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CSU Fullerton: Transfer Students

Transfer Acceptance

Transfer applicants are accepted:yes
Number of transfer applications received:21,987
Number of transfer applicants off​ered admission:8,407 (38%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled:3,991 (47%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers:13%

Application and Credit Trasnfer

Terms for which transfers may enroll​:fall
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student:60
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript not required
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement not required
  • interview not required
  • standardized test scores not required
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) not required
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants:2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Priority filing date for transfer applicants:November 30 for fall
Closing date for transfer applicants:rolling for fall
Notification date for transfer applicants:rolling for fall
Dates transfer applicants must accept offer of admission by:rolling for fall
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit:C
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred:70 credits ​from a two-year institution, 90 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school:30 to receive a bachelor's degree

Additional Information

CSU Fullerton is an impacted campus at the transfer level. Impaction means that there are more applications for a campus than can be accommodated. In order to ensure that capacity is not exceeded, more rigorous standards are applied to the transfer applicant pool. Impacted criteria may include local vs. out of local and/or major program impaction. 

The local area for Cal State Fullerton includes all Orange County Community Colleges. Students must have earned the majority of units from an Orange County Community College to be considered a local applicant. Cal State Fullerton is impacted for all majors.  Therefore, the GPA requirement will be determined based on the number of applications received and will not be determined until after the filing period is over.

Once enrolled, students may be required to meet admissions requirements to change majors. CSU Fullerton does not use alternative major for admission consideration.

In addition to the GPA requirement, an applicant must be in good standing at the last college or university attended (eligible to re-enroll) and have earned 60 or more transferable semester units (90 or more quarter units), and completed at least 30 semester units of college coursework with a grade of "C" or better in each course to be selected from courses in English, arts and humanities, social science, science and mathematics at a level at least equivalent to courses that meet general education requirements. The 30 units must include all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language and critical thinking (at least 9 semester units) and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning. CSU general education requirements ("Golden Four") are designated as Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.

Transfer applicants applying for Fall term must complete the Golden Four courses no later than the end of the prior Spring term.

Transfer applicants applying for the Spring term must complete the Golden Four courses no later than the end of the prior Summer term.

Applicants applying to impacted majors will be considered for admission based on meeting minimum CSU criteria and the supplemental criteria for the specific major.