Step 4: Prepare to Transfer

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What is transfer?

The term "transfer" is specifically used to describe advancement from a community college to a university. Transfer means that you begin your bachelor’s degree at a community college and complete it at a university

Why transfer?

Earning a bachelor's degree provides the following advantages in today's workforce:

  • Prepares you for a specialized career
  • Makes you more marketable in the job market
  • Increase access to career opportunities
  • Higher job satisfaction
  • Increase earning potential
  • Economic stability
  • Personal growth
  • Decrease risk of unemployment
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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020

Watch the Transfer 101 Video to learn more about how to transfer from LAVC to a four-year university.

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What are the minimum requirements to transfer?

In most cases, you will need a minimum of 60 transferable units composed of your major, general education, and elective courses (if needed). In order to know which courses are right for you, you must know which university you would like to transfer to (UC, CSU, Private, and Out-of-state). You also need to declare a major before transferring. Please visit us for more information regarding transfer.

*Please make sure you make an appointment with a counselor to discuss more in depth which classes are right for your educational goals.

What are my transfer options?

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California State University

The California State University is a system of 23 public institutions- the largest four-year public university in the United States. CSU is known for providing opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative activities.

These hands-on opportunities provide a high-quality education where students can engage with course content, develop and test hypotheses and push boundaries.

Learn more about the CSU's by clicking on the links below:

Cal State Apply
Transferring to a CSU from LAVC

University of California

The University of California is a system of 10 public research universities routinely ranked among the world’s best. The UC has established a reputation for pioneering research, innovation, and discovery.

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UC campuses have large numbers of distinguished faculty in almost every academic discipline, with UC faculty and researchers having won 69 Nobel Prizes as of 2020. Learn more about the UC's by clicking on the links below:

UC website
Transferring to a UC from LAVC


Private Universities

There are over 80 private colleges and universities in California. Private universities generally are smaller with a lower teacher-to-student ratio. Some private schools may have religious affiliations.

Private schools usually have a smaller selection of majors but may offer more specialized academic programs. The requirements for transfer admission and majors offered varies from school to school. Learn more about the private universities by clicking on the links below:

AICCU website
Transferring to a Private University from LAVC

Helpful Transfer Resources:

Resources Description ASSIST is a great resource that allows you to see what major preparation courses to take at LAVC prior to transferring to a CSU or UC.
UC Transfer Admission Planner UC TAP is a free online tool to help prospective UC transfer students track and plan their coursework.
Cal State Apply Learn about the CSU system, campuses that offer your major, impaction, and how to apply.
UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Learn about how to get guaranteed admission to a UC.

A Degree With a Guarantee


Learn about how to get an associate degree at LAVC and guaranteed admission to the CSU system.
Eureka Learn about what university offers your major.

Career/Transfer Center

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