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Apply Associate Degree for Transfer Student

Two new programs help students transfer from California Community Colleges to the California State University (CSU) and complete the bachelor's degree in a timely and cost-effective way. The programs are:

  1. Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) 
  2. California Promise Two-Year Pledge Program

Read this page if you plan to apply to CSUN having earned an ADT (AA-T or AS-T) degree from a California Community College, or you want to know more about ADT and/or California Promise.

IMPORTANT:  ADT applicants, please also review admission requirements at Upper-Division Transfer Applicant.

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About ADT

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Unlike regular AA or AS degrees, the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) come with certain guarantees because they are designed especially for transfer to the California State University (CSU). ADTs are sometimes referred to as the STAR Act or SB 1440. To learn more, read this page, contact your California Community College counselor, or visit A Degree With a Guarantee

Completing an ADT in the arts (an AA-T) or the sciences (an AS-T) at a California Community College guarantees the benefits listed below.

ADT Benefits

Students who earn a verified AA-T or AS-T that matches a major at the CSU they want to attend will:

  • Receive priority admission consideration. This is an advantage because many CSU campuses and majors are impacted. Helpful: CSUN Transfer Impaction
  • Be admitted with junior standing, ready for upper-division course work at the CSU
  • Be guaranteed admission to a CSU though not necessarily to a particular campus or major
  • Be able to complete the transfer major in 60 more semester units (90 quarter units). If you change your major at the CSU, however, the guarantee is lost. Helpful: Verify Your ADT Major for CSUN

To maintain your ADT status once admitted to CSUN, review the ADT policies at Planning Tools for ADT/STAR Act Students, where you’ll also find “Degree Road Maps” for completing your major in 60 additional units.

About California Promise

Students admitted to CSUN with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) are invited to participate in the California Promise Program and take the Two-Year Pledge to complete their bachelor’s degree in two more college years at a rate of 30 semester units per year including summer and winter terms. Note: Your ADT major must match one of the CSUN majors listed below.

California Promise participants will receive priority registration for each state-supported enrollment period along with routine and thorough academic advisement. For program requirements, qualifications and the pledge form, visit CSUN’s California Promise Program.

Also useful: CSU Systemwide California Promise Program

Verify Your ADT Major for CSUN

To qualify for admission to an ADT degree-completion program and/or the California Promise Program at CSU, Northridge (CSUN), you must:

  • Be pursuing one of the California Community College ADT majors listed in the table below (left column), and
  • Apply for admission to the matching CSUN-approved major and option if applicable (right column of table), and
  • Meet the CSUN admission requirements and deadlines for Upper Division Transfer Applicants.

Note: As a California resident with an AA-T or AS-T degree, you will also be affected by transfer impaction if you are outside CSUN's local admission area and/or you have chosen an impacted major.

MATCHING ADT & CSUN MAJORS
Title of AA-T or AS-T Degree Major/option matches at CSU, Northridge
Administration of JusticeBA - Criminology and Justice Studies - General
AnthropologyBA - Anthropology - General
Art HistoryBA - Art - General
Studio ArtsBA - Art - General
BiologyBA - Biology - General
BS - Biology / Biotechnology option
Business AdministrationBS - Business Administration / Business Law option
BS - Business Administration / Global Supply Chain Management option
BS - Business Administration / Real Estate option
BS - Business Administration / Systems and Operations Management option
BA - Economics - General
BS - Finance / Pre-Finance option
BS - Management - General
BS - Marketing - General
ChemistryBA - Chemistry - General
Child and Adolescent DevelopmentBA - Child and Adolescent Development / Applied Developmental Science option
Communication StudiesBA - Communication Studies - General
Computer ScienceBS - Computer Science - General
Early Childhood EducationBA - Child and Adolescent Development / Early Childhood Development option
EconomicsBA - Economics - General
Elementary Teacher EducationBA - Liberal Studies / Pre-Credential option
EnglishBA - English / Creative Writing option
BA - English / Honors option
BA - English / Literature option
BA - English / Subject Matter Program option
Film, Television and Electronic MediaBA - Cinema and Television Arts / Entertainment Media Management option
BA - Cinema and Television Arts / Media Theory and Criticism option
BA - Cinema and Television Arts / Multimedia Production option
BA - Cinema and Television Arts / Screenwriting option
BA - Cinema and Television Arts / Television Production option
GeographyBA - Geography - General
BA - Geography / Geographic Information Science option
GeologyBS - Geology - General
Global StudiesBA - Anthropology - General
BA - Asian American Studies - General
BA - Central American Studies - General
BA - Chicana and Chicano Studies - General
BA - English / Creative Writing option
BA - English / Honors option
BA - English / Literature option
BA - English / Subject Matter Program option
BA - French - General
BA - Gender and Women's Studies - General
BA - Geography - General
BA - Geography / Geographic Information Science option
BA - History - General
BA - Liberal Studies / Interdisciplinary Studies option
BA - Linguistics - General
BA - Philosophy - General
BA - Religious Studies - General
BA - Sociology - General Sociology option
BA - Spanish / Hispanic Linguistics option
BA - Spanish / Language and Culture option
BA - Spanish / Literature option
BA - Urban Studies and Planning - General
HistoryBA - History - General
KinesiologyBS - Kinesiology / Dance option
BS - Kinesiology / Sport Studies option
MathematicsBA - Mathematics - General
BA - Mathematics / Secondary Teaching option
BS - Mathematics / General
BS - Mathematics  / Applied Mathematical Sciences option
BS - Mathematics / Statistics option
MusicBA - Music/Breadth Studies option
PhilosophyBA - Philosophy - General
BA - Modern Jewish Studies - General
BA - Religious Studies - General
PhysicsBA - Physics - General
BS - Physics - General
BS - Physics / Astrophysics option
Political ScienceBA - Political Science / Law and Society option
BA - Political Science / Politics and Government option
BA - Political Science / Public Policy and Management option
PsychologyBA - Psychology - General
Social Justice StudiesBA - Asian American Studies - General
BA - Central American Studies - General
BA - Chicana and Chicano Studies - General
BA - English / Creative Writing option
BA - English / Honors option
BA - English / Literature option
BA - English / Subject Matter Program option
BA - French - General
BA - Gender and Women's Studies - General
BA - Liberal Studies / Interdisciplinary Studies option
BA - Linguistics - General
BA - Philosophy - General
BA - Religious Studies - General
BA - Sociology - General Sociology option
BA - Spanish / Hispanic Linguistics option
BA - Spanish / Language and Culture option
BA - Spanish / Literature option
BA - Urban Studies and Planning - General
SociologyBA - Criminology and Justice Studies - General
BA - Sociology / General Sociology option
BA - Sociology / Social Welfare and Social Justice option
BA - Sociology / Work and Society option
SpanishBA - Central American Studies - General
BA - Chicana and Chicano Studies - General
BA - Spanish / Hispanic Linguistics option
BA - Spanish / Language and Culture option
BA - Spanish / Literature option
Theatre ArtsBA - Theatre - General

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How to Apply

Please return to the Upper Division Transfer Applicant page to review admission criteria, transcript requirements and deadlines, as well as an "After You Apply" checklist.

Questions? Please contact Admissions and Records.