Admissions

Transfer Pathways

All transfer applicants follow a pathway for admission. SDSU offers only one admission guarantee pathway, which is the Local Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG). All other applicants are admitted if space is available.

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:

General Transfer Pathway

If you apply to a major in the General Transfer pathway, you may qualify for priority admission if you:

  • Complete 100% of your transferable units from community colleges in SDSU's local admission area or complete 100% of your transferable units 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.
    • General Education—Complete a certified package of General Education courses.
    • 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. 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.

    All other applicants will be admitted if space is available and will be ranked on how closely they meet the five requirements above.

    Local Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Pathway

    If you apply to a major in the TAG pathway, you may qualify for guaranteed admission if you:

    • Complete 100% of your transferable units from community colleges in SDSU's local admission area or complete 100% of your transferable units 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.
      • General Education—Complete a certified package of General Education courses.
      • 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. 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.

    Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Pathway

    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 CSUMentor major will be given admission priority.

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

    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

    • Select appropriate major on CSUMentor.
    • Indicate if you have completed or plan to complete your AA-T/AS-T degree by the end of spring 2016.

    Step 2: Supplemental Application

    • Indicate if you are on track to complete your AA-T or AS-T degree by the end of spring 2016.
    • 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, 2016

    If you plan to complete an AA-T or AS-T by the end of spring 2016, request verification from a California Community College awarding your AA-T or AS-T to provide notification of your Intent to earn an Associate of Arts/Science Degree by:

    • Using either the CSU Associate Degree for Transfer e-Verification website or theVerification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer form.

    If you have already earned an AA-T or AS-T, request verification from a California Community College by:

    • Requesting an official transcript be sent to SDSU from the California Community College that awarded your Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T). The degree information on your transcript must include degree type, major name and graduation date.
    • Using either the CSU Associate Degree for Transfer e-Verification website or theVerification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer form. to request the California Community College that awarded your Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T), provide verification of degree earned. Indicate if you are on track to complete your AA-T or AS-T degree by the end of spring 2016.
    • Confirm the name of the California Community College that has awarded or will award your AA-T or AS-T degree.

    Step 4: Submit Final Verification of your AA-T or AS-T Degree

    • Final verification of an AA-T or AS-T being awarded by spring 2016 must be received by SDSU no later than June 30, 2016.

    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 CSUMENTOR
    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 Theater 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 CSUMentor 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 2016 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 2016 for fall admission.
    • Nursing: In addition to applying for admission online at CSUMentor by November 30, 2015, you must also complete the SDSU Supplemental Application and answer the specific nursing questions by January 25, 2016. Upper-division and second bachelor’s students applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of fall 2015. RN to BSN applicants applying to Nursing must complete Nursing prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2016.
    • 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 2016 for fall admission.