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.


Look Into Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG)


As a Grossmont transfer student you may be eligible for guaranteed admission, depending on your major and university of interest.  Here is a list of guaranteed admission opportunities for students who meet eligibility criteria.


Arizona State University

ASU offers guaranteed admission to students who meet eligibility requirements.  Learn more on their MyPath2ASU website.  Also see our Transfer Info: Private and Out-of-State Universities page and Connect with University Representatives page.  Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Transfer Center Counselor to make plans.


California State University

Currently the CSU system does not offer a guaranteed admission program to individual schools. However, the process of redirection guarantees that all applicants who meet minimum eligibility criteria, including those earning an AD-T, are guaranteed admission into one of the 23 CSU campuses.  Visit the CSU Redirection webpage for details and talk to your counselor for more information.



39 Historically Black Colleges & Universities offer guaranteed admission to California Community College students who meet the eligibility criteria.  For more information visit our Transfer Info for HBCU webpage.


Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School offers a Bachelor of Science in Management at the West LA Campus or fully online.  An overview is available here.   


Individual Appointments available with Hannah Majuelo, Assistant Director, Recruitment and Advising.  Book an appointment today


Webinar Series: Breaking into Business School.  For information and to register to attend, view this flier.


San Diego State University

San Diego State University (SDSU) offers guaranteed admission to eligible students for select majors.  TAG Pathway majors and eligibility criteria are listed on the Transfer Pathways website.  Please note: students will be considered for TAG based on information provided in their Cal State Application, no additional paperwork or forms are required.  The Grossmont College Transfer Center offers a SDSU Transfer Pathways workshop and students interested in transfer to SDSU are also encouraged to meet with a Counselor.



The University of California offers guaranteed admission to six campuses; students can choose one of the six campuses to TAG to.  The six campuses are: Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.  For more information, visit the UC TAG website.  In addition, the Grossmont College Transfer Center invites students to meet with a Counselor, attend TAG workshops, and utilize our Application Assistance.  Students should create a UC TAP account upon identifying interest in transfer to the UC.


UCSD UniversityLink

The University of California, San Diego offers guaranteed admission to students that are eligible for their UniversityLink program.  Students must apply during their first year of college; foster youth and veterans may apply at any time.  Additional eligibility criteria are outlined on the ULink website.  Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a Transfer Center Counselor to review the program criteria and develop an educational plan.  Students should create a UC TAP account upon identifying interest in transfer to UCSD.


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

Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research

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.

Access the 2023-2024 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).

Access the 2023-2024 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!

  • CSU-How to Calculate Your Transferable GPA (PDF)
    Use this document for instructions about calculating your CSU Transferable GPA.  This document walks you through the necessary steps to calculate your GPA using a calculator.
  • UC-How to Calculate Your Transferable GPA (PDF)
    Use this document for instructions about calculating your UC Transferable GPA.  This document walks you through the necessary steps to calculate your GPA using a calculator.
  • Figuring Out Your CSU / UC GPA (Excel)
    Download this Excel spreadsheet, enter your transferable courses (following the instructions from one of the documents above), and the spreadsheet will calculate your GPA for you. 


Identify Funding Sources to Pay for College--Scholarships and More


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.


Transferring to a 4-year university in Fall 2023?

Announcing the Peggy Gray Spanninga Transfer Scholarship for Fall 2023 Transfers!

Ten scholarships are available to Grossmont & Cuyamaca students in the amount of $5,000 each!


Eligibility criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled at Grossmont or Cuyamaca during Spring 2023 to apply.
  • Must be currently employed.
  • Must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Must be admitted to a 4-year university for Fall 2023. Waitlisted students should still apply!  (Students will be notified if they’re a top candidate for the scholarships in mid-May and will need to provide proof of enrollment most likely in July or early August.

Students selected as a top candidate for the scholarship will most likely need to write an additional essay, as well as show proof of their enrollment at the 4-year they are transferring to in the fall.


To apply:

Beginning March 27, visit the academic works website and search for the Peggy Gray Spanninga Transfer Scholarship to view the criteria and apply.


Transferring to a HBCU Fall 2023 with a major in Communications?

The Hoffman Agency HBCU Scholarship will be awarded to a California community college student who has been offered admission to study communications at an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).  The scholarship will cover tuition and fees for the recipient’s junior and senior years at an HBCU.


Transferring to a Private school in San Diego?

San Diego Education Consortium is a group of private/independent colleges and universities in San Diego.  They offer grants each year for transfer students. 


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Transferring from a local Community College to an SDEC school in fall 2023
    • Grossmont College is a local Community College!
    • SDEC schools: Alliant International University, Azusa Pacific University, Design Institute of San Diego, University of Massachusetts Global, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National University, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Point Loma Nazarene University, University of Phoenix, University of Redlands, University of Saint Katherine
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 units from a local San Diego Community College
  • Unofficial Transcript verification

How to Apply:

  • Write a 500 words (max) essay on the following prompt: Please describe how you have prepared for your intended major, including your readiness to succeed in upper-division courses once you start your program.  Please also be sure to note your financial needs and personal accomplishments.
  • Send essay and unofficial transcript to  Your Grossmont College unofficial transcript can be downloaded from your Self-Service account.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2023

Two (2) recipients will be selected.



Funding a CSU Education

Middle Class Scholarship Information

The Middle Class Scholarship is for undergraduates and students pursuing a teaching credential with family assets up to $191,000 and income up to $191,000.  Find out more on the California Student Aid Commissions website.


Funding a UC Education 

Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

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.


Middle Class Scholarship Program

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) program provides funding to help middle-class students attend the University of California or California State University.


Native American Opporunity Plan

The University of California will ensure that in-state systemwide Tuition and Student Service Fees for California students from federally recognized Native American, American Indian, and Alaska Native tribes are fully covered by grants or scholarships beginning Fall 2022.  Learn more HERE.


UC Tuition Stability Plan

The new multiyear plan sets tuition and other mandatory systemwide fees at the time of enrollment. Starting in fall 2022, both incoming freshmen and transfer students can expect that their base Tuition, Student Services Fee and Nonresident Supplemental Tuition levels (if applicable) will remain the same until they graduate (for up to six academic years). The Tuition Stability Plan will not affect a student’s eligibility for financial aid.  


The new Tuition Stability Plan goes into effect in fall 2022. There will be no tuition increase this fall for current undergraduates or those coming in fall 2021. Tuition, the Student Services Fee and Nonresident Supplemental Tuition will all remain at 2020-21 levels for the 2021-2022 academic year. The plan will be up for reauthorization by the Board of Regents in five years. 


Learn more about the Tuition Stability Plan and how it will impact current and future UC undergraduate students.


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.