Now accepting just 30%-40% of freshman applicants, San Diego State University is one of the more selective schools in the California State University (CSU) system. Unless your high school GPA is 3.75 or better, gaining admission to SDSU is going to be an uphill battle. Yet, the first-year application cycle is not your only pathway toward being able to call yourself an Aztec. That is because the university admits a whopping 8,000 transfers each year. This blog will share the SDSU transfer acceptance rate as well as other essential pieces of information like the SDSU transfer deadline, the requirements/checklist for applicants, the SDSU transfer decision date, and much more.

SDSU Transfer Acceptance Rate

Below we present the most current available SDSU transfer acceptance rate as well as historical data.

In the fall of 2022, the SDSU transfer acceptance rate was 36.5%. That year, San Diego State University received 23,034 transfer applications and accepted 8,420 individuals.

The previous year, the San Diego State transfer acceptance rate broken down by gender was:

  • Male transfer applicants: 28.4%
  • Female transfer applicants: 30.7%

When trying to get the complete picture of how difficult it is to transfer into a given school, it is important to also look at historical data. Many schools have wild fluctuations in transfer acceptance rate from year to year. As you can see the transfer rate has been on the rise over the most recent five-year period. This is obviously great news and a legitimate reason for prospective transfers to feel optimistic.

Historical transfer rates are as follows:

Year Acceptance Rate
2021 29.7%
2020 30.1%
2019 23.7%
2018 19.9%

 SDSU Transfer Deadline

The priority SDSU transfer deadline is November 30. The application window opens on October 1, so you can begin completing all materials at that time. Technically, the window does not close until December 15, but you should try to meet the priority deadline whenever possible.

SDSU Transfer Requirements

All students must submit the following items as part of their San Diego State University application:

In addition to meeting the transfer requirements, you’ll need to have achieved/earned the following:

  • Completion of the “Golden Four”. This includes coursework in Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics.
  • Finish 30 units of Gen Ed Requirements.
  • Completed Preparation for Major Requirements.
  • Minimum 60 UC-transferable semester (90 UC-transferable quarter units)
  • Are eligible for Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

We recommend thoroughly reviewing the San Diego State University Transfer Admission Planner.

San Diego State University Minimum GPA by Major

Here are some of the minimum required GPAs for some of the most popular majors at San Diego State University:

Major Minimum GPA
Biology 2.8
Business Administration 2.9
Computer Science 2.0
Economics 2.4
Journalism 3.0
Nursing 3.2

SDSU Transfer Decision Date

The SDSU transfer decision date occurs in the spring, typically in March.

Final Thoughts – San Diego State Transfer Acceptance Rate

This institution only accepts upper-division transfer students, meaning that you will be starting at San Diego State for the beginning of your junior year. The cost to apply to CSU schools is $70 per campus. The San Diego State University acceptance rate is typically slightly lower than the first-year figure. However, the volume of admitted applicants should inspire all applicants with the prerequisite coursework and strong grades.

No longer than two weeks after submitting your CSU app, you’ll receive an SDSUid via email. This will allow you to access the official admissions portal.

The following majors will receive an email after submitting their application outlining future audition or portfolio requirements: Dance; music; television, film, and new media: production; and theatre arts:

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