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Articulation is the process of evaluating courses, or a sequence of courses, to determine whether a particular course offered at one educational system/institution (e.g. De Anza College) will meet the requirements for admission, transfer credit, general education, or lower division major preparation at another educational system/institution (e.g. CSU, UC, or independent). This process ensures that courses taken at De Anza College will be credited toward bachelor's degree requirements upon transferring to the university.
What is an articulation agreement?
Articulation agreements are established to help transfer students make a smooth transition from a community college to the university without duplicating coursework.
With formal articulation agreements courses at the sending college (i.e. De Anza College) are identified as comparable to, or acceptable in lieu of, courses at a receiving university. This process allows transfer students to fulfill a university requirement by completing an identified comparable course (articulated course) at De Anza College.
Articulation agreements may be presented as course-to-course, for lower division major preparation, and/or for general education-breadth requirements. In some cases, courses are articulated or identified for elective credit only. This means that the course does not fulfill any specific requirements other than as transferable units.
De Anza College has established official articulation agreements with regionally accredited four-year colleges and universities that are located both in and outside of California. De Anza College maintains articulation agreements with every University of California (UC) campus and nearly every California State University (CSU) campus plus several independent/private colleges and universities.
Where can I get information about articulation agreements?
Links to articulation agreements between four-year universities and De Anza College are listed on this website (see below).
Students are advised to consult with a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser, on a periodic basis, to confirm your choice of classes and to confirm that the courses you plan to complete are aligned with the most up-to-date agreements.
Visit the Meet with a Counselor page to view the academic services available through the De Anza College Counseling & Advising Center or stop by the Counseling & Advising Center located on the 2nd floor of the Student & Community Services Building during hours of operation.
Students should also contact University Admission Offices and, when possible, meet with university representatives during scheduled campus visits at De Anza College.
ASSIST (Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer) is a computerized student-transfer information system that can be accessed over the World Wide Web. It displays reports of how course credits earned at one California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s colleges and universities and therefore provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California (source www.assist.org).
Both current and archived articulation agreements between California community colleges and campuses in the CSU and UC systems can be found on ASSIST.
Please note that articulation agreements are subject to change without notice.
Click on the first letter of the a four-year institution's name below:
The following tables include links for California independent and out-of-state colleges and universities that currently have articulation agreements with De Anza College listed on their websites.
NOTE: Articulation agreements are subject to periodic and/or annual updates. Changes to agreements may not be immediately reflected online. Students should consult a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser and/or a four-year university admissions representative.
California College of the Arts (CCA) - Oakland and San Francisco, CA
Cogswell Polytechnical College - Sunnyvale, CA
Mills College - Oakland, CA
National University (NU)
Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) - Belmont, CA
Santa Clara University - Santa Clara, CA
Southern California College of Optometry - Fullerton, CA
University of Southern California (USC) - Los Angeles, CA
University of the Pacific - Stockton, CA
Kettering University - Flint, MI
Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
The American University of Paris (AUP) - France
Disclaimer: The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student. The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Website is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible. However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University.
Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes.