Admission Requirements for Transfers

Please Note: Sonoma State University has strict application deadlines

For specific information on Undergraduate Admissions and Deadlines, refer to the Admissions Deadlines page.

Upper Division Transfer Requirements

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Upper division transfer students qualify for admission if they have a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted, are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and meet the following standards:

  1. You must have 60 transferable semester units or more by the end of the term prior to your intended enrollment at SSU.
    • Fall applicants must complete admissions requirements by the end of the spring term. Spring applicants must complete admissions requirements by the end of the fall term.
  2. Of those 60 units completed (see above), at least 30 must be general education coursework with a grade of 'C' (or 'CR') or better in each course.
    • Consult your community college catalog under CSU General Education for a list of these courses.
  3. Of those 30 units of general education (see above) you must have completed the following with grades of ‘C-’ or better:
    • A1: Oral Communication (Speech)
    • A2: Written Communication (English Composition)
    • A3: Critical Thinking
    • B4: General Education Math
  4. You must have an accumulative GPA of 2.0.
    • Some majors require a higher GPA for admission (See #5: Impacted majors, below).
  5. You must meet the additional criteria for impacted majors.
  6. Transfer students MUST declare a major when applying. Sonoma State does not allow Upper Division Transfer students to apply as Undeclared.

Local Service Area

Preference is given to students within SSU’s local service area which encompasses the following counties: Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, Solano and Mendocino

Lower Division Transfer Requirements

Sonoma State is not currently open to lower division transfer students. To request an exception through special consideration, students must submit an application appeal which is reviewed by a committee on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking an exception must meet the requirements listed below as well as submit an Application for Special Consideration Form. Appeals must include the appeal form, official transcripts, official test scores and any other relevant documents in order to be considered. Should you have questions regarding this process prior to applying, please contact:

Domestic Students:

Melanie Cooper

International Students:

Erica Longin
(707) 664-2135

If you have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units, you are eligible to submit an appeal for admissions consideration if:

  1. You have a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted
  2. You must have completed the following with a grade of 'C-' or better:
    • A2: Written Communication (English Composition)
    • B4: General Education Math
  3. You are in good standing at the last college or university attended.
  4. You meet the current admission requirements for first time freshmen:
    1. You are a high school graduate
    2. You have a qualifiable eligibility index . Nonresidents must meet the eligibility index for nonresidents.
    3. You have completed with a grade of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements.  If you did not complete all the subject requirements in high school, appropriate college courses may be used to make up the missing subjects

Please keep in mind that even if you do meet the above criteria, admissions is only offered to lower-division transfer students on a case-by-case basis through the appeal process.