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What Will My Transfer Status Be?

Will my courses transfer?

Generally speaking, baccalaureate-level courses from accredited institutions do transfer. Check out the ASSIST website to see what your California community college coursework transfers to at CSUSB. Another way to determine whether a course is transferable is where the course falls into the numbering system for transfer courses at your community college.

If you are transferring from another accredited university, we will use all of the units that would count toward a bachelor’s degree. Your transferable units will be determined and placed by the Office of Records, Registration & Evaluations after you have been admitted to Cal State San Bernardino.

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When should I transfer?

If you are already attending a community college or another university, please note Cal State San Bernardino will only accept upper division transfer students. This means you must be fully eligible as an upper division transfer student by the first day of the term you are applying for at Cal State San Bernardino. Lower division transfer students, or those with fewer than 60 transferable semester units, will not be admitted to Cal State San Bernardino.

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Upper division transfer students

You are eligible for admission as an upper division transfer applicant when you:

  • have earned at least 60 transferable semester or 90 transferable quarter units. California residents must have a transferable grade-point average of 2.0 (“C”) or better.
  • have completed the four basic skills with a grade of “C” or better including: English composition, oral communication, critical thinking and college math equivalents. Please note: A grade of "C-" is not an acceptable grade in any of the four basic skills courses.
  • have completed or will complete at least 30 semester units or 45 quarter units of courses in the general education requirements with a grade of “C” or better.
  • are eligible to enroll at the last institution you attended.

Please note: All transfer applicants for fall must be fully eligible for admission based on the courses they have completed at the end of the spring term. CSUSB will not be able to accept any coursework taken during the summer term toward admission to fall.

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Lower division transfer students

CSUSB is not able to accept applications from or admit lower division transfer students. Please refer to upper division transfer students for admission requirements.

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Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T and AS-T)

Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (SB 1440-Padilla), enables the California Community Colleges and California State University systems to collaborate on the creation of Associate Degrees for Transfer. These degrees assist with CSU graduation initiatives to allow students to earn a bachelors degree in four years. Upon completion of the Associate Degree for Transfer, students are eligible to transfer into the CSU system with junior standing.

See which CSUSB majors are available for this "degree with a guarantee".

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Who does CSUSB consider to be in its local area?

Beginning in fall 2010, CSUSB has defined its local area to include community colleges within San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Local Area Community Colleges within San Bernardino County include:

  • Chaffey College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Victor Valley College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Barstow College

Local Area Community Colleges within Riverside County include:

  • Riverside Community College
  • College of the Desert
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Palo Verde College
  • Copper Mountain College

If you have earned the majority of your transferable units at one of the community colleges listed above, you are eligible for admission as an upper division transfer applicant when you:

  • have earned at least 60 transferable semester or 90 transferable quarter units. California residents must have a transferable grade-point average of 2.0 (“C”) or better.
  • have completed the four basic skills (English composition, oral communication, critical thinking and college math equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better. Please note: A grade of "C-" is not an acceptable grade in any of the four basic skills courses.
  • have completed or will complete at least 30 semester units or 45 quarter units of courses in the general education requirements with a grade of “C” or better.
  • are eligible to enroll at the last institution you attended.

If you are not from one of our local area community colleges, you will be considered on a space available basis as long as you:

  • have earned at least 60 transferable semester or 90 transferable quarter units. For California residents, the required GPA varies depending on space availability.
  • have completed the four basic skills (English composition, oral communication, critical thinking and college math equivalents ) with a grade of "C" or better. Please note: A grade of "C-" is not an acceptable grade in any of the four basic skills courses.
  • have completed or will complete at least 30 semester units or 45 quarter units of courses in the general education requirements with a grade of “C” or better.
  • are eligible to enroll at the last institution you attended.

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What if I am denied admission to CSUSB?

Appeal Procedures for Applicants Denied Admission to California State University, San Bernardino

All applications are thoroughly reviewed before a decision is made to deny a student admission to California State University, San Bernardino. Applicants for admission are denied solely on the basis of their failure to meet admission requirements.

CSUSB is an impacted campus, so out- of- local- area admissions criteria may apply. Applicants who are denied admission to California State University, San Bernardino may appeal the decision in writing no more than 15 business days after the date the applicant was or should have reasonably been notified of denial by the Admissions Office. Applicants are to submit the written appeal to the d irector of admissions. Appeals will be reviewed and answered within 15 business days after the request for appeal has been received by the Admissions Office.

The basis of appeal may include the following:

  • Credit not considered during the initial review of the application
  • Miscalculation of transferable college credit
  • Special/extenuating circumstances

Applicants are limited to one appeal per quarter.

Appeals by mail may be addressed to:
CSUSB
Director of Admissions
5500 University Prkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Appeals by fax may be sent to:
(909) 537-7034
Attention: Director of Admissions

Appeals by email may be addressed to: admit2csusb@csusb.edu

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Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment

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updated December 23, 2013

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