Prospective Transfer Students (students interested in applying to Cal Poly)
If you have taken any college-level classes since the summer beyond your high school graduation, you are considered a transfer student. Applicants applying as a transfer student should be a college junior with 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 quarter units by the time of transfer. Cal Poly only accepts transfer applications in fall for the following fall quarter.
The Transfer Center is not involved in the admissions process.
Please note that Cal Poly is unable to provide one-on-one transfer advising or transcript evaluation for students who are considering applying to Cal Poly.
Helpful sites to check out are:
- Applicants Page
- Selection Criteria - Prospective transfer students considering applying to Cal Poly should use the Cal Poly transfer selection criteria for guidance on which college courses to take to be competitive for the major they apply.
- Transfer Credit Evaluations
- Official transcripts are required for Cal Poly to matriculate courses you have taken to determine which one's you will be given credit for - as noted above, we cannot provide that before then.
- https://assist.org/ - is an articulation tool for those transferring from a California Community College
- We encourage you to talk with a transfer or academic advisor at your community college about the transfer process and utilize the Cal Poly transfer selection criteria for course planning because the assist tool can be hard to navigate.
- International Transfer Admissions Information
- Types of Aid
- California Dream Act
- How to Apply
- Outside Scholarships
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM (LSAMP) Financial Support
Examples of Learn by Doing
Alyson Liang - a transfer architecture student who helped create designs to rebuild the town of Paradise after the Camp Fire.
Madison Fleming - implemented insulated solar-electric cook stoves with 3 peers.
Sergio Dimas - found his community in Cal Poly's rose float and was president his senior year.