California State University Transfers

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23 campuses
Approximately 427,000 students
The largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country
Offers more than 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 357 subject areas
Practical focus, emphasizing teacher and workforce preparation
Undergraduate and graduate instruction is offered in the liberal arts and sciences, the applied fields, and the professions
Awards about half of the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees granted in California.
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Minimum CSU Admissions Requirements:

In order to qualify as an upper-division (junior-level) transfer to CSU, students must meet the following requirements:

Complete 60 units of CSU transferable coursework;
Earn a minimum 2.00 GPA in all CSU transferable coursework (2.40 for CA non-residents);
Complete at least 30.0 units of general education courses;
Complete 4 core areas of GE with a grade of "C" or better;
Oral communication
Written communication
Critical thinking
Be in good standing and eligible to reenroll at the college you attend prior to transfer.

General Education (GE)

Students have two options for completing GE in preparation for transfer to CSU. The first option is the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE-B)

The second option is the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Students must complete at least 30.0 units of general education to qualify for transfer, but completion of an entire GE pattern, either CSU GE-B or IGETC is frequently recommended. GE courses that must be completed with a "C" or better for admission include:

Oral communication
CSUGE-B Area A1 or IGETC Area 1C

Written communication
CSUGE-B Area A2 or IGETC Area 1A

Critical thinking
CSUGE-B Area A3 or IGETC Area 1B

CSUGE-B Area B4 or IGETC Area 2

GE Certification

The certification of GE is the official notification from Community Colleges verifying that a transfer student has completed courses satisfying lower-division general education requirements.
It is separate from a student transcript.
Students must complete the General Education Certification Request Form.
Mission College completes certification for both CSUGE-B and IGETC

Major Preparation

In general, most CSU campuses do not review for major preparation as part of the admissions decision. In order to reach the 60.0 unit minimum needed to qualify for upper-division transfer, students are encourage to complete as much of the lower-division major preparation courses for their program as possible.
Find out which CSU campuses offer a degree in your major.

Use ASSIST to find out what major courses are needed to transfer to your CSU of choice in your particular major.


An undergraduate major or campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications received from fully qualified applicants during the initial filing period exceeds the number of available spaces. Such majors or campuses are authorized to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications. Supplementary admission criteria could include, but is not limited to:
Local area admissions priority
GPA thresholds
Major preparation requirements

Major impaction means that the number of applications from fully eligible students to a designated major on a CSU campus during the initial filing period far exceeds the number of spaces available in that major.

Campus impaction means that a campus has exhausted existing enrollment capacity in terms of the instructional resources and physical capacity of the campus.

The following universities have declared impaction in all majors:

San Diego
San Jose
San Luis Obispo

Learn more about impaction within the CSU system.

Review the list of impacted majors at each CSU.

Learn more about the impaction criteria at each individual CSU.

Special Admissions Programs


There are two types of transfer agreements:

Transfer Admissions Agreement (TAA); and
Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG).
Both the TAA & the TAG secure a place for a student at the campus specified in the agreement, as long as the student meets the required conditions. There are currently no CSU campuses in the local Bay Area that offer a Transfer Admission Agreement..

Transfer Degrees: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) & Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

California Community College students that have earned an AA-T or AS-T are guaranteed priority admission over all other transfer students when applying to a local or non-impacted campus or priority admission consideration to an impacted campus when applying to a CSU baccalaureate (BA) degree program that has been deemed similar to the student's community college area of emphasis. Mission College currently has 16 AA-T and AS-T degrees available.

Applying to CSU

To apply to a CSU campus, students must complete an online application form.

Standard Application Dates

Fall: October 1 – November 30
Winter (quarter only): June 1 – 30
Spring: August 1 – 31
Summer: begins February 1

Check the CSU Filing Status Report to find out which campuses are currently accepting applications.

Winter Quarter 2019

Applications for Winter 2019 are accepted beginning June 1, 2018.

Spring 2019

Applications for Spring 2019 are accepted beginning August 1, 2018.

Fall 2019

The priority application filing period for Fall 2019 will be October 1 - November 30, 2018.