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Thank you for your interest in joining our Bulldog Family! There are many things you can do to get ready to join us at Fresno State. Below are a couple of things you can do to prepare:
  • Don't just visit campus, Take a Tour led by one of our students and find out about the many programs we offer.
  • Want some more information about Fresno State and our programs? Fill out our Information Request Form and join our mailing list.
  • Almost ready to apply? Before you do, Request an Appointmentwith one of our Undergraduate Admissions Counselors who can assist you as you prepare to apply to Fresno State.
  • Make sure you know the application period for the term for which you want to apply. Applications for fall term admission are taken almost a year ahead of time. See Critical Dates below.

In addition to all these activities you can do, visit our Undergraduate Student Recruitment page and find out all the information you need on admissions eligibility and costs.

Critical dates

Fall 2019

October 1, 2018 Applications accepted at www.calstate.edu/apply
November 30, 2018 Deadline to submit application for upper-division transfer
Deadline to submit official transcripts including fall 2018 grades and spring 2019 work in progress; and to submit other official documents such as AP test scores and residency paperwork, if applicable
March 15, 2019 Applicant acceptance of admission decision using online Accept/Decline and registration for Dog Days New Student Orientation begins
Deadline to receive final transcript showing completed spring 2019 courses
June 30, 2019 Deadline for Accept/Decline and Dog Days registration
July 2019 Dog Days New Student Orientation sessions are held

Spring 2019

September 15, 2018                 Official transcripts with FINAL summer 2018 grades (if fall 2018 attendance, must show courses in progress)   
September 15, 2018   Official Advanced Placement exam credit or military credit to fulfill admission requirements
September 15, 2018   Residency documents (if applicable)
October 1 - November 30, 2018 Accept/Decline admission offer, register and pay for Dog Days new student orientation
Oct. 31, 2018 ADT verifications due from community colleges (E-verify website or hard copy)
December 7, 2018

Dog Days orientation for transfers

January 4, 2019

Dog Days Orientation for transfers

January 30, 2019

Deadline for receipt of transcripts with final Fall 2018 grades and with ADT posted as awarded

How to Apply

Fresno State’s admission application is here: www.calstate.edu/apply. For help completing your Cal State Apply application, call 1-857-304-2087 or contact Undergraduate Student Recruitment at 559.278.2048.


What is ASSIST?

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

You may consult with ASSIST to find out which of your courses articulate with Fresno State. You may contact us if you have any questions while using ASSIST. It is also highly recommended that you schedule an appointment to review your coursework with one of our transfer counselors. 

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Applicants Checklist

Fall 2019 Applicants Checklist


  Date Description
checkbox Early Fall 2018 Make an appointment with one of our counselors to review transfer requirements and status http://fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/explore-campus/request-appointment.html
checkbox October 1 - 
November 30, 2018
Complete your admission application at https://calstate.edu/apply. Sign up for a webinar to assist you with completing your application http://fresnostate.edu/are/events/webinars.html
checkbox October 1 - 
November 30, 2018
If applicable, complete the EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) application at http://www.calstate.edu/apply
checkbox October 1, 2018 - 
March 2, 2019
Start or submit FAFSA (Financial Aid) application at www.fafsa.ed.gov
checkbox October 1, 2018 - 
March 2, 2019
Apply for Fresno State scholarships at www.fresnostate.edu/scholarships
checkbox October 1, 2018 -
and onward
Create a Fresno State account at https://my.fresnostate.edu after receiving acknowledgment letter to track the progress of your application. Check your Fresno State e-mail and Student Center frequently.
checkbox December 1, 2018 -
and onward
Register for Preview Day (optional) at http://previewday.gotofresnostate.com/
checkbox October 1, 2018 -
February 15, 2019
Submit official transcripts from each college attended with final fall grades and spring in- progress coursework to Admissions office.

