What is an ADT?

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) – also known an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T ) degree – are intended primarily for students who plan to transfer into a similar baccalaureate major at a CSU campus. Students who earn an ADT and meet certain CSU admission requirements are guaranteed priority admission to a CSU campus, though not necessarily to a specific campus or major.

De Anza College currently offers 14 ADTs

The following ADTs are offered at De Anza College (DAC). Courses required for each ADT are available in the DAC Catalog.

  • Administration of Justice (AS-T)
  • Anthropology (AA-T)
  • Business Administration (AS-T)
  • Communication Studies (AA-T)
  • Computer Science (AS-T)
  • Early Childhood Education (AS-T)
  • Economics (AA-T)
  • English (AA-T)
  • History (AA-T)
  • Journalism (AA-T)
  • Kinesiology (AA-T)
  • Mathematics (AS-T)
  • Political Science (AA-T)
  • Sociology (AA-T)

Additional ADT majors remain under development. View AA-T/AS-T Degrees List for the most current information on ADTs at DAC. 

Sign up for an ADT Workshop

When offered, students are encouraged to register for an ADT Workshop facilitated by a Transfer Center counselor. This workshop provides an overview of AA-T/AS-T degrees and is intended to help students determine if an ADT supports their educational goals.

Planning and Applying for an ADT at De Anza College

  • Planning for an ADT

    Plan to earn an ADT at DAC by following the steps below:

    STEP 1 - Review De Anza's ADT Brochure.

    STEP 2 - Review the DAC AA-T/AS-T Degrees List for the requirements for your ADT major.

    STEP 3 - Review the CSU Admission Requirements for transfer students.

    STEP 4 - If you have coursework completed outside of Foothill-De Anza, promptly request to have those transcripts sent to the DAC Admissions and Records Office immediately AND request to have them evaluated by submitting a Request for Transcript Evaluation Form.

    STEP 5 - Meet with a DAC counselor or academic adviser to develop an education plan to support your goal of earning an ADT. Additionally, you may attend an ADT Workshop to learn more about AA-T/AS-T degrees.

  • Applying for an ADT

    Follow these steps to apply for an ADT at DAC:

    STEP 1 - CSU TRANSFER STUDENTS: Apply to CSU during the appropriate application filing period.

      • You are urged to submit your CSU Admissions Application during the priority filing period (see below):
        • Fall transfer: October 1 - November 30
        • Winter/Spring transfer: First month of the filing period (be sure to check to see which CSU campuses are accepting applications)
        • [WARNING] Admission requirements including the 'Golden Four' (Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning) completion deadlines may not align with ADT verification cycles so make sure these courses are completed by the specified deadline for your transfer term.

    STEP 2 - ALL OTHER STUDENTS (NON-CSU TRANSFER STUDENTS): Only STEP #4 below is required. Your ADT application will be processed in the same time frame as other DAC AA/AS degrees.

    STEP 3 - You MUST indicate on your CSU Admissions Application that you will be receiving the ADT, specifying the major and expected completion date.

    STEP 4 - Complete De Anza's ADT Questionnaire.

    • If eligible, meet with a DAC counselor or academic adviser to file an ADT Graduation Application.
      (WARNING: the Liberal Arts degree is NOT an ADT)
    • If you have coursework from outside Foothill-De Anza, be sure ALL transcripts are on file and have been evaluated by DAC before applying for the ADT.
      • CSU Applicants - Fall 2019 transfer:
        If you plan to complete ADT requirements as reported on your CSU Admissions Application, you must submit your ADT Graduation Application by
         March 1, 2019 (5:00 p.m.) to meet CSU's verification deadline and potentially receive any admission benefits associated with the degree.
      • CSU Applicants - Winter/Spring 2020 transfer:
        Tentative deadline to file ADT Graduation Application - October 15, 2019.

    STEP 5 - Verification of ADT for Fall 2019 CSU Transfer Applicants

    • If you file the ADT Graduation Application by March 1, 2019 (5:00 p.m.), and had correctly identified your intention to receive the ADT degree on your CSU Admissions Application, DAC will electronically verify your ADT status with CSU once your application has been processed. This verification acknowledges you are on-track to receive the degree as reported. (If you decide later not to pursue the degree or are unable to complete the requirements as reported on your CSU Application, you are responsible for notifying the CSU campus(es) of this change in your ADT status. DAC will not be able to retract the verification.)
    • If you are a Fall 2019 CSU applicant intending to complete ADT requirements by the end of spring 2019, but did not report your intention to receive the degree on your CSU Admissions Application, you must submit the ADT Graduation Application by March 1, 2019 (5:00 p.m.). If you meet this deadline, and it's determined you are eligible to receive the ADT as planned, De Anza College will provide you with a verification form that you can submit to CSU.

    STEP 6 - Follow all instructions provided by CSU and DAC and request to have your official DAC transcript (showing final spring grades) sent to CSU by the posted CSU deadline. Read the transcript request information carefully.

    The ADT awarded will be noted on your De Anza College transcript. CSU will reference your official De Anza College transcript to verify degree completion.

  • After Applying

    Check your email account & student portal(s) on a regular basis.  De Anza College may send you important and time-sensitive messages regarding your application, as needed.

DISCLAIMER: The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on this website is designed to assist students in obtaining the most accurate transfer-related information possible.  However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact admission to a transfer college or university.

Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible in their academic careers and periodically with a DAC counselor or academic adviser to develop a Student Education Plan and with a transfer college or university admissions representative to confirm their choice of classes.

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