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Lower Division Transfer Requirements

Please be aware that most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer students.

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 applicant. If you did not complete the 15-unit 'a-g' pattern of college preparatory subjects required for freshman admission while in high school, you must make up the deficiencies. Full details are in the high school section.

If you are a lower-division student and do not meet the eligibility index from high school, we recommend 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.

To make lower-division admission decisions, CSU admission offices look at the following:

  • The 'a-g' course requirements completed in high school and grades earned for freshman admission
  • Graduation from high school. (High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate)
  • All attempted college level courses and grades
  • A grade of 'C' or better in any course taken to satisfy the general education basic skills requirement
  • Whether you are in good standing at the last college or university attended

Some campuses will also expect you to complete, with a "C" or better, general education classes in English composition and general education mathematics prior to admission.

If you did not complete the 15-unit pattern of college preparatory subjects required for freshman admission while in high school, you must make up the deficiencies. Full details are in the high school section.

Lower Division Grade Requirement

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