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Admissions and Recruitment

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 Fresno State from other colleges and universities, view our articulation information.

  • Complete 30-semester units (45 quarter units) of general education including foundation (Golden 4) courses

    • Complete your four basic foundations (Golden 4) courses as early as possible. The four foundation (Golden 4) courses and 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the end of the spring term for fall and by the end of summer term for spring to be eligible for admission (students must check in June-July to see if we will be open for spring). You must earn a “C-” or higher grade in each foundation (Golden 4) course. You will not be allowed to register until we have received an official transcript showing that you have passed the four foundation (Golden 4) courses.
Foundation Areas
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, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite

Note: Out-of-state students are required to meet all of the course requirements listed above.

  • Have an overall college GPA of at least 2.00; your GPA is calculated using all your transfer units attempted.


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

    • Admission to Fresno State is competitive in all majors because Fresno State continues to have more qualified applicants than can be accommodated by state funding. This situation is called "impaction' and it means that meeting the minimum CSU minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to Fresno State. To learn more about the Admissions Selection Process, visit our Transfer Impaction Information.

*Transfer students can view a current list of matching/similar Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) majors here

*Transfer applicants who are non-California residents must have a GPA of 2.40 or above