California Independent/Private Admission Requirements

California Independent (Private) admissions requirements & steps to tranferAmerican Independent California Colleges & Universities (AICCU)

Founded in 1955, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 85 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities in California. Together, these institutions make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities sector (ICCU). Recommend you to review theirTransfer Guide

CA Independents that Accept Associate Degree for Transfer

The ADT Commitment is the Independent California College and University sector's adaptation of the ADT pathway. While similar to the CSU ADT, there are also some differences due to the independent nature of the state's nonprofit institutions:

Unlike CSU, AICCU institutions are not part of a system and each campus has its own admission and graduation requirements.

If an ADT transfer student meets all the requirements of admission to a participating institution, admission is guaranteed to that college as opposed to a system.

The ADT Commitment is:

Guaranteed admission for the ADT students meeting admission requirements;

Guarantees a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units will transfer; Guarantees the student starts with junior standing.

What Does an ADT to an AICCU mean?

For a full list of AICCU ADT Participating Institutions and majors accepted, click here. (Links to an external site.)

 Feel free to check their website in an on-going basis for newest updates

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities - AICCU (Links to an external site.)

This system is comprised of 85 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities, which make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities (ICCU) sector with some of these Private Universities  EVC has agreements (Links to an external site.)

The ADT Commitment is the Independent California College and University sector's adaptation of the ADT pathway. While similar to the CSU ADT, there are also some differences due to the independent nature of the state's nonprofit institutions: Unlike CSU, AICCU institutions are not part of a system and each campus has its own admission and graduation requirements.

If an ADT transfer student meets all the requirements of admission to a participating institution, admission is guaranteed to that college as opposed to a system.

The ADT Commitment is: Guaranteed admission for the ADT students meeting admission requirements; Guarantees a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units will transfer; Guarantees the student starts with junior standing.

What Does an ADT to an AICCU mean?

For a full list of AICCU ADT Participating Institutions and majors accepted,click here.

Feel free to check their website in an on-going basis for newest updates and more recentAICCU Transfer Guide (click here)

4 Steps To Transfer To An Independent University

The following are the essential elements that you and your counselor will take into account in exploring baccalaureate programs in other states in the U.S.

The same principles apply to gathering information about California independent colleges and universities with which EVC has limited Articulation Agreements

The Transfer Credit Challenge Perhaps the most intimidating aspect of transfer to out-of-state and many independent schools is the absence of the articulation agreements. These agreements, which exist between California's community colleges and public universities, provide assurance that transfer credit will be granted for the classes you are taking at EVC. With a few exceptions, no one at EVC can tell you with absolute certainty how an out-of-state or independent institution will treat your community college coursework. Aside from actually applying, the only way to know is to ask for an informal evaluation from the target university.

Step 1: Gather Information about the School

It is important that you gather some basic information about the transfer requirements for your target out-of-state or independent school before you begin inquiring about specific course credit. You will need to consult the school's website to find out:

• The minimum number of units you need to apply as a transfer student

• Any other transfer selection criteria, such as GPA minimums

• Lower-division General Education requirements

• Lower-division prerequisites necessary to enter your major

• Application procedures and deadlines 

Some tips:

• Unit and GPA requirements are usually a part of information for transfer students in an "Admissions" section.

• General Education requirements are among the graduation requirements for a degree from the university; and they may be called by other terms, such as Liberal Studies, Essential Skills, or Foundations.

• Lower division major prerequisites will be on the pages that describe each major.

• For both GE and major preparation, you might need to look up the institution's course numbering, in order to separate lower-division from upper-division.

You are welcome to utilize the computer lab in the Transfer Center where staff is available to assist you if you need help. Print out or bookmark pages of everything and take it to an appointment (not a drop-in session) with your EVC counselor. 

Step 2: Write a Proposed Educational Plan

Your EVC  counselor will compare the information that you have gathered to the courses offered at EVC and make an educated guess about which EVC courses will meet the requirements for transfer to your target school. Based on that guess, you and your counselor will write a tentative educational plan.  In some cases your EVC Counselor requires to collaboration with our EVC Articulation Counselor. It may take more than one appointment session to accomplish this step.

Step 3: Ask for a Review of Your Plan

At this point it is necessary to identify an admissions advisor at your target university (i.e. schedule an appointment with the Admission Representative from chosen Transfer University).

Look on the admissions website for an advisor who specifically works with students in California or your major. Your goal is to locate an advisor who will review your plan and provide feedback on whether it will meet the requirements to be admitted at the level you are seeking. You will offer to email the plan to them and ask the advisor to email their approval or suggestions for changes. You may also have to make separate contact with an advisor in the department of your major to find out about major preparation.

One of the things you will want to let the university advisor know about is the availability of all EVC's complete course outlines available online. This will greatly facilitate the advisor's ability to evaluate the EVC courses you propose to transfer. Your EVC counselor can show you how to access those outlines, so that you can pass instructions on to the university advisor.

Step 4: Confirm and Carry Out Your Plan

After you receive the university advisor's evaluation of your plan, meet again with your EVC counselor to review the feedback and make any necessary adjustments. Continue to meet regularly with your counselor, especially at any point that you want to take different courses or make any other changes that are not in the approved plan. Of course, follow all application instructions and meet deadlines set by the university


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