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California State University

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Transfer Basics: CSU - "Cal State"

For students who wish to apply to a CSU the majority of these campuses will require the transfer student to complete their freshman and sophomore (lower division) levels at the community college prior to transfer - we call this "upper division transfer" because the student will enter the CSU at a junior (upper division) level having earned at least 60 transferable units. Students earn the 60 transferable units by taking courses that meet:
Minimum Transfer Requirements                                                                                                                                           
60 CSU-transferable units which must include all of the following:
       30 units from either of the following general education patterns:
    • CSU General Education Requirements
    • IGETC
       4 critical courses with a grade of "C" or better (also known as the GOLDEN 4):
             1. Oral Communications (Speech)
             2. Written Communications (English)
             3. Critical Thinking
             4. Mathematics
2.0 Minimum CSU-transferable GPA (2.4 for non-residents/international students)
Students should be aware that the requirements listed above are the minimum criteria needed to be considered for transfer. Some CSU campuses and/or majors may require students to exceed these minimum requirements to be considered competitive applicants. Some CSU campuses may allow a student to transfer as a lower division (less than 60 units). The CSU requirements above are subject to change. Thus, meet with your counselor every semester!
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Transfer Preparation to the University of California

Research Your Transfer Options!

Transferability of Courses

Mt. San Jacinto College maintains articulation agreements with the UC. These articulation agreements let the students know which courses will transfer to the UC and are available at the following website:

General Education Patterns

Mt. San Jacinto College offers the CSU-approved option for general education. 
Transfer General Education Patterns for 2014-2015:

Major Preparation and Highly Selective Majors

Students may also complete prerequisite courses for their major. The Counseling Center has created quick guides for majors to our most popular transfer institutions.
There are many majors at the UC that are more popular than others (e.g. sciences, engineering, business, etc.) and as such, they receive more transfer applications than they can consider for admissions.
To manage the high demand for these majors, the UC may require the student to exceed the minimum admissions requirements show above!
To see if your major is selective at a UC campus, please use

What is Cross Enrollment?


Cross Enrollment is designed for undergraduate students to have the unique opportunity to attend California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campuses while they are still at Mt. San Jacinto College.  This program is especially useful for community college students who might want to transfer to a local CSU or UC campus, allowing them to take a course each semester at low cost.  We encourage all students who are interested in transferring to CSU San Bernardino, CSU San Marcos or UC Riverside to take advantage of this opportunity.  Cross enrollment program, will help you get to know the school you intend to transfer to before you get admitted!