Admissions

Transfer Pathways

Before you determine which pathway you are going to follow for admission, it is important to first select the major that you are going to pursue. For a complete list of majors offered at SDSU, visit www.sdsu.edu/majors. When you are considering which major to choose, it’s important to be aware of majors with special instructions. These majors require additional steps in the application process.

After you have selected a major, determine which pathway you will follow for admission. The following pathways are offered at SDSU:

+Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Applicants who earn an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer degree (AA-T/AS-T) in one of the SDSU-approved majors and apply to the appropriate Cal State Apply major will be given admission priority.

Applicants using the ADT pathway for admission may be within .1 of the grade point average (GPA) required by the major to which they are applying. However, a higher GPA may be required. Applicants must follow all required enrollment steps by the deadlines.

AA-T/AS-T Major Selection and Degree Verification

If you have completed or are in progress to complete an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T) degree, you must complete the following steps in order to receive priority consideration.

Step 1: Apply to the SDSU Major Equivalent to your AA-T/AS-T Degree by November 30

  • Select appropriate ADT major on Cal State Apply.
  • Indicate if you have completed or plan to complete your AA-T/AS-T degree by the end of spring 2017.

Step 2: Supplemental Application by January 23, 2017

  • Indicate if you are on track to complete your AA-T or AS-T degree by the end of spring 2017.
  • Confirm the name of the California Community College that has awarded or will award your AA-T or AS-T degree.

Step 3: Submit Preliminary Verification of the Status of your AA-T or AS-T by March 15, 2017

ADT preliminary verifications can be sent to San Diego State University by using any of the following options:

  • eVerify – Your California community college confirms you earned or will earn your ADT by spring 2017 using the CSU Associate Degree for Transfer eVerification website.
  • Official Transcript – Your California community college sends an official transcript to SDSU with your awarded ADT degree information including degree type, major name and graduation date.
    • SDSU will accept only electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts page. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request.
    • For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school should send the transcripts (postmarked no later than March 15, 2017) directly to:

      Office of Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Dr.
      San Diego, CA 92182-7455
  • Verification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer Form – Your California community college confirms you earned or will earn your ADT by spring 2017 using the Verification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer Form.
    • The college should mail the completed form (postmarked no later than March 15, 2017) directly to:

      Office of Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Dr.
      San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Contact your California community college if you have any questions about the ADT verification process.

Step 4: Submit Final Verification of your AA-T or AS-T Degree by June 30, 2017

ADT final verifications must be in the form of an official transcript.

Official Transcript – Your California community college sends an official transcript to SDSU with your awarded ADT degree information including degree type, major name and graduation date.

  1. SDSU will accept only electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts page. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request.
  2. For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school should send the transcripts (postmarked no later than June 30) directly to:

    Office of Admissions
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Contact your California community college if you have any questions about the ADT verification process.

Note: For many California Community Colleges, graduation is not automatic upon the completion of all degree requirements. It is often the student's responsibility to submit a graduation application during published time periods. To avoid delays in the evaluation, degree verification and granting of your AA-T or AS-T degree, be sure to contact your community college for information on how and when to submit your graduation application.

Which SDSU-Approved AA-T/AS-T major matches your community college major?

COMMUNITY COLLEGE
AA-T/AS-T DEGREE MAJOR
SDSU-APPROVED CAL STATE APPLY
MAJOR EQUIVALENT
DEGREE TYPE
Administration of Justice Criminal Justice BS
Anthropology Anthropology BA
Art History Art (Art History Emphasis) BA
Biology Biology BS
Biology Biology (Cellular & Molecular Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Ecology Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Evolution & Systematics Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Marine Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Zoology Emphasis) BS
Business Administration Business Administration (Financial Services) BS
Business Administration Business Administration (General) BS
Chemistry Chemistry BS
Communication Studies Communication (Applied) BA
Communication Studies Health Communication BS
Computer Science Computer Science BS
Economics Economics BA Liberal
Elementary Teacher Education Liberal Studies (Education Generalist Emphasis) BA
English English (Applied) BA
Geography Geography (Foundations of Geography Emphasis) BA
Geology Geological Sciences (Applied) BA
History History BA
Kinesiology Kinesiology (Exercise Science Generalist Emphasis) BS
Mathematics Mathematics (Science Emphasis) BS
Music Music BA
Philosophy Philosophy BA
Physics Physics (General) BS
Physics Physics (Modern Optics Emphasis) BS
Political Science Political Science BA
Psychology Psychology (Applied) BA
Sociology Sociology BA
Spanish Spanish BA Liberal
Studio Arts Art (Studio Art Emphasis) BA
Theatre Arts Theatre Arts (Youth Theatre Emphasis) BA
Television, Film & New Media Television, Film & New Media (Critical Studies Emphasis) BS

