CSU Eligibility Requirements

1. Earn Enough Units to Reach Junior Standing (upper division transfer)

Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units. No college freshmen, sophomores, or applicants seeking a second bachelor’s degree (except for those entering the nursing program) will be admitted. To learn more about transfer planning, including courses that are accepted at SJSU from other colleges and universities, view our articulation information.

For Fall 2020 Admission Verification Only: SJSU will accept “Credit” or “Pass” grades for courses taken during the Winter 2020, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms to meet this requirement. In addition, students will be allowed to continue enrollment with at least 48 semester (72 quarter) units completed by the end of the Summer 2020 term.


2. Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education including four basic skills courses

Complete your four basic skills courses as early as possible. The four basic skills courses and 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the end of the spring term to be eligible for admission to the fall term. To be eligible for spring admission, you must meet all admission requirements by the end of the summer term. You must earn a “C-” or higher grade in each basic skills course. You will not be allowed to register until we have received an official transcript showing that you have passed the four basic skills courses. 

Area Course
A1 One course in oral communication
A2 One course in written composition
A3 One course in critical thinking
B4 One course in college-level mathematics or quantitative reasoning


For Fall 2020 admission verification only: SJSU will accept “Pass” or “Credit” grades earned during the Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms to satisfy the four basic course requirements. In addition, students will be allowed to continue enrollment with the completion of one course each from Area A2 and Area B4. Students will not be withdrawn if they do not have completed courses from Area A1 and A3. Note that these courses must be completed prior to graduation at SJSU.

3. Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses


4. Be in good standing at the last college or university that you attended.


SJSU Admission Selection Process (Impaction)

Once we determine you are CSU Eligible, you will be reviewed through our admission selection process, called impaction