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Transfer Students

After you have been admitted to the university, sign up for Orientation, speak to your major advisor, then see AACE for additional questions regarding general education.

    Orientation is offered in-person, and online. For more information visit Orientation.
    As a transfer student, the majority of coursework you’ll complete at CSUEB will be for your major. Seek advising from your major department to review your major requirements.
    After Orientation Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE) will provide group advising sessions for new transfer students who may need additional information. Contact AACE Reception at (510) 885-3621 to register. New Transfer Group Advising Sessions

Where To Get Advising

The advising community at East Bay is comprised of faculty advisors, college student service centers, AACE academic and career counselors, as well as programs that service specific populations, such as EOP, EXCEL, GANAS, etc. Where to go for academic advising? View a full list of CSUEB advising resources Academic Advising

Some major departments offer their degree roadmap online. However, it is the students’ responsibility to read the university catalog and to speak to their department advisor for the most up to date information on major requirements.


Grad Pie Chart - Updated

Lower Division General Education

Coursework should be 13 – 17 courses and may be transferred from a community college. No more than 70 units from 2-year institutions can be counted toward the 180 minimum degree units for graduation.

Upper Division General Education

Must be completed after 60 units (junior status).

  • B6 Natural Science
  • C4 Humanities Elective
  • D4 Social Science Elective

Searching for GE Classes:

  1. Go to MyCSUEB and select “Search Class Listings”
  2. Next to “Course Attribute,” click on the drop-down menu and select “General Education Pattern”
  3. Next to “Course Attribute Value,” click on the drop-down menu and select the corresponding GE Area (e.g. B6, C4, D4, etc.)
  4. Add any additional filters (e.g. Mode of Instruction)
  5. Click on “Search” to generate a list of selected GE courses

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • U.S. History, Constitution & American Ideals CODE
  • Second Composition Course ENGL 200 or Equivalent
  • Overlay Requirements: Diversity (DIV), Social Justice (SJ), and Sustainability (SUS)
  • Minimum 120 degree units, 40 upper division, 30 units in residence
  • University Writing Skills Requirement (USWR)

Read the university catalog for detailed information about the university degree requirements and speak to your major and GE advisor. Regarding semester conversion: Students not graduating by the end of Summer 2018 are strongly encouraged to read our pledge and get more information at Advising Resources.

Lower division GE, Second Course in English Composition (ENGL 200), and U.S. History, Constitution & American Ideas Code (US1, US2, US3) can be fulfilled from transferred community college courses. Upper division GE and fulfillment of the USWR cannot be met at a community college because they do not offer upper division coursework.

The USWR can be fulfilled via the Writing Skills Test (WST) and/or a combination of one or two courses. For information on the WST, registration (on MyCSUEB), test dates and locations go to the Testing Office website. It is highly recommended students attend WST preparation workshops provided by Student Center for Academic Achievement (SCAA). For more information visit Student Center for Academic Achievement.

CSU East Bay is invested in the success of all students and understands that various populations have unique needs. Below is a list of programs specifically designed for transfer students or are available to any eligible CSUEB students. See information about Transfer Student Program.


  • GS 3011 TRANSFER SUCCESS SEMINAR: This course is designed to support your successful transition to CSU East Bay and the quarter system, familiarize you with campus resources, connect you with other entering transfer students and acquaint you with your major roadmap and graduation requirements, and fulfills one upper division unit of Performing Arts & Activities (Area F) requirement. Email for more information.

  • PROGRAM FOR ACCELERATED COLLEGE EDUCATION (PACE)This program is designed to support working adults returning to college after a period away to complete their bachelor's degree. Students can receive help with special scheduling, advising, and other services.

  • GANAS (Gaining Access ‘N Academic Success): is an innovative access and retention program that aims to smooth the transition process for community college transfer students and increase the baccalaureate degree attainment of program participants. Students engage in a one-year cohort experience paired with intensive counseling and mentoring. GANAS provides a supportive environment that focuses on Latina/o and multicultural content. 

  • SANKOFA SCHOLARS PROGAM: is an innovative access and retention program that aims to smooth the process of transition for community college transfer students to Cal State East Bay and increase the baccalaureate degree attainment of program participants. It provides a supportive learning environment that focuses on African American and multicultural content.

  • SMOOTH TRANSITIONS: is solely devoted to assisting transfer students with transitioning into the campus as well as providing useful information, resources and peer support from other transfer students.


  • EXCEL PROGRAM: This program offers eligible students in-depth long-term academic support throughout their undergraduate education. Assistance is available in a wide variety of areas including Academic Advising, Personal Counseling, Scholarship Information, Career Development, Graduate School Advising, Learning Skills, and Tutoring in Basic Skills. Transfer students who have a demonstrated academic need and are First-Generation College Students OR Low-Income OR Disabled may be eligible to apply.

  • RENAISSANCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM: provides a variety of educational and support services for former foster youth attending Cal State East Bay. The major goals of the program are to increase educational opportunities for former foster youth; improve the retention and graduation rates of program participants, and to create a supportive environment that encourages academic success.

  • EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EOP): provides advising for California students with economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. EOP serves qualifying students who have a history of low income, need academic support services, and demonstrate the potential to succeed at Cal State East Bay. NOTE: The program criteria and services of the EOP program at the CSU may differ than those of the Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOP&S) program at California Community College; please contact EOP department for more information.

  • VETERAN STUDENT SERVICES: provides wraparound student support services to all Cal State East Bay veteran students, which include one-on-one holistic academic advisement, career counseling, processing of education benefits. Additionally, the program offers peer mentoring, referrals to other departments and external agencies and opportunities for networking and building a community of veteran students.

  • Transfer APASS (Asian Pacific American Student Success): aims to provide a full range of academic support services, counseling and cultural activities to promote success for Asian American and Pacific Islander students in college and career readiness at California State University, East Bay.

  • ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES: provides a variety of academic accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Students should also check out Project IMPACT, which offers graduation and retention enhancing services such as one-on-one tutoring, assistive technology training, and skill building workshops: Project Impact

AACE provides career counseling across the spectrum of career development, from career exploration to salary negotiation. For quick tips see our Career Planning Roadmap for Transfer Students PDF. You can make an appointment with an AACE counselor to discuss any of the following topics:  

  • Career Assessments
  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Search/Occupational Research
  • Networking
  • Graduate School
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