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AICCU Transfer Commitment

The AICCU Transfer Commitment is part of the sector's commitment to serve all types of California students, including transfer. Transfer pathways include campus articulation agreements, and the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program.

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Articulation Agreements


Articulation agreements are a formal partnership between at least two higher education institutions. The goal of the agreements is to create a seamless transfer pathway for students. Over 60 AICCU institutions have at least one articulation agreement with a California community college. A full list of AICCU institutions with articulation agreements is available here.

 

Associate Degree for Transfer Pathway


The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), also known as the Degree with a Guarantee, is a transfer pathway articulated between California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU), and participating AICCU institutions. A college student, graduating with an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) in one of the 36 ADT majors, is guaranteed admission, at junior standing, to complete their degree.


To learn more about the ADT and its majors and degrees, go to adegreewithaguarantee.com

What Does an ADT to an AICCU mean?

The ADT Commitment is the Independent California College and University sector’s adaptation of the ADT pathway. While similar to the CSU ADT, there are also some differences due to the independent nature of the state’s nonprofit institutions:

Unlike CSU, AICCU institutions are not part of a system and each campus has its own admission and graduation requirements.
If an ADT transfer student meets all the requirements of admission to a participating institution, admission is guaranteed to that college as opposed to a system.


The ADT Commitment is:
  • Guaranteed admission for the ADT students meeting admission requirements;
  • Guarantees a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units will transfer;
  • Guarantees the student starts with junior standing.
  • For a full list of AICCU ADT Participating Institutions and majors accepted, click here.

Transfer Guide

The AICCU Transfer Guide to California’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities. The goal is to help counselors, students, and families learn about higher education options offered by the state’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities.


Myth Busters

Breaking down misconceptions about independent, nonprofit colleges and universities. 

It is too expensive for me to go to a private college or university.

Not so—you would be surprised at how affordable an independent (private) college or university can be. Tuition varies a lot, depending on the institution. All institutions offer some form of financial aid. Coupled with state, federal, and other forms of aid, cost of attendance may sometimes be less than at a public four-year university.

Additionally, at an independent college or university, you can get the classes you need so you can finish in four years and get employed sooner. Whichever independent college or university you decide to attend and major you decide to earn, it is worth the investment at the end!


The student body is not very diverse at private colleges.

Students at independent colleges and universities are incredibly diverse—we like to say that they reflect the diversity of California. On average, 24% of undergraduate students are Latino, 13% are Asian American, 6% are African American, and 38% are Caucasian. In fact, 40% of ICCUs are Hispanic Serving Institutions and 23% are Asian American-Native American-Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. Nearly all are Yellow Ribbon campuses.