Engineering Student Services Team
We're so glad you're here. Engineering Student Services is passionate about supporting our transfer students.
To help ease that transition, we’ve put together some information specific to our college below. Additionally, we encourage you to explore the general academic advising information for all Cal Poly transfer students and to connect with the Transfer Center for campus wide transfer resources, events, & support.
If you are a future Cal Poly transfer student, please visit Cal Poly Admissions for application criteria and deadlines.
To help you plan your future at Cal Poly, we believe it is important that you know the typical graduation timelines that you can expect for your major. As a whole, the College of Engineering has a 2-year transfer graduation rate of 8.9% (Fall 2018 admits).
Although this data* serves as a helpful guide, every transfer student is unique in that they bring in varied transfer coursework/credit. Once you begin classes at Cal Poly, we recommend making an appointment with an advisor to determine your expected graduation term.
Transfer flowcharts are posted under the "Major Specific Resources for..." section below.
*Data source: Based on data calculated from transfer students admitted Fall 2017. The timeline indicated is the term when 50% or more students have completed their degree.
Below are the recordings from Transfer SLO Days on August 9th and 10th. Videos will be uploaded as soon as they are available.
If you missed Transfer SLO Days, please be sure to view these recordings and the information on this webpage prior to registration.
Congratulations on your acceptance to the College of Engineering at Cal Poly!
We hope to see you at Transfer SLO Days where we will be explaining more about registration and answering individual questions. Before we meet with you, we encourage you to complete the Pre-Registration Checklist for Fall 2023 (will be posted July 2023).
We understand that each major is different, so we have provided you with major specific information and documents to help you determine what you have credit for and what you should register for.
New transfer students will be placed on the 2020-2021 Catalog or the 2022-2026 Catalog based on eligibility and coursework completed. It is best to view which catalog you have been placed on after your transfer evaluation is complete. Changes may be made between matriculation (July 1) and the individual review of your transfer credit. You will receive an email from Evaluations notifying you that your evaluation has been complete.
You can view your assigned Catalog after your evaluation is complete by logging into your My Cal Poly Portal, clicking on the "Academics" Tab, and viewing it under your "Degree Information." You can change your catalog year, if you wish, but we recommend meeting with an advisor before making any changes as we have tried to intentionally place you on a catalog that will give you the most credit towards your degree.
Please download your major-specific Curriculum Sheet and Transfer Flowchart based on your assigned Catalog from the list below.
20-21 SE Transfer Flowchart
20-21 SE 4-Year Flowchart
22-26 SE Transfer Flowchart
22-26 SE 4-Year Flowchart
The information below will help you understand your degree requirements. It is important you know what you need to earn your degree!
Your Curriculum Sheet displays all of your degree course requirements in a one to two page snapshot.
How to access your Curriculum Sheet
The Curriculum Sheet is broken down into four main sections that are described below:
Major courses are the courses that make up your major curriculum. In some majors, this includes technical electives or concentrations.
Support courses are courses chosen by your department to provide foundational support for your Major Courses. In the College of Engineering, these courses sometimes double count as General Education Courses.
General Education (GE) Courses
General Education courses are broken down into several areas. You may notice some of these areas are completed through your Support Courses. In most cases, transfers still need to complete some GE courses at Cal Poly including the Upper Division C.
Free Electives can be found on a few College of Engineering major curriculum sheets. In general, most students in the College of Engineering do not have Free Electives. If your major has Free Electives, you should have already fulfilled this requirement with transfer credit.
Your Degree Progress Report (also known as your DPR) is the most important tool to understand as a Cal Poly student. Like the Curriculum Sheet, the Degree Progress Report displays all of your degree requirements to graduate. The Evaluations Unit uses the Degree Progress Report to post your degree so it is important to make sure the courses you have and will be taking are fulfilling the requirements you expected in your DPR.
Your DPR should be ran at least once per quarter to track your progress to degree.
The Degree Progress Report is also broken down into sections that are described below.
As a reminder, your Degree Progress Report will not be accurate until you receive an email from the Office of the Registrar letting you know that your Transfer Evaluation is complete.
How to access your Degree Progress Report
How to read your Degree Progress Report
Scrolling through the Degree Progress Report can be a little confusing. It can be helpful to look at the Degree Progress Report with your Curriculum Sheet in hand as it is broken up into sections similarly to your Curriculum Sheet.
You can view your Degree Progress Report through the PDF or online.
If you view it online, you can select "Hide Satisfied Requirements" to see what requirements you will need to plan for.
