Frequently Asked Questions

1. I might attend MiraCosta, so how does the transfer process work for me?

At MiraCosta College, our goal is to transfer a student as a junior unless the student states a different goal. To transfer as a junior most students must complete the following:

2. How many units do I need to transfer?

On average students transfer 60-70 units, which are applied toward total units required for the B.A./B.S., depending on the university you attend. Most universities will require a minimum of 60 units for admission and you will be considered at junior status (third year college student) at the university.

3. How do I find out which classes to take for my major?

Articulation agreements list the major preparation (major prep) classes you can take at MiraCosta that are equivalent to courses at the university. Information can be obtained via ASSIST Web site.

NOTE: Major prep classes may be different from university to university.

4. Do I need to declare a major before I transfer?

It is highly recommended and mandated for most universities for you to declare a major before transfer

5. How can I imporove my chances of being accepted into a competitive or "impacted" university or major?

At competitive or impacted universities (or majors), you will need to meet requirements beyond the minimum. Selection criteria may include a competitive GPA, and completion of lower-division preparation courses in your intended major. Some specialized schools or majors (e.g. creative arts) will also require auditions or portfolios.

6. Can I transfer mid-year to a four-year university or college?

Very few CSUs & UCs accept transfer students mid-year. However, some private and out of state universities offer rolling admissions for spring, summer and fall

7. Can I change my major after I transfer?

The ability to change a major completely depends on the rules governing major changes at the college or university that a student will be attending.

8. Do I need an Associate in Arts (AA) or Science (AS) degree to transfer? What about an Associate Degree for Transfer (AD-T)?

California colleges and universities do not require an A.A. or A.S to transfer, unless a student intends to compete in athletics at the college or university. The Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) is a special, new degree offered at California Community Colleges. To pursue this special degree rather than a traditional AA or AS degree, you shouldmeet with a counselor to develop an education plan that puts you on the path toward the AA-T or AS-T degree.

Thismeans that students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree and meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to a CSU, but not necessarily to a particular campus or major. With the special degree, you may be given a GPA bump when applying to an impacted campus outsideyour local areaor an impacted major that isdeemed similar.

In addition, once at the CSU, if you are admitted and enrolled in a designated similar degree program you have the opportunity to complete your bachelor's degree with as little as 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework. A counselor will help you determine which CSUs offer bachelor's degrees that correspond to your AA-T or AS-T degree. It is still important for you to apply to the schools that interest you and follow admissions deadlines to be considered.

For students transferring to CSUSM, CSUSM will give priority to students who have completed an AS-T or AA-T for their major. At MiraCosta we offer the following Associate’s Degree for Transfer:

9. How do universities view taking a class “pass/no pass ” for transfer?

Students are permitted to take general education or electives on a pass/no pass basis for the University of California and the California State University as long as it is not part of major preparation. The max P/NP units for a UC is 14.

10. If I already have a degree, can I transfer and get another one?

Very few CSUs or UCs allow for a second BA/BS, there are some exceptions you must contact each campus to determine their policy on receiving a second bachelor’s. Many private and out of state colleges and universities allow a second bachelor’s degree.

11. Do I need electives to transfer?

You may need to take electives to reach 60 units or to reach 70 transferable units and reduce the cost after transfer. You may obtain electives by choosing to take self-interest transferable courses that are not part of general education or major preparation.

12. What is the difference between a quarter and semester system?

Each university has an academic year with terms marking the start and end of classes. The semester system is an academic year with approximately 15 to 18 weeks of instruction offered two times a year, during fall and spring. The quarter system is an academic year with 10 weeks of instruction offered three times a year, during fall, winter, and spring.

13. How can I have my transcript from MiraCosta sent to another college?

Please request your official transcript online through the Admissions and Records Office.

14. Do schools care how long it takes me to complete my requirements at MiraCosta?

UC and CSU are very accommodating to part-time, gradually progressing students, but USC and some elite institutions put a great deal of importance on a strong and rigorous curriculum each term.

15. How long will it take to transfer?

The time it takes to transfer depends on the number of units completed each term, and the minimum number of units that a transfer institution requires for admission. Most students take between 24 and 36 months to complete their lower division course work.

16.How do I get my GE certified (CSU GE or IGETC)?

Fill out a Request for Certification Form available in the Admissions & Records Office.

17. Is it possible to take too many units, then not be able to transfer?

If a student has only attended a community college, NO. But if you have attended a university or a four your college, there could be some problems, and you need to consult with the Transfer Center.

18. I heard MiraCosta College can guarantee my transfer to the University of California (UC). Is that true?

There are currently several UC schools who have transfer admission guarantees and one that has a transfer priority program with MiraCosta College. Please see the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee page on this web site:

19. Are all MiraCosta College courses transferable?

No. Only courses specially designated as transferable will transfer to a college or university. At MiraCosta only course numbers of 100 and up are transferable, some exceptions may apply please check the MCC catalog or a counselor for the transferability of courses.

20. When do I need to apply to transfer?

For the CSU system, the application period for fall is October – November of the prior year. Students interested in UCs should start a UC TAP account their 1st semester at MiraCosta. The UC accepts TAGs September 1-30th the year prior to transfer and the UC system accepts applications November 1-30th the year prior to transfer for fall transfers. Private and Out of State schools have different deadlines and you should call the target school directly.

21. I earned poor grades at another college. Do I have to tell MCC and my target transfer school?

Yes. You are required to report all previous institutions that you have attended.

22. What happens if I do not report all previous institutions that I have attended?

A student will have provided false information, and could potentially have your admission or degree revoked.

23. How do "W's" affect my ability to transfer?

In most cases, W’s are not a focus of admission decisions unless there is an excessive number over a long period.

24. What GPA do I need to transfer to a UC or CSU?

The GPA necessary for admission varies from campus to campus and from major to major. Please consult with the Transfer Center for the latest information published by the UC and CSU systems.

UC link for transfer major statistics

25. Will my high school grades and SAT scores count when I transfer?

The UC and CSU systems do not require high school grades or SAT scores from students when they transfer at the junior level.