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Transfer FAQs

  1. What does the term "transfer" mean?
  2. What is the difference between a UC and CSU?
  3. What is the difference between the Quarter and Semester System?
  4. How many units do I need to transfer?
  5. What is the maximum number of units that are transferable?
  6. What is articulation?
  7. What is ASSIST?
  8. What is GE?
  9. What is IGETC?
  10. Do I need an Associates degree to transfer?
  11. What courses should I take before I transfer?
  12. How do I find out about transfer and major requirements for my school?
  13. Can I transfer as an undeclared major?
  14. Can I change my major after I transfer?
  15. What GPA do I need to transfer?
  16. How do I make myself a competitive applicant?
  17. How do I apply?
  18. Do I have to write an essay as part of the application to transfer?
  19. What is a TAG?
  20. I got bad grades at another college. Do I need to inform my transfer college?
  21. Do Credit/No Credit grades transfer?
  22. Do "D" grades transfer?
  23. How do "W's" affect transferability?
  24. I already have one bachelors degree. Can I transfer and get another one?
  25. How long will it take to finish once I transfer?
  26. What is certification and why is it important for transferring students?
  27. How can I meet with a college representative?

1. What does the term "transfer" mean?

Transfer describes a student's academic advancement from a community college to a university

2. What is the difference between the California State University and the University of California?

California has two public university systems. The California State University (CSU) system grants the most bachelor degrees among the higher education segments in California. There are currently 23 campuses in the CSU system. The focus of study at the CSU is considered the more practical, career-oriented of the two systems. The CSU grants bachelor and master degrees and doctorate degrees in conjunction with the UC.Compared to the CSU the focus of study at a University of California (UC) campus is more theoretical and research-oriented. There are currently 10 campuses in the UC system (though one, UC San Francisco, is a professional school only). The UC grants professional and doctorate degrees as well as bachelor and master degrees.

3. What is the difference between a semester and a quarter system?

Each academic institution operates according to an academic calendar, with terms marking the beginning and end of each session of classes. A semester is a calendar that divides the academic year into 15 - 17 week terms. There are generally two semesters per academic year: Fall (typically beginning in August) and Spring ( typicallybeginning in January). Some semester-based schools may offer a Summer session that is shorter than a regular semester and is not a part of the regular academic year. A quarter is the other most common type of academic term. Each quarter is 10-12 weeks in length and there are usually three quarters in an academic year: Fall (beginning in September), Winter (beginning in January), and Spring (beginning in March or April). Some quarter-based schools may offer a forth Summer Quarter, but it is not considered an official term in the academic year. All UC campuses, except Berkeley, are on a quarter system. CSU campuses vary, some are on quarter and some are on semester. Chabot college is on a semester system.

4. How many units do I need to transfer?

The UC and CSU grant highest priority for transfer admission is given to junior-level California community college applicants with 60 semester (90 quarter) units. Keep in mind that given cuts to enrollment budgets many CSU and UC campuses limit enrollment of or do not admit lower division transfer students.The UC requires 60 semester (90 quarter) UC-transferable units for upper division transfer. The CSU grants junior standing once a student completes at least 60 transferable semester units. Independent colleges and universities often accept students with fewer than 60 semester units. Please check the minimum unit requirements for transfer in the printed catalog or campus website for the independent college or university of your choice.

5. What is the maximum number of units that are transferable?

Seventy is the maximum number of transferable units that can be applied to the Bachelor's degree at the California State University and the University of California. As a general rule, universities will apply a maximum of 70 units toward your Bachelor's degree.If you have taken more than 70 transferable units, the content of the courses may be used to satisfy subject area requirements. The transferability of courses can be found in the Chabot College catalog or on the web at www.assist.org.

6. What is articulation?

Articulation is the process of evaluating courses to determine whether coursework completed at one college will meet the requirements for admission, transfer credit, general education, or major preparation at another college. Articulation is the process of developing a formal, written agreement that identifies a course or a sequence of courses offered by a "sending" campus that are comparable to, or acceptable in lieu of, specific course requirements at a "receiving" campus. Successful completion of an articulated course assures students and faculty that the student has taken the appropriate course, received the necessary instruction and preparation, and that similar outcomes can be assured, enabling progression to the next level of instruction at the receiving institution

7. What is ASSIST?

ASSIST is a Web site that has articulation information between the community colleges and specific campuses of the University of California and some of the California State Universities. www.assist.org

8. What is GE?

GE or General Education is a program of courses that provides a broad educational experience. Courses are usually introductory in nature and provide students with fundamental skills and knowledge in English, arts, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, physical and biological sciences.

9. What is IGETC?

IGETC or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum is a general education program that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus. Students who are planning to transfer to a CSU may want to complete the CSU GE pattern instead. Completion of IGETC is one option for students to use when preparing for transfer. It is not the only option and for some majors, such as engineering and science, may not be recommended. Completing IGETC is not a requirement for transfer to either the CSU or the UC.

10. Do I need an Associates degree to transfer?

No as associates is not a requirement for transfer. Some students earn an Associates degree along the way while others do not. It is advisable to meet with a counselor to discuss options.

11. What courses should I take before I transfer?

For most students who intend to transfer as juniors, it is important to take basic general education courses. However, in some cases it is more important to complete courses for the major. You should consult with a counselor to determine which lower division major courses might be advisable to take.

