In order to avoid roadblocks when transferring from Arizona Western College to a four-year college or university, it is important to understand what needs to be done, plan in advance, and use appropriate resources when taking action. Although admission requirements, enrollment procedures, and academic requirements vary from institution to institution, there are certain elements of the transfer process that are common among most colleges or universities.

Transfer students have an advantage of previous college experience that will help them make informed decisions on what they want from a transfer institution. However, sometimes assumptions based on a student’s past experiences can be “misguiding”. When in doubt, please ask! College and university personnel want you to succeed, but do not always know your specific needs unless you communicate.

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA. There is also a tool called MyCEG  that allows you to create course equivalency reports and save searches.


CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED A TRANSFER STUDENT

  • Students may transfer a maximum of 64 credits to a baccalaureate program.
  • Universities accept college-level (not remedial) courses in which you have earned a grade of “C” or better from regionally accredited institutions
  •  All transferable/applicable community college credits are accepted as lower-division credits and do not satisfy upper-division liberal studies.
  •  Students must complete 24 credit hours from a college and have a GPA of 2.00 in order to be admitted as a transfer student to the university.
  • University advisors can only advise students if the student has applied for admissions and official transcripts have been received at the university.
  • Develop a transfer plan by following  the information provided to you

While there is no limit to the total number of units of course work that may be transferred from an accredited community college to the in-state universities, no more than 64 of those units may be applied toward the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The choice of the 64 units is at the discretion of the student in consultation with an advisor.

Go to www.azwestern.edu/curriculum for more information on Arizona Western Colleges’ articulation agreements. You may also learn about the pathways between AWC and all three in-state universities (ASU, NAU, UA) by going to each specific one for details.  Pathways have been articulated to allow students to complete their 2yr Associate's degree at AWC and meet the required coursework for the first 2yrs at NAU. The AAS to BAS agreement provides students who are pursuing or have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree to transfer up to 75 credit hours for the specified courses at the university granting the BAS degree.

 There is a difference between applicability and transferability of the credits you can transfer to a four-year institution. The applicability of credits is when credits go directly into your degree requirements. The transferability of credits means your classes can be transferred to any university, but it is not guaranteed that they will be applicable towards your degree.

Steps for a Smooth and Successful Transfer to any Institution

1
Decide

Whether you are undecided or you have identified the institution of your choice, take the steps to research your major. If you are undecided on your major, go to Career and Advisement Services. If you have decided on the institution of your choice, explore the transfer process. 

2
Participate in an Admissions Application Workshop

Workshops offer information on specific institution’s processes and discuss degree options. You may also attend an admission Application Workshop to start your transfer process. You will obtain information on the admission process, deadlines, scholarships, housing, and degree programs. View the “Events” under Transfer Services to attend.

3
Major Requirements

When selecting a major, research the transferable and applicable courses for your program. Get informed on the prerequisite or requirements for your degree. Use online resources such as AZTransfer.com to learn how your courses will transfer to the university or get informed of degree pathways and articulation agreements which facilitate the course credit transfer by outlining specific requirements.  Start planning out the classes you need to take at AWC using the Student Planning tool in Self-Service.

4
Meet with an AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator

Meet with an AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator for guidance on your degree and/or to discuss the different pathways available to you.

5
Apply

It is important to become aware of deadlines to avoid any setbacks on the transfer process. Most universities have an admission application fee. Consult online admissions timelines and checklists, and communicate with an admissions representative and academic advisor in your area of study if you need clarification.

6
Talk to your University Advisor

Contact the university/institution advisor to address further concerns. Be prepared with questions when you meet with an advisor, in order to get the most from your session.

Be proactive in your Arizona Western College degree completion and follow up on the steps and process to make a successful transfer. 

If you still have questions, contact Transfer Services at 928-344-7638. We’ll be happy to assist you!

As an additional resource, read the following Guide: Affordable Colleges Online's College Transfer Guide addresses some of the key issues faced by students looking to transfer, including admissions for transfer students, scholarships specific to those students, and highlights the differences between a community college transfer and a transfer between universities.

