New Agreement Marks Major Expansion of Transfer Program at LTCC

July 26, 2018

Thanks to a new agreement signed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), students at Lake Tahoe Community College who want to pursue a two-year degree for transfer can now get a guaranteed seat and a more affordable, seamless pathway to 36 private, non-profit four-year colleges and universities.

All California community college students have had the option to earn a transfer degree guaranteeing them acceptance to a California State University campus since the 2011-12 academic year. This new agreement with 36 additional schools marks a significant expansion of the program. Students at LTCC and all California community colleges who earn this degree will now be guaranteed that their coursework will be transferable to private, non-profit, four-year institutions ranging from Azusa Pacific University to Whittier College, while also seeing a more streamlined and simplified transfer process.

The Associate Degree for Transfer has been a success since its adoption. Nearly half of all in-state community college students who earn this two-year degree end up transferring to earn their bachelor’s degree from a California State University campus within two years, compared to just 27 percent for traditional transfer students, according to the 2017 Campaign for College Opportunity report.

Below are the new partnering institutions, grouped according to when they will begin to admit transferring community college students:

Begins accepting applications in Fall 2018: Azusa Pacific University, Brandman University, California Baptist University, California Baptist University Online, California Institute of Integral Studies, California Lutheran University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Concordia University Irvine, Fresno Pacific University, Golden Gate University, Holy Names University, Humphreys University, La Sierra University, Los Angeles Pacific University, Mills College, Mount Saint Mary’s University, National University, Pacific Oaks College, Pacific Union College, Palo Alto University, Pepperdine University, San Diego Christian College, Simpson University, University of La Verne, University of Redlands, University of Saint Katherine, University of San Francisco, Whittier College.

Begins accepting applications in Spring 2019: Marymount California University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Saint Mary’s College of California, University of the West, Westmont College, William Jessup University.

Begins accepting applications in Fall 2019: John Paul the Great Catholic University.

Students who are interested in pursuing an Associate Degree for Transfer to earn their bachelor’s degree from any of these schools, or from a California State University, are encouraged to contact LTCC’s One-Stop Office to speak with a counselor to learn about the various requirements each participating institution may have. LTCC’s One-Stop Office is located in the Main Building Commons. They can be contacted at (530) 541-4660 ext. 211, or send an email to


The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 78 private nonprofit colleges and universities, which make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities (ICCU) sector. The ICCU sector plays a pivotal role in the development of the state's model higher education offerings and in making California a symbol of innovation across the globe. Within California, ICCU institutions award over 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees and over 50 percent of graduate degrees, making them the largest preparers of California's advanced workforce.