Transferring to a UC or CSU from another Four-year College
Archived Q&A and Reviews
After completing one semester at Bennington College, one at Goddard College (two very alternative schools that use narrative over letter grades) and three at Laney, my daughter has been unable to find out which of the CSU's or UC's will accept her credits. The UC staff she's spoken with have been discouraging about the transferability of her Goddard credits, but SF State seemed to indicate, when we checked with them in 2013, that they'd allow them. College counselors she's consulted have not been able to advise her.
We are starting to wonder if it might be wiser to apply to private colleges and hope the financial aid we might be eligible for would cover the difference in tuitions.
Does anyone out there know of a good resource for answering these questions?
You are right to check private college transfer requirements, because it may be possible to finish in two years as a transfer student when it often can take three at a UC or CSU. Scholarships alone will not make a private college's cost of attendance comparable to UC's and CSU's.
Your daughter should start with a counselor at Laney to assess her progress with IGETC, the fulfillment of general education undergraduate requirements for UC's. They will need her college transcripts and should be able to tell her what information she will need to determine what courses from other colleges might satisfy the IGETC requirements. The actual IGETC certification will be done by the Peralta district office. Most UC's also accept partial IGETC.
IGETC mostly will work for CSU's too. CSU's do require a communications course. Once she has an idea where she stands on undergraduate requirements, keep in mind that CSU's require three upper division general education courses.. Assist.org helps with both IGETC and major prerequisites but does not assess private college courses. Some private colleges also accept IGETC but will have varying additional requirements.
Laney's website should have information on private college articulation agreements. Ms. Sun's UC admissions blog should have a link to the full list of colleges that accept IGETC. University of the Pacific requires a senior seminar and St. Mary's requires religion courses and seminars. Pacific requires transcripts and will evaluate all courses taken for credit/course fulfillment. If a course needs to be evaluated for transferability, Pacific will note that a syllabus will be evaluated. Pacific has scholarships for transfer students based on GPA. Good luck to your daughter on finding her transfer college! Anon