12. How do I find out about transfer and major requirements for my school?

It is recommended that you meet with a counselor to find out about transfer requirements and to check in with a counselor each semester to make sure you are on track for meeting those requirements. Preparation for a major is an important step. Information as to which classes are required for a specific major can be obtained from articulation agreements which are available online at www.assist.org, in the Transfer Center and in the Counseling Department. The Chabot College Catalog states whether a course is UC and/or CSU transferable. Students should refer to the ASSIST Web site and click on Chabot/UC - Transferable Course Agreement link or the Chabot/CSU - Transferable Courses link to view Chabot courses that are transferable to the UC and CSU and any limitations. If you are interested in transferring to an independent college or university you should contact the transfer institution of your choice as early as possible to review the institution's transfer credit policy. Though many independent and out-of-state universities award transfer credit for UC-transferable course work, it is important to determine how and which Chabot courses will receive transfer credit. Psychology Counseling 18: Transfer Planning course is a great class to learn more about university transfer requirements.

13. Can I transfer as an undeclared major?

In general, very few CSU and UC campuses allow transfer students to apply as "undeclared". Most campuses require transfer applicants to declare a major at the time of application. Students interested in an impacted program or selective major at the CSU or UC must apply to the major. Transfer admission policies will vary by campus for independent and out-of-state colleges and universities. Contact the admissions office of the transfer institution of your choice for more information about applying as "undeclared".For students who need guidance about selecting a major, Psychology Counseling (PSCN) 10: Career Exploration course is recommended.

14. Can I change my major after I transfer?

The ability to change a major completely depends on the rules governing major changes at the college or university that a student will be attending.

15. What GPA do I need to transfer?

There is a difference between eligibility vs. being selected. The minimum eligible GPA admission requirement for residents for CSU's is 2.0 and for UC's is 2.4. However there may be higher GPA requirements for particular majors and meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance. Students are encouraged to maintain the highest of grades and work closely with a counselor particularly when applying to competitive universities or programs. Psychology Counseling 15: Study Skills is a recommended support course.

16. How do I make myself a competitive applicant?

Students are encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements for transfer. Not only should students try to maintain a competitive GPA but universities will also look at rigorousness of academic courses selected. UC's will also review the students' personal statements and extra-curricular involvement (leadership, volunteer, work, etc.) First preference is givento upper division transfer students from CA Community Colleges.

17. How do I apply?

For CSU's go to www.csumentor.edu for the application as well as to check the priority filing period for when applications are being accepted. For UC's go to http://www.ucop.edu/pathways/. Students generally apply one year in advance. For private/out of state universities check the specific university website or call the admissions office. Some universities may accept the Common Application. It is recommended to work with a counselor and to attend transfer application workshops offered by the Career Transfer Center.
Do I have to write an essay as part of the application to transfer?
For CSU's: no, there is not an admissions essay. For UC"s: yes, personal statements are part of the application process. There may be a supplemental application based on the major.

18. Do I have to write an essay as part of the application to transfer?

For CSU's there is no required essay as part of the application process.   For UC's you are required to write a personal statement. 

19. What is a TAG?

A TAG is a Transfer Admission Guarantee to a specific university. It is a contract that you submit to the universityof your choice so that you can be guaranteed admissions early. A TAG is a great tool to use to be sure that you have meet the admission criteria for transfer and will be completing the appropriate courses for General Education and for your future major. TAGS are available at Chabotfor the following universities: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz , UC Santa Barbara, CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey Bay and Santa Clara University (private university). TAGs are generally completed one year in advance before transferring. Meet with a counselor to discuss criteria, preparation and eligibility.

20. I got bad grades at another college. Do I need to inform my transfer college?

Yes. You are required to report all previous institutions that you have attended, and you don't want to provide false information since that could potentially revoke your admission or degree.
Do Credit/No Credit grades transfer?
Four-year institutions may have a limit on the number of number of courses transferable for pass(credit)/no pass (no credit). Required courses for the major should not be taken CR/NC. Credit is defined as satisfactory completion of the minimum course requirements (a "C" grade or better). Rather than receiving a grade on your transcript, you will earn a credit if you met the minimum course requirements. Credit/no credit grading does not affect your grade point average.

21. Do Credit/No Credit (Pass/No Pass) grades transfer?

Varies by campus and specific course.  See a counselor for details. 

 22. Do "D" grades transfer?

"D" grades cannot be used for IGETC, not for some or all areas of General Education depending on the university, and not for the major. You will probably want to repeat "D" grades to improve your GPA.

23. How do "W's" affect transferability?

In most cases, W's are not a focus of admission decisions unless there is an excessive number of W's over a longer course of time.

24. I already have one bachelors degree. Can I transfer and get another one?

Yes to the California State University, but rarely to the University of California. You must contact each campus to determine their policy on receiving a second Bachelor's.

25. How long will it take to finish once I transfer?

The amount of time to finish will be a result determined by the number of requirements you complete prior to transfer, the number of requirements remaining to be completed, and the number of units you complete each term. If a student completes all of the GE and lower division major requirements, and a total of 60 transferable semester units, and continues at the transfer institution full-time, the student should be able to graduate in two years.

26. What is certification and why is it important for transferring students?

Certification of CSU GE or IGETC is important in the transfer process. All California State Universities accept a common pattern of general education. The certification of GE is the official notice verifying that a transfer student has completed courses satisfying lower division general education requirements. Students may request Admissions and Records at Chabot for Certification of CSU GE or IGETC. The request for certification of CSU GE or IGETC is done at the time you request transcripts be sent to the university (the university has selected you and you have selected the university).

27. How can I meet with a college representative?

Representatives from many colleges visit the Career Transfer Center in Building 700. Visit the CTC to see a calendar of events (some require appointments, some are drop in).

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