You are considered a transfer applicant if you attempted college coursework after the summer following high school graduation, but have not completed a Bachelor's degree.
If you are an international applicant who will enter the university in F-1 student visa status, or if you attended a college/university outside of the U.S., please see the International Transfer page.
If you already have a Bachelor's degree, please visit the Graduate Studies page.
Admission Eligibility & Application Process
Learn how to apply and what it takes to become an SF State student based on the following types of transfer student:
Lower Division Transfer - applicant with less than 60 semester (90 quarter) transferable units
Upper Division Transfer - applicant with 60 or more semester (90 or more quarter) transferable units
Beginning Fall 2021: To promote timely transfer and degree completion, San Francisco State University will be accepting admission applications from lower division transfer students. Lower division transfers students have attended a college or university after graduating from high school but will not have earned 60 transferable units prior to transferring.
Lower Division Transfer applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Have graduated from high school (diploma or GED)
Earned the specified GPA in A-G courses based on your residence or high school
- 2.50 or greater for California residents or graduates of a California high school
- 3.00 or greater for Non-California residents or graduates of a high school outside of California
- Completion of the A-G college preparatory courses either in high school or with additional college coursework
- Have achieved an overall college GPA of a least 2.00 in all transferable courses (impacted majors may require a higher GPA)
- Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
- Have completed, with a grade of C- or better, a course in Written Communication (GE Area A2) and a course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning (GE Area B4)
Fall term applicants must complete requirements no later than the end of the Spring term before you enter SF State.
To be eligible for admission to SF State as an Upper Division Transfer, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. Complete 60 or more transferable semester units
Upper Division Transfer students must have completed at least 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units.
2. Complete the General Education requirements
Complete at least 30 semester (45 quarter) units of CSU General Education (GE) courses.
Within the CSU GE, there are four basic skills course (Golden 4) that must be completed with a grade of C- or better to qualify for admission:
- Oral Communication (Area A1): a course in public speaking
- Written Communication (Area A2): a freshman English composition course
- Critical Thinking (Area A3): a course in logic or critical thinking (Engineering majors are exempt from the critical thinking requirement)
- Quantitative Reasoning (Area B4): a math course
Transfer applicants from California Community Colleges may consult the ASSIST website for a complete listing of approved General Education courses.
Transfer applicants from other US institutions may refer to the Articulation website.
- Other transfer applicants may use the list of approved General Education courses in the SF State Bulletin as a guide to determine if a course is appropriate.
3. Meet the GPA Requirement
Earn an overall college GPA of a least 2.00 in all transferable courses (impacted majors may require a higher GPA).
4. Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
Be in good standing or eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university attended.
Some majors at SF State are impacted, where the number of fully eligible applicants exceed the number of spaces available in that major. These majors may have additional supplemental admission criteria and may hold applicants to a higher GPA standard. Applicants to an impacted program must specify an alternative major in the event they are not admitted to the major. Check future.sfsu.edu/impaction and the impacted major’s department websites for details.
Accounting does not have supplemental criteria.
Upper division transfer students apply directly to the Health Education major when applying to SF State. Select Health Education as your primary major on your SF State application. Submission of a supplemental application to our Department is not required.
Industrial Design does not have supplemental criteria.
Students must complete all prerequisite courses below with a minimum grade of C by the time of application:
Admission to the Social Work major is limited to students at the upper division level (60 units or more but not exceeding 96 units). Applicants must complete the five required prerequisite courses with either a C- grade or higher prior to admission into the BASW Program:
Visual Communication Design
Visit the Articulation Office’s website for information about ADT guidelines and roadmaps to graduation.
1. Explore and Choose a Major
With more than 100 undergraduate majors to choose from, you can discover your unique path in life at SF State. Whatever you choose to study, you will learn from faculty experts who are dedicated to helping you develop your potential.
2. Apply Online
A $70 (non-refundable) application fee is due at the time of submission and can be paid by credit card or PayPal. Some students may qualify for an automatic application fee waiver based on the information provided in the application.
