Fall Steps to Apply
Applications are accepted from upper-division transfer students between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall.
Plan ahead and apply early. Have the following items on hand before you begin your Cal State Apply application:
- Unofficial transcripts. You'll be asked to enter all courses you've completed, those currently in progress, and any you plan to take.
- Your citizenship status.
- Credit card. Application fees are due at the time of submission and are paid by credit card.
- Annual income. If you are a dependent, then use your parents' income. If you are independent, then use your income.
- CCCID and Campus ID. Required for ADT applicants from a California community college. These numbers should be printed on your transcript.
- Your parents' employment background and two recommendations. This applies only if you are applying to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).
San Diego State University uses the CSU common admission application, Cal State Apply. Please keep the following items in mind before you complete and submit your application:
- Application Fee - A nonrefundable filing fee of $70 must accompany your application.
- Major - You must choose a major when you apply to SDSU. All majors are competitive, meaning every major has more applicants than available slots (impaction). Transfer students are admitted based on intended major for a bachelor's degree at SDSU. Therefore, you will not be able to change your major as an applicant or admitted student.
- Transfer Coursework - You must report all transfer coursework from all institutions you previously attended. Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided on your Cal State Apply application, including the Academic History Update (submitted in January). You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer. Do not send your transcripts unless you are offered admission.
Within two weeks of submitting your Cal State Apply application, you will receive an email from San Diego State University that includes your SDSUid. Your SDSUid is an identifier to securely access many campus IT services, including my.SDSU, the official online portal for student admissions, student records, financial aid, tuition and fee payment, and more. Please follow the instructions provided in the email to activate your SDSUid account.
Visit my.SDSU and select my.SDSU Login. Enter your SDSUid and password, and select Sign In to log in to my.SDSU.
- Keep your email address updated on your my.SDSU account, as email is SDSU's official form of student communication. It is recommended that you check your email account regularly.
- Use the Profile tile to review and update your contact information, if needed.
- Track Your Status
- Use the Admissions tile to check the status of your application.
- Use the Tasks tile to review any checklist items (To Do's) you need to complete.
- Dance, music, and theatre arts-performance applicants will receive an email with further instructions from the department regarding the audition requirement.
If you have questions or problems with your SDSUid, please visit the SDSUid Help page. Additionally, please reach out to the SDSU Computing Hub (the Hub) if you are experiencing difficulties with your account.
For help with my.SDSU, review the my.SDSU Student Resources page.
As a transfer applicant, you must update your academic history and prerequisite information on the Cal State Apply website by January 31, 2024. The Cal State Apply Academic Update will open January 5, 2024. Admission is based on self-reported information. SDSU will verify this information using your official transcripts after you are admitted.
Refer to the Transfer Application Guide 2024-2025 (PDF) for more information.
The academic history and perquisite information update is a requirement for:
- all upper-division transfer,
- upper-division readmission applicants, and
- those seeking a second bachelor's degree in nursing,
and is used to gather essential information necessary for admission decisions. Your admission is based on the information provided on the Cal State Apply application. If you are offered admission to SDSU, you will be required to submit official transcripts that verify the information you provided. If there is a discrepancy between your official transcripts and the information you provide on the Cal State Apply application, your offer of admission may be withdrawn.
Rescinding admission can result from discrepancies in you coursework, GPA, test scores, grades, number of transferable units, or if you miss any admission deadlines. To ensure accuracy, refer to your college transcripts and education plan.