Admissions

Fall 2017 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. International applicants must meet these requirements.

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 2017. 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 have their first bachelor's degree from an institution that carries United States regional accreditation.

Nursing Applicants

Prospective Nursing transfer applicants must complete all nursing prerequisites by the end of the fall 2016 term in order to be eligible for fall 2017 admission consideration. Nursing prerequisite courses may not be in progress during spring 2017. No exceptions will be granted.

RN to BSN applicants applying to Nursing must complete nursing prerequisites by the end of the spring 2017 term for
fall 2017 admission consideration.

Transfer Admission Requirements

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

Requirements How to Meet Requirements Timeline for Fall Admission
Units Complete 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units. Must be completed by the end of spring 2017.
Golden Four: Oral Communication Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a basic public speaking course or other communication course certified in the area of Oral Communication by a California community college. Must be completed by the end of spring 2017.
Golden Four: Written Communication Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently. Must be completed by the end of spring 2017.
Golden Four: Critical Thinking Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a second semester composition or writing course, or a course in reasoning and effective argumentative writing. Must be completed by the end of spring 2017.
Golden Four: Mathematics Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a mathematics course above the level of Intermediate Algebra. Must be completed by the end of spring 2017.
General Education Courses Complete a minimum of 30 units of General Education. Must be completed by the end of spring 2017.
Preparation for Major Courses Complete all preparation for major courses. Must be completed by the end of spring 2017.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Meet and maintain the grade point average (GPA) required for the major to which the applicant is applying. Must meet GPA at the time of application and maintain throughout the admission process.

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.