Transfer Planning

If you are considering transferring to the CSU from a California Community College, a little planning on your part will contribute substantially to your success. There are two major things on which to focus:

  • Meeting the CSU transfer admission requirements
  • Ensuring that you progress towards meeting CSU degree requirements

There is overlap between these two items. Planning for transfer should mean that you are focusing on completing your bachelor's degree rather than simply meeting the minimum requirements for transfer.

The first courses you should take are those that meet the minimum admission requirements for transfer students. There is a core of four general education courses in English and mathematics that should be your highest priority. You will need to earn at least a C in these classes. Since these classes are also general education courses, they will help you progress in meeting CSU graduation requirements.

For most transfers, completing lower-division general education requirements - including courses in critical thinking and oral communication - is the next priority followed by classes in your major. If you have interest in a high-unit major, you may need to reverse these priorities putting your major preparation classes before general education courses.

Understanding CSU degree requirements and planning your community college program around them will give you more freedom in selecting courses once you enroll in the CSU. This will also enable you to complete your undergraduate education in the minimum amount of time, without having to attend additional terms to meet requirements or take prerequisites.

More information about the CSU transfer admission requirements is available here. There are different admission requirements for upper-division and lower-division transfers, and details are provided for both.

If your California Community College has a Transfer Center, the CSU encourages you to take advantage of its resources. Transfer Center advisors can provide you with much of the information you need to start planning. CSU representatives, as well as representatives from other four-year colleges and universities, visit the Transfer Centers to meet and advise prospective transfer applicants.