Please note: Due to enrollment demands, most CSU campuses restrict or prohibit the admission of lower-division transfer (LDT) students who have earned fewer than 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units).
If you have completed 59 or fewer transferable semester units, or 89 or fewer transferable quarter units, by the time you plan to enter a CSU, you are considered a lower-division transfer (LDT) applicant. Please check with the campus before applying.
To be admitted to the California State University as a lower-division transfer (LDT) student, you must:
ADDITIONAL ADVICE FOR LDT STUDENTS
Many CSU campuses have higher admission standards for nonresident students (out-of-state and international students). For more information, consult the Nonresident Eligibility Index. Some campuses also have higher standards for particular majors.
If you’re a nonresident or private school transfer student, it’s recommended that you complete at least 60 semester units or 90 quarter units before applying to transfer.
It’s recommended, too, that at least 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education requirements in written communications, critical thinking, speech, and quantitative analysis (mathematics) are completed.
You can contact the CSU campus to which you are applying and request an evaluation of your transferable coursework.
For help answering questions about residency, or to complete the reclassification form, go to Determining California Residency.
If you’re a lower-division student and do not meet the Eligibility Index for admission to the CSU (a calculation of your GPA and ACT/SAT test scores), the CSU recommends that you continue your education at a California Community College and complete the upper-division transfer requirements of 60 or more transferable semester units (90 or more quarter units) before attempting to transfer to a CSU campus.
Generally, CSU campuses urge transfer students to complete all lower-division general education and pre-major courses prior to transferring.
ADDITIONAL ADVICE FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS
To graduate from the CSU with a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree, you will need to meet the following requirements:
AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS REQUIREMENT
The California State University requires every student receiving a baccalaureate degree to be knowledgeable about the Constitution of the United States, American history, and state and local government. This requirement is generally known as the American Institutions and Ideals Requirement.
You can even complete this requirement while at a community college. All California Community Colleges (CCC) have designated courses that satisfy the CSU's American Institutions and Ideals Requirement.
Most CSU campuses permit courses that meet this requirement to satisfy General Education-Breadth requirements providing a CCC certifies your General Education-Breadth and American Institutions and Ideals requirement.
GENERAL EDUCATION BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
All CSU students must meet the minimum of 48 semester units of General Education (GE)-breadth requirements in order to earn the bachelor's degree. The GE requirement includes 39 semester units of lower-division coursework and at least nine semester units of upper-division coursework.
The CSU GE-Breadth Requirements is a lower-division 39-semester/58.5-quarter unit pattern with specified courses in the areas of:
Some majors include courses that meet both GE and major requirements. This is referred to as “double-counting.” It’s recommended that students work with their academic advisor or transfer counselors to identify which courses can satisfy both GE and lower-division major course requirements.
Transfer students can complete up to 39 semester units of lower-division coursework prior to transferring to the CSU.
INTERSEGMENTAL GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER CURRICULUM (IGETC)
IGETC is another pattern that California Community College students can use to fulfill all lower-division general education requirements at any CSU or University of California campus.
The IGETC pattern requires completion of a minimum of 37 semester/49 quarter units of lower-division work with a C grade or better in each course (C- is not allowed).
Requirements of the IGETC are as follows:
Because the IGETC pattern is accepted by both the CSU and University of California, with minor differences, it’s a good option if you’re undecided about the system to which you will transfer.
If you’re enrolled in a major that requires extensive lower-division preparation, you may not be able to complete all the coursework for the IGETC pattern prior to transfer.
You should consult with your community college counselor to determine which general education program is most appropriate for you.
Besides requirements for the major and general education, CSU campuses may require other courses for a bachelor’s degree. Read the catalogs of the CSU campuses you’re considering transferring to to familiarize yourself with their graduation requirements. For example, some campuses require foreign language study as a part of the preparation for certain majors or for graduation.
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CCC-Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)