Also submit official Advanced Placement exam scores, DD214s, and residency documents, if applicable.

checkbox October 1, 2018 -
May 1, 2019
Check your admission status at my.fresnostate.edu
checkbox March 2, 2019 FAFSA priority deadline.
checkbox March 15 -
June 30, 2019
Accept your admissions offer and register and pay for Dog Days mandatory new student orientation.
checkbox March 17, 2019 Attend Preview Day at Fresno State
checkbox May 15 -
June 30, 2019
Submit official transcripts with final spring grades on them.
checkbox June -
August, 2019
Attend Dog Days and register for Fresno State Classes (if all registration holds are cleared). Classes begin in mid to late August.

After your application is submitted

Create your Fresno State student account at my.fresnostate.edu
Access your Student Center:
  1. Log in to my.fresnostate.edu
  2. Under “My Menu” click on Student Self Service
  3. Click on Student Center
Once on the Student Center page, you can view:
  • To Do List
  • Application Status (under My Admissions and Program Applications)
  • Important Info & Holds
  • Dog Days Registration Info (for admitted students, under My Admissions and Program Applications)
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
Visit www.gotofresnostate.com and click on Events for a list of Next Step webinars.

Create Fresno State e-mail account

Campus email can be accessed from https://email.csufresno.edu or by visiting http://googleapps.fresnostate.edu. Email should be checked often. Most Fresno State offices will only correspond through the student email account.

How to check your application status

I’ve submitted my application. How do I know if Fresno State has received everything they need to review my application?

STEP 1: Visit https://my.fresnostate.edu and log into your Fresno State portal using your Fresno State username and password. This is the same username and password you created for your Fresno State email account at https://email.csufresno.edu/ MyFresnoState login
STEP 2: Click on "Student Self Service" check-app-stat-2
STEP 3: Click on "Student Center" check-app-stat-3
STEP 4: Click on ‘My Admissions and Program Applications’ to view your application status by clicking on "Univ Application Status" check-app-stat-4
STEP 5: Click on "details" in your To Do list on the right-hand side of your Student Center for detailed information on each to-do item check-app-stat-5

I’ve requested that my official transcripts be sent. Why does my To Do List still show Transcript?
  • If the most recent official transcript you submitted shows any in-progress courses, a Transcript item will remain on your To Do List to remind you that you need to submit a new set of transcripts after the in-progress course is over.
  • You should receive an email letting you know that your initial transcripts have been received. If you attended 2 or more schools within a district, you will get separate emails regarding each institution.
When will I find out if I have been admitted or denied?
  • Spring admission – we start reviewing applications and official transcripts around the third week of September and plan to have all applications reviewed by October 31st
  • Fall admission – we start reviewing applications and official transcripts around the third week of January and plan to have all applications reviewed by April 15th

Application review process

Complete applications will be reviewed based on official documents, including official transcripts, that you have submitted by the document deadline. Please be sure to provide accurate information since it will be used to determine if we can offer you conditional admission.

Accept/Decline and Dog Days Orientation
Students offered conditional admission will be asked to either accept or decline their offer of admission as well as register and pay for a mandatory Dog Days new student orientation by June 30th for fall term admits or November 30th for spring term admits via their Student Center.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must be submitted for each college attended by the document deadline.  Check your student center and your email communications from us for specific details.

Check your Student Center

Periodically log on to my.fresnostate.edu and navigate to your Student Center to check for any new To Do list items, new registration or other kinds of holds, or newly requested documents. Click on the “details” link in the Important Info & Holds section or the To Do list section and then on each item in the item list to get more specific information. Reminder that you will have a Transcript To Do list item if you have coursework in progress.


Upper division transfer students who have been conditionally admitted to California State University, Fresno will need to complete the following steps to secure their space at Fresno State.

