Here you will find general information about transfer and test credit, as well as information specific to current and new students. If you'd like to see how your transfer credit has been applied to degree requirements, you may also view your Academic Requirements Report (ARR).
New to CSUSM? Check below for information specifically for new students!
Transferable credit completed at regionally accredited institutions will be accepted toward the satisfaction of baccalaureate degree and credential requirements at CSU San Marcos. There are a couple of important limitations:
(1) Residence: A minimum of thirty (30) units must be completed in residence at Cal State San Marcos, of which twenty-four (24) units must be upper-division and twelve (12) of these must be in the major. Credit by examination and transfer credit do not fulfill the residency requirement.
(2) Unit maximum: A maximum of seventy (70) semester units earned in a community college may be applied toward the degree, with the following limitations: (a) no upper-division credit may be allowed for courses taken in a community college; (b) no credit may be allowed for professional courses in education taken in a community college, other than introduction to education courses.
CSUSM grants credit to students who pass CSU approved examinations. These include International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and some College-Level Examination Placement (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 a list of equivalencies visit the External Examination Credit page.
Preparing to enroll for your first semester?! We are working to evaluate your transcripts and post them to your record so that your Degree Planner is up to date with the correct recommended courses. Once you have completed the Enrollment Tutorial, you will be able to start connecting with Academic Advisors beginning in June.
The evaluation of transfer credit is prioritized based on when you submitted your intent to enroll and when your transcripts were received.
Below are instructions to locate and review your transfer credit in MyCSUSM.
If you plan on attending and completing coursework at another institution:
Once we receive your transcript, please allow 3-4 weeks to evaluate and post the transfer credit to your record. Transcripts for students who have applied to graduate will be prioritized.
To view how credit has been applied to degree requirements, view your Academic Requirements Report (ARR).
1. In your Student Center, under Academics, click on Transfer Credit Report in the drop down menu
2. Your report will include a Summary, as well as Details
Details (click on the tab with the arrow for additional details)