Transferring to a University
SMC is a two-year community college
and is part of the three branch state system of higher education in
California. The state funded higher education institutions are classified
under the following systems:·
Community Colleges (two-year institutions) awards Associate degrees
California State University (CSU) awards Bachelor’s, Master’s degrees, and Educational Doctorates
University of California (UC) awards Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorates and professional degrees
SMC prepares students so they will
be eligible to transfer to the university with junior (third year) standing.
Community colleges like SMC are generally considered the first two years of the
Do all SMC courses transfer to the
No, not all SMC courses will
transfer. For the UC and CSU schools, students can determine if the course
will transfer to the university by checking the SMC Catalog.
Which courses are required for
Transferring to UC and CSU schools
SMC has established numerous articulation
agreements with various colleges and universities that assist students in
determining appropriate courses to take prior to transfer. The articulated
information between SMC and the UC/CSU schools can be found at the ASSIST website.
Transferring to private and out-of-state schools
Although SMC has not established
articulations with private schools as extensively as with the UC and CSU
schools, students can review the agreements we have with private California, out-of-state,
and International colleges by going to the Articulation button found on our Transfer Center Articulation website.
Is an Associate’s Degree required
No, an Associate’s degree is not
required for transfer to most universities. Instead, the universities are more
concerned about major preparation and general education courses. In many
cases, students can do both; complete their Associate’s degree as well as their
requirements for transfer since there can be substantial overlap of
requirements. The CSU schools have a special Associate’s Degree program (ADT)
designed for transfer students. To see the options available, please visit the Transfer Center
What if I am undecided on my major
course of study?
It is common for new students to be
undecided on their majors or academic goals. Counselors can assist
students in formulating realistic plans. Students are advised to use other
campus resources such as the Career Center to help them in their decision making.
How long will it take to transfer to
This depends on many factors such as
where the student placed on their math and ESL/English tests, what major and
transfer schools they select, their willingness to take summer and winter
classes and their overall progress in their classes. In most cases, students
try to transfer in 2 to 2-1/2 years, although 3 years is not uncommon given the
extensive preparation many universities require of transfer students and the
fact that many will only accept students in the fall term. Most UC and CSU
schools require students to transfer with a minimum of 60 transferable
When do I apply for transfer to the
In general, students should begin
thinking about the application process about a year in advance of when they
plan to transfer. Deadlines to apply vary with schools. For more
information on when and how to apply, refer to the Transfer Center website. Students are highly recommended to take
advantage of other Transfer Center events to guide them through the transfer
Can I use my foreign coursework at
This may be possible but it will be
up to the universities to decide. Since they will issue students their
degrees, they have sole responsibility for determining which courses they
will accept from other colleges and universities within the U.S. or
abroad. In general, most universities will not do a formal evaluation of
your units until you are accepted to their school. SMC counselors are
unable to determine the transferability of foreign coursework to the
universities. In most cases, credential evaluations done for the purpose of an
Associate’s degree are not accepted by the transfer institutions as they will
do their own evaluations.
What services does the Transfer
SMC’s Transfer Center offers an extensive array of services and events for
students planning to transfer to a university. Students can attend a
variety of workshops on how to transfer and meet with university
representatives on the SMC campus.
For individual transfer counseling
sessions, please see a counselor at the International Education Counseling Center,
not at the Transfer Center.