Transfer Admission Requirements for California Residents
All of the campuses of the CSU welcome applications from
prospective transfer students.
You are considered a transfer student if you complete any
college units after your graduation from high school
(excluding the summer session immediately following your high
The number of units you will have completed at the time you
enter a CSU determines the admission standards that will apply to
your application. It is important to identify which admission
requirements apply to you.
You are considered an upper-division transfer applicant if you
will have completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units of
college level coursework before applying as a transfer student to
You are considered a lower-division transfer applicant if you
wil have completed 59 or fewer semester or 89 or fewer quarter
units before applying as a transfer student to the CSU.
The majority of transfer students enter as upper-division
transfers. Most CSU campuses do not accept lower-division
transfers, so be sure to check with the campus you intend to apply
if you are considering transferring as a lower-division
Admission offices at the 23 campuses use a common set of factors
to make admission decisions for both classes of transfer students.
All campuses have higher standards for out-of-state students and
international students. Some campuses have higher standards for
particular majors. Finally, a few campuses have higher standards
for all applicants.
Transfer Admission Requirements for Students from Other
Countries (International Students)
Admission requirements for international students are somewhat
different than for U.S. students. Information for
international students is available on CSUMentor.
Please note that California residents receive priority whenever
enrollment space is limited.