AWC Peer Mentor

You may reach AWC Peer Mentor at Transfer Services to learn more of what steps to take in your transition to a university:

I am Diana Montoya. I am a recent graduate from Arizona Western College with an AA in Liberal Arts. I am currently an Arizona State University student working towards my BS in Justice Studies. I am interested in many subjects so I am minoring in Family Studies and Psychology. I enjoy listening to music, going on long drives, and reading. I look forward to connecting with students and helping them through their transfer process as I can relate to the many qualms and questions that come with this journey.

Contact Transfer Services Peer Mentor, Diana Montoya at Diana.Montoya@azwestern.edu or at (928) 344-7638.

Northern Arizona University

Arizona Western College has been in partnership with Northern Arizona University for over 25 years. NAU-Yuma offers over 15 transfer degree pathways (NAU AXE). Learn more about the degrees available at NAU-Yuma. Overall NAU offers over 130 degree pathways (NAU AXE). Visit NAU. At NAU, follow your passions and expand your career possibilities with an online degree program.

Northern Arizona University offers students the Data-Sharing Agreement also known as the “AXE Agreement”. The AXE Agreement offers collaboration between NAU and AWC to share admission, transcript, and program details to ensure students are assisted with the transfer process. Students are also referred to key NAU personnel to support with a smoother transition. Several career pathways are available to students with details on specific course requirements which meet the first two years at Northern Arizona University. Students are able to transfer specific AWC degrees into designated NAU programs as a block; therefore, saving time and offering affordability when obtaining an undergraduate degree at NAU.

Join 2NAU. Bring your future closer.

2NAU

Northern Arizona University

NAU Enrollment and Student Services
nau.yuma@nau.edu
(928) 317-6436

Note: The university agreement does not exempt students from completing the required university admission application.

The following degree pathways between NAU-Yuma and AWC have been articulated to allow students to complete their 2yr Associates degree at AWC and meet the required coursework for the first 2yrs at NAU.

For 2018-2019 NAU degree progress, you can now check how your AWC credits can transfer by creating an account and adding your courses to Jackspath.

View your degree options at NAU Yuma:  https://nau.edu/yuma/

Steps for a successful transfer to NAU
1

Meet with AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator to complete the NAU AXE agreement if your degree has a degree pathway.

2

Submit your 2NAU application within your first year at AWC.

3

Follow the 6 steps listed under "Steps for a Smooth and Successful Transfer to any Institution".

4

Always follow up with an AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator if you encounter any difficulties, barriers or have any concerns during your transfer process or after you transfer to NAU.

Transfer Services works very closely with NAU to provide students with the following resources:

  • Admissions Application Workshops are offered 3 times a semester– AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator and an NAU representative provides information about the NAU programs, admission and transfer process.
  • Free field trips offered once a semester.
  • Experience NAU-Yuma Day – Faculty representing different programs are available to meet with students and discuss or answer any questions.

Learn more about these resources by visiting Events.

Arizona State University

Arizona Western College has been in partnership with Arizona State University for over 5 years. ASU@Yuma offers 3 transfer degree pathways and reduced tuition rates of around $3,200 or $6,400 a year. Overall ASU offers over 80 transfer degree pathways. ASU offers over 300 programs, so there are many options to choose from. You can earn a degree online from ASU Online.

The Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) provides students with many benefits for assistance in the transfer process. Students may take advantage of guidance for the admission process and access to university resources such as online tools, student online portal (My ASU), and scholarships. The TAG guarantees admission to ASU degree programs once all TAG requirements are met which ensure cost effectiveness and time efficiency in selecting courses that transfer to the specific ASU degree. By signing an agreement, AWC and ASU may collaborate with student data and information to ensure student support with pre-enrollment services such as access to an ASU transfer specialist and invitations to special events at ASU.

Arizona State University

Clayton Kidd
Criminology Lecturer and Program Coordinator
Clayton.kidd@asu.edu
(520) 884-5507 Ext. 20619

Laura Corr
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College -Yuma Regional Lead
Laura.corr@asu.edu
(928) 317-6205
https://education.asu.edu/awc

Gerald West
Assistant Director -Recruitment, Outreach, & Engagement
gerald.west@asu.edu
(480) 727-1526

Aimee Sharifi
Coordinator Transfer Admissions
asharifi@asu.edu
(602) 543-8179

Note: The university agreement does not exempt students from completing the required university admission application.

