Transferring to a California State University (CSU)


The California State University is one of two public university systems in the state of California. It is the nation's largest university system, with 23 CSU campuses serving over 450,000 students. The CSU offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in over 300 subject areas, as well as a variety of teaching credential programs. A select number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California or with private universities in California.

One Application, 23 Campuses

The application period for the CSU for the Spring 2021 term is from August 1 through August 31, 2020. You only need to fill out the application once and you will be able to submit it to as many available CSU campuses as you would like.

Please note: CSU schools are NOT guaranteed to open up for Spring transfers. If they have room after they have confirmed how many students will be attending in the Fall 2020 term, they may or may not open a Spring application. Be sure to check the Cal State Apply website in July 2020 to see if your campus of interest is available.

If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, there is a $70 fee for each application you submit. The application is online only and you will need the following information to be able to fill it out completely:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your citizenship status
  • A method of payment (If you do not qualify for a fee waiver. Each application you submit is $70.)
  • Annual income (Your parent's if you are a dependant, your income if you are independent.)
  • Your MJC student ID number (w#)
  • EOP only: Your parent's employment background and two recommendations

Minimum Requirements

You must meet each of the following requirements to be eligible for transfer to a California State University. Please keep in mind; these are MINIMUM requirements. Impacted campuses will most likely have higher requirements. 

  • 1 Oral Communication (A.1) class totaling 3 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
  • 1 Written Communication (A.2) class totaling 3 or 5 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
  • 1 Critical Thinking (A.3) class totaling 3 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
  • 1 Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning (B.4) class totaling 3 or 4 units, passed with a grade of C/P/CR or better.
  • 60 transferrable units (Only courses numbered 100-299 are considered transferrable)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Major coursework completed (Can be found on: Assist)

How to Apply

To apply for the CSU, click this link: Cal State Apply

Scroll down the page until you see a box asking you to select a term. Create your account and select your school and major. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, stop by the Transfer Center and our knowledgeable staff can help you fill out your application! Or, click the links below to read the guides on how to fill out the application.

Transfer Student Application Guide

Transfer Credit Entry Guide


As you fill out your application, you may see that some CSU campuses and/or programs are "impacted". This means that there are more qualified applicants than there are available spaces. Impacted schools and programs may have additional requirements or they may ask for a higher GPA from transfer students. The following CSU schools are impacted for all programs and majors:

  • Fresno
  • Fullerton
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • San Jose
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

For additional impaction information, please review the impacted programs matrix at the link below. Or, if you'd prefer, you can search for specific programs and campuses at the impacted campus search.

2020-21 CSU Undergraduate Impacted Programs Matrix

CSU Campus & Program Impaction Search

California State University Campuses

Below is a list of links to all campuses in the California State University system. If you are looking for more campus-specific information, check out their websites! 

California State University System Map