Associate Degree for Transfer



Associate Degree for Transfer

Associate Degree
for Transfer


Earn priority admission to the California State University (CSU) system with junior standing once you earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) at a California community college. The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Each ADT is accepted by some, but not all, CSU campuses.

The joint transfer program is an ideal path for students to transfer between the two college systems. Students complete 60 units at a California community college to receive an ADT, then complete 60 semester units/90 quarter units at a California State University to receive your bachelor’s degree.

View a short presentation on the ADT Transfer Program.

ADT Final Verification

If your transferring Fall 2017 and your university is requesting a final verification of your ADT you must request an official transcript to be sent to your university. An official transcript will state which degree you received and your graduation date.

  • Please NoteIf you requested an official transcript before June 23 and your university is still requesting an ADT Final Verification it is possible you sent your transcripts before your ADT degree was posted to your academic record. If you did send your transcript before you degree posted, then you will need to resend your official transcripts. If you are unsure whether you sent your transcripts before your degree posted: 
      1. Please contact your university's admission office to check if the transcript you sent had your degree on it.
      2. If the transcripts you sent didn't have your degree on it, contact the Evaluations Office at (619) 388-2680 to check that your degree has posted.
      3. Once you have confirmed that your degree has posted, resend an official transcript to your university. 

What makes an ADT?

  1. 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, many CSU campuses and majors may require a higher GPA.  
  3. Complete a general education pattern:


  1. Complete, with a C or better, major coursework required for the specific ADT.  See below.
San Diego Mesa College San Diego City College San Diego Miramar College



How do I establish an ADT plan?

  1. Attend a CSU workshop in the Transfer Center to learn the specifics about the ADT program.
  2. Meet with a Counselor to establish an ADT Educational Plan .

What steps do I take to transfer?

Follow the CSU, and specific campus transfer deadlines:

An ADT does not guarantee a student admissions to a particular California State University, however, students who earn an ADT from San Diego Mesa College have an increased chance of admissions to San Diego State University, over those students who earn an ADT from colleges outside of the SDSU service area.  


The SDCCD Board approved an additional seven Associate Degree for Transfer programs, on top of the 11 Associate Degrees for Transfer approved earlier this year, bringing the total number approved by the board to 65. The latest Associate Degree for Transfer programs were approved in Biology, Chemistry, and Economics at San Diego City College; Chemistry and Music at San Diego Mesa College; and Biology and Chemistry at San Diego Miramar College. The programs now go to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for final approval. The programs now go to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for final approval. Learn more ...