Fall 2015 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 2015. We do not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units.
San Diego State University is not accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree except in Nursing.
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 2015
- 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"
- 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 above the level of intermediate algebra.
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.
Nursing transfer students must complete all prerequisite requirements by the end of fall 2014 to be considered for fall 2015 admission.
Associate Degree for Transfer
Admission priority is given to California community college students who complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree transfer program (AA-T/AS-T) that is specifically designated "for Transfer" in the degree title and that SDSU has agreed to accept. See the list of approved AA-T/AS-T degrees.
Associate Degree for Transfer applicants 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 within the deadlines.
Local Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
If you apply to a major covered by the TAG, 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.
AND if you 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.
Get details about SDSU's Transfer Admission Guarantee (PDF).
Majors Not Eligible for Local Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
There is no guaranteed admission under the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) for any major for which there is an SDSU-approved Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T degree).
The TAG applies to most other SDSU undergraduate programs, with the following exceptions:
- Athletic Training
- Social Work
- Television, Film and New Media - Production
- Theatre Arts - Performance
All Other Transfer Applicants
All other transfer student applicants will be admitted on a space-available basis and will be ranked on how closely they meet the five requirements above. An additional overall GPA may be required. This GPA is determined based on the applicant pool and may be higher than the GPA required for the major.