Information for Transfer Students

Welcome to California State University, Dominguez Hills.  This page contains helpful information for incoming transfer students.

The University Advisement and Testing Center (UATC), located in WH A220, is your office for General Education (GE) advisement, Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) information, overall graduation requirements, academic probation advising, and information on policies and procedures.  For information on major requirements, please contact the major department directly.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Incoming transfer students are required to attend transfer New Student Orientation (NSO) to learn about the university, meet with an advisor, plan a class schedule, and register for classes. For more information regarding NSO, click here.

I have an English and Math Developmental Hold on my account, but completed my requirements at a community college.  What does this mean?

If you have completed both your General Education level English Composition and Mathematics courses with a grade of "C" or higher, please disregard the note for developmental needs.  These notes are placed by default until the Office of Admissions and Records has completely evaluated your transcripts and issued you credit for the appropriate GE level requirements.

Who is my academic advisor?

CSU Dominguez Hills utilizes a dual model for academic advising.  Under this model, students benefit from having an academic advisor from the UATC and a faculty advisor from the major department.*  UATC advisors provide information ranging from General Education planning to academic success strategies to information on policies and procedures; faculty advisors provide information on major requirements and support with career specific goals.

*Major departments may have both professional and faculty advisors.  Please visit your major department for more information.

How often should I meet with my UATC advisor?

Transfer students should plan on meeting with a UATC advisor at minimum on the following three occasions:

  • First semester of enrollment
  • After completion of second semester
    • This is a great time to reevaluate your education plan and revisit academic and/or professional goals with an academic advisor
  • Before submission of a graduation application
    • Ensure all GE, unit, GPA, GWAR requirements, and a post-graduation plan are in order

Remember to schedule a meeting with your major department on a regular basis for major related requirements.

I am a transfer student, so that means I have completed all General Education requirements, right?

Not necessarily.  It is important that you meet with a UATC advisor during your first semester at CSUDH to ensure all lower division General Education requirements have been met.  Additionally, all students are required to complete nine units of upper division General Education coursework.*  These nine units consist of one course in each of the following disciplines:  humanities, natural science, and social science.  These courses must be completed at CSU Dominguez Hills, as upper division coursework is not offered at the community college level.**

*Course substitutions may apply for students majoring in the sciences.  Please consult with an academic advisor.

**Students transferring from a sister CSU should consult with an academic advisor before completing upper division GE coursework.

How do I know what requirements I have already satisfied?

By the first week of the semester your transfer coursework will be available through the Academic Requirements Report within your MyCSUDH student portal.  The Academic Requirements Report is an online tool which allows you to see completed, in progress, and outstanding degree requirements.  While the Academic Requirements Report is a great tool for course planning, it should not be used as a substitute for academic advising.

How do I access my Academic Requirements Report?

  1. Log into MyCSUDH
  2. Click on "Student Center" on the top left side of the screen
  3. Click on the drop-down menu labeled "Other Academic" on the left side of the screen
  4. Select "Academic Requirements"
  5. Click "Go"
  6. Click the blue "Expand All" button once the report loads

What does it mean to be GE Certified?

Certification is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division General Education requirements.  The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification are both accepted.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) is satisfied by passing the Graduation Writing Exam (GWE) or by taking appropriate writing certification course(s): ENG 350, or IDS 397 and IDS 398.  Students with 75 units or more must satisfy the GWAR as soon as possible.  If transfer students have satisfied this requirement at another CSU campus prior to admission to CSUDH, please contact the Testing Office, WH A210 (310) 243-3909.  For more information about the GWE, click here.