In State Private and Out of State Schools Transfer Information
About one third of all College of Marin students who transfer to a four year institution transfer to an In State Private or Out of State School. While the College of Marin does have articulation agreements (a formal agreement with a university detailing which courses will transfer) with some In State Private schools, a student still will need to research the specific requirements of each chosen school. The following links provide you with a guide to help you understand what kind of information you need and where to find it.
Planning your Transfer Route to an In State Private and/or Out of State School
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)
Western Undergraduate Exchange
Research the School(s) of Choice
Find out some basic information about how to transfer to the school. Go to the school’s web site to find out:
- the minimum number of units you need to apply as a transfer student
- minimum GPA requirements
- lower division General Education requirements
- recommended or required major preparation
- application procedures and deadlines
- To find the number of units needed to transfer and GPA requirements, look under “Admissions” on their website. If they have a “Transfer Admissions” section, even better.
- You may find General Education requirements among the graduation requirements for a specific degree from the university. General Education requirements needed to obtain a degree may be listed in the catalog as Liberal Studies, Essential Skills, or Foundations courses.
- Lower division major prerequisites will be on the pages that describe each major.
- For both General Education and major preparation, you might need to look up the institution’s course numbering, in order to separate lower division from upper division.
- Use some of the online resources listed under Choosing a University or College.
Come by the Transfer and Career Center to get help researching. Once you find the information you need, be sure to print it out so you can take it to a counseling appointment where you can work on your educational plan.
Create an Educational Plan
Bring your research with you to an appointment with your College of Marin counselor so the two of you together can create your educational plan. Your COM counselor can offer advice on what courses to take to prepare you to transfer. However, to know with certainty which courses will transfer for you major, it will be best to contact an admissions representative at your chosen school and request an informal evaluation.
Request a Review of your Educational Plan
To request a review of your educational plan begin by searching your chosen institution’s web site for Admissions Office contact information. Call or email the office requesting to speak with 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 should offer to email the plan to them and ask the advisor to email their approval or suggestions for changes. Inform the admissions advisor of the online access to College of Marin’s catalog and course descriptions; he/she will need to use them in the evaluation. Ask the general admissions advisor if you will have to make separate contact with an advisor in the department of your major to find out about major preparation.
Bring the results of this evaluation with you to a follow up appointment with your College of Marin counselor to make sure you have what you need to stay on the right track to transfer.
Articulation agreements are formal agreements between colleges and universities that outline courses that can transfer to meet admission, general education, or major preparation requirements for a specific academic program or degree.
College of Marin has articulation agreements with the following institutions:
- Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University Transfer Policy and Procedure
- Brandman University
- California College of Arts
- Dominican University
- Golden Gate University
- Holy Names University
- The Master’s College
- Mills College
- Notre Dame de Namur University
- Palo Alto University
- Portland State University
- St Mary’s
- Santa Rosa Jr. College
- University of the Pacific
- University of San Francisco
- University of Southern California
The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) represents over 75 nonprofit private schools in California with more than 210 campuses statewide. Universities and Colleges belonging to this association are accredited and reputable. For more information on which schools are members, visit aiccu.edu
Many AICCU schools accept CSU GE Breadth and/or IGETC for general education requirements. Visit CaliforniaCollges.edu for a detailed list. But be sure to also check with a counselor to know which general education requirements you should complete for your school and major of choice.