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California State University System (CSU)

The CSU system is made up of 23 campuses across the state of California. The California State University educates 484,000 students every year and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. 



About California State University (CSU)

CSU long Beach

If you will have at least 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable units completed by the time you enter a CSU, you are considered an upper-division transfer application.

To be admitted to the CSU as an upper-division transfer (UDT) student, you must: 

  • have completed a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable coursework;
  • have an overall college GPA of at least 2.00; your GPA is calculated using all your transfer units attempted. In high-demand majors and campuses a GPA of 2.00 may not be sufficient to be admitted;
  • be in good standing at the last college or university attended. In simple terms, “good standing” means you are eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university;
  • have completed 10 general education courses (30 semester units or 45 quarter units) of basic skills courses, with a grade of C- or better, and, specifically, four courses completed in the following areas (in either column) which are known as the Golden Four:

General Education-Breadth

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum* (IGETC)

Area A - English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

Area 1 - English Communication

A1 - Oral Communication

1A - Written Communications

A2 - Written Communications

1B - Critical Thinking

A3 - Critical Thinking

1C - Oral Communications

Area B - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

Area 2 - Mathematical Concept and Quantitative Reasoning

B4 - Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning



High-Unit Majors with Authorized Exceptions to Admission and GE Breadth Requirements. 

Some CSU campuses and/or majors may have additional requirements for admission. For the most up-to-date information on transfer requirements visit the individual campus websites and/or, schedule an appointment with the Transfer & Career Center or a Counselor. 

Channel Islands

When the number of applications received by a CSU campus from qualified applicants is greater than the number of available spaces, a campus is considered “impacted” for undergraduate degree programs or for undergraduate students who apply from outside the local admission area.

In this case, an impacted campus is allowed to use additional criteria to screen applications.

Campuses without the impaction designation at the program or campus level are open to all CSU eligible applicants.

If you're a upper-division transfer student to the CSU, you can use this database to find out whether a degree program or campus you're interested in is affected by impaction.

San Bernardino

The California State University (CSU) offers a comprehensive selection of undergraduate degree programs. Begin your search HERE to get a personalized listing of CSU degree programs. 

Looking for a 100% online program? Begin your search HERE

    Associate degree for Transfer Logo

    Find out which CSU campuses have a program that is similar to the ADT program (AA-T or AS-T) you want to complete or have completed by clicking HERE

    Take a virtual tour


    Due to Covid-19, the CSU campuses are not currently offering in-person tours. However, you can still take a virtual tour by clicking HERE! 


    scholarship graphic

    A variety of financial aid sources are available to help you pay for college. Financial aid can come from, federal, state, school, and private sources to help you pay for college. For more information on the different types of financial aid available at the CSUs click HERE

    Learn more about federal grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education HERE

    The CSU's offer many different options when it comes to housing for transfer students. It is important to look into housing options as you plan for transfer. Below is additional web links and contact information for each CSU campus. 

    University Offer Housing Offer Family Housing Housing Contact # Email Address Housing Website
    CSU Bakersfield Yes No (661) 654-3014 Website
    CSU Channel Islands Yes No (805) 437-2733  Website
    CSU Chico Yes No (530) 898-6325 Website
    CSU Dominguez Hills Yes No (310) 243-2228 Website
    CSU East Bay Yes No (510) 885-7444 Website
    CSU Fresno Yes No (559) 278-2345 Website
    CSU Fullerton Yes No (657) 278-2168 Website
    Humboldt State Yes No (707) 826-3451 Website
    CSU Long Beach Yes No (562) 985-4187 Website
    CSU Los Angeles Yes No (323) 343-4800 Website
    Maritime Academy Yes No (707) 654-1400 Website
    Monterey Bay Yes Yes (831) 582-3378 Website
    Northridge Yes Yes (818) 677-2160 Website
    Cal Poly Pomona Yes No (909) 869-3307 Website
    CSU Sacramento Yes No (916) 278-6655 Website
    CSU San Bernardino Yes No (909) 537-4155 Website
    San Diego State Yes No (619) 594-5742 Website
    San Francisco State Yes Yes (415) 338-1067 Website
    San Jose State Yes No (408) 795-5600 Website
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Yes No (805) 756-1226 Website
    CSU San Marcos Yes No (760) 750-3730 Website
    Sonoma State Yes No (707) 664-2541 Website
    CSU Stanislaus Yes No (209) 667-3675 Website

