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Transfer to the CSU

As a transfer student at the California State University, you’ll have access to exceptional opportunities to find your passion and purpose. Every one of our 4,000-plus programs delivers a high-value degree that will help take you where you want to go. ​

A few things to know as you consider transferring to the CSU:

  • More than 80% o​f CSU stud​​ents ear​ning an undergraduate de​​​​​gree receive financial aid, and 56% graduate with ​zero loan debt.​

  • One in every 20 Americans with a college degree earned it at the CSU​.

  • Our universiti​​es rank among the country's best for lifting students economically.​

  • You'll be joining an alumni network that's more than four million strong, working in every industry across the globe.

How to Transfer​ to​ the CSU​

There are a variety of ways to enroll as a transfer student at one of our 23 universities. Explore these paths to find the one that’s right for you.

  • ADT
  • Associat​​​e Degree for Transfer (ADT)

    Earn a two-year associate degree from a California Community College, then transfer to the CSU. With an ADT, you can earn two degrees—your associate’s and your bachelor’s.

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  • Upper-Division Transfer
  • Upper-Division​ Transfer

    If you will have at least 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of transferable coursework by the time you enter a CSU, you’re considered an upper-division transfer student.

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  • Lower Division Transfer
  • Lower-Divisio​​n Transfer

    If you will have 59 or fewer transferable semester units (or 89 or fewer quarter units) when you plan​ to enter a CSU, you’re considered a lower-division transfer applicant.

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  • Transfer Success Pathway
  • Transfer Succ​ess Pathway

    If you are a new California Community College student, this program can guarantee you admission to the CSU campus and major of your choice, making the transfer process simpler and creating a smoother path to your bachelor’s degree.​ Ready to get started? Visit the CSU Transfer Planner​.

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Ready to Apply?

If you're ready to apply to transfer to the California State University, visit Cal State Apply​ to start your application and find more information for transfer students about dates and deadlines, financial aid and tips to help complete your application.​

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