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How to Transfer to the CSU

How to Complete the CSU International Application PDF

  1. Start completing “The Golden Four “as soon as you can.  Complete one course in each of the four areas below:
    1. Speech Communication
    2. English
    3. Critical Thinking
    4. Math
  2. Complete 60 transferable semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.  The GPA for admission can be significantly higher because of the major, campus, and/or applicant pool. 
  3. Complete coursework in the major along with your General Education (GE) requirements.  To satisfy GE, you have two choices: IGETC or CSU GE-Breadth.  Talk to a counselor to determine which option is the best.
  4. Apply on time. All CSU’s begin accepting applications in October for the following Fall. Some CSU’s will accept applications after the filing period.  The sooner you apply, the better your chances are for admission.

CAUTION:  Check on for a list of “impacted” majors.  “Impacted” usually means you need to apply early, complete coursework in the major, and have a strong GPA. 

On-line application ( Application Term

Application 1st Accepted

Fall Semester/Quarter  2013

October 1 – November 30, 2012

Summer Semester/Quarter 2014

February 1, 2013

Winter Quarter 2014

June 1, 2013

Spring S/Q 2014

August 1, 2013

Note:  Not all campuses are open for Winter or Spring term. Please check with each individual campus for more information.  S=Semester  Q=Quarter