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We consider transfer applications based on the following criteria:

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 the given deadline.  Grades (or in-progress units) from the most recent enrolled semester should be included on the transcript. 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 given deadline.  Scores from SAT or ACT examinations are not required for upper-division transfer applicants.

Spring Term Admission: October 15

Fall Term Admission: February 15

How to Submit Official Transcripts

Electronic delivery is the preferred delivery method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use as the recipient email address.

If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope sealed by your school and addressed to:

Office of Admissions 
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

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

Please note these pages DO NOT take the place of an Admissions Counselor or an Academic Advisor