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1. Review Admission Requirements

CSU Channel Islands accepts all eligible upper-division transfer students for both fall and spring terms with the exception of Nursing. To qualify for admission as an upper-division transfer student, applicants must complete 60 or more semester (90 or more quarter) transferable units AND have met the following requirements:

  • Acquired a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable college units attempted.
  • Must be in good standing at the last college or university attended (i.e., you are eligible to re-enroll).
  • Have completed the following classes with a grade of “C -” or better:
    • A1- Oral Communication
    • A2 – Written Communication
    • A3 – Critical Thinking
    • B4- College-level Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning(College Algebra from an out-of-state institution is acceptable in meeting this requirement only if the course meets the out-of-state institution’s GE math requirement.)

IMPORTANT: Information provided on the application is used to determine whether a student is initially qualified for admission. The automated system will deny admission to those who do not appear to meet any of the above CSU admission requirements.

2. When to Apply

3. When must admission requirements be completed in order to be admitted?

  • Fall applications are open to those students who will complete ALL admission requirements (as stated above) by the end of the spring term (prior to fall enrollment at CI). In other words, courses taken the summer term prior to fall enrollment at CI can NOT be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  • Spring applications are open to those students who will complete ALL admission requirements (as stated above) by the end of their summer semester (prior to spring enrollment at CI). In other words, courses taken the fall term prior to spring enrollment at CI can NOT be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  • Students should enter the number of units they plan to have completed by the end of the spring term if entering in fall or by the end of the summer term if entering in spring.
Admission TermAdmission Requirements must be completed byWhen should I apply?
Spring SemesterSummer preceding spring application periodAugust 1- August 31
Fall SemesterSpring preceding fall application periodOctober 1- November 30

4. Pay a $70 Application Fee or Request a Waiver

  • Fee waivers are built directly into the CSU online application. Applicants applying for admission through CSU Apply are provided an opportunity to apply electronically for a fee waiver of up to four CSU campuses with immediate analysis of their eligibility.
  • Unless your fee has been waived, you will need to include a $70 application fee payment before your application can be submitted.

5. After you’ve Applied

  • Check your email for your myCI login information, which is typically sent 48 hours after your application is submitted and downloaded. During peak processing times, this may take up to 3-4 business days. If you did not receive this information, please contact as soon as possible so login information may be resent. If you were a previous applicant to CI, you would have already received this information.
  • Activate this account and login to your myCI to check your admission status and any items CI is requesting from you in order to process your application.
  • You will receive a letter and enrollment guide sent via postal mail if you are offered provisional admission to CSUCI. If were are unable to offer you admission, you will receive a denial notice via the USPS.
  • Throughout the admissions and enrollment process, CSU Channel Islands will communicate via messages posted on your To-Do List in your myCI account and the email address listed on your application. You will held responsible for frequently checking your CI email and monitoring your myCI account throughout the remainder of the admission and enrollment process. Check your bulk mail and/or spam filter folder, and set your email to accept all messages from the domain.
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