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Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Credit for work completed at regionally accredited institutions, other than coursework identified by such institutions as, remedial or in other ways as being nontransferable, will be accepted toward the satisfaction of baccalaureate degree and credential requirements at CSU San Marcos. This is within limitations of residence requirements, community college transfer maximums, and in accordance with directives from Executive Orders and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the CSUSM Academic Senate, and the appropriate academic discipline.

If you are a current student, and plan on attending and completing outside coursework at another institution:

  1. Check CSUSM requirements:
    1. Grade of C or better is required.

    2. Prior approval for substitution course of transfer courses are required. See your Academic Advisor in your respective college for additional information.

  2. If attending a California Community College, visit, to check for approved lower-division courses taken at California community colleges.

    ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California College or university, which can be applied, when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

  3. Once the outside coursework is completed, and the grade is posted, submit official transcripts via one of the methods listed below:
    1. Mail:
      Office of Admissions and Recruitment
      California State University San Marcos
      333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
      San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

    2. Email:

    3. In-person:
      Cougar Central in Craven 3700. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, from the issuing institution, to be deemed official; unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.

Credit for Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Placement (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

CSUSM grants credit to students who pass CSU approved examinations. These include International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and some CLEP examinations. The total credit earned in external examinations (excluding Advanced Placement), that may be applied to a baccalaureate, shall not exceed 30 units. For more information, visit: Testing.