Private & Out-of-state Transfer Requirements

def. Private Independent Colleges and Universities (n):  "Independent, nonprofit colleges that receive no public money, and relies on tuition, fees, and private funding sources. Each has its own unique mission to serve students." Also known as private universities or colleges.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 85 independent, private nonprofit colleges and universities in California. A majority of CA private schools, including USC, LMU, and Pepperdine are part of the AICCU. The AICCU Transfer Guide provides information on transferring to CA's private universities and colleges. 

In general, it’s recommended that you complete a combination of your lower-division major prep and general education (GE) courses. Requirements for each school vary, we encourage you to meet with a counselor to help you develop an educational plan tailored for your major and specific target colleges/universities. 

Find out more below about the various transfer guarantee programs available to transfer to CA private universities and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) and how to get in-state tuition when transferring to an out-of-state university.

Private & Out-of-State Transfer Information

Articulation Agreements

An articulation agreement is an agreement between two college campuses that ensures the transferability of courses to meet major and general education requirements.

Independent Colleges and Universities

East Los Angeles College maintains articulation agreements with several independent colleges and universities in California. Some agreements list only courses that fulfill general education requirements, while other agreements also list courses that fulfill major requirements.

The following agreements may be accessed by clicking on the link:
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In-State Private Universities


Articulation Agreement

Academy of Art University (San Francisco)

Undergraduate Transfer Guide

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Articulation Agreement

Concordia University Irvine

Articulation Agreement

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)

Course Equivalencies Guide

LA County College of Nursing and Allied Health Articulation Agreement

Loma Linda University

Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Mount Saint Mary's University

Articulation Agreement

National University


New School of Architecture & Design

Transfer Guide

Pepperdine University

Seaver Articulation Agreement

Southern California University of Health Sciences



Articulation Agreement (Page 2)

University of Redlands

Articulation Agreement

University of San Francisco

Articulation Agreement

University of Southern California

Western Governor's University Transfer Pathways Agreement

Whittier College

Articulation Agreement

Woodbury University

Articulation Agreement


Out-of-State Universities


Articulation Agreement

Arizona State University (ASU)

Transfer Credit Guide

The ADT Commitment is the Independent California College and University sector’s adaptation of the ADT pathway. If an ADT transfer student meets all the requirements of admission to a participating institution, admission is guaranteed to that college.

The ADT (AA-T/AS-T) Commitment is:

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