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Transfer to California State University

Transfer Requirements

Students who plan to transfer to the California State University (CSU) system must meet certain requirements. The requirements differ based on whether you:

  1. Were eligible for admission to a CSU directly after high school
  2. Are only now eligible for admission through community college transfer

A maximum of 70 transferable units completed at California community colleges can be applied to a baccalaureate degree. Coursework completed that exceeds the 70-unit maximum may be given "subject credit" after transfer. Consult with a counselor.

Eligible for Transfer After High School

High school eligibility is based on test scores, grade point averages, and completion of specific subject area requirements.

Eligible for Transfer Through Community College

If you were not eligible for admission to a CSU when you graduated from high school, then you may be eligible for transfer after you complete the following at a California community college:

  1. A minimum of 60 transferable units with a 2.0 grade point average*
  2. Either of the following general education requirements:
    1. At least 30 units of CSU general education requirements, including:
      1. Area A1, A2, and A3
      2. Area B4
    2. Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements

In addition to general education and graduation requirements, we encourage you to complete lower-division preparatory courses for your major as required by the CSU to which you want to transfer. You can find lower-division major requirements at, the official state-wide repository for transfer and course articulation information.

* GPA requirements are higher for campuses or majors that are impacted or more competitive. The minimum GPA for international or non-resident students is 2.4 instead of 2.0.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Priority application deadlines for CSU:

  • For fall admission, October 1 to November 30 of the prior year
  • For spring admission, August 1 to 31 of the prior year