Transfer Center

Transfer Center Services  

• Counseling
• Workshops
• University Admissions Advisor Visits
• Transfer Application Assistance
• University Transfer Fairs
• Annual Transfer Center Scholarship
• Annual Transfer Celebration Luncheon
• University Tours
• College Catalog & Reference Library to assist in Researching Transfer Opportunities
• Articulation & Tuition Reduction Agreements


Highlander Day at UC Riverside

Highlander Day at UC Riverside

Saturday, May 6

Depart CMC: 7:00 am

Highlander Day is an open house event open to prospective and admitted transfer students. Connect with UCR faculty and current students, take a variety of campus tours, and get access to resources at UCR! Our group will be joining College of the Desert’s tour bus to UC Riverside. Join us to discover the amazing opportunities at UCR. 

Contact to rsvp for this event!


Transfer Scholarship Flyer

2022 – 2023 Transfer Scholarship Opportunity

Contact the Transfer Center at or visit the Counseling Department in Student Services to learn more!

The Transfer Celebration Luncheon will take place May 17! 


Workshops & Open Labs

Flyer for Spring 2023 Virtual Transfer Talks Sessions on Zoom

Virtual Transfer Talks

Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join CMC counselors and university guests for casual, open discussions about all things transfer-related! Discussions take place online through Zoom. Questions? Email for more information.

Click on the dates below to register.

April 13: CSU San Bernardino Programs and Admission

April 20: CSU San Bernardino “Coyote Next Steps” for Admitted Transfer Students

May 11: UC Riverside Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

UC TAP and TAG workshop April 23

UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP)/Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Workshop

Thursday, March 23

10 am – 12 pm


If you’re applying to UC, you won’t want to miss this session! Learn about the Transfer Admission Planner (TAP), Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG), which campuses participate in TAG, and how to get help with your planner and applications! 

University Representative Visits & Events

Grand Canyon University, Online Programs

admission advisor from Grand Canyon University's Online Programs will be in Student Services

Student Appointments available on Wednesdays

April 12

May 10

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Student Services Lab

Grand Canyon University offers a wide variety of transfer-friendly education programs at every level. They utilize hands-on learning experiences and a rigorous curriculum to prepare traditional and online students to become global citizens, critical thinkers and effective leaders. 
GCU believes all students should be able to complete their education on their own terms, which is why they offer fast-track options and generous scholarship opportunities to transfer students.
Enroll in one of GCU’s program offerings and reach your career goals!
. Leadership and Management
. Criminal Justice
. Political and Social Sciences
. Information Technology and Cybersecurity
. Language and Communications
. Nursing
. Health Care Administration
. Informatics and Health Sciences
. Psychology and Counseling
For more information on GCU’s degree programs, transferring, and scholarship opportunities, contact Veronica Dees at Grand Canyon University by phone 602-247-4047 or email


University of California, Irvine

UCI Pre-Admission Advising Appointments

Wednesday, April 5

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Student Services Lab

Email the Transfer Center at to schedule an appointment.

Schedule an appointment with Bryant Parker to learn more about the UC Irvine, majors, admission requirements, and financial aid available for transfer students. 

Uc Irvint and CSU San Bernardino Pre-admission advising appointments available in student services lab

California State University, San Bernardino

CSUSB Pre-Admission Advising Appointments

Wednesday, April 5

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Student Services Lab

Email the Transfer Center at to schedule an appointment.

Schedule an appointment with Alissa Rocha to learn more about the CSUSB main and Palm Desert campuses, majors, admission requirements, and financial aid available for transfer students. 


La Sierra University Pre-Admission Advising Meetings

Andrea (Andy) Schroer, Pre-Transfer Advisor
Text: (951) 512-0003
Call: (951) 785-2380

University of Phoenix Pre-Admission Advising Meetings

University of Phoenix Flyer

Click this link: to make an appointment with University of Phoenix advisor, Tricia Penner. Or contact Tricia via phone at (747) 226-9380.

Claremont Lincoln University Pre-Admission Advising Meetings

How to Schedule an Appointment with Yesenia to discuss transfer to Claremont Lincoln University

Discuss transfer and enrollment with Yesenia Figueroa, an enrollment manager at Claremont Lincoln University. Click this link: to schedule an appointment with Yesenia. 

Articulation & Tuition Reduction Agreements

Definition of Articulation
When the word “articulation” is used in education it refers to the formal process of reviewing courses for equivalency between a community college and a university.  An articulation agreement is an agreement between a community college and a four-year university (public or private/independent).  It specifies which CMC classes may be transferred to meet general education, major requirements and electives.  These agreements maintained by the Articulation Officer facilitate the successful transfer of students from CMC to baccalaureate-level colleges and universities.

Articulation Agreements
Articulation is the process of evaluating courses to determine whether coursework completed at one college will meet the requirements for admission, transfer credit, general education, or major preparation at another college. An Articulation Agreement is an agreement between community and four-year colleges which indicate the acceptability of courses in transfer toward meeting specific degree requirements.

Transfer guides only give one-way articulation from the community college to the university and aren’t always an agreement between colleges. If a student takes a course at a community college, the student knows it will transfer to the university and be counted as an articulated course.  However, if a student takes a course at the university, then transfers to the community college, that student has no guarantee the course will transfer and be used by the community college. 

Students are advised to meet with a Counselor when reviewing articulation agreements and transfer guides to prepare for transfer. Please check agreement dates to ensure it is the most current.

