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Supplemental Credit for Current CSULB Students

Current CSULB undergraduate students have a number of ways to earn credit from other institutions while still being a CSULB student. The CSU system offers a variety of ways to earn credit through different programs such as CSU Visitor Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment, CSU Fully Online, Cross-Enrollment or simply taking courses at community colleges to meet degree requirements.  Additionally current CSULB students can also take part in earning college credit through Workforce Training or taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations approved by the CSU.

Please find the following programs listed below that enable you to earn credit while being an official CSULB student through other institutions, programs or testing.

 

CSU Visitor Enrollment: Enrolling at Another CSU 

Attend classes at another CSU campus for one semester (you may visit for one semester only). Overlap in academic terms may not be possible.

CSULB Students  who have completed one Fall or Spring semester at CSULB and are in good academic standing may be eligible to visit one of our 22 CSU sister campuses for one term of academic work. You must meet the following requirements and conditions in order to participate in this program:

Undergraduate Student Requirements:

  • Completed at least 12 units at CSULB.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 in all work completed at CSULB.
  • Be in good academic standing.

Conditions for Enrollment:

  • Students will be approved for Visitor Enrollment for one term only.
  • Approval is subject to space availability, registration priority policies and deadlines of the host campus.
  • Academic advisement is available only through CSULB.
  • Overlap in academic terms may not be possible. Check with the host campus.
  • Students may be required to provide proof of completion of prerequisites.
  • Financial Aid is available only through CSULB.

The Concurrent and Visitor Enrollment Form (PDF) is available for download or may be picked up at Enrollment Services (BH-101). If your request is approved, you may submit your form to the host campus. Contact the campus you wish to attend for registration deadlines and procedures.

CSU Concurrent Enrollment: Enrolling at another CSU

Attend classes at another CSU campus while enrolled at CSULB in the same term.

Students who have completed one Fall or Spring semester at CSULB and are in good academic standing may be eligible to enroll concurrently at one of our 22 CSU sister campuses for one term of academic work.  You must meet the following requirements and conditions in order to participate in this program:

Undergraduate Student Requirements

  • Completed at least 12 units at CSULB.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 in all work completed at CSULB.
  • Be in good academic standing.

Conditions for Enrollment

  • Approval is subject to space availability, registration priority policies and deadlines of the host campus.
  • Academic advisement is available only through CSULB.
  • Overlap in academic terms may not be possible.  Check with the host campus. 
  • Students may be required to provide proof of completion of prerequisites.
  • Financial Aid is available only through CSULB.
  • Must be enrolled in classes at CSULB for the term requested and pay full-time fees.

The Concurrent and Visitor Enrollment Form (PDF) is available for download or can be picked up at Enrollment Services (BH-101).  If your request is approved and after you have paid fees, you may submit your form to the host campus.  Contact the campus you wish to attend for details regarding their registration deadlines and procedures.
 

CSU Fully Online Program 

Take an online course from another CSU while enrolled in classes at CSULB.

The CSU Fully Online program is open to full-time continuing CSULB students.  The goal is to expand the availability of online courses to address student demand for courses that lead towards timely graduation. The program provides an opportunity for full-time continuing CSULB students to enroll in one online course per term offered by another CSU campus.  Students must meet the following requirements and conditions in order to participate in this program:

Undergraduate Student Requirements:

  • Completed at least 12 units at CSULB.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 in all work completed at CSULB.
  • Be in good academic standing.

Conditions for Enrollment:

  • Approval is subject to space availability, registration priority policies and deadlines of the host campus.
  • Academic advisement is available only through CSULB.
  • Overlap in academic terms may not be possible.  Check with the host campus.
  • Students may be required to provide proof of completion of prerequisites.
  • Financial Aid is available only through CSULB.
  • Must be enrolled in classes at CSULB for the term requested and pay full-time fees.

For more information, see CSU Fully Online program.

For course information, see the CSU Fully Online Courses website. Credit earned at the CSU campus offering the online course is automatically reported to CSULB and included on your transcript. 

Cross- Enrollment: Enrolling at a UC or CA Community College

If you are a California resident currently enrolled at CSULB, you may enroll in one undergraduate course per academic term at a participating University of California campus or California Community College.

You must meet the necessary course prerequisites and obtain approval from both CSULB and the campus you plan to attend.  In addition, you must:

  • Have completed 12 units at CSULB.
  • Have maintained a 2.0 GPA in all work completed.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units at CSULB for the term in which you plan to cross enroll.
  • Have paid the appropriate fees at CSULB for the term in which you plan to cross enroll.
  • Be an undergraduate student.

The host campus will charge a $10 fee and any material and laboratory fees associated with the class in which you cross enroll.  Use of the host campus' facilities may be restricted; health services are limited to emergencies only.  Contact the campus you wish to attend for registration deadlines and procedures.

Other Ways to Earn Credit as a CSULB Student

In addition to officially enrolling in one of the programs above, students can take courses at community colleges to meet degree requirements.  To ensure a course can be used to meet the degree requirement, complete and submit the Request for Evaluation of Course Work from Another Institution form  (PDF) to the Office of Enrollment Services.  This should be submitted once you have registered.  Enrollment Services will review the course(s) and notify you as to how the course(s) will count towards your CSULB degree objectives.

If you plan to enroll at a California Community College, you should first visit the ASSIST website.

  • ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

Workforce Training College Credit

CSULB grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-traditional classroom instruction as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) in the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training.

Degree credit is automatically considered for the following:

  • General elective credit for any units recommended by ACE
  • Specific GE credit will be granted based on the recommendation and description of the course content

If you believe a specific GE requirement should be met, you should obtain department recommendation and file a Petition to Exception to Academic Policy (PDF).   If the credit is needed for a specific major requirement, consult with your academic advisor.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CSULB grants unit credit to those students who pass the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations in certain subjects that have been approved for credit by the CSU System. Scores must be submitted directly from College Board.

*Credit is awarded based on when the exam was taken. If your exams were taken in prior years, please review the CSULB catalog for the specific year to see how credit will be awarded.

Visit the College Level Examination Program Credit link below for transfer credit awarded.

NEXT STEPS:  After You Have Earned Credit from Other Institutions, Programs or Testing

After you have earned transfer credit, you must do the following in order for your credits earned to be counted toward your CSULB degree.

You must:

  • Request the official transcript from the institution where you took the courses(s) and request it to be sent to CSULB.  (Once submitted and posted to your record, the Office of Enrollment Services evaluates the transfer credit and you will be notified once the credit is official.)

To access the evaluation, go to your MyCSULB Student Center and choose Transfer Credit Report from the pull-down menu. Your Academic Requirements Report, also available from the pull-down menu, will reflect how evaluated transfer course work has been applied to your CSULB degree objectives.

Be aware that official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended prior to your CSULB graduation date must be submitted and considered in the awarding of your degree. All baccalaureate-level transferable units will be computed in the overall grade point average. In addition, all transferable units in the major will be computed in the overall major grade point average.

 

Supplemental Course Not Showing in My CSULB Record

If the transfer course is not showing at all in your transfer credit evaluation, first ensure that the transcript has been submitted. If it has been at least three weeks since the institution sent the transcript, contact Enrollment Services to determine its status and if additional action is needed.

If the transfer evaluation has already been completed for the course, contact Enrollment Services or file a Problem Resolution Form (PDF), if the course is for General Education credit or if the credit you are seeking is posted on Assist.

If the outstanding requirement is a major degree requirement and has no approved articulation agreement on Assist, you will need to consult your academic advisor.  Students may be required to submit additional documentation such as a course description from the transfer institution’s catalog or the syllabus from the term the course was taken.