Majors with Special Instructions

  • Athletic Training: You must submit a separate application to the School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences in addition to the Cal State Apply application. Additional admission criteria are required for acceptance to the Athletic Training major and the university. For more information, visit the School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences website.
  • Dance: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition for acceptance to the major and the University. Auditions will be held in February 2017 for fall admission.
  • Music: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition for acceptance to the major and the University. Auditions will be held in February 2017 for fall admission.
  • International Business: Applicants to International Business must choose a different language from the principal language of instruction used at the high school or secondary school from which they graduated.
  • Nursing: In addition to applying for admission online at Cal State Apply by November 30, 2016, you must also complete the SDSU Supplemental Application and answer the specific nursing questions by January 23, 2017. Upper-division and second bachelor’s students applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of fall 2016. RN to BSN applicants applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2017.
  • Television, Film and New Media - Production: Transfer students admitted to the pre-major in Television, Film, and New Media with an emphasis in Production are required to submit a petition portfolio the second Monday in April. Please visit http://ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/degree_programs/tfm_transfer_students for additional information on the portfolio requirements.
  • Theatre Arts: Performance Acting and Musical Theatre: You must meet the CSU admissions requirement and successfully pass an audition for acceptance to the major and the University. Auditions will be held in February 2017 for fall admission.

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+Local Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

If you apply to a major in the TAG pathway, you may qualify for guaranteed admission if you are a local SDSU admissions-area applicant with the following:

  • Have not attempted any college course work from any college outside SDSU’s local admission area community colleges and therefore have completed 100% of your transferable units at one or more of SDSU’s local community colleges or from Palomar or MiraCosta community colleges and apply for a program that is not offered at CSU San Marcos.
  • Meet the following five admission eligibility requirements:
    • 60 Units—Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission. Transferable units are defined as course units that are applicable to a baccalaureate degree and do not include non- degree credit courses that are developmental, remedial, technical or professional in nature.
    • General Education—Complete a certified package of General Education courses by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission.
    • Major Preparation—Complete all major preparation courses by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission.
    • Grade Point Average—Meet and maintain the cumulative GPA required for your major or 2.4, whichever is higher at the time of application and throughout the application and admission process. Your GPA is based on all transferable units attempted.
    • Prior SDSU Coursework—If applicable, 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.

For more information about about SDSU's Transfer Admission Guarantee, refer to the TAG PDF.

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+General Transfer Pathway

All transfer applicants to SDSU are admitted on a space available basis and must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to gain admission to SDSU:

  • 60 Units—Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission. Transferable units are defined as course units that are applicable to a baccalaureate degree and do not include non- degree credit courses that are developmental, remedial, technical or professional in nature.
  • General Education—Complete at least 30 units of General Education courses by the spring term prior to fall admission.
  • Golden Four—Be aware that a grade of C- or higher is required in each of the following GE "Golden Four" courses:
    • Oral Communication: Basic public speaking course. Other communication courses that are certified by a California community college will be accepted.
    • Written Communication: Typically a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently.
    • Critical Thinking: Typically your second semester composition or writing course, or a course in reasoning and effective argumentative writing.
    • Mathematics: This course must be beyond intermediate algebra.
  • Major Preparation—Complete all major preparation courses by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission.
  • Grade Point Average—Meet and maintain at least the cumulative GPA required for your major, throughout the entire application and admission process. Your GPA is based on all transferable units attempted.
  • Prior SDSU Coursework—If applicable, 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.

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