Q. What is the Imperial Valley University Partnership?


It is an innovative educational initiative undertaken by Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University, Imperial Valley. The initiative involves joint admission of students to both IVC and SDSU-IV. This is not a traditional "2 + 2" relationship between a community college and a university, but rather a program where students are initially admitted to both institutions, allowing for an absolutely seamless transition between the first two years of their undergraduate education and the final two years.

The Partnership will offer students not only accessible, affordable, high quality education, but an enriched educational experience. All participating students will have full access to the facilities, the faculty and staff, the libraries, the scholarship opportunities, the cultural events and student activities, and all the other resources of both institutions.

Q. What are the differences between the current Freshmen Program and this Partnership?


The Partnership will build on the successes of SDSU-IV's existing Freshman Program, a pilot program with a proven record of success in academic performance, student retention, and graduation rates. The Partnership will by design retain the Freshman Program's most desirable features, among them a cohort structure, guaranteed access to classes, an introductory seminar, student and parent orientations, and a powerful emphasis on student advising and mentoring.

Q. What is the difference between applying to the partnership or doing two years at IVC and then transferring to SDSU?


Students in the Partnership will have a clearly defined schedule of courses leading to a bachelor's degree in four years. There is no requirement to transfer from one institution to another. From the beginning of their freshmen year, students will be SDSU students. Students will have access to all the facilities, services and activities of both institutions.

Q. Will students have to apply to both institutions?


Yes, students will have to apply to Imperial Valley College as well as SDSU-IV. Students will have to meet all applicable deadlines for admission.

Q. What are the admission requirements?


Students have to meet SDSU admission requirements since they will be admitted as SDSU students. In order to be eligible for admission, you must have a minimum UC/CSU GPA of 2.0. This GPA is calculated based on grades earned in the 10-12 grade AG pattern courses only. A-G courses are:

  • 4 years English
  • 3 years Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry)
  • 2 years same Foreign Language
  • 2 years of Lab Science (1 physical, 1 biological)
  • 2 years History/Social Science
  • 1 year Visual and Performing Arts (in the same discipline)
  • 1 year College Prep Elective

A-G requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better in each course.

Eligible students must also submit either their SAT I or ACT scores. The minimum Eligibility Index required is a 2900 using the SAT I or 694 using the ACT.

(High School GPA x 800) + SAT I = Eligibility Index
(High School GPA x 200) + (10 x ACT composite score) = Eligibility Index

Note: Fall transcripts showing work in progress should be submitted with the application.

Q. What majors are available?


The majors currently available are Criminal Justice, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Public Administration, and Spanish (for those who the AP exam with 3 or higher).

Q. Will financial aid be available, and how will it work?


Financial aid is awarded according to federal regulations. Students in the Partnership will have their financial aid carefully coordinated between the two institutions.

Q. How will students register for classes?


Students will register at SDSU through Webportal and at IVC through WebSTAR. Registration assistance and advice will be available to students at both institutions.

Q. Will students have to go to IVC and SDSU the same day?


All efforts will be made so that students in this program do not have to go to both campuses on the same day. However, course schedules may depend on the individual student situation.

Q. When will classes be offered?


Courses in the cohort will be scheduled primarily during daytime hours.

Q. What support services will be available for students in this program?


Students in the Partnership will have access to counselors who will provide academic advising, and personal and career counseling. Students will have access to services in the financial aid office, student health center, learning center, disabled student programs and services (DSPS), equal opportunity program (EOP), and other areas.

Q. What facilities will students have access to?


Students in this partnership will have access to all facilities at both institutions.