Follow these steps to ensure a successful transfer from your community college to ASU, NAU or UA! Click on each step to get detailed information and links.

1. Choose A Major and Degree

Once you've started taking AGEC courses it's time to think about what you want to major in at the university and what type of associate's and bachelor's degrees you want to earn.

There are several different types of associate degrees available in Arizona:
  • Associate in Arts (AA)
  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Associate in Business (ABUS)
  • Associate in Arts - Elementary Education (AAEE)
  • Associate in Arts - Fine Arts (Choose Art, Dance, or Theatre)
  • Associate in Arts - Early Childhood Education (AAEC)

Learn more about associate's degrees.

Not sure what to study? Check out the Arizona Career Information System (AzCIS)! Click here.

Once you select a degree you will need to
meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses you should take to fulfill the requirements of the degree. Remember, an AGEC is the foundation of your degree. You will need to take additional courses outside of the AGEC to earn your associate degree.

It's important to choose an associate degree that is related to the university major you want to pursue. For example, if you want to earn a Bachelor's Degree in English from ASU you will need to complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree first.

2. Explore Transfer Pathways

Many of Arizona's community colleges have pathway programs designed to offer students a smooth transition to the university. While you're planning your education after high school, explore the convenient transfer programs available at your community college!

These programs include:

These are not the only ways to transfer to a university. Check each university's transfer admissions information for more options.

Make sure to meet with your community college advisor along the way!

3. Complete the AGEC & Apply it to Your Transcript

If you begin your education at a community college, the first step is to complete your Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC). Even if you've already started taking college classes, many of them may be AGEC courses.

The AGEC is the foundation of your community college education and is equal to 35-37 credit hours.

Once you complete your AGEC you will need to apply to have it added to your transcript for transfer to the university. Your
academic advisor will help you with this step.

4. Apply for Admission to the University

If you are not using a transfer pathway you will need to apply for admission to the university on your own. It's a good idea to apply for admission as you near completion of your associate's degree. Each university has different application processes. Click the links below to learn about admissions for each university:

Helpful Tips:
  • Get to know your chosen transfer institution’s academic calendar, admission priority dates, deadlines and degree requirements.
  • Visit the university prior to applying.
  • Submit your application(s) for admission and all of your official transcripts (including AP and CLEP test scores if you have any) by the deadlines specified at each university.
  • Check to see if high school transcripts and test scores are required.
  • Send final official transcripts after the term is completed and the grades, AGEC and degree are posted.
  • Obtain a Health Form and proof of immunization.

5. Complete Your Associate's Degree

Your associate's degree is made up of your 35-37 credit hours of AGEC courses along with approximately 30 additional credit hours of courses required for your chosen degree.

Learn more about associate's degrees.

After you completed all of your AGEC courses and the additional courses required for your associate's degree, you're ready to graduate!
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