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Articulation Agreements/Transfer Guarantees

Articulation Agreements

Articulation, for our purposes, refers specifically to course articulation–that is, the process of developing a formal, written agreement that identifies courses (or sequences of courses) on a “sending” campus that are comparable to, or acceptable in lieu of specific course requirements at a “receiving” campus. Successful completion of an articulated course assures the student and the faculty that the student has taken the appropriate course, received the necessary instruction and preparation, and that similar outcomes can be assured, enabling progression to the next level of instruction at the receiving institution.

Barstow Community College has several articulation agreements with the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and many private colleges and universities. Formal articulation agreements assure students that specified coursework completed at Barstow Community College will transfer and satisfy general education and/or lower-division major preparation requirements or electives at the transfer institution. 

Transfer Guarantees

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) programs are designed to make transitioning from a community college to a 4-year university easier. Requirements for each of these programs/agreements vary. Explore the information below to learn more.

Articulation Agreements


For the most up-to-date information on articulation agreements between Barstow Community College and California public state universities (CSU's & UC's) visit ASSIST.ORG

What is ASSIST and what does it do?

  • ASSIST provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California; it is the official repository of articulation agreements for California’s public colleges and universities. Articulation shows how courses completed at one college or university can be used to satisfy requirements at another.
  • ASSIST lists courses that fulfill university admission requirements, major and general education requirements, and university graduation requirements. It also lists transferable elective courses that can be used to reach the number of units needed to transfer to a university.
  • ASSIST does not contain information about private, out-of-state, or international colleges or universities.

ASSIST does not take the place of a counselor on your campus. It is intended to help students and counselors work together to establish an appropriate path toward transferring to a public California university.

Transfer Guarantees

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (Senate Bill 1440, California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

To pursue this special degree rather than a traditional AA or AS degree, you should meet with a counselor to develop an education plan that puts you on the path toward the ADT degree. Learn more on our ADT page.

To learn more about which ADT's at Barstow Community College are deemed similar at the California State University (CSU) system, click HERE! 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have an excellent academic track record. While only about 17 percent of black undergraduate students attend an HBCU, more than 28 percent of African-Americans who receive a bachelor’s degrees obtain them from an HBCU.  These colleges and universities are also leading institutions in awarding degrees to African-American students in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering programs.

Guaranteed Transfer Admission

Thanks to an agreement signed March 17, 2015 between the California Community Colleges and several HBCUs, California community college students who complete certain academic requirements are guaranteed transfer to a participating HBCU. 

California community college transfer students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are guaranteed admission to HBCU partner schools using either of the following two options: (1) complete a minimum of 30 UC or CSU units (2) complete a transfer level-associate degree (ADT) using the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth pattern. There may be additional prerequisites or other requirements for certain majors.

Additional program benefits for students under the agreement include priority consideration for housing, consideration for transfer scholarships for students with a 3.2 or higher GPA, and pre-admission advising. Learn more about the agreement by clicking HERE! 

Participating HBCUs

Alabama State University  

Alcorn State University 

Arkansas Baptist College 

Benedict College 

Bennett College 

Bethune-Cookman University 

Bowie State University 

Central State University 

Claflin University 

Clark-Atlanta University 

Dillard University 

Edward Waters College 

Fisk University 

Florida Memorial University 

Fort Valley State University 

Grambling State University 

Harris-Stowe State University 

Huston-Tillotson University 

Kentucky State University 

Lane College 

Lincoln University of MO

Lincoln University of PA 

Mississippi Valley State University 

North Carolina Central University 

Philander Smith College

Shaw University 

Southern University and A&M College 

Stillman College 

Talladega College 

Tennessee State University 

Texas Southern University 

Tougaloo College 

Tuskegee University 

Virginia State University 

Wiley College 

Xavier University of Louisiana  

West Virginia State University 

Updated: 09.28.2023


If you are interested in transferring to a University of California campus, then the Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) Program may be right for you. The TAG program offers students guaranteed admission to one of the six participating UC Campuses (Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz). 

By participating in TAG, you may receive early review of your academic records, early admission notification and specific guidelines about major preparation and general education coursework. 

The TAG matrix provides a list of participating campuses and campus-specific requirements to qualify. 

How to pursue the UC TAG

  1. Use the UC Transfer Admission Planner to complete the TAG application, and review it with your community college counselor and/or UC Campus TAG adviser. You’ll need to submit it Sept. 1-30th for the fall term and May 1-31 for the winter/spring term (only UC Merced and UC Riverside participate in the winter/spring TAG program). 
  2. Fulfill all remaining coursework and GPA requirements in your TAG agreement.
  3. Fill out the application for admission to UC and submit it Nov. 1-30.