Minimum Transfer Requirements

In order to be eligible to transfer to the CSU, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

Upper-Division Transfer Minimum Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for admission as an upper-division transfer, applicants must complete 60 or more semester (90 or more quarter) transferable units and have met the following requirements:

  • The applicant must complete at least 30 semester (45 quarter) units of general education courses. Visit for a full listing of courses at each California Community College that meet CSU general education requirements.
  • The applicant must complete transferable courses (CSU GE category A) with grades of C- or better in written communication, oral communication, and critical thinking.
  • The applicant must complete one transferable course (CSU GE category B4) with a grade of C- or better in mathematics or quantitative reasoning. The mathematics course is expected to have intermediate algebra as a prerequisite unless completion of category B is certified or the student has earned an Associate Degree for Transfer from a California Community College.
  • The applicant must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable college units attempted.
  • The applicant is expected to be in good standing at the last college or university attended (i.e. eligible to re-enroll at that college or university).

Lower-Division Transfer Minimum Eligibility Requirements
Due to enrollment demands, most CSU campuses restrict or prohibit the admission of lower-division transfer students who have earned fewer than 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units).

Campuses may accept applications from lower-division students who are applying to science, technology, engineering or mathematics majors if they:

  • Have a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable college units attempted.
  • Are in good standing at the last college or university attended, i.e., eligible to re-enroll.
  • Meet the eligibility index required of a first-time freshman.
  • Meet the college-preparatory course requirements for a first-time freshman or have successfully completed necessary courses to make up any deficiencies in their high school records.

A few CSU campuses may require lower-division transfer students to have completed English composition and general education mathematics prior to transfer. If lower-division transfer students cannot meet the high school eligibility standards listed, they should continue to complete courses at a community college or other accredited college or university. These students should consider applying when they are eligible for consideration as upper-division transfers.