    Last Updated: 10.25.2023

    The CSU's offer childcare options for transfer students with children. Make sure to look into each campuses options and eligibility requirements. See links below for full details. 

    University Offer Childcare
    CSU Bakersfield Yes
    CSU Channel Islands No
    CSU Chico Yes
    CSU Dominguez Hills Yes
    CSU East Bay No
    CSU Fresno Yes
    CSU Fullerton Yes
    Humboldt State Yes
    CSU Long Beach Yes
    CSU Los Angeles Yes
    Maritime Academy No
    Monterey Bay Yes
    Northridge Yes
    Cal Poly Pomona Yes
    CSU Sacramento Yes
    CSU San Bernardino Yes
    San Diego State Yes
    San Francisco State Yes
    San Jose State Yes
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Yes
    CSU San Marcos Yes
    Sonoma State Yes
    CSU Stanislaus Yes

    Last Updated: 04/29/2021

    Students with Disabilities

    The CSU's promote an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. They equip students with appropriate accommodations and services to achieve their individual academic goals. Each campus is dedicated to supporting students and collaboration with the campus community to remove barriers to educational access and embrace the University's values of equity and inclusion. Click on each campus link below for more information. 

    Last Updated: 04/29/2021

    UC fullerton

    Want to talk directly to your future CSU campus? Reach out to the admissions office of the school you're interested in to learn more. Click HERE to access the CSU Campus directory! 


    CSU Admissions Application Toolbox

    It's transfer time

    One of the most important items you need to remember as a transfer student is that you apply for transfer to a CSU almost an entire year in advance. For instance, if spring 2024 is your last semester at Barstow Community College you will apply for  Fall 2024 admission to the CSU's between October 1-November 30th, 2023. Also keep in mind that not all CSU's open for spring admission. You can check to see when applications are open HERE

    August 1- 31, 2023 CSU application filing period for Spring 2024 applicants. To check which campuses are accepting Spring 2024 applicants click HERE

    December 2023-    March 2, 2024

    Apply for financial aid and submit the FAFSA or the Dream Act application (AB 540 students only). For maximum award eligibility, submit the Dream Act/FAFSA application early. List all UC, CSU, and Private/Out-of-State institutions for which you are planning to apply.
    Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, 2023 CSU application filing period for Fall 2024 applicants. Attend a CSU application workshop. To apply online for admission to a CSU campus click HERE. Indicate on the CSU application if you are planning to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T).
    January 1-31, 2024

    Update your CSU application by providing your final grades for Fall 2023 by clicking HERE to log into you application. 

    • In addition to the general CSU update, some CSU’s will request a supplemental application to be completed through their own campus portal by a certain deadline.
    • Some will also request for you to send official transcripts with Fall 2023 grades from all colleges or universities attended. Click HERE to request official transcripts! 
    January 1- March 1, 2024 Transfer students who intend to earn an AA/AS or AA-T/AS-T degree should file their Petition to Graduate. 
    March 1- May 1, 2024 Campuses begin sending admissions decisions. Check your email and/or the campus websites for admissions status.
    May 1, 2024 Once admitted, submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and complete the NEXT STEPS
    June 1, 2024

    Once you have accepted your offer of admission and completed your Spring 2024 courses, complete the following:

    San Diego State University

    When you're ready to complete your application to the CSU, be sure you have these items on hand:

    • Unofficial Transcripts- You'll be asked to enter all the courses completed on your CSU application; those that are currently in progress; and any you plan to take. Transcripts will be requested by campuses as needed.
    • You're Social Security number, if you have one. 
    • Your citizenship status
    • Annual income. Your parents' if you are a dependent; your income if you are independent.
    • Your parent's employment background and two recommendations. Applies only if you're applying to EOP. 


