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General Education Requirements

What are the Golden Four?

The Golden Four represent the four basic skills general education requirements (one course in each area: oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, and mathematics/quantitative reasoning). You need to have completed these four courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

Transcripts and Test Information

At the time of application for admission, transfer students must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended no later than February 15.  If applicable, fall grades must be posted from current institution. If you have taken an Advanced Placement (AP) exam or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam and need this credit to meet admissions requirements, submit the official score report(s) by the February 15 deadline.  Scores from SAT or ACT examinations are not required for upper-division transfer applicants.

Major Preparation, Articulation and Transferable Courses

While not required to meet minimum admission requirements, transfer students can complete additional courses which prepare for the major of choice.

Online Resources
Submitting Official Transcripts

Electronic transcripts provided though external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions Docufide, Parchment, etc.) should be emailed to Participating institutions will provide electronic transcripts through the established process. If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure it is in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution and mailed to the address below:

Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA  92096-0001