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Transfer Agreements

Depending on the transfer route you want to take, there are structured pathways to help get you there! When you meet with your academic counselor at the community college and you tell them you want to transfer to four-year university, they will present you with the options to make your transfer experience less confusing.

What is the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)?

The IGETC is the curriculum that fulfills the lower division core requirements at CSU and UC schools as part of the college transfer agreements. There are 34 core units required for UC schools and 37 for CSU schools. Completing the IGETC does not guarantee admissions to UC schools. However, if you are admitted, you will be on a fast track to completing your degree, since many basic requirements will already have been satisfied.

What is a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?

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Six UC campuses offer the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program for California community college students who meet specific requirements. UC TAG campuses are: Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. By participating in TAG, you will receive early review of your academic records, early admission notification and specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework.

What is an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)?

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The new joint transfer program from the California Community Colleges and the California State Universities makes it easier for students like you to transfer between the two school systems. Community college students who complete a new AA-T or AS-T will be guaranteed admission to the California State University (CSU) system. With this new degree, you have the opportunity to complete two degrees (Associate’s and Bachelor’s) with only 120 units if you apply and are admitted into a similar degree program.

What is

ASSIST is a web-based student-transfer information system. It displays reports of how course credits earned at one California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s colleges and universities and therefore provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California.

The ASSIST acronym: Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer.

ASSIST Mission

Our mission is to facilitate the transfer of California Community College students to California's public four-year universities by providing an electronic system for academic planning which delivers accurate, timely, and complete information and operates as the official repository of articulation information for the state of California.

Understanding IGETC, CSU General Education Breadth Patterns and are all vital concepts to your transfer success. As mentioned above, if you are interested in applying to a private university it is critical that you consult with their admissions representatives to find out what academic coursework is required for transfer. To learn more about these Transfer Agreements, or if you are having challenges using, schedule an appointment with an academic counselor to get one-on-one assistance.