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Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

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 CSU 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).

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 college grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable units attempted 
  2. Be in good standing at the last college or university you attended.
  3. Complete 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 and college-level mathematics.
  4. Complete all 60 transferable semester college units (to include the Golden four courses of  English composition, oral communication, critical thinking and college-level mathematics) by the end of the previous spring for fall quarter admissions or the end of the previous summer for winter quarter admissions.

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

Go to Impacted Majors to find out supplementary criteria for each program. The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those majors that are impacted and the supplementary criteria campuses will use. That announcement will be published in the CSU Review, which is distributed to high school and community college counselors. Information about the supplementary criteria is also sent to impacted major applicants.

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

College Board Advance Placement (AP) Examination Credit

Cal Poly Pomona grants credit toward graduation for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board.  Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to 6 semester units (9 quarter units) of college credit.  Scores must be four or better for Biology, Computer Science, Economics and Physics.

For specific information on Advanced Placement credit Click here


Important Deadlines for Transfer Applicants

Applicants may be provisionally admitted based on academic preparation and courses planned for completion. All accepted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college level work completed.

Term Application Initial Filing Period Initial Documents Deadline Final Documents Deadline SIR/ECD
Fall  Oct. 1 - Nov. 30 Please check BroncoDirect July 15 May 1

An Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) is required of all admitted transfers.

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