California State University (CSU)
The California State University is one of two public university systems in the state of California. It is the nation’s largest university system, with 23 CSU campuses serving over 400,000 students. The CSU offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 240 subject areas, as well as a variety of teaching credential programs. A select number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California or with private universities in California.
You can use the following links to help you learn more about how to meet requirements to enter a CSU campus as a transfer student, where the campuses are located, which academic programs are offered by each one, and how to apply for transfer.
- CSU Transferable Course List
- Campus Web Sites
- Impacted Majors at the CSU
- CSU Web Site of Student Information
- CSU Application
University of California (UC)
The University of California is one of two public university systems in the state of California. It consists of nine “comprehensive” campuses and one campus devoted entirely to professional health science education, serving a total enrollment of over 200,000 students. In addition to fulfilling its teaching mission, the UC serves as the state’s research institution and engages a number of public service programs and industry partnerships. The UC offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees and provides a number of opportunities for post-degree continuing education.
You can use the following links to help you learn more about how to meet requirements to enter a UC campus as a transfer student, where the campuses are located, which academic programs are offered by each one, and how to apply for transfer.
- UC Transferable Course List
- Campus Web Sites
- UC Web Site of Student Information
- UC Information for Transfer Students
- UC Application
Independent California Colleges & Universities
In addition to the public universities, California is home to a higher education segment that is not funded by the government, rather by tuition paid by students and private donations. These are the independent colleges and universities of California, many of whom belong to the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU). Independent schools vary widely in size and mission. You can use the following links to find out more about the independent segment of California higher education and how to prepare for transfer to one of these institutions. In addition, you can see course transfer information about those AICCU members with which Merced College has formal articulation agreements.
Note: You can apply the methods described in the guide for exploring out-of-state institutions to get the information you need to prepare for transfer to independent schools for which articulation information is not available.
California Community Colleges
It is not unusual for students to attend more than one California Community College (CCC) on their way to a university. Fortunately, there are information resources available for you to determine whether coursework at another CCC will transfer to a university. Merced College also has written articulation agreements with a few other CCCs to help students enter some health sciences programs.
Information about which courses at any CCC are transferable to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) is available at the ASSIST Web site. There you can also find out which courses at each CCC meet CSU and UC system-wide general education requirements. Last you can learn which CCC courses meet the major preparation requirements at the various CSU and UC campuses. See Articulation to Transfer on the navigation bar to the left for instructions on how to use ASSIST or go directly to www.assist.org.
Information about agreements that Merced College has reached with other CCCs that allow students to meet requirements for some health sciences programs (nursing, dental hygiene, and others) is available in a set of articulation agreements.