Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

Admission Requirements - CSU

The majority of transfer students enter the CSU at the upper-division level (minimum of 90 transferable quarter/60 semester units completed).  If you complete 89 or fewer CSU-transferable quarter units by the time you enter the CSU you are considered a lower-division transfer.  Very few CSU campuses accept lower-division transfers so it is important to check with a prospective campus if you are considering transfer as a lower-division student.

If you are considering transferring to CSU, it is important that you choose courses that will help you to fulfill CSU transfer admission requirements. If you were not CSU-eligible out of high school and plan to transfer to the CSU, you must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • Earn a minimum overall 2.0 GPA (2.4 for California nonresidents) in all transferable college units attempted.
  • Be in “good standing” (meaning eligible to re-enroll) at the last college or university attended.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 CSU-transferable quarter (60 semester) units.

As part of the 90 quarter unit requirement for upper-division transfer you must complete a minimum of 45 CSU transferable quarter units of general education (GE) with at least a grade of C or better.  The 45 quarter units of GE must include three courses in English Communication (Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking) and Mathematics to be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better prior to transfer.

At De Anza College, you may select one course from each of the following subject areas:

  • Oral Communication:
    COMM 1 or 1H or COMM 10 or 10H
  • Written Communication :
    EWRT 1A or 1AH or ESL 5** (**for students whose native language is not English)
  • Critical Thinking:
    COMM 8 or 8H, 9, 15 or 15H or EWRT 2 or 2H or PHIL 3, 4, 7
  • Mathematics :
    EDUC 46, MATH 1A or 1AH, 1B or 1BH, 1C or 1CH, 1D or 1DH, 2A, 2B, 10 or 10H, 11, 12, 17^ (through summer 2019), 22, 23, 41, 43, 44, 46, PSYC 15, SOC 15

Many CSU campuses require completion of these four courses by the end of spring term prior to fall transfer; or by the end of summer prior to winter/spring transfer.  Please check each CSU campus' admissions website for details.  It is always recommended that students complete their English and Mathematics requirements as early in their academic careers as possible.

With careful planning and course selection you may be able to meet all or many of the general education, major preparation and CSU graduation requirements while at De Anza, which will facilitate your progress towards graduation from CSU. 

Students are advised to consult with a De Anza College counselor or academic advisor as early as possible to confirm your choice of classes and to develop an education plan for transfer.  To schedule an appointment with a De Anza counselor or academic advisor visit the Counseling & Advising Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Registration & Student Services Building.

*  If you were CSU‐eligible out of high school and plan to transfer with less than 90 quarter (60 semester) units, visit Transfer Admission page of the Cal State Apply website to determine if you are eligible to transfer at the lower‐division level (click on the "Lower-Division Transfer" button).


Disclaimer:  The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Web site is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible.  However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University. 

Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes and to develop an education plan for transfer.



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Last Updated: 11/20/17