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Fresno State Spring 2021 Welcome Home Initiative for Lower-Division Transfer Students 

(The deadline to submit your appeal for this initiative is September 30, 2020)

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Students will not be considered for Nursing, Sociology, or Social Work


The Welcome Home Initiative is a new admissions program that targets transfer students enrolled at a 4-year college/university outside the area who have now returned home due to COVID-19. If they meet the criteria, we will provide an option to enroll at Fresno State for the spring 2021 semester. 

In order to qualify for the Welcome Home Initiative, students must meet the criteria below:

  1. The student must currently reside in one of the following four counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Madera.
  2. The student must have attended an accredited four-year university outside of the four counties listed above during the spring 2020 or is currently attending this fall and is not able to continue in spring 2021 due to COVID-19.
  3. The student must make a phone or Zoom appointment with a Recruitment staff. Please specify the “Welcome Home” on the appointment request form.
  4. After meeting with a Recruitment staff, the student must submit a complete appeal. A complete appeal consists of:
    • The signed appeal form
    • The student's personal statement
    • A copy of the Transfer Worksheet and the Lower-Division Transfer Admission Summary Sheet provided when meeting with the Recruitment counselor
    • *A copy of the student’s unofficial transcript with final spring or summer 2020 grades and in-progress courses if the student is currently enrolled at their home campus for fall 2020.
    • *A copy of the student’s final unofficial high school transcript
    • *A copy of the student’s unofficial SAT and/or ACT test scores. 
    • *A copy of the student’s unofficial AP scores if required to satisfy the first-time freshman admission requirement (The student will need to order official AP scores if the appeal is approved 
  5. Meet the Lower Division Transfer admission requirements for Fresno State:
    1. have completed "a-g" course requirements in high school;
    2. have graduated from high school (received a high school diploma or General Educational Development, or GED, certificate);
    3. meet the Eligibility Index required of a first-time freshman (Click here to view fall 2020 admission thresholds);
    4. have achieved an overall college GPA of at least 2.00 (This GPA is calculated using all your transfer units attempted. In case of high-demand majors and campuses, a GPA of 2.00 may not be sufficient to be admitted); click here to view Fresno State’s selection criteria.
    5. be in good standing at the last college or university you attended. (In simple terms, “good standing” means you are eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university

*Must be unofficial transcript PDF printouts from the student’s portal or account and must clearly identify the student. No screenshots or pictures will be accepted.

Fresno State is an impacted campus and admission to some programs will require a higher index.

To review Fresno State’s selection process and impaction admission GPA thresholds click on this link

6. Students cannot apply and will not be admitted to Nursing, Sociology, or Social Work.



“Welcome Home Initiative” Admissions Step by Step Guide for Lower-Division Transfer Students 

The steps below outline the process for assisting and admitting lower-division transfer students who meet the requirements for the Welcome Home initiative. Students must complete all of the following and submit their Cal State Application by September 30, 2020.

  1. The student is highly recommended to attend one of the weekly webinars hosted by Admissions and Recruitment to find out more about this program and determine if they are eligible. 
  2. The student must schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with a Recruitment counselor. . Select “Welcome Home” under Appointment Reason when requesting your appointment. 
  3. After meeting with your Recruitment counselor, the student must submit a complete appeal to apply late to the Recruitment staff with whom you have worked. The appeal packet must include:
    1. The Admissions Appeal Form
    2. The student’s personal statement
    3. The Transfer Worksheet form provided by the Recruitment counselor
    4. Unofficial college transcripts with final grades for fall 2020 and spring 2021 or, if the student is still enrolled for spring and summer, the transcript must show all courses in progress*
    5. Unofficial final high school transcript* 
    6. Unofficial SAT/ACT scores* 
    7. Unofficial AP scores if required to meet first-time freshman admission requirement*
    • *Must be PDF printouts from the student’s portal or account and must clearly identify the student. No screenshots or pictures will be accepted.
  4. Upon review and approval of the appeal by the committee, an invitation code will be emailed to the student with directions on how to apply.
  5. The student must submit their application within 48 hours of receiving the invitation code. 
  6. If admitted, the student will be required to accept their admission, register, and pay for their Dog Days session (mandatory new student orientation) by the deadline of November 15, 2020.
  7. The student will be required to attend their mandatory Dog Days.
  8. If the student is not currently enrolled at another institution for fall 2020, the required final official documents are due by October 15, 2020 (Final official transcripts and AP test scores, Military DD214 or Joint Services Transcript (JST) if applicable)
  9. If the student is still currently enrolled for fall 2020, the official transcript with final spring 2020 grades and fall 2020 in-progress courses are due by October 15, 2020. The final official transcript with fall 2020 grades is due as soon as fall grades are posted or no later than the deadline of January 15, 2021.