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.


What makes and 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.