    Sam Marcos CSU

    The Barstow Community College Transfer & Career Center offers multiple workshops to assist students in completing the CSU admissions application. Check out our Events/Workshops page for a list of current workshops.

    Ready to get started on your admissions application? Utilize the multiple resources listed below to help you complete the application. However, be sure to schedule an appointment with the Transfer & Career Center so that we can check your application for errors prior to you submitting it. 

    Housing & Financial Aid

    The table below is a list of the California State University Housing & Financial Aid websites & phone numbers.




    CSU Bakersfield Housing (661) 654-3014
      Financial Aid (661) 654-3016
    CSU Channel Islands Housing (805) 437-2733
      Financial Aid (805) 437-8530
    CSU Chico Housing (530) 898-6325
      Financial Aid (530) 898-6451
    CSU Dominguez Hills Housing (310) 243-2228
      Financial Aid (310) 243-3691
     CSU East Bay Housing (510) 885-7444
      Financial Aid (510) 885-2784
    CSU Fresno Housing (559) 278-2345
      Financial Aid (559) 278-2182
    CSU Fullerton Housing (657) 278-2168
      Financial Aid (657) 278-3125
    CSU Humboldt Housing (707) 826-3451
      Financial Aid (707) 826-5360
    CSU Long Beach Housing (562) 985-4187
      Financial Aid (562) 985-8403
    CSU Los Angeles Housing (323) 343-4800
      Financial Aid (323) 343-6260
    CSU Maritime Academy     Housing (707) 654-1400
      Financial Aid (707) 654-1275
    CSU Monterey Bay Housing (831) 582-3378
      Financial Aid (831) 582-100
    CSU Northridge Housing (818) 677-2160
      Financial Aid (818) 677-4085
    Cal Poly Pomona Housing (909) 869-3307
      Financial Aid (909) 869-3700
    CSU Sacramento Housing (916) 278-6655
      Financial Aid (916) 278-6554
    CSU San Bernardino Housing (909) 537-4155
      Financial Aid (909) 537-7024
    CSU San Diego Housing (619) 594-5742
      Financial Aid (619) 594-6323
    CSU San Francisco Housing (415) 338-1067
      Financial Aid (415) 338-7000
    CSU San Jose Housing (408) 795-5600
      Financial Aid (408) 283-7500
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Housing (805) 756-1226
      Financial Aid (805) 756-2927
    CSU San Marcos Housing  (760) 750-3711
      Financial Aid (760) 750-4850
    CSU Sonoma Housing (707) 664-2541
      Financial Aid (707) 664-2389
    CSU Stanislaus Housing (209) 667-3675
      Financial Aid (209) 667-3336

    Unfortunately, you may receive a notice from the CSU campus that you applied to that they are NOT offering you admission. Hopefully you have received some offers of admission to the other universities that you applied to. However, each CSU campus provides students the opportunity to appeal a denial of admission or request to be reconsidered for admission.

    Click on the link below for the university that you received a denial of admission to in order to see the appeal process:

    California State University, Bakersfield
    California State University Channel Islands*
    California State University, Chico
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
    California State University, East Bay
    California State University, Fresno
    California State University, Fullerton
    Humboldt State University
    California State University, Long Beach
    California State University, Los Angeles
    California State University Maritime Academy *
    California State University, Monterey Bay
    California State University, Northridge
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona**
    California State University, Sacramento
    California State University, San Bernardino
    San Diego State University
    San Francisco State University
    San José State University
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo**
    California State University San Marcos*
    Sonoma State University
    California State University, Stanislaus

    *Please note Channel Islands, Maritime and San Marcos do not have a comma in their formal names.

    **Please note the order of Polytechnic and State when referring to Pomona and San Luis Obispo.