Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

General Education Overview - Independent/Out-of-State Colleges and Universities 

Independent (or private) colleges and universities sometimes permit transfer students to follow a general education pattern of courses while completing admission requirements and lower-division prerequisites for a major.  General Education patterns usually consist of a variety of courses from a broad range of disciplines, which are designed to give breadth of education.

Many California independent colleges and universities accept coursework from the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education/Breadth pattern (CSUGE^) to satisfy all or a portion of their lower-division general education requirements.  Keep in mind that some independent institutions require certification of IGETC or CSUGE^ in order to grant transfer credit.

For a partial list of California independent and out-of-state schools that may accept IGETC or CSUGE^, visit the Transfer Planning Articulation Agreements page.  Students should also contact the admissions office of the four-year college or university to confirm acceptance of IGETC and CSUGE^.

^  The requirements for certification of CSUGE at De Anza College differ from the requirements identified by the California State University System and the information published on ASSIST. Students must complete the CSU GE requirements stated in the De Anza College Catalog, Schedule of Classes or this Transfer Planning Web site, in order to qualify for certification of CSUGE by De Anza College.

Some California independent colleges and universities require transfer students to possess an Associate degree and may include additional or specialized course requirements (e.g. foreign language, religion, writing courses) for admission.  To see a list of course requirements for transfer admission to over fifty(50) California independent colleges and universities, visit (NOTE: The information provided on this list is to be used for advising purposes only and does not constitute an official articulation agreement with any of the campuses included.  Requirements are subject to change without notification, so it is important that prospective transfer students consult the four-year institution directly.

Each transfer students' unique circumstances - including previous college coursework, major, and choice of transfer institution - will determine which general education pattern or coursework is appropriate to satisy transfer admission requirements.

Students are advised to consult with a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser as early as possible to confirm your choice of classes.

Visit the Meet with a Counselor page to view the academic services available through the De Anza College Counseling & Advising Center or stop by the Counseling & Advising Center or the Transfer Center located on the 2nd floor of the Registration & Student Services Building.

Disclaimer:  The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Web site is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible.  However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University.

Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic advisor both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes and to develop an education plan for transfer.

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Last Updated: 9/21/16