You are considered a transfer applicant if you attempted college coursework after high school graduation, but have not completed a Bachelor's degree. If you are an international applicant who will need a 'F' visa to study in the U.S., please see the International Transfer webpage.
What is new for Fall 2018 admission?
As you review the information below, please take note of the following:
- The CSU has launched a new application system called Cal State Apply. You can find helpful CSU information at Cal State Apply. For some tips on how to complete the application, visit our Application Tips webpage.
- The new CSU application requires you to enter all college coursework so have your transcripts handy and make sure you have adequate time before the deadline to complete your application.
- Cal State LA has implemented a new admission approach for transfers focusing on lower division preparation in the major. Many majors now have Major-Specific Requirements for Admission.
Transfer Admission Eligibility
Cal State LA serves as a model of access and attainment—the success and graduation of our diverse student body remains our number one priority. Our success as an engine of social mobility was recently confirmed in a study by The Equality of Opportunity Project that ranked Cal State LA number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students. Our goal now is to improve on this by ensuring that our admission criteria align with our commitment to provide access and a timely graduation for students. Our revised admissions criteria effective Fall 2018 was driven both by unprecedented growth in applications and an even more pressing need to align our admissions criteria with success in the major. We believe our revised admissions criteria will contribute to Cal State LA's commitment to providing a quality education to diverse communities that we serve and increasing graduates.
What are the minimum criteria to be considered for admission?
To be considered for transfer admission you must meet the following minimum requirements by the end of the prior Spring term for Fall admission, and by the end of the prior Summer term for Spring admission:
- Complete 60 transferable semester units or 90 transferable quarter units.
- Complete a minimum of 30 semester units or 45 quarter units in courses approved to meet CSU General Education (GE) requirements.
- Complete with a grade of 'C-' or better by the end of the prior Spring term for Fall admission or by the end of the prior Summer term for Spring admission the CSU GE requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking*, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.
- Have a minimum, overall college GPA of 2.00 or higher in all transferable college course work attempted.
- Be in good standing at the last college or university attended in a regular session.
- If your college coursework was not taught in English, you will have to satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement.
*The CSU Critical Thinking course requirement is waived for most Engineering majors. Please see the Major-Specific Requirements for Admission for details.
Be Aware: Cal State LA does not accept Lower Division Transfer Applications (applicants who completed less than 60 transferable semester units).
How will students be considered for admission?
Applicants who meet the minimum Cal State LA criteria above will be considered for admission based their selected major and whether they are considered 'local' based on their community college or military status. Review Major-Specific Requirements for Admission to see if your major has specific requirements.
Admission Consideration for Transfers Applying to Majors
without Major-Specific Admissions Requirements
Transfer students must declare a specific major on the application and may not be considered Undeclared. CSU eligible upper division transfer applicants who apply to a major without Major-Specific Admissions Requirements and who are considered 'local' based on their community college or military status will be offered admission. Other CSU eligible upper division transfer applicants, including local transfer applicants who were not offered admission to a major with major-specific admissions requirements but listed an alternate major without major-specific degree requirements, will be ranked based on transfer GPA and offered admission based on space available in the College or Department.
Be Aware: Once a student has enrolled at Cal State LA, changes of major are limited based on both the admission requirements of the major and Cal State LA's Timely Graduation policy.
Admission Consideration for Transfers Applying to Majors
with Major-Specific Criteria
These majors have Major-Specific Requirements for Admission, which are focused on transfer student preparation that predicts success in the major and promotes timely degree completion. The criteria will be used for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 admission cycles. The criteria listed will be reviewed annually for future admission cycles. For Fall term admission, coursework must be completed no later than the prior Spring term. For Spring term admission, coursework must be completed no later than the prior Summer term.
Transfer applicants must declare a specific major on the application, and may not be considered Undeclared. Local preference applicants may also list an alternate major, which does not require major-specific admission requirements for consideration. Transfer applicants must meet minimum CSU Upper Division Transfer eligibility requirements to be considered. Admission determination is then based on the major-specific criteria listed.
Use of the Major-Specific Criteria in Determining Admission
Local area applicants
Except for Nursing, CSU eligible applicants who are considered local area applicants based on their community college, or their military veteran status, will be offered admission if they meet the required minimum cumulative GPA, required major preparation, and the required general education courses listed. We encourage local area applicants to also complete any recommended courses to promote timely graduation even though they will not be used in the admission determination.
CSU eligible non-local applicants who meet the required minimum cumulative GPA, required major preparation, and the required general education courses listed will be admitted on a space-available basis based on their cumulative GPA and any recommended courses specified in the criteria.
Transfer AA/AS degree recipients
Priority consideration is granted to applicants who are track for completing the specific Transfer AA/AS degree listed by the end of spring for Fall admission, or the end of summer for Spring admission. In this case, the Transfer AA/AS curriculum is used in lieu of the specific required and recommended courses listed. Under CSU guidelines, the minimum required cumulative GPA has been adjusted as indicated. Non-local applicants will also benefit from a 0.1 GPA bonus used in the ranking of non-local applicants.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements
If space is available after all students meeting the required minimum major GPA and required major and general education preparation or the indicated Transfer AA/AS degree have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum requirements will be considered based on a ranking of the criteria completed.
Students admitted to the major who have not completed all of the required or recommended courses must complete them in their first year at Cal State LA.
