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Associate Degree for Transfer


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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.

Click here for an overview presentation on the Associate Degree for Transfer Program.

ADT Final Verification

Are you planning on applying to a Cal State University (CSU) and now you need to verify that you will receive your Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT, AA-T, AS-T) by the end of Spring 2023? 

If the following requirements are met we will automatically electronically verify that you will receive your ADT by Spring 2023:

  1. Ed Plan: You met with a counselor to create an educational plan for an ADT.
  2. Apply for Graduation: You must apply for graduation by Feb. 15, 2023.
  3. Will Complete Degree: You will or have completed your degree requirements for an ADT by the end of Spring 2023 (i.e. a Spring 2023 graduate or earlier)
  4. Indicated on CSU Application: In your CSU Admission Application you selected "Transferring with an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T, AS-T) from a California Community College" on the Extended Profile page and indicated you were getting a this degree from either Mesa, City or Miramar. 

E-Verifications will start after February 15, 2023. If all the requirements above are met, there is nothing you will need to do to have us E-Verify your ADT. If any of the requirements listed above are not met or if you have questions about E-Verification, please contact the Evaluations Office.


E-Verification is only required for students that are receiving an Associate Degree for Transfer. If you are unsure of whether you are getting an ADT degree click here to learn more or speak with a counselor.

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.