Explore Transfer Options

Use the information on this page to explore your options in California and the United States.

University of California (UC)

The University of California is home to more than 222,000 students and, annually, welcomes more than 14,000 California community college transfer students.  

 There are nine undergraduate campuses plus UC San Francisco, which offers professional programs and graduate degrees.  Its academic offerings span 150 disciplines, with more departments ranked in the top 10 nationally than any other public or private university. 


California State Universities (CSU)

The California State University (CSU) is the largest and among the most diverse public university systems in the U.S. with nearly 433,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff.  The CSU has 23 campuses and over 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 240 subject areas. 

California Independent (Private) Colleges and Universities

In addition to campuses within the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) system, there are over 100 independent colleges and universities in California.  The majority of these independent institutions are members of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), which represents private, non-profit, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited institutions located throughout the state.

California independent colleges and universities vary widely in terms of size, mission.  The requirements for admission, general education, majors, and transfer to a California independent college or university vary by campus.  Preparing to transfer to an independent college or university requires careful planning and course selection.