Use this Transfer Application Checklist to gather the information you will need to complete your online application.
SF State uses your self-reported information from the application to make an admission decision, so it is extremely important that you answer all questions on the application completely and accurately.
NOTE: San Francisco State University requires ALL colleges/universities attended to be listed on your application for admission.
3. Submit any requested documents
Once we review your application we will notify you by email with instructions and deadlines should we need any additional documents.
4. Check your application status
San Francisco State communicates with students via e-mail. Make sure to read all e-mail messages and pay careful attention to deadlines.
Check your application status to ensure all supporting materials have been received.
So what should you do once you've applied to San Francisco State? First and foremost, you should concentrate on your studies: get those good grades and take the necessary tests by the correct deadlines.
Check out the information below while we review your application.
You can check your application status online. After you submit your online application, you will receive an email from the University with your San Francisco State University Identification Number.
Check your application status on the SF State Gateway. Log in with your SF State ID and password and navigate to the Student Center to see the most up-to-date information.
The To Do List will show the required documents needed for your admission application. Click “more” and then the individual To Do Items to see additional details about each item.
You can also check the status of your application by clicking on the link to “Check Admission Status” in the “New Students” box of your Student Center.
After you submit your admission application, your Student Center will have a To Do List of required documents. Requested documents must be received by the specified deadline.
How to submit transcripts and documents:
In light of COVID-19, we recommend that students submit transcripts electronically if this is available at your school or institution. Contact your school and request that your official transcripts be sent to SF State through a secure third-party transcript vendor.
SF State will accept electronic transcripts from vendors such as:
- eTranscript California*
- Credential Solutions
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Joint Service Transcripts (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard)
*These vendors are recommended if available at your institution.
If your institution requires an email address to complete the electronic transcript request, use email@example.com.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
To be official, all transcripts must come directly from your school or institution. Any transcripts that arrive with a broken seal or that appear to be tampered with will be deemed unofficial.
Prospective students can check their financial aid application status, view and accept their financial aid award offer through the SF State Gateway.
- Login to your Student Center on the SF State Gateway: gateway.sfsu.edu
- In the center of the next page in the "Finances" section, choose on "View Financial Aid"
- Check your "To Do" List for any required documents.
Housing applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying for housing on campus is a separate process from the University admission process. Because obtaining housing on campus is not guaranteed, it’s important to apply early.
All prospective students apply to the university through the standard admission procedure found at www2.calstate.edu/apply.
If you have applied, and you know that you will be unable to complete a specific course requirement because of a disability, you may appeal to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Your appeal on the basis of disability for the fall semester should be submitted no later than July 15th. Your appeal on the basis of disability for a spring semester should be submitted no later than December 1. The Undergraduate Admissions Office will consult with the Disability Programs and Resource Center as needed.
Your appeal needs to include:
- Disability documentation by a qualified professional that illustrates how the disability has affected completion of the subject requirement in question, (e.g. psychoeducational evaluation.)
- Evidence of any previous attempts to fulfill the missing subject requirement with accommodations at the college level, (e.g. use of disability services verification from a previous college.)
- And an explanation of how the student can be successful in a degree program at SF State even though the requirement has not been completed, (e.g. letter of support from a community college disability services counselor.)
Please submit all appeal materials to:
San Francisco State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Note that if your appeal is supported, course substitutions may limit later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics.
Your questions can be directed to SF State Undergraduate Admissions office at 415/338-6486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should register with the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) once they are admitted or conditionally admitted.
Basis for Appeals
Applicants may appeal denial decisions if they believe the evaluation of application information was incorrect and that they are eligible for admission.
Contact the Admissions Office to discuss your appeal.
Freshmen Applicants: (415) 338-6486
Transfer Applicants: (415) 338-6486
All International Applicants: (415) 338-2382
After contacting the Admissions Office to discuss your appeal, you may be advised to submit an appeal in writing. If advised to submit an appeal in writing, send the written appeal to the Admissions Committee either via the Admissions Appeal Form or via letter to Undergraduate Admissions Committee, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132.