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Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Admission Requirements for International Transfers

As a transfer applicant, you must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements listed below as the first step in being considered for admission. If you meet the requirements, Cal Poly Pomona will consider your application using supplemental criteria that are dependent upon the academic major you have chosen.

NOTE: We are currently not accepting applications from Lower-Division Transfers — applicants who have completed less than 60 semester transferable college units (90 quarter units).

As an international applicant, you must:

  1. Meet all CSU eligibility requirements (listed below)
  2. Meet all testing requirements
  3. Obtain an F-1 visa
  4. Agree to purchase university health insurance for each year at Cal Poly Pomona
  5. Submit proof of measles and rubella immunization
  6. Provide certification of financial eligibility or complete the affidavit of financial support
  7. Provide a copy of your passport (name & photo ID pages).

Minimum CSU eligibility requirements

If you have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 quarter units) prior to transfer, you are considered an upper-division transfer student. To qualify for admissions, you must:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Be in good standing at the last college or university you attended (not disqualified or on probation)
  3. Completed prior to transfer at least 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education (GE) requirements with a grade of C or better. The 30 semester units must include:
    • English composition
    • Oral communication
    • Critical thinking
    • College-level mathematics
  4. Complete all 60 transferable semester college units by end of the previous spring for fall quarter admission or end of the previous summer for winter quarter admission
  5. Demonstrate appropriate proficiency in English. If you have not completed at least three years of full-time enrollment at a secondary school where the principal language of instruction is English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  This language proficiency requirement may be waived upon completing English composition, critical thinking and oral communication with a grade of "C" or better from a U.S. institution.  Required TOEFL or IELTS scores are:
Exam   Minimum Score
Paper-based TOEFL 525
Internet-based TOEFL 71
Computer-based TOEFL     195

Please note that admission will be rescinded for all applicants who are found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Supplemental eligibility requirements

Major impaction

California State University designates majors as impacted when more applications are received in the initial filing period from CSU eligible applicants than can be accommodated by the campus.

Cal Poly Pomona's impacted majors are:

College of Agriculture

  • Animal Health Science
  • Animal Science

College of Business Administration

  • Accounting
  • Management & Human Resources

College of Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

College of Environmental Design

  • Architecture

College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences

  • Communication
  • Music - Music Industry Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

College of Science

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Biology
  • Kinesiology - Exercise Science
  • Kinesiology - Health Promotion
  • Physics

In addition, be aware that criteria for impacted majors are higher than CSU system-wide minimum eligibility requirements. Admission criteria usually includes a rank ordering by Grade Point Average. For more information on major impaction, go to Impacted Majors.

All applicants who apply to an impacted major at Cal Poly Pomona are encouraged to identify an alternate major on their admission application.

Local and non-local transfer admissions

The supplemental admission criteria usually include a rank ordering by grade point average and other criteria designated by each academic program. For more information on major impaction, go to Transfer Impaction

All applicants who apply to an impacted program at Cal Poly Pomona are encouraged to identify a second-choice major on their admission application.

For all academic programs that are not listed above as impacted at the program level, supplemental criteria using a grade point average will be applied to transfer applicants from another state or country or who graduate from a non-local high school.  For more information go to to Transfer Impaction.

College Board Advance Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) examination credit

Cal Poly Pomona grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of specific AP, IB and CLEP exams. Students who present scores of 3 or better will be granted up to 6 semester units (9 quarter units) of college credit*. Students must present official test score documentation to the Registrar's Office to receive credit.

Click here to review the highlighted sections for detailed information regarding required minimum scores and the corresponding course credit that may be granted by Cal Poly Pomona.

*Scores must be four or better for biology, computer science, economics and physics.

Admission deadlines for transfer applicants

Please plan in advance so you can meet all admission requirements and deadlines.

  1. Complete the admission application during the initial filing period as follows:
    Quarter  Application Filing Period
    Fall October 1 through November 30 of the prior year
  2. Submit official transcript(s) of all college course work completed to date only if requested by the Office of Admissions and Outreach.  Look for the deadline on your BroncoDirect To Do List.

  3. Submit your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) by May 1.

  4. Submit official final transcript(s) of all college coursework completed and all other requested documents by the document deadline:  July 15 for fall admission or October 1 for winter admission.

Please note that admission will be rescinded for all applicants who are found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.