California State University (CSU) Transfer Information

California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.

California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing to one of the California State Universities. Also, students are given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major.

However, this degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system.

General Information About CSUs

Important Dates for CSUs

Spring Term Application Period: August 1 -31

Fall Term Application Period: October 1 - November 30

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What are the requirements to transfer to a CSU?

Complete 60 transferable units with a minimum of a 2.0 or better GPA. The 60 transferable units will be a combination of the following:

  • 30 units of general education courses with “C” or better grades, including Communication (A1), Written Communication (A2), Critical Thinking (A3), and Transfer Level Mathematics (B4). Click here for CSU General Education Requirements.
  • Major Preparation courses. For information on major specific courses visit

As always, students should meet with a counselor to have an SEP (Student Educational Plan) completed.

The CSU General Education Pattern isn't appropriate for all majors.  For example, Liberal Studies (Elementary Teacher) and Engineering majors should use the Liberal Studies Program or Engineering major sheet. Do Not use the CSU General Education Pattern. See a counselor regularly for current information and assistance as you plan your program.

Who Can Help Me?

All counselors at Fresno City College can help you understand what you need to do to transfer!!!

CSU GE Sheets

The CSU General Education-Breadth program allows California community college transfer students to fulfill lower division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer. This curriculum provides an alternative to IGETC requirements and to the campus specific university GE-Breadth requirements. It is important to note that CSU GE-Breadth certification is not an admission requirement, nor does completion guarantee admission to the campus or program of choice.

Up to 39 of the 48 GE-Breadth units required can be transferred from and certified by a California community college. Students who are certified with 39 semester units of lower division GE-Breadth units cannot be held to additional 40 Transfer Information and Requirements
lower division GE courses at the CSU campus. Upon enrollment at CSU, all transfer students will be required to complete a minimum of 9 semester units of upper division general education.

Students without certification may be held to the general education pattern developed for CSU students which may vary greatly from the community college CSU-GE Breadth pattern.

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