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This webpage gives Transfer Students the information they need about completing General Education at SJSU.

 

Transfer Orientation

  • Transfer Orientation is a mandatory one day orientation program for transfer students. Students will meet with advisors to go over which courses still need to be taken. If a student has further questions about which GE requirements must still be met, then he or she will need to make an appointment to see a GE Advisor at Academic Advising & Retention Services AFTER the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester (first three weeks). See the Transfer Orientation FAQ webpage for more information.

Transfer Credit

  • SJSU Articulation Website- Currently, transfer credit is posted on a student's mySJSU Degree Progress Report about two semesters after a student begins coursework at SJSU. The articulation website will help transfer students from California Community Colleges and other colleges and universities determine which courses from their home university transfer to SJSU.
  • Articulation: In Part 1 and Part 2 of these YouTube videos, an Academic Advisor explains articulation and other useful information for new transfer students.

Transfer Student Success

There are many resources on campus to help you be successful at SJSU.

  • New Transfer Student Information - Information from the Advising Hub about things to do to be successful as a new transfer student at SJSU.
  • How to Prepare for Advising - Information for new transfer students on how to prepare for advising in order to get the most out of your advising session.
  • Advising Hub - This site can be used to locate and access the information and people you need to help you progress smoothly to your degree objective.
  • Spartan Guide for Incoming Students (PDF) - A helpful PDF with great information and tips on how to be a successful Spartan.
  • Student Success Programs - Workshops and other helpful information sessions on topics such as Time Management, Note Taking, Major/Career Exploration, Alcohol & Drugs, Money Management, Healthy Living, Stress, Test Taking, and more!

Completing University Requirements

  1. Degree Progress Report
  2. Core GE & Physical Education
  3. American Institutions
  4. SJSU Studies
  5. CA Community College Students
  6. Transfer Students from Another CSU
  7. Transfer Students from a UC, Out of State Transfers, and International Students


Degree Progress Report Information (from the Schedule of Classes)

The Degree Progress Report allows students, advisors, and evaluators to determine which requirements a student has satisfied and which requirements are still outstanding. The progress report matches academic requirements (university, GE and major) against a student's individual academic record. Official verification of completion of your degree requirements will be processed by the Graduation Evaluators.

As previously mentioned, transfer credit is posted on your Degree Progress Report about two semesters after you begin coursework at SJSU. See the information  below about how to find the requirements you still need before your transfer credit is posted on your Degree Progress Report.

Core GE and Physical Education

Students are required to take Core GE courses and two Kinesiology activity courses. These three sections of the University Requirements may, in many cases, be transferred into SJSU from another college or university. See the sections for California community college students, students from another CSU and students from other universities below for more information.

American Institutions

The American Institutions requirement, or Area F, may be satisfied by taking articulated coursework from a California community college or certain other California universities. Information about which courses meet the American Institutions requirement (Area F) at California community colleges can also be found at the Articulation GE Breadth webpage.

SJSU Studies

All students must complete SJSU Studies (formerly Advanced GE) at SJSU.

California Community College Students

Many transfer students from CA Community Colleges have satisfied lower division general education (Core GE) courses at their home college. This may have been accomplished through a CSU GE-Breadth agreement, or the IGETC agreement. If a student has full certification through either the CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC, he/she has completed the requirements for the Core GE coursework. Students should consult with their Community College Counselor to plan coursework to complete these certifications.

If a student has not fully completed either of the certification requirements, he or she will learn how to determine which GE requirements he/she still needs to take at Transfer Orientation. If the student still has questions after Orientation, then he or she will need to make an appointment to see a GE Advisor at Academic Advising & Retention Services to figure out which requirements must still be met. These appointments can be made AFTER the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester (first three weeks). Students may also view the Articulation GE Breadth webpage for information about how their transferred classes will satisfy their GE requirements. Information about which courses meet the American Institutions requirement (Area F) can also be found at this webpage. Many students take major classes their first semester until they find out which other requirements must still be met.

Students from Another CSU

The SJSU Articulation GE Breadth webpage lists GE Breadth Patterns for several of the other California State Universities. Students can find out which GE requirements they still need to take at the Transfer Orientation. If the student still has questions after Orientation, then he or she will need to make an appointment to see a GE Advisor at Academic Advising & Retention Services to figure out which requirements must still be met. These appointments can be made AFTER the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester (first three weeks). Many students take major classes their first semester until they find out which other requirements must still be met.

Students from UCs, Out of State Colleges and Universities and International Students

As there is little to no articulation available for institutions from out of state, out of the country and the University of CA, students can find out which GE requirements they still need to take at the Transfer Orientation. If the student still has questions after Orientation, then he or she will need to make an appointment to see a GE Advisor at Academic Advising & Retention Services to figure out which requirements must still be met. These appointments can be made AFTER the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester (first three weeks). Many students take major classes their first semester until they find out which other requirements must still be met.

Graduating with an SJSU Degree

Transfer students should apply for graduation when they have completed 90 semester units. For some students this can be as early as their first or second semester at SJSU. Students will receive a message on their mySJSU account once they have completed 90 units, reminding them to apply for graduation. In general, a student will need to apply for graduation a year before they plan to graduate.

Find more information about applying for graduation at the SJSU Catalog's webpage for Undergraduate Graduation. Find more information about graduation requirements at the Advising Hub Graduation Requirement webpage.