At the top, you will find General Undergraduate Degree Requirements. These are important, but don't be concerned because most of these requirements will be met as you complete your courses.
The United States Cultural Pluralism Requirement and the Graduation Writing Requirement are also in this section. We will review both of those requirements below.
Next your General Education Requirements appear. You may have transferred in a majority of these courses.
After GE Courses, you will see a section for your Major Requirements, which includes your support courses. If you have a declared concentration, then this section will also appear below your Major Requirements.
It is so important that you READ all the notes for each section in the DPR. Not reading the notes may mean you miss important information and take a class that is not necessary. If you have any questions, let us know at email@example.com. We are here to help!
While reviewing your Curriculum Sheet or Degree Progress Report, you may ask how certain courses transferred to Cal Poly. You can see further details about your transfer credit in your Poly Profile under "Higher Ed Credits Detail."
Transfer credit will continue to be evaluated and processed by Cal Poly until registration. When your transfer evaluation is complete, you will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar - Evaluations Unit. At that time, you will be able to view your transfer credit transcripts in PolyProfile, and how those classes apply towards your degree in your Degree Progress Report.
Steps on how to find your transfer credit
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FOR A COURSE AND DID NOT:
You may petition for it to count toward your degree.
Please note: Advisors are also submitting petitions on your behalf if we have noticed that your credit did not fully articulate. You may receive a notice that a form was completed for you.
Depending on the type of course you want credit for, you will complete one of the two forms below. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
There are two requirements that are important for you to know about. Since you may be transferring in a majority of your General Education (GE) courses, you will want to review both requirements below so you are not adding extra work while completing your degree.
Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
The Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) is a CSU-mandated program designed to ensure that student can write proficiently before they enter the professional workforce. All Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree must fulfill the GWR before a diploma can be awarded.
There are two ways to fulfill the GWR:
GWR Information for Transfer Students
IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY FROM A COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
You will need to fulfill the GWR at Cal Poly even if you were GE-certified at your community college because the GWR is an upper-division University degree requirement and students must complete the requirement at the CSU campus at which they are matriculated.
IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY FROM ANOTHER CSU CAMPUS:
You may receive GWR credit if you fulfilled the requirement while enrolled at another CSU campus. Ask a representative from the GWR office at your former CSU campus to send to the Writing and Learning Initiatives office (email@example.com) an official letter verifying GWR completion.
IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY FROM A 4-YEAR INSTITUTION OUTSIDE OF THE CSU SYSTEM:
You will need to fulfill the GWR at Cal Poly because students must earn GWR credit from the CSU campus at which they matriculate.
For more More information about the GWR, please visit the GWR website.
United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) Requirement
Students are required to complete one USCP course. This course also fulfills a requirement for Major, Support, General Education, or Free Elective category.
What are USCP courses?
USCP courses must fulfill all of the criteria according to AS-836-17 and they must also address the Diversity Learning Objectives (DLOs).
How this will look in your DPR:
You can explore what courses count for the USCP requirement on the Catalog website.
Now that you have reviewed your degree requirements, you will cross off any courses on the Flowchart that are marked as complete.
Your Flowchart is one example of a path towards graduation. All transfer students enter Cal Poly at different places in their curriculum.
In Step # 1, you were asked to download two flowcharts, which we will review in detail below and in this Flowchart video.
This flowchart displays the most efficient path towards graduation in 4 years. All transfer students enter at different places in their curriculum. You may prefer to use this flowchart over the transfer flowchart if you have more classes in your GE or support areas left to complete. Please note that some introductory major courses may differ for a transfer student in some majors. The Suggested Course List (described below) will further explain what transfer students should take to fulfill these requirements.
Engineering Student Services worked really hard to create special flowcharts for our College of Engineering students.
This flowchart was created specifically for transfer students. It shows the quickest way to graduation for a student who has transferred in the maximum amount of credit that they could from a CA community college.
Many students may have courses in the left hand column that they still need to complete at Cal Poly and should adjust the flowchart accordingly or use the 4-Year Standard Flowchart. You should use this flowchart if you have completed a majority, if not all, of the coursework listed on the left-hand side.
Your flowchart displays your Degree Requirements in different colors.
A course that is stretched across 2 or more quarters just means that you can take that course during any one of those quarters. It does not mean you must take this course multiple times.
Each course that is listed has courses in smaller green text listed below. These courses are the pre-requisites required in order to take that course. For example, a student must take MATH 241, ME 211 or ARCE 211 in order to register for Engineering Dynamics: ME 212.
