Associate Degree for Transfer
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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

Did you apply 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 2018?  If the following requirements are met we will automatically e-verify that you will receive your ADT by Spring 2018:

  1. Ed Plan:  You met with a counselor to create an educational plan for an ADT.
  2. Petition for Graduation:  You submitted your Petition for Graduation for an ADT by February 15, 2018.
  3. WIll Complete Degree:  You will or have completed your degree requirements for an ADT by the end of Spring 2018 (i.e. a Spring 2018 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, 2018. 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.

graduating in summer 2018 or later?

If you are graduating in Summer 2018 or later, we will still automatically submit an e-verification if you satisfy requirements 1,3,  and 4 above. However, the verification will state that you are graduating after Spring 2018. Please note, graduating in Summer 2018 or later may affect your admissions to a CSU for Fall 2018.  Check with the CSU you applied for to see how this will impact your admissions.

Not getting an ADT Degree

E-Verification is only required for students that are receiving an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). If you are unsure of whether you are getting an ADT degree read below to learn more or speak with your 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.  


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 ...