Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

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A Degree with a Guarantee external link icon

An overview of Associate in Art for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees - also referred to as Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) - offered by California Community Colleges that may provide benefits to eligible students planning to transfer to the CSU, though not necessarily to a particular campus or major.

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Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer (ASSIST) is the official repository of articulation for California’s colleges and universities, which provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California. Students can learn how course credits earned at one California college or university can be applied when transferred to another.

  • ASSIST: Exploring Majors external link icon  Feature allows users to select from several college paths to identify specific community college courses that will fulfill lower-division degree requirements for university majors.

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The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) provides information on California's private, non-profit, WASC-accredited colleges and universities and includes links to the Web sites of each AICCU recognized college or university.

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The state's official Web site that provides information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. Features of the Web site include college and career resources, "Explore Colleges and Careers," "Plan and Pay for College," and "College Admissions"

California State University (CSU) - Student Transfer external link icon

Comprehensive Web site that includes information and resources about the 23 campuses within the CSU system, which offers students the opportunity to pursue over 1,800 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in some 240 subject areas.

California State University (CSU) - Student Transfer - Search Associate Degrees for Transfer

Search for Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) programs offered at California Community Colleges and majors at CSU campuses that have been deemed similar to an AA-T or AS-T program.

California State University International Programs - Study Abroad external link icon

Information for prospective and admitted students to the CSU who want to learn more about cultures and people throughout the world by living and studying abroad.  Students can earn credit toward their degree.  Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualified applicants.

Cal State Apply Apply Online external link icon

Online application system with resources designed to help students learn more about the CSU including but not limited to admission requirements, majors of study and impaction, paying for college plus other resources and tools to support prospective CSU students.

CalState TEACH
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California State University teacher education program for prospective teaching candidates interested in earning their teaching credential but who are unable to attend traditional college classes.  Using some of the latest technology, the program curriculum is delivered to students online.

California Virtual Campus
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Find information about distance learning courses throughout California. The Web site does not offer courses directly, but provides a means of finding online courses available at various California institutions of higher education.

The College Board
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Search The College Board codes for high schools and colleges previously attended.

  • Big Future by The College Board external link icon
    Features include a College Search, Scholarship Search, Major and Career Search, Comparing Colleges, and more.

CollegeSource Online* external link icon

An online library of catalogs, campus Web sites, and course descriptions from two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Useful for obtaining course descriptions from the past or from an institution out of the area. To access information on CollegeSource free of charge, students must use a computer located on the De Anza College campus.

* Access to college and university catalogs using CollegeSource is currently free of charge from any public computer on the De Anza College campus but is subject to institutional funding.  Off campus, student access to catalog database through CollegeSource is subject to a fee (a limited free 10-day trial registration option is available).  However, students may continue to access the CollegeSource Online resources including college profiles, maps, websites, and search tools free of charge.

CollegeWeekLive external link icon

Virtual college fair with participation from over 100 national and international colleges and universities.  Students can interact online via live video chats with college admissions representatives as well as current students attending a four-year university.  Watch and listen to admissions experts and students address topics such as admissions, the application essay, college life, financial aid options and other important issues at a four-year university.  The site also includes virtual college booths featuring videos, podcasts, webinars, electronic brochures, and more.  Access is free, but registration is required.

The Common Application Apply Online external link icon

The Common Application offers a common, standardized application form for use at any member institution. Students can find both online and print versions of Freshman and Transfer Applications. There are currently more than 500 member institutions, which represent the full range of higher education institutions in the U.S.: public and private, large and small, highly selective and modestly selective, East Coast and West Coast and also several colleges and universities based abroad.

The Common Black College Application Apply Online external link icon

The Common Black College Application (CBCA) offers a common, standardized application form to apply to any number of the 50 CBCA member institutions, at the same time, and pay a $35 fee. The list of current CBCA members include California Community College (CCC) Transfer Partner Institutions that participate in the CCC's Transfer Guarantee HBCU program.  The CBCA creates the potential opportunity for students to receive acceptance letters, financial aid packages and scholarship offers from several different colleges.

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eCampusTours external link icon

Free college planning Web site featuring virtual campus tours of over 1200 college campuses with links to college Web sites and admission offices.  Additional information and tools on the Web site include choosing a college, student financial aid, campus life, career exploration, scholarship search, and more.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) external link icon

All students interested in receiving any federal and state financial aid (grants and loans) for college will need to complete the FAFSA, which collects family income and other financial information about the student or her/his family.

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HBCUConnect external link icon

Described as "the largest online destination for HBCU students, faculty, and alumni to connect, interact, and discuss the black college experience."

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I Can Afford College external link icon

Features easy-to-understand financial aid information, new tools and helpful resources, as well as links to financial aid applications and a zip code locator for students to connect with their local college financial aid office for more information and assistance completing forms. Information is available in both English and Spanish.

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Peterson's Guide external link icon


Online search provider of accredited colleges and universities, graduate schools, online degrees and continuing education, and private schools for students.  The Peterson's Web site includes planning tools, articles, and resources to help students make decisions about college.

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Step:Forward external link icon

Designed to help students understand the requirements for priority registration at California community colleges and to assist students who are completing a degree or certificate program or transferring to a four-year university get the courses they need to succeed.

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Universal College Application Apply Online external link icon

A universal college admission online application form that allows students to apply to one or more of the 45 participating member colleges and universities located across the U.S.

University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) external link icon

The U-CAN Web site includes profiles on over 700 non-profit, private colleges and universities located primarily in the U.S. Students can obtain institution-specific information about transfer credit policies, career & job placement services, internship opportunities, graduation rates, student life and more. The U-CAN Web site was developed by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU external link icon).

University of California (UC) external link icon

The UC system offers 150 academic disciplines among its 10 campuses. Students can learn about admission requirements, research opportunities, housing, career services and student life at each of the UC campuses.

University of California - Transfer Admission external link icon

Provides admissions overview and information specific to transfer admission requirements, major preparation paths, Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG), and how applications are reviewed.

University of California - Transfer Admission Planner (TAP)  external link icon

The UC TAP is a tool designed to help students track their progress toward meeting UC's minimum admission requirements and is used for submitting a UC TAG.  Students can enter their coursework (completed and planned) from the start of their academic careers or at any point when they decide to transfer to a UC campus.

University of California - Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) external link icon

Six UC campuses (Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz) offer guaranteed admission to applicants who meet specified criteria.  Qualified students may submit their TAG application for the appropriate term through this Web site.

University of California - Apply Online Apply Online external link icon

Online application for undergraduates to 9 of the campuses within the UC system.

University of California - Education Abroad Program external link icon

The University of California's system-wide international exchange program offers admitted students the opportunity to become international citizens through study abroad and to gain skills necessary for success in a global environment.

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Western Undergraduate Exchange external link icon

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), is a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students who are residents of a WICHE-identified Western state may be eligible to request a reduced tuition rate (up to 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition) at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.  WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates and the number of awards granted each academic year by a participating institution is subject to limitation.

The Women's College Coalition external link icon

An association representing  women's colleges that are two- and four-year, public and private, religiously affiliated and secular - in the United States and Canada.  Information and resources about women's colleges including search by major feature, college links, and student and faculty profiles.

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Last Updated: 4/24/18