Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- How long does it take to complete a degree / certificate?
The amount of time it takes to complete an associate degree at EVC varies by individual need. During this time, you are completing general education requirements, major requirements, and any prerequisite courses you might need. Most of our certificate programs typically take two or more semesters to complete.
EVC encourages students to attend both part-time and full-time (12 or more units) as they pursue their personal and academic goals. Students who work more then 20+ hours per week are encouraged to take classes part-time to be successful.
- Can I transfer without GE certification?
Yes. You can transfer without GE certification, but it is not recommended. Having Evergreen Valley College certify the completion of your general education requirements means that a State university will not ask you to complete their lower-division general education pattern after you transfer, as you have completed the necessary requirements for the Evergreen Valley College General Ed Certification. Please note that there is no partial certification for IGETC.
- Who is eligible to attend a community college?
Any person may attend who is a high school graduate, has passed the State Proficiency Test, obtained a G.E.D., or is 18 years of age or older. Students whose legal residence is outside the state of California or who have not resided in the state for one year and one day prior to the first day of the semester may apply for admission as non-resident students and are subject to non-resident fees. High school students may enroll with written permission from the high school principal with an R-40 form. You can obtain a form in your high school career center.
- When do I apply?
You can apply to the college in March for the fall semester and November for the spring semester on line at www.evc.edu Once you apply, you will receive an acknowledgement from Admissions with a letter listing the phone number you need to call to schedule a college assessment and orientation. need to contact the college to sign up for a college assessment and schedule an orientation. If you attend high school at one of the East Side Union High School campuses, you will be invited to participate in EAP (Early Admissions Program), providing you with an applications workshop, assessment and College 101 on your high school campus. Visit your career center for specific dates.
- What is a TAA?
TAA stands for Transfer Admission Agreement. A Transfer Admission Agreement is a "contract of understanding" between a community college and a university guaranteeing that a student will be admitted to the university when the conditions of the contract have been met. In order to initiate a TAA, you must:
- See your counselor to determine eligibility.
- See the Transfer Center Director in the Transfer/Career Center.
- Make sure official transcripts from any other college you have attended are in your file, before you begin the TAA process.
Your counselor will help you formalize the contract you make with the University.
The contract basically outlines the courses you will be taking prior to transfer and the required GPA. If you meet the conditions of the contract, you will be admitted to the University.
Evergreen Valley College has Transfer Admission Agreements with:
University of California Campuses:
- UC Davis
- UC Irvine
- UC Riverside
- UC San Francisco
- UC Santa Barbara
- UC Santa Cruz
California State Universities:
- Cal State East Bay
- CSU Monterey Bay
- San Francisco State
- San Jose State
- Sanoma State
- Menlo College
- National Hispanic University
- Santa Clara University
- Hawaii Pacific University
- What is a unit?
Usually, one unit equals 1 hour of classroom lecture time. Therefore, a 3 units means that you will spend 3 hours per week in the classroom.
- What is an Associate's Degree?
An associate's degree requires 60 completed degree-applicable units. There are two types of Associate's degrees, the Associate of Arts, (A.A.) and the Associate of Science (A.S.). You are able to obtain an Associate's degree at any community college in California. UC and CSU campuses do not offer Associate's Degrees. To obtain the Associate Degree, a student must complete 60 units of college work. The 60 units must include General Education, Major and Elective courses.
- Which is better, an A.A. or A. S. Degree?
An A.S. Degree is designed for students who are interested in vocational programs. The A.S. Degree is usually sought after by students who are interested in getting employed immediately after completing their community college degree. An A.A. Degree is designed for those student who plan to transfer to a 4-year college and complete a Bachelor’s Degree. Please note that you do not need an AS or an AA to transfer.
- What is the difference between quarters and semesters?
A quarter is approximately 12 academic weeks. There are 4 quarters in an academic/school year. A semester at Evergreen Valley College is 16 academic weeks. There are 2 semesters, plus summer and winter sessions, in an academic/school year.
- What is General Education?
General Education (GE) is a broad range of courses required for the Associate Degree and the Bachelor Degree. The courses required for GE are listed in the schedule of classes and the EVC catalog. Consult with a college counselor regarding the GE pattern to follow based on your goals and objectives.
- What is IGETC?
The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of courses that can be used to fulfill lower division transfer GE requirements for CSU and UC campuses (and some private colleges - see a counselor for more information).
There are five (5) areas that need to be completed:
- English Communication
- Mathematical Concepts & Quantitative Reasoning
- Arts & Humanities
- Social & Behavioral Sciences and
- Physical & Biological Sciences.
In addition, proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to two years of high school study ( in the same language) must be demonstrated (UC requirement only). To obtain IGETC GE certification, you will need to complete all coursework in the above 5 areas with a grade of C or better.
The IGETC is often used by students who have not decided to attend a CSU or UC.
- Do Credit/No Credit grades transfer?
From EVC, they do transfer. However, some four-year institutions may have a limit. 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.
- Do "D" grades transfer?
Yes but classes with "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.
- What is the difference between UC and CSU?
California has two public university systems. The University of California (UC) is the research system of public higher education in California. The UC system emphasizes a theory-based approach to learning and offers doctorate programs in most disciplines along with graduate opportunities in medicine, dentistry, business, law, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The California State University (CSU) is the system of higher education in California that grants the highest number of Bachelor's degrees. The CSU offers traditional and career specific majors, with graduate opportunities at the Master's level. The CSU has a more practical, career-oriented approach to education in contrast to the more theoretical approach offered by the UC.
- What is the minimum GPA for transfer?
- The minimum GPA needed to transfer to a California State University (CSU) is 2.0.
- The minimum GPA needed to transfer to the University of California (UC) is 2.4.
- The GPA needed for transfer to private colleges varies so please check with your college counselor.
Some majors and some colleges are impacted and will require higher GPA's for admission.
- What is a competitive GPA for transfer?
To be accepted to an impacted program or a very popular campus, the GPA for admission will need to be considerably higher than the minimum required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher may be required to be competitive for transfer admission. The GPA will vary each year according to the specific applicant pool at that time.