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California state public Universities

There are 23 California State Universities (CSUs) and 9 University of Californias (UCs) . San Diego State University (SDSU), University of California, San Diego, and California State State, San Marcos are our local Universities. 

Local Universities:

San Diego State University: SDSU is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The SDSU campus community is home to nearly 33,000 students and approximately 6,400 faculty and staff.

San Diego State is characterized by rapid change, increasing levels of student achievement and exceptional faculty and staff. They are an intellectual community committed to the ideals of diversity and dedicated to human growth and development. All of these attributes make San Diego State a vital university serving the community with "minds that move the world.

UC San Diego: UC San Diego’s rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university’s award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.

CSU San Marcos: Cal State San Marcos offers the ambiance of a small, personal campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. It's a new kind of CSU that is continually building a reputation for rigorous, high-quality programs. Students from a broad range of life experiences interact closely with leading academic scholars.

California State University (CSU)

The  California State University  (CSU) system is made up of 23 universities throughout the state.  Map of the CSU System.

For specific CSU admission practices and enrollment resources, click here.

How to Apply: To apply to any CSU, complete the online application at The application periods are as follows:

  • Fall  - October 1st - November 30th
  • Spring  - August 1 - August 31 (not all CSU accept Spring admissions)


The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is a special, new degree offered at California Community Colleges. To pursue this special degree rather than a traditional AA or AS degree, you should meet with a counselor to develop an education plan that puts you on the path toward the ADT degree. Learn more on the ADT page

  1. Transfer students will be eligible for admission by meeting the following requirements:

    • General Education pattern
    • Preparation for Major
    • Any electives needed to reach the 60 unit minimum.
  2. Within the General Education, the completion the Golden 4 (Critical Thinking, Writing, Speech, Math) with a grade of C or better. Credit/No-Credit grades are not recommended in these areas.
  3. GPA: Your overall grade point average must be at least 2.0 (2.40 for California nonresidents). Impacted majors may have higher GPA requirements.
  4. The CSU designates major programs as impacted when more applications are received in the initial filing period from CSU-eligible applicants than can be accommodated by the campus. The initial filing period is defined as the first month of the filing period (October and November for fall terms). If you are interested in an impacted major, you must apply during the initial filing period. You will be subject to supplementary admission criteria and may not be accepted into the program.

University of California (UC)

The  University of California  system includes nine campuses and a Health Sciences Center in San Francisco.  Map of UC system

UC Transfer Site: Everything and anything related to transfer to a UC! Start your planning now by using the UC Transfer AdmissionsPlanner!

UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (UCLA TAP)

Students interested in the UCLA TAP program need to connect with Anthony Reuss the Honors Program Counselor                                                              Set up an appointment through the Mesa Counseling Department

UCLA TAP contracts must be completed by the last day in February.  Students must participate in the SD Mesa Honors program and fulfill other requirements.  Plan ahead to be eligible.

UCLA Transfer Alliance Program page                                                       SD Mesa Honors Program Page

Other helpful UC links:

For specific UC admission practices and enrollment resources, click here.


How to Apply: To apply to the UC system, complete your application online. Applications periods are as follows:

  • Fall - November 1 - 30
  • Winter - July 1 - 31
  • Spring - October 1 - 31 ( Not all UC campuses accept Winter and Spring admissions.)


Transfer students will be eligible for admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of transferable units;
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.4, with no more than 14 semester or 21 quarter units taken as Credit/No-Credit; and
  3. Complete the following course pattern, with a grade of "C" or better in each course:
    • two transferable college courses (3 semester of 4-5 quarter units) in English composition; and
    • one transferable college course (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning; and
    • four transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) selected from at least two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities; social and behavioral sciences; and physical and biological sciences.

Students who complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern prior to transferring to the University of California system will meet the transfer eligibility coursework requirement listed above.

Students who did not qualify for admissions to a university when graduating from high school because subjects A-F were not satisfied, must complete the requirements listed above.

Note: Specific admission criteria vary among University of California campuses. The UC system limits credit for transfer of courses in fine arts, music, theater arts, computer science, engineering and independent study.

UC Transfer Unit Policy Chart