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Transfer Student

California State University San Marcos accepts upper-division transfer student applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission to the following fall term.  Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below.

Who is a Transfer Student?

An upper-division transfer applicant is a prospective student who has taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation. Upper-division transfer applicants will be eligible for regular admission if they meet the following criteria:

  • Completed 60 or more transferable semester (90 transferable quarter) units by the end of spring
  • Earned a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • In good standing at the last institution of attendance
  • Completed the four general education courses, known as the "Golden Four," with a "C" grade or higher
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Completed all fall admission requirements by the end of the preceding spring term. Courses completed in summer will not be considered.

Applicants Outside of Local Admission Area (Impaction)

Prospective students from outside of CSUSM's local admission area are welcome to apply for admission during the priority application period. However, because we receive more applicants than we have available spots, they will only be considered if enrollment space is available after local service area applicants have been accommodated. Read more about local and non-local admission area, impaction criteria and impacted majors.

A transfer applicant is considered to be in our local admissions area if they complete 12 units at Palomar, MiraCosta or Mt. San Jacinto.  The 12 units can be completed all at once in your final semester, or completed ‘part-time’ over your final two semesters, earning 6 units each semester.  Units earned at other institutions during the same semesters will disqualify your local eligibility.

How to Apply for Admission

  • Submit an application along with the $55 application fee to Cal State San Marcos via CSUMentor between October 1 to November 30.  You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been submitted.
  • Submit official IB or AP test results before the end of January if scores are needed to fulfill the "Golden Four" or 60 unit transfer requirements.
  • Your ID number will be emailed to you within two weeks of applying to CSUSM.  Check your application status on your MyCSUSM.  You will need to activate your account using your CSUSM ID number.  Having trouble signing into MyCSUSM?
  • Keep your email and mailing addresses up-to-date by visiting MyCSUSM.

What Happens Next?

Over the next few months, special attention will be given to reviewing each application. Once an admission decision has been made, your MyCSUSM account will be updated.

Maintain Your Eligibility

Admission is based on information reported on official transcripts and self-reported information for planned and in-progress coursework from your CSU Mentor application. Once you have been conditionally admitted, we verify this information against your final official transcripts. Please make sure to report accurate information.

Your admission may be rescinded for any of the following reasons:

  • Your cumulative GPA drops below 2.0
  • You miss any admissions deadlines
  • You earn D or F grades in any coursework needed to meet the "Golden Four"
  • You misreport and do not complete a required course


The web portal MyCSUSM provides you with access to your student records, including the status of your application for admission, transcripts and other admissions materials. You will need your user ID number and password to sign into your MyCSUSM account. Your user ID will be emailed to you after you submit the admissions application via CSU Mentor.

  • All default passwords are 8 characters and are capitalized in the following format:
  • first two letters of your legal first name
  • first two letters of your legal last name
  • last four digits of your user ID

For example, if your name is Jane Doe and your student ID is 012345678, then your default password would be JADO5678.

If you are having trouble logging into MyCSUSM, or have forgotten your ID number, please contact Enrollment Management Services at (760) 750-4848 or

Visit MyCSUSM and check your emails frequently for important information and updates!

Update Your E-mail and Mailing Address

Important information from CSUSM will be communicated to you via e-mail. It is imperative that we have your correct e-mail and mailing addresses. To update your information, go to your Student Services Account and under General Information, edit account details.