Associate Degree for Transfer

Are you ready to take your education to the next level? Complete your major preparation and general education requirements at a California community college to get a guaranteed saved spot at participating four-year universities.

A Degree with a Guarantee

California community colleges and partnering institutions created the transfer program to make it easier for community college students to transfer to a guaranteed saved spot at a participating four-year university where you can earn a bachelor's degree.

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Dozens of Transfer Degree Programs

Get your associate of arts degree for transfer (AA-T) or associate of science degree for transfer (AS-T) in one of 40 majors that lead to thousands of transfer pathways at participating 4-year universities.

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Thousands of Transfer Pathways

Whether you have concrete career goals or you're still finding your way, our transfer degree programs will put you on the road to success.

Guaranteed Saved Spot

Nearly Limitless Benefits

With your Associate Degree for Transfer, you'll be guaranteed admission into the CSU system, though admission to a specific campus or major is not guaranteed. If you’re applying to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, fully online and out-of-state universities and participating independent, non-profit universities in California, you are guaranteed admission into the exact campus you applied to and the major you want to pursue.

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Dozens of Transfer Destinations

Our partner colleges include CSU institutions and many more. For a complete list of other participating four-year universities including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, fully online and out-of-state universities and independent colleges and universities in California, click here.

The Transfer Process

Every year, over 100,000 California community college students transfer to a four-year university to earn their bachelor's degree every year. That's why we made the process streamlined and stress-free.

  1. Step 1:
    Start at a California community college

    Complete your general education requirements and major-specific coursework at a California community college. Keep your grades up, meet the requirements for your preferred university and major, and submit all application materials on time.

  2. Step 2:
    Transfer to your saved spot

    Students who complete 60 semester units of required coursework and meet all admission requirements can receive guaranteed admission into participating four-year colleges.

  3. Step 3:
    Earn your bachelor's degree

    After you transfer, you will start as a junior at your new university. In most cases, you will be only 60 semester units away from earning your bachelor's degree. You will not be required to repeat courses similar to those you already completed.

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California State Universities

All California community colleges have partnered with all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses to form the Associate Degree for Transfer program. Through this program, you’re guaranteed admission into the CSU system. Learn about all the CSU transfer pathways with our transfer tool.

Participating Independent, Non-Profit Universities in California

Participating Independent, Non-Profit Universities in California are member institutions of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU). You can think of these as “private” schools. Review a complete list of the 12 AICCUs currently part of the Associate Degree for Transfer program.

Fully Online and Out of State Universities

Fully online paths to a bachelor's degree can be had with an Associate Degree for Transfer to a fully online or out of state university. These options allow you the flexibility to learn from your own home rather than in-person in a classroom. Review the complete list of online schools through the Associate Degree for Transfer.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established primarily to serve the higher education needs of the Black community. However, they are open to students of all ethnicities – and it’s a transfer pathway through the Associate Degree for Transfer program! There are 37 HBCUs part of the program, most of which are located in the South and on the East Coast.

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Paths described in the transfer tool are for educational purposes and do not guarantee acceptance to transfer destinations and other factors. Seek additional guidance with your college’s counselors to create a course plan that works for you.

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