Students who plan to transfer to the California State University (CSU) system must meet certain requirements. The requirements differ based on whether you:

  1. Were eligible for admission to a CSU directly after high school
  2. Are only now eligible for admission through community college transfer

CSU accepts a maximum of 70 transferable semester units completed at a community college.

Transfer Option 1: Eligible After High School

High school eligibility is based on test scores, grade point averages, and completion of specific subject area requirements.

If you were eligible for admission to a CSU when you graduated from high school – but decided to attend a community college first – then you can transfer to certain CSUs at any time, as long as you maintain a 2.0 grade point average for all transferable coursework.

Transfer Option 2: Eligible Through Community College Transfer

If you were not eligible for admission to a CSU when you graduated from high school, then you may be eligible for transfer after you complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 60 transferable units with a 2.0 grade point average* (2.4 if you are an international or non-resident student)
  2. Either of the following general education requirements:
    1. At least 30 units of CSU general education requirements, including:
      1. Area A1, A2, and A3
      2. Area B4
    2. Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements

In addition to general education and graduation requirements, we encourage you to complete lower-division preparatory courses for your major as required by the CSU to which you want to transfer. You can find lower-division major requirements at www.assist.org, the official state-wide repository for transfer and course articulation information.

* GPA requirements are higher for campuses or majors that are more competitive.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Priority application deadlines for CSU:

  • For fall admission, October 1 to November 30 of the prior year
  • For spring admission, August 1 to 31 of the prior year

Some CSUs accept applications after the first filing month.

CSU Application Deadlines