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Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Students who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students.

Students who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet those admission requirements. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses.

Lower-division transfer students

Generally, applicants will qualify for admission as lower-division transfer students if they have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 or better in all transferable units attempted, are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and meet any of the following standards:

  • Will meet the freshman admission requirements (grade point average and subject requirements) in effect for the term to which they are applying 
  • Were eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation except for the subject requirements, have been in continuous attendance at an accredited college since high school graduation, and have made up the missing subjects.

Upper-division transfer students

If you have completed more than 60 transferable semester units or 90 transferable quarter units, you are considered an upper-division transfer student. As an upper-division transfer student, you must have the following:

  • An overall college GPA of 2.00 or higher in all transferable college work attempted (non-residents of California must have a minimum GPA of 2.40), and good standing at the last college, university, or institution attended in regular session.
  • A minimum of 30 semester units or 45 quarter units of CSU General Education Breadth Requirements with a grade of C or better. Within this total, complete with a grade of C or better the four-course sequence (commonly known as the Golden Four) in the following areas:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking, and
    • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

Some of these requirements can be met through advanced placement or CLEP tests. Check with your community college counselor for more information on General Education.


To learn more about the Transfer Student application process at CSUB, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).