Transfer Planning

We encourage you to incorporate the steps and information below into your transfer planning process.


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Explore Your Transfer Options

We encourage you to learn about the universities available to you as transfer options!  We've gathered information about your CSU, UC, Private and Out-of-State options; choose from the links below.  You can also research colleges and universities by doing an online search for their university webpage.

Consider Your Future Career

When selecting a major it is helpful to consider your future.  There are a number of resources at Grossmont College to help you explore your career options.  Counselors are available to provide support.


Grossmont College Career Center

Pre-Professional Counseling (pre-med, pre-pharm, pre-law, etc)

Road Trip Nation

Attend Transfer Events and Workshops

The Transfer Center hosts events and workshops throughout the year.  We invite you to join us; details are on our Events and Workshops page.

Choose a General Ed Pattern

There are two General Ed patterns transfer students choose from: 


1) CSU GE (California State University General Education Breath): appropriate for students planning to apply to any of the 23 campuses in the California State University system.

2020-2021 CSU GE Advising Form


2) IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum): can be used to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.  Students planning to apply to any of the 9 campuses in the University of California system should follow IGETC.  In addition, some private schools accept IGETC (check with a Counselor for more information).

2020-2021 IGETC Advising Form


Please note: It is important that when selecting classes you use the current GE pattern.  If you need to access a pattern from a previous academic year please access our CSU GE Archive or IGETC Archive.

Determine Major Preparation

Major prep refers to the lower division coursework you will take at the Community College in preparation for transfer.  The courses you will take depend on the: 1) major you select and 2) university you plan to attend.  Major prep does change depending on the university; therefore, if you are planning to apply to multiple universities, it will be important to identify the major prep required by each campus. is an important website for students planning to transfer to a UC or CSU campus.  It is important that you, as a transfer student, learn how to use this website and check it each semester.


Students pursuing an ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer) will follow the major prep as outlined in the catalog and advising sheet to prepare for transfer.  You can learn more about the ADT and requirements on our AA-T/AS-T/ADT website.


If your major is TAG (Transfer Admission Guarantee) this means that you will be guaranteed admission after meeting specific eligibility criteria including major preparation.  Talk with a Counselor to learn more.

Track Your Transferable GPA

Many colleges use transferable GPA as a factor for admissions.  Therefore, it is important that you know how to calculate your transferable GPA!  The pdf and excel documents below are provided to help with GPA calculation.  Keep track of your GPA from the time you start college until you finish!

Identify Funding Sources to Pay for College

Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid!  FAFSA or CADAA



Scholarship opportunities can be found on the scholarships webpage of each college and university.  Grossmont College also has a Scholarships for Transfer Students webpage that you can access HERE.


San Diego Education Consortium is a group of private/independent colleges and universities in San Diego.  They offer grants each year for transfer students.  The next application deadline will be coming soon; check back for details.  Check out their previous flier HERE for an overview.


UC Blue & Gold

If you are considering the UC (University of California), be sure to learn about their Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan.  If your family income is $80,000 per year or less and you meet the other eligibility criteria, your tuition will be covered!  Learn more HERE.

Meet with a Counselor
 Our Counselors will be happy to meet with you for a transfer planning appointment.  Please visit our homepage  for current information on how to schedule an appointment.
Locate Housing Opportunities
 Housing opportunities are listed on the University's Housing website.  Search the web by university name and housing.  For example, "SDSU Housing" or "UC Berkeley Housing".  
Apply for Admission
 CSU and UC application deadlines are one year in advance of transfer.  You'll apply while you are in progress on completing your courses.  We have an Application Assistance webpage dedicated to helping you with this process.
Check out these Useful Websites

Additional useful websites can be found here.