Where to Find Articulation Agreements for Public Colleges and Universities
ASSIST  (Articulation System Stimulating Inter-institutional Student Transfer) as it is the official repository of California public institutions’ articulation agreements. ASSIST is a student-transfer information system that displays reports of how course credits earned at one California Community College can be applied when transferred to a CSU or UC. Meet with a Counselor when reviewing ASSIST.

ASSIST Info Flyer Page 1  ASSIST Info Flyer Page 2

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
IGETC began in 1991 to provide an option for CCC students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements before transferring to either a CSU or UC campus. The curriculum and its policies are overseen by the Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates (ICAS). ICAS represents faculty from California’s three segments of public higher education: CSU, UC, & CCC (IGETC Standards, May 2019, pg. 1).

See the current CMC Catalog for the most updated IGETC pattern.

California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE)
CSU general education requirements were designed to complement the major program and electives. Courses approved for CSU GE assure students have developed the knowledge of, or skills related to, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, intellectual inquiry, global awareness and understanding, human diversity, civic engagement, communication competence, ethical decision-making, environmental systems, technology, lifelong learning and self-development, and physical and emotional health throughout a lifetime (CSU E.O. 1100, 2017, pg. 5).

See the current CMC Catalog for the most updated CSU GE pattern.

Transfer Guides & Agreements for Private/Independent Colleges and Universities

Current Articulation Agreements:

American Public University

Aspen University

California Baptist University

    1. General Education Requirements 
    2. Lower Division Major-Specific Preparation Requirements, Traditional Undergraduate Programs ONLY 
    3. Liberal Studies Major Preparation Requirements (Elementary Subject Matter)
    4. Online & Professional StudiesTransfer Equivalency System (TES) Public View

La Sierra University

Loma Linda University

    1. School of Allied Health Professions – Major-Specific Preparation Requirements
    2. School of Nursing – Major Preparation Requirements

Ohio University (Agreement & Addendum)

    1. Southern New Hampshire University – Chancellor’s Office Agreement for all CCs
    2. University of the Pacific – R.O.A.R. (Roam Online Articulation Reports)Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health

University of Massachusetts Global Major-Specific Preparation Requirements

of Health Professions, College of Information Technology

Archived Articulation Agreements:

Academy of Art University

  • 2016 Liberal Arts Graduation Requirements

Ashford University

  • 2013-2014Guide for General Education and Major-Specific Preparation Requirements

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)

  • 2015 – Course Equivalency Guide

Grand Canyon University

  • 2014Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Loma Linda University

  • School of Dentistry
    • 2016-2017 – Dentistry Entrance Major Preparation Requirements
    • 2017 Dental Hygiene Pre-Entrance Major Preparation Requirements

University of Redlands

What is Regional Accreditation and Why is it Important?
Regional accreditation is a term used in the United States to refer to the process by which one of the educational accreditation bodies reviews institutions and ensures that educational standards are met.

Regionally accredited higher education institutions are predominantly academically oriented, non-profit institutions. Nationally accredited schools are predominantly for-profit and offer vocational, career or technical programs. Standards for nationally accredited schools tend to be lower.  Every college has the right to set standards and refuse to accept transfer credits. However, if a student has gone to a nationally accredited school it may be particularly difficult to transfer credits (or even receive credit for a degree earned) if he or she then applies to a regionally accredited college or university. Some regionally accredited colleges have general policies against accepting any credits from nationally accredited schools, others are reluctant to because they feel that these schools’ academic standards are lower than their own or they are unfamiliar with the particular school.  Caution is recommended if a student intends to enroll in a nationally accredited school with the future intention of transferring to a regionally accredited school.   The student should first check with the regionally accredited school they plan to attend insuring the units from the nationally accredited school are transferable.   Students are advised to check with a counselor at their current school if they have questions regarding accreditation.

The following are the regional accrediting agencies for educational institutions in the United States:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) – Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) – Educational institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) – Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Northwest Association of Accredited Schools – for primary and secondary schools and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)  for postsecondary institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) – Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) – Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands.

Other Accreditation:
Beyond regional accreditation there are programs that require additional accreditation that is linked to academic programs.  For example: students who are interested in becoming Registered Dietetic Technicians or Registered Dieticians must attend a program that is CADE accredited.  It is recommended that you check with the faculty who teaches in the major if you have questions about program specific accreditation.

Transfer to Private and Out of State Universities
  • Explore over 80 Regionally Accredited, Independent, CA Universities 
  • The Common Application
  •  Affording College
  • Search for Out of State Universities
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs):
     An agreement signed March 17, 2015 between the California Community Colleges and many HBCUs guarantees California Community College students admission with Junior standing to an HBCU if they complete either the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum requirements (IGETC) and obtain a transfer-level Associate Degree with a minimum of 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA). There are over 35 HBCUs that have partnered with CCCs and several of them offer CA transfer students in-state tuition. Meet with a Counselor for more information on transferring to an HBCU.
Requesting Official Transcripts and General Education Certification

Official CMC Transcripts
Current and former Copper Mountain College students must request official CMC transcripts using the online Student Clearinghouse application found here: National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Services

IGETC and CSU General Education Certification
To request full or partial Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University (CSU) General Education certification, please contact admissions& or (760) 366-3791, extension 4232 or (760) 366-5201, extension 4232. 

For questions pertaining to official transcripts and general education certification, please contact Admissions & Records: 760-366-3791 or 760-366-5201 ext. 4232; admissions&

Transfer Center
Located In the Office of Student Services
(760) 366-3791, ext. 5898

Regular Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-3pm

Cassie Nafziger
(760) 366-3791, ext. 5867

Our Mission is our commitment to prepare students to successfully transfer to both public and private baccalaureate-granting educational institutions by providing information, education, and support services.