by Photo courtesy of San Diego State University

The California State University system announced a new comprehensive dual admission program that will create a more efficient and accessible way for students to transfer into their desired CSU campus. 

The Transfer Success Pathway Program will guarantee future CSU admission to 2023 high school graduates and beyond who are entering a California community college and who commit to transferring within three years. The program was announced during CSU’s March 21 Board of Trustees meeting. 

The program comes in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Council for Post-Secondary  Education Record with Equity Report and the Postsecondary Education Trailer Bill of 2021 (AB 132), which prompted the CSU and University of California to offer dual admission programs by fall 2023.

According to CSU, the Transfer Success Pathway provides students a more straightforward pathway into their post-secondary journey with the goal of achieving their four-year degree. 

“Our community college transfer students are an integral part of our Cal State community, and we are excited about the opportunity to work more closely with them earlier in their journey," said April Grommo, CSU's assistant vice chancellor of Strategic Enrollment Management in a statement. “The Transfer Success Pathway is the CSU's promise and commitment to those who don't take a direct route to a four-year degree, particularly those who face academic, geographic or financial barriers. We want you to know that the CSU counts you in, not out."

The CSU system enrolls tens of thousands of new California Community College transfer students every year, accounting for 95 percent of CSU transfers. Despite this, only 19 percent of Community College Students are interested in transferring within a four-year period. 

The Transfer for Success program opens for the first time for the graduating class of 2023 and first-year state community college students who fall under the following criteria: 

  • were not CSU eligible at the time of high school graduation.
  • were CSU eligible but chose not to attend due to personal or financial reasons.
  • were CSU eligible but the application to their campus of choice was redirected to another campus, and they did not enroll.

Eligible students can apply in summer 2023, entering into an agreement with the specific CSU campus they wish to attend. CSU will launch a Transfer Planner Portal in Summer 2023 to support the program. Through the Transfer portal, students will be able to determine their program eligibility, research campuses and programs available, and enter into one agreement. 

For more information, visit  Transfer Success

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