The ADT Commitment

What is an ADT?

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), also known as the Degree with a Guarantee, is a transfer pathway articulated between California Community Colleges (CCC) and the California State University (CSU). A college student, graduating with an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associates in Science for Transfer (AS-T) in one of the 36 ADT majors, is guaranteed admission into the CSU system, at junior standing, to finish their degree. Students can now transfer with this degree to dozens of private, nonprofit colleges and universities.

To learn more about the ADT and its majors and degrees go to

What Does an ADT to an AICCU mean?

The ADT Commitment is the Independent California College and University sector’s adaptation of the ADT pathway. While similar to the CSU ADT, there are also some differences due to the independent nature of the state’s nonprofit institutions:

  • Unlike CSU, AICCU institutions are not part of a system and each campus has its own admission and graduation requirements.
  • If an ADT transfer student meets all the requirements of admission to a participating institution, admission is guaranteed to that college as opposed to a system.

The ADT Commitment is:

  • Guaranteed admission for the ADT students meeting admission requirements;
  • Guarantees a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units will transfer;
  • Guarantees the student starts with junior standing.

For a full list of AICCU ADT Participating Institutions and majors accepted click here

Transfer Guide

AICCU is excited to share its Transfer Guide to California’s Independent, Nonprofit Colleges and Universities. The Transfer Guide is meant to help counselors, students, and families learn about higher education options offered by the state’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities.

Myth Busters

Breaking down misconceptions about independent colleges and universities

It’s too expensive for me to go to a private college or university

Not so—you’d be surprised at how affordable an independent (or private) college or university can be. Tuition varies a lot, depending on the institution. All institutions offer some form of financial aid. Coupled with state, federal, and other forms of aid, cost of attendance may sometimes be less than at a public four-year university.

Additionally, at an independent college or university, you can get the classes you need so you can finish in four years and get employed sooner. Whichever independent college or university you decide to attend and major you decide to earn, it is worth the investment at the end!

The student body isn’t very diverse at private colleges

Students at independent colleges and universities are incredibly diverse—we like to say that they reflect the diversity of California. On average, 24% of undergraduate students are Latino, 13% are Asian American, 6% are African American, and 38% are Caucasian. In fact, 40% of ICCUs are Hispanic Serving Institutions and 23% are Asian American-Native American-Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. Nearly all are Yellow Ribbon campuses.

All private college are elite—I won’t be able to find my place in one

There are many types of independent colleges and universities. They range from large research universities to liberal arts colleges, faith-based universities to art and design colleges. Many offer online and hybrid classes, and some focus on serving transfer and older students. Given the diversity of independent higher education institutions, we are able to address the needs of all types of students. Needless to say, there is a college or university that is right for you!

I want to stay close to home but there isn’t an ICCU where I live

There are over 80 independent colleges and universities throughout California, spanning from Redding in the north to San Diego in the south. Including branch campuses, there are more than 200 campuses throughout the state. Chances are you live closer to an independent college or university than to a UC or CSU campus.