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UC San Diego is transforming California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service.


We will prepare the next generation of global leaders to channel their passions into driving innovation, fueling economic growth and making our world a better place.


Our founders had one criterion: to be distinctive. Explore UC San Diego’s standout moments.


Work closely with brilliant faculty, engage in a field you are passionate about and begin shaping the academic journey you have always envisioned. Explore the more than 100 degrees and programs we offer.


At UC San Diego, we aren’t afraid to tackle big ideas. Our academic programs, taught by leading experts, prepare students to stand out and lead change. Forge your unique learning pathway today.

We're looking for fearless innovators. Bold risk-takers. Those with a compulsive urge to take things apart, discover what makes them tick and put them back together in surprising new ways. People who are eager to swap ideas, share experiences and explore the world with a fresh perspective. If that sounds like you, start building your future at UC San Diego.

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is set at the edge of an international gateway on a campus that's consistently ranked among the nation's most beautiful. Our focus on academic excellence — inspired by faith, infused with contemporary Catholic values and nurtured in a warm, community environment — empowers innovative, confident, original thinkers to make positive contributions by confronting humanity's urgent challenges in places near and far.

With more than 9,000 students from 85 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD's small class sizes, compassionate culture, unique learning opportunities, study-abroad opportunities and state-of-the-art resources ensure that graduates of our undergraduate and graduate programs succeed after graduation and throughout their lives.

Since its founding in 1949, the University of San Diego has remained committed to the liberal arts tradition.

We believe in the power of interdisciplinary learning and challenge students to see the ways in which all subjects are ultimately interconnected in our society. Ultimately, the liberal arts teach students how to learn, how to think and how to communicate across disciplines, thereby ensuring success long after graduation. A liberal arts background enables one to be a multifaceted thinker and scholar: to develop a curious mind with the skills to analyze the world from myriad perspectives.

College and Schools

A University of San Diego education is founded on the pursuit of academic excellence. Students choose from undergraduate and graduate degree programs from the seven schools and college that comprise the University of San Diego.


San Diego State University

About San Diego, "America's Finest City"

The city of San Diego is California's second largest city, which borders the Pacific Ocean and Mexico, and is recognized globally as a dynamic international hub. Known for its ideal climate with daytime temperatures rarely below 60°F or above 80°F degrees (in other words, it's always flip-flop weather), San Diego has miles of sandy beaches, and a variety of things to see and do. SDSU's campus is within a 15-minute drive of downtown San Diego, the Pacific Ocean, and the mountains

Undergraduate Majors & Minors

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Fall 2020 Transfer Admission Criteria

San Diego State University accepts applications from upper-division transfer students each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall. Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below.

We receive applications from thousands of highly qualified applicants each year. Applicants are admitted based on intended major, so you must choose a major when you apply to SDSU. Learn how to make your application more competitive by closely reviewing the admission requirements on this website.

Who is a Transfer Student?

If you have taken any college-level classes since the summer beyond your high school graduation, you are a transfer student.

SDSU accepts transfer applications only from upper-division transfer or readmission applicants who will have completed 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of spring 2020. We do not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units.

Nursing Applicants

Second Bachelor's Degree

International Transfer Applicants

Choose Your Major

Before you apply, it is important to first select the major that you are going to pursue. When you are considering which major to choose, it's important to be aware of majors with special instructions and the cumulative GPA requirements for the major. Once you have selected a major, then you can determine which pathway you are going to follow for admission.

Majors with Special Instructions

Athletic Training


International Business



Television, Film and New Media: Production

Theatre Arts: Performance

Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements

SDSU is impacted at the undergraduate level in all majors and programs and as such, we are unable to offer admission to all CSU eligible applicants.

Transfer admission minimum requirements for admission consideration are outlined below. Due to limited spaces in all majors and programs, upper-division transfer applicants exceeding the minimum requirements will receive admission priority for available spaces.

Requirements How to Meet Minimum Requirements Timeline for Fall Admission
Units Complete 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units. Transferable units are defined as course units that are applicable to a baccalaureate degree and do not include non-degree credit courses that are developmental, remedial, technical or professional in nature. Must be completed by the end of spring 2020.
Golden Four: Oral Communication Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a basic public speaking course or other communication course certified in the area of Oral Communication by a California community college.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of spring 2020.
Golden Four: Written Communication Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of spring 2020.
Golden Four: Critical Thinking Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a second semester composition or writing course, or a course in reasoning and effective argumentative writing.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of spring 2020.
Golden Four: Mathematics Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra.

