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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.. 

Below are some resources to help support you through the transfer application cycle.

California State University (CSU)

Priority Application Filing Period

  • Fall 2021 (August/September 2021 Start Date): October 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
  • Winter 2021 (January 2021 Start Date): June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020
  • Spring 2021 (January 2021 (for quarter system CSU campuses) or April 2021 (for semester system CSU campuses): August 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

How to Apply

CSU Application Create Account

Use the Transfer Student Application Guide to learn how to create an account. 


CSU Application Credit Entry

Use the Transfer Credit Entry Guide to help you report all college courses on your Cal State application. This guide will provide detailed instructions for entering high schools attended, colleges attended, transcript entry, and general education.


University of California (UC)

Application Filing Period:

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

How to Apply


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. (Note: For IGETC pattern, you can only have up to 2 courses missing on the pattern to seek a partial certification) 

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