Transfer Center

Building 9, 1st Floor, Room 122 and 142
Phone: (650) 306-3493

Office Hours: By Appointment. The Transfer Center’s mission is to provide transfer information and services to students in order for them to make informative decisions about their transfer goals, to provide services and opportunities that ease their transitions to a four year university, and empowering them to successfully reach their transfer goals.

Students attending Cañada College may complete lower division course requirements, in the major and general education, in preparation for four-year universities. After completing the course requirements, students may use the credits earned and transfer as a junior to a California State University, a University of California, a Private university in-state, or any institution out of state.

The Transfer Center provides guidance to students with their transfer choices. Some of the services provided by the Transfer Center are: Counseling that provides information and guidance to students in the selection of a major or university, and courses that will lead them to a higher level of education. The Transfer Center coordinates the visits of individual colleges and universities throughout the semester, and coordinates a college fair that hosts representatives from Universities throughout the United States. The Transfer Center also offers a variety of workshops related to the transfer process and planning, and field trips to local universities that familiarize students with those institutions. Another opportunity offered by the Transfer Center is the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) and other admission agreements with private and out-of-state universities.

Transfer Requirements for CSU and UC Campuses:

Colleges and universities have admission requirements specific to the campus and the programs, but in general, to transfer with a junior status, students must complete 60 transferable units that may include:

  • Lower Division courses in preparation for the major
  • General Education (GE):
    • CSU General Education Breadth –a GE pattern toward California State Universities (CSU)
    • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), a GE pattern toward University of California (UC), or California State Universities
  • Electives–any transferable courses in addition to major and GE courses to meet the 60 unit requirements

Note: Students, who are transferring to CSU or UC and complete one of the above GE patterns, may provide a verification of completion of lower division GE courses. To do so, they need to request an official transcript including a full or partial certification of GE courses via WEBSMART. Students, who do not file for certification, must follow the local GE pattern at CSU and UC Campuses.

Some of the California private universities may also accept IGETC in lieu of their local GE requirements. For more information, please meet with a counselor and/or visit the university’s website.

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) to University of California

The Transfer Admission Guarantee allows students to sign a contract with participant universities to ensure their admission. To be eligible for a Transfer Admission Guarantee, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 transferable units and meet the university’s admission requirements for specific programs. Students must meet with a Counselor to discuss the transfer option during the first year of attendance. The universities that offer guaranteed admission to students at Cañada College are:

  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

In accordance with the new initiative, Senate Bill 1440, Cañada College currently offers multiple Transfer Degrees, for the AA-T/AS-T. Students who are interested in transferring to California State Universities (CSU) may benefit from completing one of these degrees when applying to CSU campuses. It is crucial for students to contact a counselor and/or the Transfer Center to discuss and plan for this degree as soon as they select their major.

See page 77 for more information and a list of current ADT degrees offerings at Cañada College. More information about the SB1440 and Transfer Degree is available at

Transfer to In-State Private University or Out-of-State University

Students may also choose to transfer to an in-state private university or an out-of-state university by following the university’s individual admission and course requirements. The admission requirements and selection criteria are unique to each campus. Students must visit the university’s Admission Web page that is designated for transfer students. 

How to Apply to a Four-Year University:

The admission requirements and application information is available at the universities’ website and the links provided below:

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between community colleges and four-year universities that define how courses taken at a community college can be used to satisfy a subject matter requirement at a four-year university. In addition to all CSU and UC campuses, Cañada College has Articulation Agreements with the majority of independent and private universities. See a counselor for a listing of universities that have articulation agreements with Cañada College.

See a list of courses and majors articulated with CSU and UC campuses at

Transfer in students

Students who complete lower division courses at another accredited college and/or university may receive unit credit toward a certificate and/or Associate degree. An official copy of the transcript from all colleges/ universities attended must be submitted to the Admissions Office at Cañada College, and a request of their transcript to be evaluated by the Transcript Evaluation Services (TES).The evaluation of the course work may be used toward:

  • Associate degree and Certificates, CSU GE breadth certification; and/or IGETC Certification.
  • For more information about TES visit