Note: To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

Must be completed by the end of spring 2020.
General Education (GE) Courses*

Complete a minimum of 30 units of General Education (which include the Golden Four courses listed above).

Must be completed by the end of spring 2020.
Preparation for Major Courses

Complete all preparation for major courses listed in the SDSU General Catalog (this does not apply to nursing transfers). Upper-division nursing transfer applicants must complete all nursing prerequisite requirements by the end of fall 2019.

For fall 2020 admission, follow the fall 2019 course and GPA requirements listed on the The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) or ASSIST website. Graduation requirements may be different based on the catalog in effect at the time you enroll at SDSU. If a major preparation course is not offered at your college, you should take it at another local community college, or via Cross Enrollment or Open University at SDSU by the deadlines above.

Must be completed by the end of spring 2020.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Meet and maintain the grade point average (GPA) required for the major to which the applicant is applying. Must meet GPA at the time of application and maintain throughout the admission process.
Prior SDSU Coursework If applicable, maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA for any SDSU Regular Session, Special Session, Open University or Cross Enrollment coursework. This is in addition to the cumulative GPA listed above. Must meet GPA at the time of application and maintain throughout the admission process.

*It may be helpful to complete your lower-division General Education (GE) coursework by following one of three GE patterns:

  • GE Certification: Students transferring from a California community college can complete the CSU GE certification pattern to satisfy all lower division GE requirements.
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC): The IGETC is a series of courses that California community college students can use to satisfy lower division GE requirements for any CSU or UC campus.
  • SDSU General Education Pattern: This option is commonly used by students majoring in Engineering, Liberal Studies and Nursing, and all students outside of the California community college system. See the SDSU General Catalog for details.

Online Resources

Use the following websites to determine how transfer course credits can be used to meet SDSU General Education and major preparation course requirements.

  • The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) includes course equivalency information for colleges and universities throughout the United States. You can also use TAP to identify any specific grade requirements for individual courses or combination of courses. TAP is updated annually to reflect the most current SDSU General Catalog information.
  • The ASSIST website is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities.

Which major is the right fit for you? There are many options to choose from at San Diego State University. Explore, discover, and find your right fit.

Welcome, Future Aztec Parents

Congratulations—the time has come to send your student to college! But with so many schools competing for your attention, how can your family make the best choice? Discover how San Diego State fits your family's needs and goals.

John David Wicker was introduced as San Diego State University's new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on Oct. 24, 2016.

Wicker was SDSU's Deputy Athletic Director from 2011 until leaving for Georgia Tech in July 2015. During his first term at SDSU, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aztecs athletics department, overseeing business operations, human resources, events and facilities, capital projects, strength and conditioning, academics, video and sport oversight for football, rowing, and men's and women's basketball.

Prior to his time at SDSU, he was the Associate Athletic Director for Event and Facility Operations at Washington State from 2001-11. While at Washington State, he was responsible for event planning and game day responsibilities for all home athletic events, conference tournaments and NCAA championships, day-to-day oversight and operations of all athletic facilities, and the liaison for the athletic department on capital projects.

From 1999 to 2001 Wicker served as Director of Event and Facility Operations at Southern Miss. At USM, he oversaw regular season and championship event operations, coordinated day-to-day maintenance of facilities, and was the liaison to the university on all capital projects. He also oversaw the design and initial construction of USM's $11 million Athletic Center, which houses administrative and coaching offices, football locker room, weight room and training area.

Wicker also spent three years at Georgia from (1996-99), where he also worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in preparation for the 1996 Summer Olympics as the venue logistics manager for Sanford Stadium, home to the medal rounds for men's and women's soccer.

Wicker took over an athletic department that has enjoyed great success in recent years. The football team, which has posted three consecutive 10-win seasons, made its ninth consecutive bowl game appearance in 2018. Men's basketball has been to the postseason in 12 out of the last 14 years. Teams, from women's track and field to men's and women's golf, to baseball and softball, have combined for 41 team conference championships since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

Wicker graduated from Mississippi State in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in professional accountancy. He received his master's degree in education with an emphasis in sports management from Georgia in 1997.

Wicker, who currently serves on the Executive Committee of the San Diego Sports Association, as well as on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Food Bank, resides in Santee, Calif., with and his wife Rachel and daughters Scarlett Anne and Waverly Lile.

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