Requirements & Transfer Credit

View the Transfer Admissions Requirements below:

To be considered for admissions students:

  • Must have graduated from high school or completed the equivalent. 

  • Must have a 2.0 or higher academic GPA.

Required Application Materials:

  • A completed Common Application with short Essays.

    • The $60 USD application fee can be waived for all transfer students. Please contact our Admissions Office for a fee waiver, 925-631-4224 or

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended. Official transcripts must be submitted for all colleges or universities attended whether the student completed the term(s) or not.

  • A letter of recommendation, academic or nonacademic, is optional.

  • Note: If a student has less than 23 transferable academic semester units or 34 transferable academic quarter units, we may need to review your Official Final High School transcripts or equivalent documents and ACT or SAT test scores to consider you for admission.

Transferable Credits:

Please review our Articulation Agreement page for a list of transferable courses and agreements made with local community colleges.

Courses that are transferable to the University of California (UC) system from California community colleges or another accredited college or university are typically acceptable at Saint Mary's. For help in determining which of your courses are transferable, sign up for a Transcript Evaluation or contact one of our transfer admission counselors.

Transferrable courses must:

  • Be completed with a letter mark of C- or above (rather than, Pass, Satisfactory, or Credit). D+ or below are calculated into the grade point average.
  • Not be remedial subjects, vocational fields/courses, and non-academic courses. 
    • Note: Non-academic courses will not be considered during the time of admissions but if the student is admitted then these courses will be considered acceptable transfer credits.

A maximum of 64 lower division-semester units or 95 lower division-quarter units are transferable to Saint Mary's. 

Essay/Personal Statement in Common Application:

The essay or personal statement is a tool that allows for a holistic review of the applicant by the Admissions Committee. Candidates for admissions may choose one of the prompts provided on the Common Application or write on a topic of their choice. The minimum length of words is 250 and the maximum length of words is 650.

Submission of Materials:

Printed documents can be sent to:

Saint Mary's College of California
Office of Admissions
P.M.B. 4800
Moraga, CA 94575-4800

The Admissions Committee will not make a final admissions decision on your application until all application materials are received.