California State University is the largest system of higher education in the nation with campuses located throughout the state. Its campuses provide an environment in which scholarship, research, and creative, artistic, and professional activities are valued and supported. While each campus within the system has its own unique geographic and curricular character, all campuses offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational programs as well as broad liberal education. The CSU offers bachelors and masters degrees in some 200 subject areas. Campuses are located in Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Hayward, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Vallejo (California Maritime Academy).
The California State University generally considers an undergraduate transfer student one who has earned college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation.
Students who have earned fewer than 60 transferable semester units are considered lower-division transfer students, and those with 60 or more transferable units are considered upper-division transfers. Students who have completed 60 transferable semester units may be admitted on the basis of upper-division transfer requirements; and be considered to have achieved junior class standing.
The California State University assigns high priority to California Community College transfer students who have completed the first two years (with a minimum of 60 units) of the baccalaureate program, including transfer students applying for impacted programs.
CSU Admission Requirements
The University of California gives priority consideration for admission to all California Community College students over other types of transfer students. The definition of a California community college student for admission purposes only is:
There are two ways to transfer as a junior from MiraCosta College to the UC system:
1. IGETC certification: 60 units, a competitive G.P.A., and any requirements to enter a particular major. (IGETC is also used for most of the Transfer Admission guarantee programs*)
2. UC admission course pattern requirements**: 60 units, a competitive G.P.A., and any requirements to enter a particular major.
MiraCosta offers Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Programs to the following UC campuses:
** UC Admission Course Pattern Requirements
UC Admission Course Pattern Requirements must be completed with a ‘C’ in all of the following: However, a student will need to complete lower division general education after transfer.
The UniversityLink* Program is a partnership between the University of California, San Diego and MiraCosta College and local high schools. It is a program that guarantees high school students admission to UCSD by completing the first two years of academic course work at MiraCosta. The program offers outstanding service, including individual academic advisement and counseling, informational workshops and tours, invitations to special events at UCSD, and contact with current UCSD students. The UniversityLink agreement must be submitted to UCSD during the spring of the senior year in high school or during the first year at MiraCosta College. For additional information consult the Transfer Center.
The UniversityLink Medical Science Program is a four-week summer residential program for eligible UniversityLink students interested in:
A minimum of one semester at MiraCosta College must be completed with a 3.0 or higher GPA and the student must be enrolled in at least 12 semester units at the time of application (spring semester). UniversityLink students interested in this program will be invited to apply during February or March for the summer program. The UniversityLink Medical Science Program is free to participants. The program pays the cost of the four-week academic activities and the campus room and board expenses.
*UniversityLink Program is based on grant funding availability.