california state university

23 Campuses, All Outstanding

The CSU is the largest system of four-year public higher education in the United States.

With 23 campuses statewide, it provides a variety of choices for transfer students. The CSU has historically played a critical role in preparing students to enter the job market. Offering degrees in business, engineering, health, education, nursing, and public administration, the CSU offers more than 60 percent of all degrees in these fields. Nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees are awarded by the CSU.

How to Transfer to a CSU

Start completing “The Golden four “as soon as you can.
Complete one course in each of the four areas below:
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
Complete 60 transferable semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA (2.4 for non-residents). The GPA for admission can be significantly higher because of the major, campus, and/or applicant pool.
Complete coursework in the major along with your General Education (GE) requirements. To satisfy GE, you have two choices: IGETC or CSU GE Breadth. Talk to a counselor to determine which option is the best.
Apply on time. All CSU’s begin accepting applications in October for the following Fall. Most CSU’s accept applications through March, and some accept even later.

For more information on transferring to a CSU and to access the CSU Application, visit the CSU Website.

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