• COVID-19 Updates Related to Transfer

    With the COVID-19 crisis impacting not only community colleges but also four-year colleges and universities across the nation, students have many questions about their transfer status, next steps and how the crisis may affect their future transfer plans. Even during these uncertain times, the Associate Degree for Transfer program is a smart and affordable transfer pathway to a guaranteed saved spot at many four-year universities. We know you have big goals for your future and we’re here to help you get there.

    The good news is the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program is continuing and student transcript requests and deliveries are being processed with little or no disruption. To ensure students will be able to continue their transfer as planned, California Community Colleges are in regular communication with our partner colleges at CSU, UC, participating California Independent Non-Profit Universities (member institutions of AICCU) , Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Western Governors University (a fully online college).

    Be sure to check this page often for new information and updates about transfer programs during the crisis.

A Degree with a Guarantee

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program is the number one way our students transfer to a four-year college or university. Every year, more than 80,000 California community college students use this degree program to transfer to a partner university to pursue their four-year degree.

Visit ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com to learn more about the program.

Transfer FAQs

For courses taken Winter, Spring or Summer 2020 the CSU has amended current policy to now allow for Pass / No Pass for courses required for the major along with courses commonly referred to as the Golden Four (English language [A2], oral communication [A1], critical thinking [A3], and mathematics/quantitative reasoning [B4]). UC has temporarily suspended its cap (14 semester units) on Pass/ No Pass for units completed in winter/spring/summer 2020; however, major prerequisite courses remain a case-by-case basis, so please check with each UC Campus you have applied to regarding campus policy. For both CSU and UC, Pass / No Pass courses are not computed in the GPA calculation for admission purposes. If you intend to transfer to a university other than a UC or CSU, check with the university’s admissions office for current Pass / No Pass grading policy.
CSU campuses will clear admission for upper-division transfer applicants with at least 48 semester transferable units who have completed English Language (A2) and mathematics/quantitative reasoning (B4) by the start of fall 2020 (including courses taken in summer 2020). For the UC, any exceptions to the 60-semester-unit or other minimum requirements would have to be made on a case-by-case basis by each individual campus.
Yes, for the CSU, 2020 summer coursework is acceptable to meet fall admission requirements. For the UC, completing minimum requirements by spring is a selection criterion used by many of their campuses. Students who will need summer coursework to meet minimum requirements due to spring course cancellations should work directly with their UC campus admissions office to determine any potential impact on an admission decision.
Typically, the UC requires final transcripts by July 1, and the CSU by July 15. The UC and CSU will not rescind admission if final transcripts are not submitted by those deadlines, but students should make every effort to submit them as soon as possible. New transfer students will remain in a conditionally admitted status until the university campus receives a final transcript document and a review of the transcript for admission requirements is completed.
CSU campuses are still checking mail regularly. Electronic transcripts are preferred but paper transcript is still accepted.
We hope that you are able to continue as planned to transfer this fall and encourage you to explore with your college counselor all options to remain on track. However, if your plans do change and you were conditionally accepted for fall 2020 to the UC or CSU, the university may allow you to defer admission to winter/spring 2021 terms. This action will be at the discretion of the individual UC or CSU campus and may require you to submit a new application during an appropriate filing period.
A transfer student who anticipated completing an ADT that enrolls for fall 2020 without completing the ADT, applied to a similar program, and has matriculated with less than 60 units completed, would need to obtain a special advising agreement at the CSU campus of enrollment.  Please contact the university’s admissions office.
If you require a deadline extension and/or a deposit deferral, please contact the university campus(es) directly with your request. Campuses will use maximum flexibility when considering such requests. If you received a fee waiver for the application, most likely the deposit is automatically deferred.
The College Board, who administers AP exams, recently announced changes to AP exam content and formats for spring 2020. Both the UC and CSU recognize the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
For admission purposes, the UC and CSU treat EW the same as a Withdrawal (W) grade – it does not affect units, GPA, or admission. Campuses, however, are aware that the EW grade is not the same as a W; EW is for students who are unable to continue a course due to extenuating circumstances, whereas W is for a student who simply chooses to drop the course.
If you have received an offer of admission from one or more universities, communicate directly with each university any change to your course schedule or grades.  Admissions offers are typically accompanied by instructions on how to contact the university with any changes. For financial aid inquiries you should visit the university’s financial aid office website for contact information.
Both the UC and CSU systems will continue to apply selection criteria consistent with what was in place prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
CSU campuses are currently reviewing their new student orientation and will communicate with fall 2020 applicants about how orientation will be conducted.  Most likely, CSU campuses will be conducting online orientation.  Check your email regularly for campus specific information regarding orientation.
CSU campuses will use partial or full transcripts so this may be dependent on when your transcript is sent and articulated at the CSU campus you will be attending. The campus will provide you further information.