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California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Student Applicants

Upper Division Transfer Requirements

Students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units by the established deadlines are considered upper-division transfer students. (See Undergraduate Requirement Deadlines above.) Since CSULB continues to be a high-demand campus and expects to receive more applications than can be accommodated, competitive admission has been implemented for the transfer class in order to maintain the academic quality of campus programs and services. All upper division transfer applicants must apply to a specific major and meet all of the following minimum CSU standards by established deadlines:

  • 1. Have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester units with a GPA of at least 2.0 ("C" or better) in all transferable units attempted (non-residents must have a 2.4 GPA or better), and
  • 2. be in good standing at the last college or university attended, and
  • 3. have completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester units of college coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics. The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses, which meet CSU general education requirements including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

Applicants to non-impacted majors who meet the minimum criteria as outlined above will be considered in the competitive round. Admission offers will be based on applicants' overall transfer grade point average and space availability. Applicants to non-impacted majors who are transferring directly from Long Beach City College, Orange Coast College, Golden West College or Coastline Community College and have completed at least 30 units at one of these institutions and will be held only to the minimum CSU criteria listed above.

In addition to the CSU minimum requirements outlined above, students seeking admission to impacted programs must satisfy additional, supplemental criteria. Students applying to impacted majors are encouraged to designate an alternate major in which they are seriously interested and committed to pursuing. If not admitted to an impacted program, students may be considered for admission to the alternate major or offered redirection to another CSU campus that is accepting applications. For more details, please check the campus website at

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