Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

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. 

What Makes an ADT?

  1. A minimum of 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:
    California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE)


    Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern (IGETC)
  4. Complete major coursework required for the specific ADT with a C or better.

Steps to Obtain an ADT

  1. Meet with a Counselor to establish an ADT Educational Plan
  2. Complete all necessary coursework and ensure all transcripts are on file and evaluated
    Submit your transcripts
  3. Apply for Graduation by the ADT deadline - students on track to complete requirements must apply by the deadline in order to be verified with the CSU campus
    Steps to apply for graduation
  4. Apply to Transfer
    When ready to apply to transfer, regardless if your ADT degree is complete or in-progress, indicate your ADT status on your Cal State Apply 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.
    Apply to a CSU
  5. Final ADT verification
    E-Verifications will start after February of application season. 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.

    Please note: E-Verification is only required for students that are receiving an Associate Degree for Transfer.