completed that meet the various areas on the GE pattern and sends this certification to the CSU or UC campus you will attend. When you transfer to the university with the GE Certification, you will not be held to the university’s lower-division general education requirements. Instead, you will be held to any missing areas on the pattern and any remaining university upper-division general education requirements.

A few notes for stuents following the IGETC pattern and transferring to UC:

  • For IGETC pattern, you can only have up to 2 courses missing on the pattern to seek a partial IGETC certification for UC transfer
  • For IGETC Area 6 Language Other Than English:
    • Many students meet this area via two years of the same foreign language at a U.S. high school classes. If so, request your high school transcripts be sent to Chabot College Admissions & Records.
    • Some students attended school through the 9th grade outside of the United States, and may have already met this area. Inquire with Transfer Center Counselor or your counselor.
    • Some students may need to take a proficiency exam to meet this area of IGETC. Inquire with Transfer Center Counselor or your counselor.

Requesting GE Certification

Students who are following either the IGETC or CSU GE pattern should apply for GE Certification with the Admissions and Records office the semester prior to transfer (your last semester at Chabot). Chabot College sends one certification to one university so make sure this is the university you will transfer to before making your CSU GE or IGETC Certification request. As appropriate, please make sure official transcripts (such as those from other colleges or your high school) and/or AP scores are on file with the Admissions & Records Office if those courses and scores are being used to fulfill GE.

Search for the form titled General Education Certification Request on the Chabot College Admissions & Records Forms webpage to request your GE certification.

Questions? Contact Transfer Counselor Ms. Frances Fon at ffon@chabotcollege.edu