Transfer Center

Phone: (619) 482-6472

The Transfer Center offers students the opportunity to plan for transfer to a four-year college or university through a variety of resources and services.

Services include resource materials, academic advising by transfer counselors, university advisors, and organized tours to various colleges and universities. Workshops on the application process, transfer information, scholarship information, transfer writing test preparation, and transfer admission guarantee programs are also offered.

  • UniversityLink is a transfer admission guarantee program established between UC San Diego (UCSD), Southwestern College and other local partner community colleges. UniversityLink offers students guaranteed admission to UCSD. The program has very strict guidelines; for more details, schedule an appointment with a Transfer Center counselor. The program is open to first-time freshmen students that meet income criteria and have signed the UniversityLink contract within their first academic year in college. Students are not eligible if they have completed coursework at a non-partner college after graduation from high school or after completion of their GED.
    Other students that are eligible for the UniversityLink program are student veterans, active duty service members, and current/former foster youth attending Southwestern College or any of the local partner community colleges, regardless of first-time college status. These students may participate in UniversityLink at any time.
    After successful completion of the specified criteria and minimum GPA requirements, a student is guaranteed admission to one of UCSD’s six colleges for a fall term. UniversityLink contains a student support service component. International students are not eligible for the UniversityLink Program.
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) programs with the following University of California campuses: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. After successful completion of specified criteria, a student is guaranteed admission to these UC campuses. Please note that the TAG option is not available for certain majors and minimum GPA requirements must be met. Please check with a counselor regarding any additional restrictions for UC TAG.
  • Associate Degrees for Transfer makes it easy to transfer from a California community college into the California State University system (CSU).  A California Community College student who has earned the Associates in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science degree for Transfer (AS-T) will be granted priority admission to the CSU into a similar baccalaureate (BA) degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements.  Once admitted, the student will only be required to complete 60 additional prescribed units to qualify for the similar baccalaureate degree.

Visit the Transfer Center at the Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Building 68, room 68-205 on the 2nd floor, call (619) 482-6472, or send an email to for more Information related to transferring on to a university.