California State University, San Bernardino is an impacted CSU campus for Undergraduate First-Year and Transfer students. This means that, CSUSB receives more eligible applicants during our initial application filing period than can be accommodated in the incoming class. Our campus is impacted at both the Campus and Program Level. As part of campus level impaction additional admission standards have been set for students graduating from California high schools outside of our defined local area.
Additional information about CSU Impaction, and how it can effect you can be found at the CSU, Chancellor's Office website.
CSUSB information, including Campus and Program Level Impaction can be found on our Transfer Impaction Criteria website.
Transfer applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Upper Division: Obtain upper division level by completing 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable course work taken at a regionally accredited* community college or university.
- General Education: Have completed at least 30 semester units or 45 quarter units of courses in the general education requirements with a grade of “C-” or better.
- Golden Four Courses: Complete with a grade of “C-” or better Written Communication, Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Thinking and Oral Communication.
- GPA: Meet minimum GPA requirements for either Local Area or Out of Local Area students depending on their status.
- Eligible to enroll: Students must be in good standing and eligible to enroll at the last institution they attended.
*Regional accreditation includes:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Schools and Colleges
Upper Division Transfer Students
Upper division transfer students have earned at least 60 transferable semester or 90 transferable quarter units of baccalaureate-level courses from regionally accredited* institutions. A complete list of transferable courses from the California Community Colleges to CSUSB may be found at ASSIST.
If you are unsure if your units will transfer make a pre-application appointment with and Admissions Counselor. Call us at (909)537-5188 to schedule your appointment.
Golden Four Courses
Within the 60 semester (90 quarter) units, students must complete the following golden four courses with a grade of "C-" or better in each course:
A complete list of Golden Four courses from the California Community Colleges to CSUSB may be found at ASSIST.
Grade Point Average Requirements
California residents must have a transferable grade-point average of 2.0 (“C”) or better to be reviewed for admission. However, due to campus level impaction CSUSB will set the minimum qualified GPA requirement for admission based on the application pool for the term. Local and Non Local applicants will face different GPA minimums. Minimums will depend on the number of qualified applicants received at the end of the priority application filing period and enrollment limits. The required minimum qualified GPA will vary each term.
CSUSB has defined its local area to include specific Community Colleges within San Bernardino and Riverside County. A list of local schools can be found on our Transfer Impaction website. All other institutions are considered outside our local area.
Students who attended more than one institution will be classified depending on where the majority of their coursework was completed.
Local Area Students:
Local area non-impacted major transfer applicants will be given prioritized admission through lower minimum qualifying GPA requirements then those set for out of local area non-impacted major transfer applicants. Minimums will depend on the number of qualified applicants received at the end of the priority application filing period and enrollment limits. The required minimum qualified GPA will vary each term.
Out of Local Area Students:
Out of local area non-impacted major transfer applicant GPA minimums will depend on the number of qualified applicants received at the end of the priority application filing period and enrollment limits. The required minimum qualified GPA will vary each term.
Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T and AS-T)
Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (SB 1440-Padilla), enables the California Community Colleges and California State University systems to collaborate on the creation of Associate Degrees for Transfer. These degrees assist with CSU graduation initiatives to allow students to earn a bachelors degree in four years. Upon completion of the Associate Degree for Transfer, students are eligible to transfer into the CSU system with junior standing.
See which CSUSB majors are available for this "degree with a guarantee".
For more information about transferring your AA-T or AS-T degrees to CSUSB, visit our Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) website.
Transfer Pathways Mapper
CSUSB and Chaffey College are currently piloting an online tool called the Transfer Pathways Mapper. It provides example four-year roadmaps for students who complete their first two years at Chaffey, earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), and then transfer to CSUSB in a similar major. Majors currently available in the online tool include: Anthropology, Biology, Child Development, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology, Public History, and Sociology. Administration majors will be available soon.