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The Associate Degree for Transfer:
A Pathway to the CSU

The California Community College (CCC) Associate in Art for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees were created as a result of the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR Act). The STAR Act requires that California community colleges to create two-year associate degrees for transfer that are fully transferable to CSU and that are no more than 60 semester units or 90 quarter units.

These Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) require completion of a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by each California community college, and an approved set of general-education requirements (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC).

If you have been awarded or are pursuing an AA-T or AS-T degree from your California Community College you are guaranteed priority admission consideration to the CSU; however, the priority admission does not extend to a particular campus or program. To qualify, you must be conferred or be completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) at the time that you are applying to the CSU. You must submit your application for admission to CSU campuses for an open term by the published deadline, submit all requested transcripts and documents by published deadlines, meet CSU admission eligibility requirements for the programs to which you are applying and must comply with any other prescribed admission requirements.

If you apply and are admitted to a CSU program that has been deemed "similar" to the ADT you are awarded, you are guaranteed to complete the Baccalaureate Degree in the similar discipline within 60 semester (90 quarter) units as long as you successfully completes all of the required coursework without the need of repeating them or supplementing instruction with additional courses for minors or areas of emphasis. Some academic programs may require a performance evaluation, an audition, portfolio review or set specific academic progress requirements to maintain enrollment in the program. To maintain the guarantee of completing 60 semester (90 quarter) units, you must maintain continuous enrollment in the same academic major unless you have obtained an approved leave of absence from your campus. After your enrollment at the CSU campus begins, the guarantee is not transferable to another CSU campus.

To explore the “similar” majors that are available and find out which majors are offered at the California Community College or California State University in your area visit the Associate Degree for Transfer site.

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