There’s more than 1 way to a four-year university

Post By: COYD Staff

community college transferJust because you don’t get admitted into a four year school the first time around, it doesn’t mean you’ve lost your chance. Some students don’t know that many four year public universities have special programs that allow community college graduates to transfer to their university.

Most recently, in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger just signed two bills at the end of September that guarantee admission into the California State University system for community college students. Not only is there a guarantee, but they are also streamlining the process by reducing unecessary courses needed to transfer.

Below are a just a few states that have programs that aid in the transfer of community college students to a four year university.


California State University
– A few weeks ago, a new bill passed called the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act. Accordiing to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the new bill will enable students who complete 60 transferable units guaranteed admission to the CSU of their choice. The bill mandates community colleges to create associate degrees that transfer to CSU universities.
– Please go to ASSIST to get more information.

The UCLA Transfer Alliance Program
– After completing the honors/scholar program at their community college, students are given priority consideration for admission to UCLA College of Letters of Science. These students will be transferring at the junior level.
– As stated on their website, UCLA gives “highest priority to students who are transferring from California community colleges or other University of California campuses.”
– Please go to the UCLA website for Academic Criteria.


University of Nebraska, “On Course”
– Community college students are guaranteed admission to the university upon completion of their associate’s degree.


Arizona State University
– Guaranteed admission to ASU degree programs if you meet the course requirements.
– Go to TransferASU for more details.


University of North Carolina
– Community colleges graduates are assured admission to one of the 16 UNC institutions. However, the student is not guaranteed a specific campus or specific program or major. There are several other stipulations as well, but there is an articulation agreement between UNC and the community colleges to faciliate the transfer of these students to 4 year universities.
– For more information, to the UNC website.

– According to the University of Florida website, “any graduate of a state-approved Florida public community college is eligible for admission to a state university if the student has completed the prerequisites of their intended major as specified in the Common Prerequisite Manual and received the Associate of Arts degree.”
– Please visit the website for more information.

Make sure to do your research before you give up on attending a four year institution. Call the admissions office at your public university and see if they have an agreement with the community college system that will faciliate transfer into their university.


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