Beginning March 15 th for fall term admission or October 1 st for spring term admission the following three tasks must be completed online at https://my.fresnostate.edu

  • ACCEPT admission to the university
  • REGISTER for DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation
  • PAY for orientation session
Follow the instructions below to ACCEPT, REGISTER, and PAY via your Fresno State portal

  • Visit https://my.fresnostate.edu and click the Sign In button found on the top left-hand side
  • Enter Fresno State username and password and click the Login button
  • Under My Menu on the left side of the screen, select Student Self Service
  • Click on Student Center
  • Click on the green arrow next to My Admissions and Program Applications
  • Select the Accept/Decline link and follow the instructions to accept or decline your admission.
  • After admission has been accepted, the student will see additional screens that will allow them to register and pay for a DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation session. Student must register and pay for an orientation session to complete acceptance to California State University, Fresno.
(If a student logs off after they ACCEPT their admission, they can log back into their Student Center and register for DOG DAYS by clicking on the Dog Days Orientation link found under “My Admissions and Program Applications.”)

The steps described above must be completed by June 30 th for fall admission or November 30 th for spring admission in order to avoid having an admission application withdrawn. If any of the above three steps are not completed, the student will not receive an evaluation of their transfer work and will not be able to register for Fresno State classes.

For questions, please contact us at 559.278.2261 or email admissions@csufresno.edu. Be sure to include Fresno State student ID number when emailing our office.

Dog Days

Is DOG DAYS New Student Orientation mandatory?
DOG DAYS is a mandatory orientation program designed to welcome students to the Fresno State community. Participation in orientation is the best way for a conditionally admitted student to acclimate to the campus and serves as an important step in making the transition to life as a Bulldog.

What are the orientation dates for transfer students?
DOG DAYS: New Student Orientation sessions are offered in July for fall-term transfers and in late November or early December for spring-term transfers.

Please visit http://www.fresnostate.edu/dogdays for more information

All upper-division transfer applicants must meet the minimum 60 transferable semester unit requirement (90 quarter units) and must complete with a C- or better, or have in progress in the allowable term, the four required-for-admission general education courses.

In addition, applicants must meet the local or nonlocal impaction grade point average standard set for the term for which they have applied.  Local or nonlocal status is based on where the majority of the student’s transfer units are coming from.

Impaction information, including grade point average standards, can be found at http://www.fresnostate.edu/are/impactionl.

If you are still interested in Fresno State for a future application cycle, we recommend considering one or more of the following options to continue making degree progress:

  • Complete any remaining lower-division major and/or general education courses at your community college (www.assist.org) or university
  • Take courses at Fresno State through Open University (https://www.fresnostate.edu/cge/openuniversity/)
  • Repeat 'D' or 'F' grades (in accordance with your institution's repeat policy) to help increase your GPA
  • Consult with a community college counselor about the possibility of an Associate Degree for Transfer (http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/)

If you feel you have been denied in error, you have the option to appeal your denial within 15 days from the date of your denial letter. Click on this Appeal Link for instructions to appeal your admissions decision.


Upper Division Transfer Questions and Answers

Who can I speak with regarding my admissions status?

Admission files of upper-division transfer applicants are assigned to a specific Transfer Admissions Advisor. Please contact a Transfer Advisor at 559.278.2261. You may also check on your admission status at https://my.fresnostate.edu (navigate to Student Self Service > Student Center > My Admissions and Program Applications).

Do I need to submit transcripts from all colleges attended?

Yes, even if you feel the courses are not needed for your admissions or major requirements. Your file will remain incomplete until all transcripts and required documents are received. Fresno State requires official transcripts from each college you have attended. Your letter of acknowledgment email sent within a few weeks of application submission gives details on deadlines and other instructions regarding official transcripts.

Am I required to take College Readiness Courses?

Upper-division transfer applicants who meet admission requirements will not need to take the College Readiness courses. However, if you are in progress with your required general education Area A2 or Area B4 courses, the College Readiness service indicator will remain on your file until a grade of C- or better is submitted.

What does conditionally admitted mean?

All applicants who have any work in progress are considered conditionally admitted. Your admission status will update to a final admit once you accept your offer of admission, attend a Dog Days new student orientation, and we receive final official transcripts showing all coursework has been completed and all other admission requirements for the term have been met.

If admitted, may I enroll in classes even though I have required courses in progress?

No. If you have courses in progress needed to meet an admissions requirement, you cannot enroll yet. You must provide documentation that you have completed 60 semester units, the four general education foundation courses (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning, English, Critical Thinking, and Speech), and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least the CSU minimum before you can enroll.