Now it's your turn!
We have reviewed your Flowchart options. Take a moment to pull up your fillable Flowchart (or use a printed version) and check off coursework you have already completed.
You can use your Degree Progress Report (DPR) to identify courses you have credit for. If your evaluation is not complete and you are unable to view your transfer credit in your DPR, do your best to read the course titles and check off courses you believe you have completed. You will want to refer back to your DPR prior to registration.
For example, we have checked off the courses in the image below.
If you are using the Transfer Flowchart, you will want to first check any courses on the left hand side of the document that you have completed.
Using your updated flowchart, identify courses for which you meet prerequisites and circle them on your flowchart. You can refer to the Suggested Course List for major-specific course suggestions and requirements.
Once you have gathered a comprehensive list of recommended courses and courses that you meet the pre-requisites for, fill out the Registration Worksheet below. We recommend filling out back-up courses in the event you do not get a seat in all your courses.
Download your Registration Worksheet (link to pdf)
Ideal Courses: Courses you should prioritize taking during Fall Quarter.
Back-Up Courses: Other courses you meet the pre-requisites for and you can take if your ideal courses do not work out.
Your Suggested Course List is just that - courses that we suggest transfers take during their first quarter at Cal Poly. There are specific notes about introductory courses and sections that may be relevant to consider for registration. Please make sure you read this document in its entirety. This document has essential information for you to be able to successfully register for the correct courses in fall quarter.
Every major will be slightly different, but in general they will include the following sections to help you prioritize your fall schedule:
Please download your list from Step # 1 above.
Schedule Builder lives within the Student Center and is one of the tools you may use to prepare for registration. This tool allows you to view available courses and seats for an upcoming term, organize a schedule of courses in a calendar view, save favorite schedules, and enroll.
Check out this video to learn how to use Schedule Builder as a student.
We encourage you to practice using Schedule Builder and explore the schedule builder FAQs.
Three schedule builder tips we have learned:
Below we have provided tips and screenshots to help you save schedules in Schedule Builder
Step 1: Select the term and use the Expanded Filters to Add Courses
Step 2: View more information by Selecting Sections and reviewing the Class Notes for details on Reserved Seats for new transfer students
Step 3: Once you have Added Courses, select Build Schedule
Step 4: View Different Schedules
Step 5: Click the Heart icon to Add Favorite Schedules which you can access later or add to your Enrollment Shopping Cart (remember to create back-up schedules)
Registration for new Fall 2023 Transfers will be on Monday, August 14th, 1:00 p.m.
We want to make sure you you feel prepared to register. Below is what you can expect:
Students can enroll in courses using the options below:
We wanted to highlight some frequently asked questions that may come up during this time. Please do not hesitate to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions!
1. Can I meet with an advisor before registration?
Yes, you can meet with an advisor before registration, however, we do want you to know that all of the information you will need for registration will be reviewed during our Live Transfer SLO Days Session.
We ask that you make an appointment with an advisor ONLY after July 15th and if the following applies to you:
In order for us to best answer your questions, it is helpful if your transfer evaluation is complete. We ask that you wait for the email from the Office of the Registrar prior to scheduling your appointment.
Schedule your appointment with us!
2. What should I do if I am wait listed for my classes?
The two reasons you may have ended up on a waitlist are:
OUR SUGGESTIONS AT THIS TIME
3. How do I get a permission number?
Permission number instructions will differ depending on your major. Your Suggested Course List document will outline how to obtain a permission number.
In the future, outside of your first fall registration, you will visit the Engineering Student Services Permission Number website for department contacts.
4. If I have transfer credit that did not count for a Cal Poly course can I request to substitute the class?
Refer to "Your Transfer Credit" in Step #2
5. How many units should I enroll in for my first quarter at Cal Poly?
Since Cal Poly is on the quarter system, our courses move quicker than the typical semester system and could be more challenging during your first quarter here. We recommend staying between 12-16 units keeping in mind important prerequisites you will need to complete to stay on track for graduation.
You must take 12 units to be considered a full-time student (for financial aid, housing, etc.). We recommend that you register for at least 12 units. We know you will be taking many engineering courses, so keep in mind that although 12 units may not sound like a lot, in some majors this may mean 5-6 engineering courses. If you find that you are just shy of 12 units, we recommend you check out enrolling in ENGR 301: Engineering Professional Success (1 unit) during fall quarter.
If you have any college specific questions please reach out to our office by emailing email@example.com
To learn more about academic and campus policies check out the Transfer Center's resource page.
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