Fall 2016 Transfer Admission Criteria

San Diego State University accepts applications from upper-division transfer students each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall. Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below, and then find out how to apply.

We receive applications from thousands of highly qualified applicants each year. Applicants are admitted based on intended major, so you must choose a major when you apply to SDSU. Learn how to make your application more competitive by closely reviewing the guidelines on this website.

Who is a Transfer Student?

If you have taken any college-level classes since the summer beyond your high school graduation, you are a transfer student.

SDSU accepts transfer applications only from upper-division transfer or readmission applicants who will have completed 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of spring 2016. We do not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units.

Second Bachelor's Degree

San Diego State University is only accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree in Nursing. Applicants to the second bachelor’s degree in Nursing must follow the two-step process for Transfer Applicants.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Upper-division transfer applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of spring 2016
  • Complete all major preparation courses
  • Complete a minimum of 30 units of General Education
  • Complete with a "C" grade or higher, the following General Education courses, known as the "Golden Four"
    1. Oral Communication: Basic public speaking course. Other communication courses that are certified by a California community college will be accepted.
    2. Written Communication: Typically a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently.
    3. Critical Thinking: Typically your second semester composition or writing course, or a course in reasoning and effective argumentative writing.
    4. Mathematics: This course must be above the level of intermediate algebra.
  • Earn the grade point average (GPA) required for the major to which the applicant is applying at the time of application and final transcript review.

Note: Students with prior SDSU coursework must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA for any SDSU Regular Session, Special Session, Open University, or Cross Enrollment coursework. This is in addition to the cumulative GPA listed above.

International transfer applicants must also meet the minimum requirements to be considered for admission.

Online Resources

Use the following websites to determine how transfer course credits can be used to meet SDSU General Education and major preparation course requirements.

  • The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) includes course equivalency information for colleges and universities throughout the United States. You can also use TAP to identify any specific grade requirements for individual courses or combination of courses. TAP is updated annually to reflect the most current SDSU General Catalog information.
  • The ASSIST website is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities.