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 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:
  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission
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.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of:
  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission
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.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of:
  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission
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.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of:
  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission
Golden Four: Mathematics Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of:
  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission
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:
  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission
Preparation for Major Courses

Complete all preparation for major courses listed in the SDSU General Catalog (this does not apply to nursing transfers).

Follow the course and GPA requirements listed on the The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) or ASSIST website for admission. 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:
  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission

Upper-division nursing transfer applicants must complete all nursing prerequisite requirements by the end of:

  • summer 2020 for spring 2021 admission or
  • fall 2020 for fall 2021 admission
  • RN to BSN applicants have until spring 2021 for fall 2021 admission

Grade Point Average (GPA) Meet and maintain the grade point average (GPA) required for the major to which you are 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.