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Active Duty Military, Veterans, and Military Dependents

San Diego State University values its active duty military, veterans, and dependent students. We will do everything in our means to assist you as you embark on an exciting academic career with us.

Who is a Transfer Student?

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

SDSU accepts fall 2017 transfer applications only from upper-division transfer or readmission applicants who will have completed 60 or more transferable semester units by the end of spring 2017. SDSU does not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units with the exception of military admission programs described below.

San Diego State University is not accepting applications for a second bachelor's degree except in Nursing.

Fall 2017 Admission

Admission for upper division transfer students: The application period for the fall 2017 semester is between October 1 and November 30, 2016, on the CSUMentor website (note that you are applying to SDSU almost one year in advance of attendance). If you are active duty or a veteran and an upper division transfer student, you will receive additional consideration for admission. Subject to change, and at a minimum, you must meet the following criteria:

60 Units: Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units by the end of spring 2017. Transferable units are defined as course units that are applicable to a baccalaureate degree. For information regarding transferable course work, please visit www.assist.org or www.sdsu.edu/tap.
General Education: Complete a certified package of General Education courses, with a "C-" grade or higher in each of the "Golden Four" GE courses by the end of spring 2017: oral communication, written communication/composition, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning (math above the level of college intermediate algebra).
Major Preparation: To have the highest admission priority, military applicants should have completed all major preparation courses by the end of spring 2017. For more information visit www.sdsu.edu/mymap.
Grade Point Average: Meet and maintain the cumulative GPA required for your major. 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.

Late Application or Appeals: SDSU will accept appeals for late admission from active duty personnel, veterans, and military dependents if you meet the above transfer criteria. Applicants must also have a compelling reason for missing the deadline. SDSU will not accept late applications or appeals from majors in Athletic Training, Dance, English-Applied (ADT option), Kinesiology- Exercise Science Generalist (ADT option), Liberal Studies-Education-Generalist (ADT option), Music, Nursing, Psychology-Applied (ADT option), Social Work and Theatre Arts-Performance Acting and Musical Theatre option. For more information regarding appeals, please visit: www.sdsu.edu/appeals.

Points of contact: For more information regarding the application, admission, and services for active duty military, veterans, and military dependents, contact Holly Shaffner at hshaffner@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-0834.

SDSU President's Military Admission Program

SDSU provides direct admission opportunities for highly qualified active duty military who will soon separate from the service. This program is for undergraduate admission only and for both the fall and spring semesters (note: majors in majors in Athletic Training, Dance, English-Applied (ADT option), Kinesiology-Exercise Science Generalist (ADT option), Liberal Studies-Education-Generalist (ADT option), Music, Nursing, Psychology-Applied (ADT option), Social Work and Theatre Arts-Performance Acting and Musical Theatre option are not eligible for this program for spring admission).

For eligibility and application information:

U.S. Marine Corps: Please visit your base education office or go to: www.leadershipscholarprogram.com
U.S. Navy (for sailors assigned within Naval Installations, Southwest): Mariver "Ivy" Castro, Navy College, Naval Station San Diego at mariver.castro@navy.mil or (619) 556-7271.
U.S. Coast Guard: LT. Jason Joll, Sector San Diego at Jason.J.Joll@uscg.mil or (619) 278-7067.

Wounded Warrior Admission Program

Sick, ill or injured service personnel of any branch of service assigned within commands of Navy Medicine West or with U.S. Special Operations Command Care Coalition may be eligible for direct admission to SDSU under this program. Two slots are available each academic year. For more information contact Holly Shaffner at hshaffner@mail.sdsu.edu.

Other Admission Information

Freshmen applicants with no transferable college units: Admission is extremely competitive for first-time freshman (no college-level classes ) applicants. Freshman applicants must complete a 15-unit comprehensive pattern of college preparatory courses in high school, must have a competitive high school GPA and competitive SAT and/or ACT test scores to be eligible for admission. For more information on first-time freshman admission requirements, go to: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/freshmen/index.html

Lower-Division applicants: If you have fewer than 60 transferable semester units by the spring term prior to fall transfer, we encourage you to attend a California community college to become eligible to apply to SDSU as an upper division transfer student in a future term. Counselors at any community college can assist you with an academic plan of General Education (GE) and major preparation courses.

Associate Degree for Transfer

Admission priority is given to California community college students who complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science for transfer (AA-T/AS-T) degree. See a 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.

Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Program

Military service members applying for STA-21 (Navy), MECEP (Marine Corps), or Green to Gold (Army) programs and who are interested in applying to SDSU should contact Myda Clark, Office of Admissions, for application processing information at mclark@mail.sdsu.edu.

For information regarding College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) for the U.S. Coast Guard, please visit: www.gocoastguard.com or contact (619) 226-8222. For other questions regarding military or veterans admission and services at SDSU, contact Holly Shaffner, Military Liaison Officer, at hshaffner@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-0834

Military Transcripts

Refer to the Academic Credit page under the Prospective Students > Getting In section of this website.

Other local university contacts

University of California, San Diego: Timothy Borch (858) 822-0348 or tborch@ucsd.edu
California State University (CSU) San Marcos: Vicki Hernandez (760) 750-4808 or vhernand@csusm.edu
University of San Diego (USD): Derek Abbey (619) 260-5945 or derekabbey@sandiego.edu

Other resources

SDSU Transfer Admission Planner (TAP): Determine SDSU course requirements in general education (GE) and your major, and determine potential equivalent or transferable courses from other colleges, universities or out-of-state institutions
ASSIST: Determine transferable classes in GE and your major if you have attended or are attending a California community college
California Virtual College: Determine available online courses from a clearinghouse of California community colleges
California Community Colleges