Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

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Applying for an Associate Degree for Transfer 

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About the ADT

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) – also known an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T ) degree – are intended primarily for students who plan to transfer into a similar major/program at a CSU campus.  Students who earn an ADT and meet certain CSU admission requirements are guaranteed priority admission to a CSU campus, though not necessarily to a specific campus or major.

De Anza College currently offers 14 Associate Degrees for Transfer. Additional ADT majors remain under development. Check with a counselor or academic adviser for information.

Associate in Arts Degrees (AA-T) Associate in Science Degrees (AS-T)
  • Anthropology (AA-T)
  • Communication Studies (AA-T)
  • Economics (AA-T)
  • English (AA-T)
  • History (AA-T)
  • Journalism (AA-T)
  • Kinesiology (AA-T)
  • Political Science (AA-T)
  • Sociology (AA-T)
  • Administration of Justice (AS-T)
  • Business Administration (AS-T)
  • Computer Science (AS-T)
  • Early Childhood Education (AS-T)
  • Mathematics (AS-T)

Courses required for each ADT are available in the College Catalog. View AA-T/AS-T Degrees List for the most current information on ADTs at De Anza College.

Planning for the ADT
  1. Review the ADT Handout.

  2. Review the AA-T/AS-T Degrees List for requirements for your ADT major.

  3. If you have coursework outside of Foothill-De Anza, promptly request to have those transcripts sent to the De Anza College Admissions & Records Office immediately AND request to have them evaluated by submitting a Request for Transcript Evaluation Form.

  4. Meet with a De Anza College counselor to develop your education plan to meet this goal.

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Applying for the ADT
  1. CSU TRANSFER STUDENTS: Apply to CSU during the appropriate application filing period.

    • You are urged to submit your application during the priority filing period
      • Fall transfer: October and November
      • Winter/Spring transfer: First month of the filing period (be sure to check to see which campuses are accepting applications)
    • If you are applying after the priority filing period for any term, check to see which campuses are still accepting applications AND consult with the CSU campus Admission Office regarding any benefits for ADT applicants.

  2. ALL OTHER STUDENTS (NON-CSU TRANSFER STUDENTS): Only Step #4 below is required. Your ADT application will be processed in the same time frame as other De Anza College AA/AS degrees.

  3. You MUST indicate on the CSU Admissions Application that you will be receiving an
    ADT, specifying the major and expected completion date.

  4. Complete the ADT Eligibility Self-Assessment Form.

    • If eligible, meet with a De Anza College counselor/academic adviser to file your ADT Graduation Application  WARNING: the Liberal Arts degree is NOT an ADT.
    • If you have coursework from outside Foothill-De Anza, be sure ALL transcripts are on file (and have been evaluated) at De Anza College before applying for the ADT degree.
      CSU Applicants - Fall 2018 transfer: If you plan to complete ADT requirements by the end of spring 2018, you must submit your ADT Graduation Application by March 1, 2018 (5:00 p.m.) to meet CSU's verification deadline and receive any admission benefits associated with the degree.
      CSU Applicants - Winter/Spring 2019 transfer: Tentative deadline to file ADT Graduation Application - October 15, 2018.

  5. Verification of ADT for Fall 2018 CSU Transfer Applicants
    If you file the ADT Graduation Application by March 1, 2018 (5:00 p.m.), and had correctly identified your intention to receive the ADT degree on your CSU Admissions Application, De Anza College will electronically verify your ADT status with CSU once your application has been processed.  This verification acknowledges you are on-track to receive the degree at the end of spring 2018. (If you decide not to pursue the degree or are unable to complete the requirements at the end of spring 2018, you are responsible for notifying the CSU campus(es) of this change in your ADT status.  De Anza will not be able to retract the verification.)

    If you are a Fall 2018 CSU applicant intending to complete ADT requirements by spring 2018, but did not report your intention to receive the degree on your CSU Admissions Application, you must submit the ADT Graduation Application by March 1, 2018 (5:00 p.m.).  If you meet this deadline, and it's determined you are eligible to receive the ADT as planned, De Anza College will provide you with a verification form that you can send to CSU.

    NOTE: If you submitted your CSU Admission Application during the priority filing period, and correctly identified the ADT degree and your expected completion date, you will also be contacted by De Anza College with information regarding this process and timeline.  Please check your email account.

  6. Follow all instructions provided by CSU and De Anza College and request to have your De Anza College transcript showing final fall grades sent to CSU by the posted CSU deadline.  Read the transcript request information carefully.

The ADT awarded will be noted on your De Anza College transcript.  CSU will reference your official De Anza College transcript to verify degree completion.

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Disclaimer:  The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Website 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 adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes.


Last Updated: 4/2/18