Transfer Students

SDSU Imperial Valley welcomes transfer students. We are committed to helping you earn your bachelor’s degree in two years. As a student-centered university, we will provide you with personalized service along with the tools and guidance necessary to support you in accomplishing your academic goals. This transfer student guide provides detailed information about SDSU’s Imperial Valley admission requirements from a California Community College.

Transfer Student Guide

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the California State University as an Upper-Division Transfer (UDT) student, you must:

  1. be in good academic standing at last college or university attended, "good standing" means you are eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university;
  2. have earned an overall college GPA of a least 2.00, your GPA is calculated using all your transfer units attempted;
  3. have completed a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable coursework;
  4. have completed 10 lower-division general education courses (30 semester units or 45 quarter units) and the Basic Skills Courses (Golden Four).

Complete 60 Semester (90 Quarter) Units

As a prospective transfer student from a California Community College, you may use the following four areas to complete the 60 semester (90 quarter) units required for admission.

Complete a minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) units in the following areas (which include the Golden Four courses listed):

  • Area A — English Language Communication and Critical Thinking
  • Area B — Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Area C — Arts and Humanities
  • Area D — Social Sciences
  • Area E — Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Complete the "Golden Four" courses with a grade of C- or better. These courses are part of the CSU General Education Breadth pattern listed above and are fulfilled by completing the following four areas within the CSU General Education Pattern:

  1. A1 — 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.
  2. A2 — Written Communication: Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a first-year composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently.
  3. A3 — 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.
  4. B4 — Mathematic/Quantitative Reasoning: Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra.

Note: To fulfill the requirements, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

It is important that you first select the major that you will pursue. The major selected will require that major specific courses be completed with a grade of C or better for admission to the major.

California Community Colleges require that students who pursue a Certificate, Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree complete specific courses for graduation for those specific certificates or degrees. Some of those courses may not fulfill major preparation requirements.

Please visit SDSU's Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) for a list of transferable courses that meet SDSU's preparation for the major.

Elective courses are those that count toward total transfer units needed for admission but are not used to fulfill lower-division admission, pre- major, general education, or graduation requirements. If you have not chosen a major, taking elective courses in different fields is a good way to explore your career interests and aptitudes. Check your college catalog carefully to be sure these courses are transferable to the CSU for at least elective credit.

How to Apply

Meet all Admission Requirements:

  1. 60 Semester Units/90 Quarter Units
  2. Complete the Basic Skills Courses — Golden Four
  3. Minimum 2.00 GPA
  4. Good Standing At Last Institution Attended

Apply online through Cal State Apply. Once your admission application has been submitted, SDSU Imperial Valley will contact you via mail or electronic correspondence in regards to the supplemental application process.

  • Apply to "San Diego State University" and then choose a major designated at SDSU Imperial Valley.

Apply to SDSU

Submit the SDSU Supplemental Application and all official transcripts with fall and spring work in progress by February 1.

Important Dates

Submit Cal State Apply for fall 2023 Admission
October 1—December 15
Apply for financial aid with Federal Student Aid; Add SDSU's federal school code: 001151
October 1—March 1
Supplemental Application Due
February 1
Admission decisions sent
Deadline to submit final official transcripts with spring grades
July 11