FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What do I need to do to be eligible to transfer?
Answer: 60 transferable units are required to transfer to a four-year university as a junior and possibly more depending on the student’s major and where they are transferring.
- What is the minimum GPA I need to transfer?
Answer: Again, it depends on the major and where the student is transferring. For UCs GPA’s can range anywhere from a 2.8 – 3.8 depending on how competitive the major and university may be. For CSUs it’s generally a 2.0 and for private universities, generally a 2.5.
- Can I transfer without a major?
Answer: No. UC and CSU campuses expect students to have a declared major when applying. Students can select any of our Career and Life Planning courses to help them decide on a major.
- What is the best university to attend?
Answer: The question is nebulous! It all depends on what is “best” for the student: Factors to consider are major, course curriculum, cost, internships, housing, social activities, geographic location…the list is endless!
- Can I transfer early, before completing my freshman and sophomore years of university work at CSM?
Answer: Many UC & CSU campuses will not consider lower division transfers (students with fewer than 60 units) due to space. Check individual campus during the application filing period at csumentor.edu (CSUs) or ucop.edu/pathways (UCs)
- Which transfer General Education pattern should I follow?
Answer: If transferring to a CSU campus, follow the CSU GE Breadth Requirements. If transferring to a UC campus, follow the IGETC requirements and always look at ASSIST.ORG for major prep courses for both UCs and CSUs. For private/out-of state universities follow the schools own GE pattern and if in doubt, follow IGETC.
- Am I still considered a transfer student if I have attended other four-year universities in the past?
Answer: It depends on how many transferable units you’ve completed. You need to contact the university you plan to transfer to and have your transcripts evaluated by CSMs Transcript Evaluation Services.
- What is a Transfer Admission Agreement or Guarantee?
Answer: A formal written agreement that outlines courses you must complete and the GPA you must earn before transferring to a four-year university.
- How long will it take me to transfer?
Answer: Depends on the major and transfer institution you select, as well as the number of units you take each semester. Generally speaking, it takes about three years to transfer.
- How do I know if I’m even on the right track in achieving my transfer goals?
Answer: See a counselor who can develop an educational plan for you which will also give you priority registration at CSM. Course requirements can change year to year so keep up-to-date by periodically visiting an academic advisor/counselor.