Students who have completed high school or received a GED and have enrolled in college courses should apply as a transfer student.
If you have already completed high school or received a GED and have enrolled in college classes, you should apply as a transfer student. To apply, you are required to be in good standing at your current or most recent institution and are expected to have complete a minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) units of transferable coursework while maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Admission preference will be given to applicants who have far exceeded the minimum unit and GPA requirements, while also having achieved competitive grades in both English Composition & Literature and College Algebra.
Please note that Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will not count toward the minimum unit requirement. If you previously applied to USD as a first-year candidate and were denied admission, we encourage you to complete one full year of college classes elsewhere before reapplying as a transfer student.
How to Apply
The following credentials must be submitted for your application to be reviewed:
- Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions
- Official college transcript(s) from all institutions you have attended
- Official course by course evaluation is required if you have foreign college/post-secondary transcripts. We accept World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or International Education Research Foundation (IERF). Your transfer application will be considered incomplete, if you do not submit this with your application.
- Official final high school transcript or proof of high school completion or equivalency
- One academic letter of recommendation from your college advisor or college instructor
- Transfer College Report (download here or from your Common Application account)
- Transfer Mid-Term Report (download here or from your Common Application account)
- Essay (see Common Application for topics and details)
- Application fee of $55 or application fee waiver submitted by your college
- International Applicants - check the International Admissions page for further requirements
Please read our Transfer Information Form carefully before beginning the application process. Should you have questions, you may contact our Transfer Admission Counselor. Please note that appointments are not required as part of the application process, but you may request an appointment for advising purposes. Transfer advising appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (619) 260-4506 or (800) 248-4873.