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Fall 2019 Transfer Admission Criteria

San Diego State University accepts applications from upper-division transfer students each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall. Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below.

We receive applications from thousands of highly qualified applicants each year. Applicants are admitted based on intended major, so you must chose a major when you apply to SDSU. Learn how to make your application more competitive by closely reviewing the admission requirements on this website.

Who is a Transfer Student?

If you have taken any college-level classes since the summer beyond your high school graduation, you are a transfer student. International applicants must meet these requirements.

SDSU accepts transfer applications only from upper-division transfer or readmission applicants who will have completed 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of spring 2019. We do not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units.

Prospective Nursing transfer applicants must complete all nursing prerequisites by the end of the fall 2018 term in order to be eligible for fall 2019 admission consideration. Nursing prerequisite courses may not be in progress during spring 2019. No exceptions will be granted.

RN to BSN applicants applying to Nursing must complete nursing prerequisites by the end of the spring 2019 term for fall 2019 admission consideration.

San Diego State University is only accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree in Nursing. Applicants to the second bachelor's degree in Nursing must have their first bachelor's degree from an institution that carries United States regional accreditation.

International transfer applicants must meet the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements to be considered for admission. International students with only foreign coursework should contact the Office of International Admissions before applying to SDSU.

Choose Your Major

Before you apply, it is important to first select the major that you are going to pursue. When you are considering which major to choose, it's important to be aware of majors with special instructions and the cumulative GPA requirements for the major. Once you have selected a major, then you can determine which pathway you are going to follow for admission.

Majors with Special Instructions

You must meet the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements and successfully pass an audition for acceptance to the major and the University. Auditions will be held in February 2019 for fall admission. Please visit the Prospective Dance Student website for additional information.

Applicants to International Business must choose a different language from the principal language of instruction used at the high school or secondary school from which they graduated. Please visit the Prospective International Business website for additional information.

You must meet the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements and successfully pass an audition for acceptance to the major and the University. Auditions will be held in February 2019 for fall admission. Please visit the Music Audition and Application Information website for additional information.

In addition to applying for admission online at Cal State Apply by November 30, 2018, you must also complete the SDSU Supplemental Application and answer the specific nursing questions by January 22, 2019. Upper-division and second bachelor's students applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of fall 2018. RN to BSN applicants applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2019. Please visit the School of Nursing website for additional information.

Transfer students admitted to the pre-major in Television, Film, and New Media with an emphasis in Production are required to submit a petition portfolio the second Monday in April. Please visit the department website for additional information on the portfolio requirements.

You must meet the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements and successfully pass an audition for acceptance to the major and the University. Auditions will be held in February 2019 for fall admission. Please visit the School of Theatre, Television, and Film website for additional information.

Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements

SDSU is impacted at the undergraduate level in all majors and programs and as such, we are unable to offer admission to all CSU eligible applicants.

Transfer admission minimum requirements for admission consideration are outlined below. Due to limited spaces in all majors and programs, upper-division transfer applicants exceeding the minimum requirements will receive admission priority for available spaces.

Requirements How to Meet Minimum Requirements Timeline for Fall Admission
Units Complete 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units. Transferable units are defined as course units that are applicable to a baccalaureate degree and do not include non-degree credit courses that are developmental, remedial, technical or professional in nature. Must be completed by the end of spring 2019.
Golden Four: Oral Communication Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a basic public speaking course or other communication course certified in the area of Oral Communication by a California community college. Must be completed by the end of spring 2019.
Golden Four: Written Communication Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently. Must be completed by the end of spring 2019.
Golden Four: Critical Thinking Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a second semester composition or writing course, or a course in reasoning and effective argumentative writing. Must be completed by the end of spring 2019.
Golden Four: Mathematics Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra. Must be completed by the end of spring 2019.
General Education (GE) Courses*

Complete a minimum of 30 units of General Education (which include the Golden Four courses listed above).

Must be completed by the end of spring 2019.
Preparation for Major Courses

Complete all preparation for major courses listed in the SDSU General Catalog (this does not apply to nursing transfers). Upper-division nursing transfer applicants must complete all nursing prerequisite requirements by the end of fall 2018.

For fall 2019 admission, follow the fall 2018 course and GPA requirements listed on the The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) or ASSIST website. Graduation requirements may be different based on the catalog in effect at the time you enroll at SDSU. If a major preparation course is not offered at your college, you should take it at another local community college, or via Cross Enrollment or Open University at SDSU by the deadlines above.

Must be completed by the end of spring 2019.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Meet and maintain the grade point average (GPA) required for the major to which the applicant is applying. Must meet GPA at the time of application and maintain throughout the admission process.
Prior SDSU Coursework If applicable, maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA for any SDSU Regular Session, Special Session, Open University or Cross Enrollment coursework. This is in addition to the cumulative GPA listed above. Must meet GPA at the time of application and maintain throughout the admission process.

*It may be helpful to complete your lower-division General Education (GE) coursework by following one of three GE patterns:

  • GE Certification: Students transferring from a California community college can complete the CSU GE certification pattern to satisfy all lower division GE requirements.
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC): The IGETC is a series of courses that California community college students can use to satisfy lower division GE requirements for any CSU or UC campus.
  • SDSU General Education Pattern: This option is commonly used by students majoring in Engineering, Liberal Studies and Nursing, and all students outside of the California community college system. See the SDSU General Catalog for details.

Online Resources

Use the following websites to determine how transfer course credits can be used to meet SDSU General Education and major preparation course requirements.

  • The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) includes course equivalency information for colleges and universities throughout the United States. You can also use TAP to identify any specific grade requirements for individual courses or combination of courses. TAP is updated annually to reflect the most current SDSU General Catalog information.
  • The ASSIST website is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities.

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