Steps for a successful transfer to ASU
1

Meet with AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator to complete the TAG agreement if your degree has a degree pathway. If you know your degree, complete the TAG Planning Worksheet (see instructions) with the Major Map and use the ASU Transfer Credit Guide to know how your courses will transfer.

2

Follow the 6 steps listed under "Steps for a Smooth and Successful Transfer to any Institution."

3

Submit admission application 6-9 months before you transfer.

4

Always follow up with an AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator if you encounter any difficulties, barriers or have any concerns during your transfer process or after you transfer to ASU.

Transfer Services works very closely with ASU to provide students with the following resources:

  • Admissions Application Workshops are offered 3 times a semester – AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator and an ASU representative provide information about the ASU programs, admission and transfer process. ASU representatively will be remotely available to respond to inquiries.
  • Free field trips offered – one in the fall and one in the spring semester
  • ASU@Yuma representatives are available once a month for the Criminology and Secondary Education programs.
  • ASU admission representative available two times a semester.

Learn more about these resources by visiting Events. You may also contact the ASU Yuma Program representatives.

AWC Peer Mentor

Meet with AWC Peer Mentor for the ASU Secondary Education Program. Read her biography below and meet with her at Transfer Services:

My name is Vanessa Varela. I am a peer mentor for AWC Transfer Services where I help guide students through their journey of transitioning to higher education. I was born and raised here in Yuma in a Hispanic household with very high values of perseverance and hard work. Those same values pushed me to become a first generation student by obtaining my Associates in Secondary Education in 2018 at AWC and pursuing my education at ASU Yuma. Through the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College Secondary Education program in Yuma, I work towards my goal of receiving my baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology. I look forward to this new chapter in life in hopes to creating meaningful experiences, relationships, and interactions with others.

Contact Vanessa Varela, ASU Secondary Education program peer mentor, at  Vanessa.Varela@azwestern.eduVanessa.Varela@azwestern.edu or (928)344-7638.

 

University of Arizona

Arizona Western College has been in partnership with the University of Arizona for over 8 years. UA-Yuma offers over 16 transfer degree pathways. Overall UA offers over 30 degree pathways (AzTAP). Earn your degree 100% online.

If you are planning to transfer into a University of Arizona degree, make sure to sign up for UA Bridge Program (uabridge.arizona.edu).The University of Arizona Bridge application is a partnership between Arizona Western College and the University of Arizona that allows students to obtain more information and resources on any degree pursued at UA. It provides guaranteed admission into most UA undergraduate degree programs and a renewable $2000 scholarship. The bridge application must be completed while you are still an AWC student. Once this the bridge application is submitted, a dedicated UA transfer staff will contact students interested in transferring. In addition, students are given access to a Cat Card, UA Yuma Building and computers, UA email accounts, and other resources, including a UA Transfer Peer Mentor to facilitate the process. The AZ TAP Agreement is also available for specific degree pathways.

If you plan to transfer to any University of Arizona campus, make sure to also sign into the AZ TAP Agreement, AWC and UA may collaborate with student data and information to ensure students receive invitations to exclusive transfer events and activities within the three-year completion deadline. AWC transfer center will help you sign AZ TAP agreement. Transferable AWC programs are applicable as a block with detailed course descriptions compatible with UA degree programs. This facilitates the process in selecting courses from AWC and completing the first two years of most UA undergraduate programs with specific AWC degrees.

Participation in the UA Bridge application and the AZ TAP Agreement enhances the transfer experience and provides students with the opportunity to obtain Bridge scholarships. Note: The university agreement does not exempt students from completing the required university admission application.

University of Arizona

Allison Gilliland
Academic Adviser
Yuma/La Paz/Imperial Valley
agilliland@email.arizona.edu

UA-Advising Appointment: wiseadvising.arizona.edu
(928) 782-1914

Julia Sanchez
Enrollment Counselor
Yuma/La Paz/Imperial Valley
jls10@email.arizona.edu
(928) 782-1914

Tanya Hodges
Regional Academic Coordinator
Yuma/La Paz/Imperial Valley
thodges@email.arizona.edu
(928) 782-1945

The following degree pathways between AWC and UA-Yuma (AzTAP) have been articulated to allow students to complete their 2yr Associate's degree at AWC and meet the required coursework for the first 2yrs at UA.

