Interested in transferring to a CSU? If so, you’ve come to the right place! There are 23 CSU campuses throughout California, a complete list of which can be found at the California State University Website. At this website you can also compare CSUs by location, size, setting, sports, and more, to find the best campus for you.
Degree with a Guarantee
As a community college student interested in applying to a CSU, it is important to be aware of the CSU system’s CCC-Associate Degree for Transfer program. These degrees, Associate in Art for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) are two-year community college degrees that are fully transferable to CSUs. When applying to a CSU, these degrees are sometimes called a Degree with a Guarantee, meaning that students who complete an AA-T or AS-T and meet the CSU’s minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed priority admission to a CSU campus. Be sure to speak with an academic counselor at Berkeley City College in order to create an educational plan that will ensure your completion of an AA-T or AS-T in your intended major by the time you wish to transfer to a CSU in order to make sure your application is as competitive as possible. More information about this program and CSU transfer eligibility requirements can be found here, and a complete list of AA-T and AS-T degrees offered through Berkeley City College can be found here (please keep in mind that this webpage shows all degrees offered at BCC, however the only ones fully transferable to a CSU are those indicating “T”). Additionally, check out ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com for more information about this specific program.
How to Apply to a CSU
If you’re looking to apply to a CSU, first meet with an Academic Counselor at BCC to double-check your progress and make sure that you’ve met the requirements to transfer. Transfer students will need a minimum of 60 units in order to transfer into a CSU, as well as successful completion of general education courses, such as IGETC or the CSU-GE breadth. The minimum GPA for resident CSU transfers is 2.00, while the minimum GPA for nonresident CSU transfers is 2.40. However, in order to be a competitive applicant it is encouraged that you attempt to surpass this minimum, as all majors have different GPA requirements and averages.
The CSU application can be found online at https://calstate.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. The application fee is $55, however the CSU system offers a limited amount of fee waivers that are automatically applied to your application based upon your answers to income questions within the application.
For more information on the CSU application, please check out this CSU Step-by-Step application Playlist
Please also check out the Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts for you CSU Transfer Application
While all of the CSU campuses offer Fall admission, some CSUs offer Winter and Spring quarter admission as well. As of 2018, the application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall: October 1 – November 30
- Winter: June 1 – June 30
- Spring: August 1 – August 31
Please review the Dates and Deadlines page on the CSU Website for more detailed information on what majors and campuses are open for your ideal transfer date.
Every Fall the Transfer and Career Center hosts application workshops and holds one-on-one meetings with students in order to better facilitate the application process. Contact us or keep an eye on our Events Calendar for more information.