Transfer Eligibility

To qualify for regular admission as a transfer student you first need to determine if you are a lower or upper divison transfer student.

Lower Division Transfer Students -60/90 semester/quarter units

Have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units.  

HSU is currently open to lower division transfer students (completed fewer than 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter) who meet the following criteria: 

  1. have a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted, and
  2. be in good standing at the last college or university attended, and
  3. meet the admission requirements for first time freshmen:
    1. are a high school graduate,
    2. have a qualifiable eligibility index, (or gpa for impacted majors) and 
    3. have completed with a grade of C- or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements.

If you did not complete all the subject requirements in high school, appropriate college courses may be used to make up the missing subjects. If you are applying to an impacted major, you must meet the additional requirements for transfer students applying to an impacted major. Non-residents must meet the eligibility index for nonresidents.

Upper Division Transfer Students 60/90 semester/quarter units

Have completed 60 or more transferable semester (90 quarter) units.

Once an undergraduate student has earned 60 or more transferable semester units (equivalent to 90 quarter units), he or she is considered an upper division transfer student.

If you aren't sure how many college units you will have, check copies of your transcripts and/or talk to your college counselor.

Transfer requirements currently are:

  1. You must complete at least 60 transferable semester college units, with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average based on your transferable work.
  2. Within those 60 units, you must complete at least 30 units of general education (GE) coursework with grades of C- or higher.
  3. As part of those 30 GE units, you must complete, with C- or better all four of these subject areas:
    • Written Communication (College English)
    • Oral Communication (Speech)
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.
  4. All required subjects must be completed before your first term at Humboldt. Fall applicants must complete all admission requirements before summer begins.
  5. You must be in good academic standing at the last institution attended.
  6. Applicants to the following majors must meet supplemental criteria due to transfer major impaction Biology, Botany, Zoology, Environmental Resource Engineering, Environmental Science & Management, Social Work and Wildlife. 

    Students transferring from a California Community College should complete equivalent courses for the desired major and general education requirements. Students transferring from out of state are encouraged to review the course descriptions and should complete comparable coursework.  We strongly encourage all applicants to impacted majors to consult the HSU catalog and to complete as many of the lower division courses for their major as practical prior to transfer.