What is an ADT?

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) – also known as Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T ) degrees – 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 offers the following ADTs

  • Administration of Justice (AS-T)
  • Anthropology (AA-T)
  • Art History (AA-T)
  • Biology (AS-T)
  • Business Administration 2.0 (AS-T)
  • Communication Studies 2.0 (AA-T)
  • Computer Science (AS-T)
  • Early Childhood Education (AS-T)
  • Economics (AA-T)
  • English (AA-T)
  • Film, Television and Electronic Media (AS-T)
  • History (AA-T)
  • Journalism (AA-T)
  • Kinesiology (AA-T)
  • Law, Public Policy, and Society (AA-T)
  • Mathematics (AS-T)
  • Philosophy (AA-T) 
  • Political Science (AA-T)
  • Psychology (AA-T) 
  • Social Justice Studies - General (AA-T)
  • Sociology (AA-T)
  • Studio Arts (AA-T) 

View AA-T/AS-T Degrees List for the most current information on ADTs at DAC. (Filter degrees by: Transfer)
For course descriptions see: DAC Catalog.

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 in the U.S. outside of Foothill-De Anza, contact all previously attended institutions and request to have those transcripts sent electronically or by mail to the DAC Admission and Records Office. NOTE: Processing time may take up to 30 days and may increase during peak seasons.

    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 the ADT.

    STEP 6 - Review the 'Applying for an ADT' tab for information and important deadlines. See ADT Verification Q&A.

  • Applying for the ADT

    STEP 1:

    CSU TRANSFER STUDENTS: Apply to CSU during the appropriate application filing period and report your intent to receive the ADT on your CSU Admissions Application, specifying the major and expected completion date.
    Check to see if the ADT will be accepted by the CSU campus(es) for your intended major. Also check CSU campus websites for updates.

    Transfer Term
    CSU Priority Application Filing Period
     (check on campuses accepting applications
    transfer limitations)
    ADT Awarded*
    (to receive ADT admission benefits)
    Spring August 1 -  August 31 by end of summer prior to transfer
    Fall October 1 - November 30 by end of spring prior to transfer

    * Policies differ by campus, so students should check with their CSU campus(es) for ADT completion deadlines.  The ADT Verification is usually required. Students awarded the ADT after the specified term should check with CSU for possible graduation benefits.   Note: Most campuses require completion of the minimum CSU admission requirements (including 90 CSU transferable units, 2.0 CSU transferable GPA, the "Golden Four" courses: Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning, and at least 45 quarter units of general education courses with grades of "C-" or better) by the summer before spring transfer and by spring before fall transfer.

    ALL OTHER STUDENTS (those not transferring to CSU): Only STEP #2 below is required. Your ADT application will be processed in the same time frame as other DAC AA/AS degrees.

    STEP 2:

    Meet with a DAC counselor or academic adviser to file an ADT Graduation Application.  For most majors we recommend filing for the degree one quarter before degree completion.  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 Transfer Students: ADT Graduation Application Deadline and CSU ADT-Verification
    ADT-verification process is a means by which California Community Colleges can verify their students' ADT progress towards degree completion to help CSU campuses appropriately apply ADT benefits when reviewing admission applications.  See Verification Q&A.  To receive ADT admission benefits, your ADT Graduation Application must be submitted by the following deadlines:

    • For spring 2024 transfer: CSU campuses require completion of the ADT by the end of summer 2023 to receive admission benefits so you should plan accordingly and submit your ADT Graduation Application early summer (July 2023).  The ADT awarded will be posted to your transcript which will verify degree completion.

      The ADT Graduation Application must be submitted by October 20, 2023 to meet CSU's verification deadline.
    • For fall 2024 transfer: CSU campuses require completion of the ADT by the end of spring 2024 to receive admission benefits.  You must submit your ADT Graduation Application by March 8, 2024 to meet CSU's verification deadline.

     STEP 3:

    Follow all instructions provided by CSU and De Anza and request to have your official transcript(s) sent to CSU by the posted CSU deadline(s).  You may be required to submit your transcripts more than once. Transcript request.

    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 & student portal(s) on a regular basis.  CSU and De Anza College may send you important and time-sensitive messages regarding your ADT and application.

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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