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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.
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 summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
- the end of spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission
San Diego State University is not accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree for spring 2021.
For fall 2021 admission, SDSU 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.
SDSU is accepting applications from International transfer applicants for spring 2021 and fall 2021. 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, the cumulative GPA requirements for the major, and which majors are accepting applications for each term, spring 2021 and fall 2021. If you are applying for spring 2021 admission, please review the list of majors available for spring 2021 admission. All majors will be accepting applications for fall 2021 admission. 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 September 2020 for spring admission and February 2021 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 September 2020 for spring admission and February 2021 for fall admission. Please visit the Music Audition and Application Information website for additional information.
Nursing transfer applications will not be accepted for spring 2021, except from RN to BSN applicants who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing program from another college. RN to BSN applicants interested in spring 2021 admissions should contact the School of Nursing for information and prescreening.
Prospective nursing transfer applicants must complete all nursing prerequisites by the end of the fall 2020 term in order to be eligible for fall 2021 admission consideration. Nursing prerequisite courses may not be in progress during spring 2021. No exceptions will be granted.
In addition to applying for admission online at Cal State Apply by December 4, 2020, you must also complete the SDSU Supplemental Application and answer the specific nursing questions by January 22, 2021 for fall 2021 admission. Upper-division and second bachelor's students applying to nursing must complete nursing prerequisite courses by the end of fall 2020. Please visit the School of Nursing website for additional information.
Applications for television, film, and new media with an emphasis in production will be accepted for only fall 2021. 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.
Applications for theatre arts: performance will be accepted for only fall 2021. 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 2021 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 on the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements web page. Due to limited spaces in all majors and programs, upper-division transfer applicants exceeding the minimum requirements will receive admission priority for available spaces.
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.
Which term do you want to start your studies?
San Diego State University is accepting applications from upper-division transfer students between October 1 and December 15* for admission the following fall.
We receive applications from thousands of highly qualified applicants each year. Applicants are admitted based on intended major, so you must choose a major when you apply to SDSU. Learn how to make your application more competitive by closely reviewing the admission requirements on this website.
*On December 1, the California State University (CSU) application deadline for fall 2021 admission was extended from December 4 to December 15.