I didn’t pass one or more of my four general education foundation courses. Can I still attend and repeat the course at Fresno State?

No. All requirements must be met prior to admission.

I was admitted to Fresno State but can not attend this semester. Can I have my file moved to the next semester?

No. You will need to reapply.

Do I need to send official AP scores if they already appear on my high school or other college transcript that has been submitted?

Yes. In order to receive credit, please submit official AP scores from the College Board to our office. Only scores of 3 or higher will receive credit.

Can I pick the 70 semester units I want to transfer from the community college?

No. The maximum number of community college units applied toward a bachelor’s degree is 70 units. However, all transferable course work is evaluated and calculated in your cumulative GPA and applied to meet general education requirements, your major, or as electives.

Does a course with a “D” grade transfer?

A “D” grade is considered to be a passing grade and any baccalaureate-level courses will transfer with a “D” grade. Even though a course may transfer with a “D” grade, that grade may not be sufficient to clear a requirement; i.e., all four general education foundation courses—oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning courses-- must be completed with at least a “C” grade. Additionally, some major courses require a passing grade of a “C”.

I have an Associate Degree, why was I denied?

An Associate degree does not mean you have completed all of the requirements for CSU admissions. It simply means you completed the Associate Degree requirements at a community college.

I have an Associate Degree, do I have to take more general education?

An Associate Degree does not mean you have completed general education ( GE ) for a bachelor’s degree. It simply means you completed the AA degree requirements at a community college. It is possible to complete all lower division GE courses prior to transfer, but upper division GE courses will need to be completed after transfer.

Who has the authority to adjust my major requirements?

All students are expected to fulfill graduation requirements stated in the catalog. However, the major department has authority to adjust any major requirement based on review of courses completed at other universities. Adjustments to the major can be requested and submitted to the Degree Advising Office through your major department chairperson or his or her designee using the ARRC process.

What can I do if I disagree with how a course was/was not used on my evaluation?

We honor certifications and articulation agreements with transfer colleges. However, you can call or stop by the Admissions & Recruitment office in the north lobby of the Joyal Administration Building to request review of a course. Depending on the request, adjustments can be made in our office or petitions sent to the department of the course or to the University Advising Center.

How do I change my major, address, or name?

You can access all forms online at http://www.fresnostate.edu/are/forms .  Use the Student Information Update form to change name, SSN, birthdate, or gender. Use the Change of Major/Minor request to change or add or delete a major or minor.  To change your address, phone number, or other contact information, go to your Student Center and click on the My Personal Information green arrow.

When can I enroll in classes?

All new students admitted to the university must attend a scheduled new student orientation (Dog Days). After completing the orientation you will be assigned an appointment time to enroll in classes. You should also check your Student Center at https://my.fresnostate.edu for any holds which may prevent you from enrolling.

Who can help me choose classes?

Advisors will be on hand during orientation to assist you. If you have a declared major, contact information for the Major College Advising Centers is at https://www.fresnostate.edu/advising/advisors/majorcenters/index.html.   You may also contact the University Advising Center at 559.278.1787 or the department of your major to schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor.

Helpful Suggestions

  1. Set up and check your Fresno State email account. You can forward your Fresno State email to your primary email address by logging into your Fresno State account at http://mail.fresnostate.edu, and navigate to Settings > Forwarding and POP/MAP.
  2. Create a personal file. Keep copies of all your important documents, transcripts, memorandums, and evaluations.
  3. Keep your Fresno State student ID number handy. Whenever you call or email the Admissions office, you will need to provide your student ID number. Make a note of who you spoke with and when you spoke with them.
  4. At https://my.fresnostate.edu navigate to Student Self Service>Student Center to check on your Admission Status, To Do List, and any transcripts not received.
  5. Read the catalog, available online at http://fresnostate.edu/catalog and be aware of what is required to complete your degree requirements. Students are responsible for knowing what is required to earn their degree. If you do not understand something, ask questions. You can run a Degree Progress Report from your Student Center under the green arrow My Academic Records and Registration.