Transfer Center

Welcome First Year Students!

If your educational goal includes transferring to a four-year college or university, then you have made an excellent choice by choosing Fullerton College! With over 100 years of transfer experience, Fullerton College is a premiere California Community College that places a strong emphasis on preparing our students for the university! The embodiment of that commitment is the FC Transfer Center, an open service center that is part of the Counseling Division and dedicated to helping all students through the transfer process: exploration, preparation, and application.

The information on this webpage will provide you with a basic overview of the transfer process. We strongly recommend that you review all information below and then schedule an appointment with a counselor to begin your educational planning. 

If you are a prospective student and interested in Fullerton College transfer statistics, please visit our Transfer Statistics webpage. 


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Year One – Freshman (0-30 transferable Units)

Your tasks during your freshman year will consist of career planning, choosing your major, exploring your transfer options, ways to enhance your chances of being admitted to your dream college, and meeting with a counselor to create your education plan.

Career Planning: It All Begins Here!

For most students, the primary objective for pursuing higher education is to prepare for a career. Career planning is more than just discovering your major, it involves a comprehensive exploration and planning into the requirements for your career. However, many students are unsure of their career path and which major to pursue. Having a good career plan will help you determine which major(s) would best prepare you for your desired career path.

Upper division transfer applicants to the California State University and University of California MUST apply to a specific major; you will not have the option to apply as an “undeclared” major. In addition, your choice of transfer major will determine:

  1. Your options for universities:
    1. Universities have a finite number of major programs.
  2. Your educational plan:
    1. Which general education pattern to complete.
    2. Which major prerequisites to complete.
  3. The time it will take you to transfer:
    1. Some high unit majors will require students to complete more coursework prior to transfer.

In addition, transfer applicants to the University of California will be required to answer the following Personal Insight Question:
Please describe how you have prepared for your intended major, including your readiness to succeed in your upper-division courses once you enroll at the university.”

Thus, if you are unsure of your transfer major, the FC Career Center provides a variety of services designed to assist you in clarifying your career goals and major choices.

Exploration: Visit the Transfer Center to Explore Transfer Options!

Once you have chosen a major, it is time to visit the Transfer Center to begin exploring your transfer options!
Although colleges/universities provide hundreds of options for major programs, your campus may or may not offer your desired major!
The Transfer Center provides students with the following resources to help with your transfer exploration:

Even if you already have your dream college in mind, we still recommend that you visit the Transfer Center to further explore your dream college and identify additional transfer options!

Transfer Advantages: Special Transfer Programs!

Fullerton College transfer students have access to a variety of special programs that may enhance their transfer application and/or guarantee admissions!
We encourage you to consider these programs and meet with a counselor to see if they are a right fit for you.

  • Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT):
    • Guaranteed Admissions to the Cal State system.
  • FC Honors Program:
    • UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (UCLA TAP).
  • Guaranteed Admission to Select Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)
  • UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (UC TAG):
    • Guaranteed Admissions to 6 UC campuses
  • University of Redlands – FC Partnership:
    • Earn your B.S. in Business while attending Fullerton College!
  • Summer Programs at select UC and Cal State campuses.

For information on these and other programs, please visit our Special Transfer Programs & Services webpage and meet with a counselor.

Preparation: Create an Education Plan with a Counselor

The most critical component to a successful transfer is meeting with a counselor regularly! 
University admission standards can change from year to year and so it is very important for you to meet with a counselor each semester.
This provides counselors with the chance to review your education plan to ensure that you are meeting:

  • Minimum transfer requirements:
    • Units
    • GPA
    • General Education pattern
    • Major prerequisites,
  • Competitive requirements for selective/impacted programs,
  • Requirements for special transfer programs such:
    • ADT, UC TAG, HBCU Guarantee,
  • Answer questions that you may have.

All Fullerton College counselors can provide you with a transfer education plan, this includes counselors in the following students services.

And for students enrolled in these special programs:

Year Two – Sophomore (31-60 transferable Units)

In your sophomore year, you will begin your transfer application process by meeting a counselor to do “exit counseling” and then connecting with the Transfer Center to begin your application! 

Exit Counseling: Planning your final year at Fullerton College

In your sophomore year it will be very critical for you to meet with a counselor for what we call “exit counseling.”
Exit Counseling is a process by which a counselor will review your educational plan to ensure that you will meet all transfer admission requirements by the:

  • End of the prior spring for a fall transfer
  • End of the prior summer for a midyear (winter/spring) transfer
    • Important Notice: Transfer opportunities may be limited for midyear transfers!
      The Transfer Center highly recommends students to plan for a fall transfer.

In addition, counselors will review your competitiveness and special programs requirements (if applicable).
To schedule an appointment with a counselor please see the information in the “Preparation” section above.

Transfer Applications

Whether you are planning to apply to a Cal State, UC, or private college; your application process will begin in the year prior to your transfer.
Students applying to the Cal State and UC should note that the application is a year-long process consisting of:

  • Preparation – Exit Planning and Required Documents
  • Applying to the University
  • Updating your University with fall grades (fall transfers)
  • Responding to admission notices
  • Transitioning to the university

The Transfer Center provides the following application services to assist students:

  • Canvas pages for specific application cohorts (see our homepage)
  • Application Workshop Series:
    • Part 1: Are You Ready to Apply?
    • Part 2:
      • The Cal State Application
      • The UC Application
    • Part 3: After You Apply – The Next Steps
    • Part 4: Admission Decisions
  • Assistance with application writings:
    • UC Personal Insight Questions
    • Common Application essays
  • Special Program Workshops:
    • Associate Degree for Transfer Verification Seminar
    • UC Transfer Admission Guarantee Workshop
  • Individual Assistance
  • Group Question & Answer Sessions (During high-peak times)

Successful Transfers Stay Connected to the Transfer Center!

Many students make the mistake of waiting until it is time to apply to visit/contact the Transfer Center. Don’t make that mistake! 
We offer a variety of ways for you to stay connected and informed!