California State Universities

**PLEASE NOTE: You need to apply 1 year in advance for the following year!**

When and where do I apply to CSUs?

  • Applications for Fall: Oct 1 – Nov 30
  • Apply online at CSUMentor during the application filing period.
  • Visit the Transfer Center to attend a workshop on how to use CSUMentor.

Get a Head Start! -- check out the TAB Program for SFSU

***End of the Year Reminder for Students Transferring in Fall ***

If you have not yet requested IGETC or CSU GE Breadth Certification, you can do so online via webSMART. If you are finishing up requirements in the Spring semester, remember to hold for grades, when submitting the request. For a handout or further instructions, visit the Transfer Center. Please check with the campus you are planning on attending to make sure that you send transcripts by the required deadline.

For students applying for Winter or Spring terms to the CSU

January 2016 Winter Quarter Applicants- For CSU EAST BAY:

Application Period: June 1 - July 1

CSU East Bay only offers Winter admissions, with limited exceptions, so don’t miss the deadline! You must have the Golden 4 (A1, A2, A3, and B4 on the CSU GE Handout) completed by the END OF SUMMER to be eligible. Please check with a counselor if you have questions about your eligibility to apply.

Spring Semester CSU Applicants

Application Period: August 1- August 31

To find out if a campus is offering Spring Admissions, visit CSUMentor.

Most campuses have not yet officially posted if they will offer Spring Admissions. Check back frequently for updates. SFSU has stated that they will likely open applications again this year for non-impacted majors and the Child Adolescent Development major. Check back on the link above to confirm this is the case.

If you missed a deadline, contact your school of choice to see if the deadline has been extended! Sometimes colleges/ universities extend the deadline but don't notify the public right away.

Spring Semester and Winter/ Spring Quarter: Visit college websites and CSU mentor to determine which campuses will be offering Winter and/or Spring Admissions. Spring and Winter Admissions have been limited or unavailable in recent years due to budget reductions.

To be eligible for transfer as a junior to a CSU campus, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete 60 CSU transferrable units with a “C” average (2.0) in all transferable college units attempted.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended, e.g., eligible to re-enroll.
  • Complete the four basic subjects (part of the overall general education requirements) with a “C” or higher:
    1. Speech Communication, Area A1(Comm. 110, 127, 130, 140, 150)
    2. English Composition, Area A2 (Engl. 100)
    3. Critical Reasoning, Area A3 (Engl. 110, 165, Phil 103, 109, 200)
    4. College Mathematics, Area B4 (Math 130, 150, 153, 200, 201, 222, 241,242, 251, 252, 253, 270, 275, Psyc. 171, Bus 120, 123)
  • Complete at least 30 of the 39 general education units that comprise the total CSU general education pattern. See your Counselor for campus-specific information.
  • Visit the Transfer Center or our website resources for a CSU GE Breadth or IGETC handout which lists which courses to fulfill general education requirements.

Other Considerations

Is your major impacted? Impaction means that there are more applicants than there are spaces available. If your major is impacted, additional requirements may apply. Find out if your major is impacted.

Local Admissions Areas: Students who meet minimum admissions requirements get priority admissions based on their residency. This does not guarantee that they will be admitted into their desired major. Students who live in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties have two campuses with the local admissions guarantee, San Francisco State University and CSU East Bay. Get more information on local admissions and impaction info.

Associate Degrees for Transfer: Will this degree help me get into a major or campus of choice? For more information, check out our Transfer Degrees page.

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