Prospective Transfer Students

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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.


The Cal Poly Admissions Office provides all the information needed to apply to Cal Poly and to support students until they come to campus for summer orientation.

Cal Poly is unable to provide one-on-one transfer advising or transcript evaluation for students who are considering applying to Cal Poly. However, you can connect with Admissions if you are a prospective transfer applicant and all your questions should be directed to

Helpful sites to check out are:

  • Transfer 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.
    • Associate Degree for Transfer
    • Major Specific Criteria 
      • If a course on Cal Poly's transfer selection criteria for your major is unavailable at your local community college, you can search for articulating online college course options at other California college via
  • 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. 
    • - 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.

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 and in senior year became president of Cal Poly's rose float 
  • Maia Dvoracek - unlikely All-American volleyball athlete

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International Transfer and Exchange Students

Check out the International Center website for information about coming to Cal Poly. An important site to check out is - International Transfer Admissions Information 

Recently accepted to Cal Poly?

Recently accepted transfer students outlines next steps and check out resources to help you make your decision. 

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