Transfer Admission Requirements

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 school graduation).

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 the CSU.

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 student.

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. new windowInformation for international students is available on CSUMentor.

Please note that California residents receive priority whenever enrollment space is limited.