FAQs

Questions that Porterville College students often ask...   and the answers.

Transfer & Transfer Center

Where is the Transfer Center located?

AC-126.

What are the office hours of the Transfer Center?

The Transfer Center is open Monday Thursday, 7:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. till noon. The center is also open Tuesday and Wednesday evenings until 6:30 p.m.

What services does the Transfer Center provide?

The Transfer Center is available to assist students in making their transition to a four-year college/university a successful one. Among the many services available to students are CSU/UC application workshops, on-campus visits by university representatives, visits to university campuses, articulation information, and agreements with colleges/universities.

How do I make an appointment to see someone about transferring?

Stop by the counseling center in AC-126 or call 791-2329 to make an appointment to speak with the Transfer Center coordinator/counselor.

Do I have to have an Associate degree in order to transfer?

No.

Are there certain courses I must have in order to transfer?

The answer to this question will depend on the institution you are transferring to and if you already took any entrance examinations such as the SAT, ACT, ELM, EPT. Many of the universities require students to have successfully completed their transfer English and math courses. Although not required, it is highly recommended that you complete the general education requirements prior to transfer.

How does my grade point average affect my ability to transfer?

Your grade point average is one of the major factors universities use when making acceptance decisions. Therefore, you should maintain a high grade point average in order to increase your chances for being accepted.

What is the difference between a CSU and a UC?

"CSU" stands for California State University. CSUs are universities that grant bachelors, and masters degrees (and some special doctoral programs). The majority of Porterville College students transfer to a CSU. These include Fresno State, Bakersfield State, Cal Poly, etc. "UC" stands for University of California and includes universities such as Berkley, Davis, UCLA, etc. UCs offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. The admissions requirements between the CSU and UCs are slightly different and since there are fewer UC campuses acceptance into a UC is generally more difficult.

Is transferring to a private or out-of-state university different?

Yes. Each private or out-of-state university has their own admissions and transfer requirements.

Is there online assistance I can access to help me in the transfer process?

Yes. One of the most popular online services is ASSIST (www.assist.org) in which you can input what California university you are planning on attending and what your major will be and you will then be provided with a list of classes that can be taken at Porterville College that meet their requirements. Each campus will also have their own website that can provide transfer students with necessary and important information regarding acceptance and transfer. Other online assistance is found at www.csumentor.edu, www.universityofcalifornia.edu.

What is the maximum number of units I can transfer from a community college?

Seventy (70).

Can I transfer if I haven't decided on a major?

No. You will be required to indicate a major when applying to the university.

What is an "impacted" major at a university?

An impacted major is a major that has more student applications then there are available openings in the program.

When do I apply to transfer?

The application period for CSU and UC campuses runs from October 1st November 30th for admission into the following fall term. Private institutions have different application periods but are generally similar to the UC/CSUs.

How do I apply to transfer?

For a CSU campus you apply online at www.csumentor.edu, and for UC campuses you apply online at www.universityofcalifornia.edu.

What is ASSIST?

One of the most popular online services is ASSIST (www.assist.org) in which you can input what California university you are planning on attending and what your major will be and you will then be provided with a list of classes that can be taken at Porterville College that meet their requirements.

What is CSUMentor?

CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu) is an online service that provides information for students interested in applying to a CSU campus. Students apply to the CSU through CSUMentor and can receive additional information including financial aid information, exploring the campuses, comparing the campuses, tips for transfer, etc.

What is a guaranteed transfer agreement and what colleges offer those for PC students?

Guaranteed Admission is a commitment that selected colleges and universities make to students who meet specified transfer requirements. Students who complete an agreed upon sequence of classes in general education and a selected major with a stated minimum GPA can apply to the four-year institution within a prescribed time-frame and be "guaranteed admission." The Transfer Admission Agreement (TAA) form is the contractual agreement between the student, Porterville College, and the university. The following UC campuses have TAA agreement contracts with Porterville College: Davis, Santa Cruz, Riverside, and Santa Barbara.

What does it cost to attend a university?

The enrollment fee alone for a CSU is approximately $4,500 per academic year. This amount does not include other campus-specific fees, and costs for books, supplies, and housing. The enrollment fees alone for a UC are approximately $11,000 per academic year. This amount does not include other campus-specific fees, and costs for books, supplies, and housing.

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