Transferring to a California State University (CSU)

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The California State University is one of two public university systems in the state of California. It is the nation's largest university system, with 23 CSU campuses serving over 450,000 students. The CSU offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in over 300 subject areas, as well as a variety of teaching credential programs. A select number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California or with private universities in California.

One Application, 23 Campuses

Spring 2021 Application Period Fall 2021 Application Period
August 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020 October 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020

You only need to fill out the application once and you will be able to submit it to as many available CSU campuses as you would like. If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, there is a $70 fee for each application you submit. The application is online only and you will need the following information to be able to fill it out completely:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your citizenship status
  • A method of payment (If you do not qualify for a fee waiver. Each application you submit is $70.)
  • Annual income (Your parent's if you are a dependant, your income if you are independent.)
  • Your MJC student ID number (w#)
  • EOP only: Your parent's employment background and two recommendations

Minimum Requirements

You must meet each of the following requirements to be eligible for transfer to a California State University. Please keep in mind; these are MINIMUM requirements. Impacted campuses will most likely have higher requirements. 

  • 1 Oral Communication Course class totaling 3 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
    • (See section A.1 on the CSU GE transfer pattern of Group 1C on the IGETC transfer pattern) 
  • 1 Written Communication Course class totaling 3 or 5 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
    • (See section A.2 on the CSU GE transfer pattern or Group 1A on the IGETC transfer pattern)
  • 1 Critical Thinking Course class totaling 3 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
    • (See section A.3 on the CSU GE transfer pattern or Group 1B on the IGETC transfer pattern)
  • 1 Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning Course class totaling 3 or 4 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
    • (See section B.4 on the CSU GE transfer pattern or Area 2A on the IGETC transfer pattern)
  • 60 transferrable units
    • (Only courses numbered 100-299 are considered transferrable)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Major coursework completed

CSU GE Transfer Pattern 2020-2021

IGETC Transfer Pattern 2020-2021

How to Apply

To apply for the CSU, click this link: Cal State Apply

Scroll down the page until you see a box asking you to select a term. Create your account and select your school and major. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, stop by the Transfer Center and our knowledgeable staff can help you fill out your application! Or, click the links below to read the guides on how to fill out the application.

Transfer Student Application Guide

Transfer Credit Entry Guide

Application Status

School Spring 2021 Application Status School Spring 2021 Application Status
Bakersfield Open Northridge International & Veteran Students Only
Channel Islands Open; Excluded Majors: Nursing, Mechatronics Cal Poly, Pomona Open; Excluded Majors: All Impacted Programs
Chico Open Sacramento Open; Excluded Majors: All Impacted Programs
Dominguez Hills International & Veteran Students Only San Bernardino International Only Application Due 12/15/2020; Veterans Only Application Due 9/30/2020
East Bay Open; Excluded Majors: Nursing San Diego Open; Excluded Majors: Some Impacted Programs
Fresno Open San Francisco Open; Excluded Majors: Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, Nursing, Social Work
Fullerton Open; Excluded Majors: Some Impacted Programs San Jose Open; Excluded Majors: Animation, Illustration, Pre-Nursing, Undeclared
Humboldt Open; Application Due 12/1/2020 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Closed
Long Beach Open; Excluded Majors: Social Work, Athletic Training, Communicative Disorders San Marcos Open; Excluded Majors: Nursing, Electrical Engineering
Los Angeles Open; Excluded Majors: Nursing Sonoma Open; Application Due 9/15/2020; Excluded Majors: Nursing
Maritime Open; Excluded Majors: All Impacted Programs Stanislaus Open
Monterey Bay Open    

Unless otherwise stated above, spring 2021 applications are due by midnight on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Impaction

As you fill out your application, you may see that some CSU campuses and/or programs are "impacted". This means that there are more qualified applicants than there are available spaces. Impacted schools and programs may have additional requirements or they may ask for a higher GPA from transfer students. For additional impaction information, please review the impacted programs matrix at the link below. Or, if you'd prefer, you can search for specific programs and campuses at the impacted campus search.

2020-21 CSU Undergraduate Impacted Programs Matrix

CSU Campus & Program Impaction Search

California State University Campuses

Below is a list of links to all campuses in the California State University system. If you are looking for more campus-specific information, check out their websites! 

California State University System Map