Spring Steps to Apply

Spring 2024

Applications are accepted from upper-division transfer students for select undergraduate programs between August 1 and 31 for admission the following spring.

Application Checklist

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. Review the list of undergraduate programs that are accepting applications from upper-division transfer students for spring 2024 admission.
  • Transfer Admission Requirements - You must meet the following minimum requirements by the end of summer 2023 prior to enrolling at SDSU for the spring 2024 semester to be considered for admission:
    • Complete a minimum of 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units.
    • Complete a minimum of 30 units of General Education (GE) courses.
    • Complete with a C- grade or higher, the following GE courses, known as the “Golden Four:” oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, and mathematics.
    • Meet the GPA required for your major. Depending on the number of applicants, the GPA for admitted students may be higher than the required minimum for the major.
    • Complete all major preparation courses listed in the SDSU University Catalog.
  • 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. 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.
  • Performance Majors - If you are applying to a performance major, the department will reach out to you a couple of weeks after you submit your Cal State Apply application with instructions on how to submit your audition for the program.
  • Deadlines - Keep these deadlines in mind before and during the application and admission process.

Apply to SDSU

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.

Need Help?

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.

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