Admissions

Transfer Students

Transfer Admission Requirements

  • Students must have 60 or more semester credits (90 quarter units) of transferable courses
  • Students must achieve the established minimum GPA of a 2.00
  • Complete at least 30 semester credits (45 quarter units) of general education courses
  • Complete the four courses most commonly referred to as "Golden Four" with a C- or better
    • English Composition
    • Speech/Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • College level Mathematics course (with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite)
  • Undergraduate students shall earn a cumulative GPA and a major GPA of 2.0 or higher. Letter grades of D- or better shall fulfill degree requirements, except where higher standards have been established. Some undergraduate degree programs may have more rigorous standards. Students shall adhere to the standards as identified on the degree program page in the University Catalog.
  • Students must be in "good standing" at their current or last college/university
  • For California Community College students, visit the ASSIST program for transferable courses to CSUMB.
  • All undergraduate applicants must file one official transcript from each college in which they have enrolled. This includes special sessions, correspondence, and audited courses, as well as any college in which the student was enrolled and withdrew without earning credit.
    • Fall Applicants: All admission requirements must be completed no later than the prior Spring term to be eligible.
    • Spring Applicants: All Golden Four admission requirements: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking) and B4 (College Level Math), must be completed no later than the prior Summer term to be eligible.
  • If you plan on completing an Associate Degree for Transfer, please see below timelines:

    • Fall Admission: AA-T or AS-T degree must be completed no later than the prior Spring.
    • Spring Admission: AA-T or AS-T degree must be completed no later than the prior Fall.

    Please note: ALL Golden Four admission requirements: A1 (Oral Communication, A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), B4 (College Level Math), must be completed no later than the prior Summer term to be eligible.

  • You may qualify for admission or earn credit toward your degree if you pass any of the following standardized external examinations: 

    • College Board Advance Placement Tests
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB)

    Please see our Credit by Exam page to see detailed information about the passing scores, minimum units of credit earned, and certification area (for General Education Breadth and/or U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals) awarded for successful completion of standardized external exams.

    • *Cal State Monterey Bay is currently accepting lower division transfer students for spring 2023 only. 
    • Students must meet the same admissions requirements as first-time freshmen
    • Students must achieve the established minimum GPA of a 2.00
    • Students must be in "good standing" at their current or last college/university
    • All admissions requirements must be met by the end of the term/semester prior to enrollment. No summer coursework is allowed for eligibility purposes for Fall terms.
    • Transfer applicants who have completed 60 or more semester credits of transferable courses and who are applying to CSUMB need not file the high school transcript.
    • All undergraduate applicants must file one official transcript from each college in which they have enrolled. This includes special sessions, correspondence, and audited courses, as well as any college in which the student was enrolled and withdrew without earning credit.
  • Please see our Impaction page for additional eligibility requirements for specific programs.