Prospective Majors

Application Period for Fall 2015 Admission to CAD is Closed

The application period to apply to the CAD major for fall 2015 is closed.  We do not accept late applications.  The next opportunity to apply for the CAD major is for Spring 2016 admittance. That application time frame is August 1-31, 2015.  If you are a current SFSU student and want to apply to CAD for Spring 2016, submit a completed Change of Major form to the CAD Department office during the application time frame.  If you are not a current SFSU student, apply to the university Admissions Office using the CSU system-wide form, also during the application time frame.  Indicate that CAD is your desired major and make sure to include the concentration.  Information about the admissions process after you have applied is located in the following section.


The CAD Department accepts only upper division students into the major.  Freshmen who are admitted to the university may select "Undeclared with Interest in CAD." Then, in the fall semester of their sophomore year, they can apply to the CAD major by following the instructions below for Current SF State Students. 


CURRENT SF State Students - Applications to the CAD major can be submitted using the following form: Declaration/Change of Undergraduate Primary Major (less than 96 units completed). See link below. No supplemental application is required by the CAD Department. The application period for fall semester admissions is October 1 through November 30. Check the university Admissions website for specific dates. Completed forms can be dropped off at the CAD Department office in SCI 394. This information applies to current SF State students who wish to change their majors or students who are "Undeclared with an Interest in CAD." Late applications are not accepted.

SF State students who wish to apply for spring semester admissions should follow the same process.  The application period is August 1-31.

TRANSFER Students - Please see Undergraduate Admissions for SFSU application form, dates and deadlines. The application period for fall semester is October 1-November 30 and applications are submitted to the university Admissions Office.  Select CAD as your primary major.  No supplemental application is required by the CAD Department.  Transfer students who wish to apply for spring semester should follow the same process.  The application period for spring semester applicants is August 1-31.



After the application period has closed, the university Admissions Office reviews transfer applications to determine who has met university admissions requirements. Once that process is complete, the CAD Department Admissions Committee receives a list of qualified applicants that includes BOTH transfer applicants and current SF State students who wish to change to the CAD major. Grade point average is a criterium for all applicants, while the following criteria also apply to transfer applicants: geographic location, first generation college, and financial need. Once the department screening process has been completed, applicants are notified if they are admitted, not admitted, or placed on the wait list. Current SF State students who are Change of Major applicants are notified by the CAD Department using the SFSU email address. Transfer applicants are notified of their admissions status by the university Admissions Office.

Please Note:  Current CAD majors who wish to change their concentrations can submit a Declaration/Change of Major form to the CAD Department office at any time.

The Change/Declaration of Major form is on the CAD website, Forms, or on the university Registrar's website.


Transfer Students

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I apply to the CAD Department  as a transfer student?

It depends upon the semester for which you are applying. If you want to transfer for a fall semester, plan to apply the previous October 1-November 30. This means you must apply to the university between Oct. 1- Nov. 30 of the previous year. If you want to apply for a spring semester, you will need to apply August 1-31.  

2. What are the requirements for admission to the CAD major as a transfer student?

Complete ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
Complete CAD 210 and CAD 260 or equivalent with grade of C or better.

3. What are the requirements for admission to SF State as a transfer student?

  • Grade point average of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted. Nonresidents must have a 2.4 grade point average or better. Note: Applicants from outside of SF State’s six county service area may be held to different requirements.
  • Good standing at last college or university attended
  • Completed at least 60 transferable semester units of college course work with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Grade of C or better in each course used to meet CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.
  • The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses which meet CSU general education requirement including all general education requirements in communication in English language - one course in written communication, one course in oral communication, and one course in critical thinking; and one course in mathematics/quantitative reasoning OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

4. Can I transfer to SF State before I earn upper division status? 

No. SF State does not accept lower division transfer students.

5. What is the maximum number of units I can transfer to SFSU?

No more than 70 semester units may be transferred to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, e.g., community colleges. Given the university’s 30-unit residency requirement, no more than 90 total units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

6. How can I double check to see which of my community college General Education courses will transfer to SF State?

General Education:  General education requirements are the same for all CSU campuses, so California community college articulations of general education courses (about one third of degree requirements) are handled centrally and may be accessed at

7. What is articulation?

Articulation:  Campuses may enter into articulation agreements on either a course for course or program to program basis. Such articulations are common between CSU campuses and any or all of the California community colleges, but may exist between CSU campuses and other institutions. Established CSU/CCC articulations may be found on

8. Will my math and English courses from community college count?

Upper-division transfer students who have completed transferable English composition and college-level math courses with a grade of C or better are exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM). Upper-division transfer students must complete both English composition and college level mathematics prior to enrolling at a CSU campus.

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