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Apply to Transfer

Applying to transfer to a four-year university is an important step in reaching your educational goals. Mt. SAC's Transfer Services offers transfer application assistance in the form of workshops and one-on-one help. Feel free to stop by our office (second floor of the Student Services Center) if you need help with your transfer process.

Below are the links and deadlines for applying to CSUs, UCs, private and out-of-state universities. Note that some campuses have additional and/or different application requirements and deadlines for students majoring in performing arts, visual arts, architecture, design, tv, cinema, film, nursing, and related majors. Application deadlines and procedures may also vary for international students. And, not all majors may be open each term or may have different deadlines. Check with your desired four-year institution or Mt. SAC's Transfer Center or Counseling for details.

California State Universities (CSU)

Apply to any of the 23 campuses at

To be accepted for the: Your application must be received:
FALL semester or quarter October 1 through November 30 the previous year.
SPRING semester or quarter 1 August 1 through August 31 the previous year.
WINTER quarter 1, 2 June 1 through June 30 the previous year.

1. Some campuses do not accept mid-year applicants. See open campuses and majors on Cal State Apply during the application periods listed above. 
2. Only Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is on the quarter system and does not typically accept applications for winter or spring admission.

University of California (UC)

Apply to UC campuses at

To be accepted for the: Your application must be received:
FALL semester or quarter November 1 through November 30 the year before.
WINTER quarter 1
SPRING semester at UC Merced
July 1 through July 31 the previous year.
SPRING quarter 1, 2 October 1 through October 31 the previous year.

1. Many campuses do not accept mid-year applicants. Check with Mt. SAC's Career & Transfer Services or Counseling for details.
2. Most campuses do not accept applicants for the spring quarter. See open/closed campuses and majors on the UC application

Private Colleges and Universities

Transfer application deadlines vary from campus to campus for private universities. It is best to refer to your desired private university's website for specific information on application procedures and deadlines. More information on California's private, non-profit universities including links to their websites is available through the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) website. Below are just some of the local private universities and their transfer application deadlines. Click on their name to go to their admissions websites. Note that deadlines are subject to change.

Campus Fall Application Deadline Spring Application Deadline
Azusa Pacific University February15 (priority deadline)
June 1 (final deadline)
October15 (priority deadline)
December 1 (final deadline)
Biola University March 1 November 15
California Baptist University No set deadline. No set deadline.
Chapman University March 15 October15
Loyola Marymount University February 1 (priority deadline)
March 15 (final deadline)
October 15
Pepperdine University January 5 October 15
University of La Verne Rolling application deadline;
submit by April 1 for priority
Rolling application deadline; submit by
December 1 for priority consideration.
USC February 15 Does not accept Spring applications
Whittier College April 15 December 1

Out-of-State Universities

If you are considering transferring to an out-of-state university, note that admissions requirements, procedures and deadlines can vary greatly from campus to campus. We highly recommend that you connect with a transfer admissions counselor at the out-of-state university you are interested in attending to get further details on what courses they will accept as well as specific admissions requirements and deadlines. Below is just a handful of out-of-state universities that Mt. SAC students transfer to and their transfer application deadlines. Note that deadlines are subject to change.

Campus Fall Application Deadline Spring Application Deadline
Arizona State University April 1
(Transfer students may
also apply for summer by
the April 1 deadline)
December 1
Columbia University,School of General Studies March 1 (Early action)
June 1 (Regular decision)
October 1 (Early action)
November 1 (Regular decision)
New York University April 1 November 1
University of Nevada, Las Vegas July 1 Early December

The Common Application

More than 450 colleges and universities across the United States who conduct holistic admissions reviews utilize the Common Application, a standardized online application tool. To see a list of those colleges and to access the Common Application, visit