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Redirection

If you are a first-time freshman, upper-division transfer student or an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student applying to the CSU and you are a California resident for tuition purposes, CSU-eligible and have not been admitted to any CSU to which you applied, there is the chance that the campus(es) you applied to don’t have the capacity to admit more students.

If this happens, you will be redirected to an alternate CSU campus. This is called redirection.

Applications who have been accepted to at least one CSU campus will not be redirected.

Redirection occurs after all campuses report their admission decisions for a given semester to Cal State Apply. For fall admission, this will be after April 1.

Eligible applicants who have not been admitted to any CSU campus(es) to which they applied because of a lack of capacity are then identified. Each student will then be contacted by email; the email will include instructions. When you receive the email, you will need to go to Cal State Apply and select a first- and a second-choice campus. Available alternate campuses are based on campus capacity.

ADT applicants who previously selected an alternate campus when they applied will also need to return to Cal State Apply to confirm their alternate choice(s) to ensure every applicant has a full choice of campus options.

After you have identified a first- and a second-choice campus, your application to the CSU will be redirected to your first-choice campus unless​ that campus has run out of capacity. To ensure your application is redirected to your first-choice campus, respond to the email as quickly as possible.

You will be sent a notification by email confirming the redirection.

The campus you’ve been redirected to will appear in your Cal State Apply account on the “Check Status” page. You will next be contacted by the redirected campus about the next steps in the process. Read the FAQ​ to find answers to common questions.


Redirection Campuses

Use our Campus Match tool to learn more about CSU campuses and compare them. Eligible applicants to the CSU can select a first- and a second-choice campus from the list below:

Bakersfield
Channel Islands
​​ East Bay
Humboldt
Maritime Academy ​(Business ​Administration ​and Global Studies & Maritime Affairs programs ONLY​ )
San Francisco
Sonoma
Stanislaus