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Community College Guidance – Incoming Transfers

The California State University (CSU) system is taking all necessary steps to mitigate the disruptions caused by COVID-19 while ensuring the health and safety for our students, faculty, staff and communities. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became necessary to adjust some CSU admission requirements for Fall 2020 incoming students. As the pandemic continues to exert significant impacts on California communities, the CSU will be providing accommodations for Fall 2021 incoming students.

The CSU system and CSU campuses are prepared to continue exercising flexibility and accommodation when working with our educational partners and Fall 2021 applicants in meeting admission requirements and the subsequent steps toward matriculation. Although there has been disruption as campuses transitioned to some or all staff working remotely, processing of admission applications and communications has continued without interruption.

The following information is provided for school districts, schools, community colleges, colleges, educators, prospective students and applicants regarding CSU admission and provides a high-level overview of the guidance. Guidance to CSU campuses regarding technical implementation will be provided in a separate document.

  1. The CSU campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for all transferable college courses completed in Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall 2020 terms and in Winter, Spring or Summer 2021 terms, including courses taken to satisfy:

    1. The Golden Four (English language [A2], oral communication [A1], critical thinking [A3], and mathematics/quantitative reasoning [B4]);
    2. All other General Education courses; and
    3. Major prerequisite courses.
  2. If a CSU campus conditionally admitted a student as a lower-division transfer, the student will need to meet eligibility and have completed English Language (A2) and mathematics/quantitative reasoning (B4) by the start of Fall 2021 (including courses taken in Summer 2021).
  3. The CSU requests that community colleges provide transcripts by July 15, 2021. CSU campuses will work with students on an individual basis if schools are not able to provide official transcripts by July 15, 2021.
  4. New transfer students will remain in a conditionally admitted status until the CSU campus receives a final transcript document and review of the transcript for admission requirements is completed
  5. If a student has not completed at least 60 transferable units and fulfilled A1, A2, A3 and B4 requirements after review of their final transcript document, at that time, campuses may use admission exceptions on a case-by-case basis if students do not meet the criteria in item number 2 above.
  6. The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 AP exams on which scores of 3, 4, 5 are earned.​
  7. CSU campuses are individually considering their extension of intent to enroll and/or housing deposit deadlines. Intent to enroll deadlines will consider the campus’ capacity to provide timely information regarding financial aid awards to students and families. More information will be forthcoming.
  8. If students encounter unforeseen circumstances and need to defer their admission, the CSU campus may defer their admission to a subsequent term. This action will be at the discretion of the individual CSU campus.
  1. CSU campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for all courses completed in Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall 2020 terms and in Winter, Spring or Summer 2021 terms, including courses taken to satisfy:

    1. Golden Four (English language [A2], oral communication [A1], critical thinking [A3], and mathematics/quantitative reasoning [B4]);
    2. All other General Education courses; and
    3. Major prerequisite courses.
  2. The CSU will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 AP exams on which scores of 3, 4, 5 are earned


This page was updated on 1/5/2021