- Explore and choose a major to declare on your application
- Apply online at Cal State Apply by the deadline
- Update the transfer coursework reported on your application
- Submit official transcript or other documents only if requested
Explore and choose a major to declare on your application
Cal State LA requires applicants to declare a major on the application for admission consideration. Applicants must thoroughly educate themselves on their intended major's requirements for admission and degree completion prior to submitting an application for admission. Changes of major cannot be requested once the application has been submitted. In addition, once a student has enrolled at Cal State LA changes of major are limited based on both the admission requirements of the major and Cal State LA's Timely Graduation policy. Local transfer applicants applying to a major with major-specific admissions requirements may list an alternate major without major-specific degree requirements on the application if they are serious about pursing this alternate program should they not be offered admission to their first major.
Apply online by the deadline
Applicants must apply during the CSU initial filing period (October 1 – November 30 for Fall admission; August 1-31 for Spring admission). To apply to Cal State LA, visit Cal State Apply. You will be required to enter all of your college coursework as part of the application process. In addition, applicants to majors with Major-Specific Requirements for Admission requirements will have to report their progress in meeting these requirements. Once the application is submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge the receipt of your application.
Update the transfer coursework reported in your application
You will be required to update your academic course information to be considered for admission:
- For Fall admission: Transfer coursework must be updated in January so that Fall grades and Spring enrollment can be included.
- For Spring admission: Transfer coursework must be updated in September so that Summer grades can be included.
Be Aware: Cal State LA Nursing programs are in very high demand and have specific admission requirements and application procedures. Please consult the School of Nursing for details.
Additional information may also be requested of some applicants at this stage in the process. Please do not submit transcripts or other documents unless requested.
Submit official transcripts if offered admission
Cal State LA makes transfer admission decisions based on self-reported information from the application. Admitted students will be required to submit official transcripts in order to verify eligibility. Admission decisions are conditional and may be withdrawn for students who misreported, missed the document deadline, or are not on track for meeting the terms of the admission offer. Admitted students wishing to accept our offer will need to submit all official transcripts within 30 days of the admission offer.
Additional documents may be required in certain circumstances:
- Students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) will be required to verify that they are on-track for completion of the degree by the end of Spring for Fall admission, or by the end of Summer for Spring admission.
- Students who are eligible to receive credit based on Advanced Placement, CLEP or International Baccalaureate assessments will need to have official test scores sent to Cal State LA. Be aware that credit granted by another institution does not 'transfer' to Cal State LA for test credit.
- For purposes of determining California residency, some students may be required to submit additional documents. Review the Residency site for information regarding the establishment of California residency.
- Veterans of the United States armed forces should submit discharge papers (Form DD 214). This should include descriptions of the types of training you received while in the service. Such training, in some cases, may count as credit transferable to Cal State LA. Additionally, Veterans and active duty military should also submit their military transcripts (e.g. AARTS, SMART or Community College of the Air Force) displaying additional course work that may be transferable.
Cal State LA uses email as the official means of communication with applicants. Applicants are required to maintain a current email address on file with the University, and to check their email regularly. You may update your email address at any time by visiting your Golden Eagle Territory (GET) Self-Service Student Center.
Offers of admission are normally made in February and March for Fall admission. All offers of admission will be provisional and subject to verification based on official transcripts. Admission offers may be withdrawn if the GPA, completed courses, or course grades are lower than what is reported or if you miss any admission deadlines. Please make sure to report accurate information on your application!
Do I need to respond to an acceptance notification?
Absolutely! In addition to submitting documents to verify the admission decision, newly admitted transfers are required to accept their admission offer and pay a non-refundable $100 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit by May 1st for Fall admission or December 1st for Spring admission in order to reserve a spot in the class. The deposit will offset a portion of the student's State University Fee.
What if I am not offered admission to Cal State LA?
In addition to applying to Cal State LA, we hope you have considered applying to one or two other colleges so that you will have alternatives in the event that you are not offered admission. If you are interested in pursuing another CSU as your backup, it may be in your best interest to submit a separate application with that campus during the initial filing period, as many campuses have early filing deadlines.
Can I appeal my admission decision?
Denials of admission are made only after an extensive review of academic qualifications and weighing those qualifications against the competitive nature of our applicant pool; therefore these decisions are rarely overturned and are considered only for extraordinary reasons beyond the control of the applicant.
Appeals must be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date on the denial notification and must include a basis for the appeal, and supporting documentation. We will notify you by email within 4 to 6 weeks, of our response to your appeal request. Only one appeal may be submitted for an academic term so the packet must be clear and compelling when submitted. For additional information, review the Appeal Process.
Here are some important items to consider if you are offered admission and decide to attend Cal State LA:
Financial Aid: Check out Financial Aid to explore the programs that can assist in making Cal State LA affordable. Be sure to review the application procedures and priority deadlines.
Campus Housing: If you plan to live on-campus, Cal State LA offers apartment-style residence halls that are within walking distance to classrooms, sports facilities, and the library. For more information, visit the Housing Services webpage.
Admitted Student Information: If you have already been offered admission, refer to the Information for Newly Admitted Transfers.
College Test Credit: Students who are eligible to receive credit based on Advanced Placement, CLEP or International Baccalaureate assessments will need to have official test scores sent to Cal State LA. Be aware that credit granted by another institution does not 'transfer' to Cal State LA for test credit.
Orientation, Advising, and Registration: To help ensure a smooth transition to Cal State LA, new transfers are required to participate in a one day Golden Eagle Orientation during the summer. Additional information will be sent beginning in March to students who have accepted the offer of admission. For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Orientation webpage.