Visit University of Arizona to find more information about other degree pathways.

Steps for a successful transfer to UA
1

Meet with AWC Transfer Specialist to complete the UA AzTAP agreement if your degree has a degree pathway.

2

Submit your UA Bridge application within your first year at Arizona Western College.

3

Follow the 6 steps listed under "Steps for a Smooth and Successful Transfer to any Institution."

4

Submit U of A admission application 6-9 months before you transfer.

5

Always follow up with an AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator if you encounter any difficulties, barriers or have any concerns during your transfer process or after you transfer to UA.

Transfer Services works very closely with UA to provide students with the following resources:

  • Admissions Application Workshops are offered 3 times a semester – AWC Transfer Services and Program Coordinator and a UA representative provide information about the ASU programs, admission and transfer process.
  • Free field trips offered – one in the fall and one in the spring semester
  • UA Day – UA staff available to process applications, assist with financial aid, enroll students in classes if admitted to UA already.
  • UA representative available every Tuesday at Transfer Services or you may visit them at the Yuma UA office.

Learn more about these resources by visiting Events. You may also contact the UA-Yuma representatives.

For the Academic Advisor-UA Yuma/ Jr. Biotech Coordinator, Allison Galliland, email agalliland@email.arizona.edu or call (928) 317-7110.

Other University Partners

Grand Canyon University (GCU)

Arizona Western College has been in partnership with GCU for over 4 years.

Students who have enrolled at Arizona Western College will find it easy to transfer credits earned towards a Bachelor’s Degree at Grand Canyon University. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, GCU offers a variety of nursing and health care programs, including undergraduate, graduate and bridge programs. Students can elect to take courses online or through evening classes, which meet just once a week at the Phoenix campus and other satellite locations throughout Arizona. Go to https://www.gcu.edu/admissions/college-transfer-center.php for more information. View the Articulation Associate Degrees and Course Equivalency Guide for GCU and AWC.

Grand Canyon University

Jaerden Willingham
University Admissions Counselor- Traditional Campus Admissions
Jaerden.Willingham@gcu.edu
C: (480) 653-2173
P: (602) 639-5424

Cheryl Galligan
University Development Representative
Cheryl.Galligan@gcu.edu
P: (480) 487-0421

 

Charter Oak State College (COSC)

Charter Oak State College (COSC) has been in partnership with AWC for 11 years. Charter Oak State College serves non-traditional students, adult students, and those students seeking flexibility and affordability in degree completion. With online degree programs, there is no need to travel to a campus after work or on the weekends. AWC's programs in Public Safety Administration may be applicable with COSC Bachelorette degrees.

For more information in regards to the Charter Oak degrees, you can contact them directly at (860) 515-3800 or email COSC.

Charter Oak State College

Ashford University

Continue your education online at Ashford University. You worked hard to earn your credits at Arizona Western College and Ashford honors your hard work by allowing you to transfer up to 90 approved credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Ashford offers undergraduate and graduate programs in relevant disciplines such as business, education, health care, criminal justice, information technology, and more. All programs are offered online to fit into your busy schedule and all classes are taught by experts with advanced academic preparation. Find out how you could apply for your credits from Arizona Western College toward a degree at Ashford University. View the Ashford/AWC Transfer Guide.

Asford University

 

University of Phoenix (UOP)

Arizona Western College has been in partnership with UOP for over 5 years. Elevate your education by transferring your Arizona Western College credits toward a degree at University of Phoenix. When you enroll in classes at University of Phoenix, you'll be assigned a personalized team of advisors to support you from enrollment through graduation. The faculty hold advanced degrees and work in the fields they teach - so you'll gain practical, real-time knowledge that is focused, challenging, and relevant. As a student, you'll have access to innovative education technologies and work in learning teams alongside other students, many of whom are working professionals. Take advantage of AWC’s special fixed rate of $350 per credit for your bachelor’s degree, compared to the standard rate $398 per credit. Fill out the Request Information Form and an enrollment representative will contact you to do a complete evaluation, including Prior Learning Assessments.

Go to University of Phoenix's website to learn more about UOP. View the 2016/2017 AWC/ UOPX Course Transfer Guide.

University of Phoenix

Jesus M. Campa
Community College Strategy Manager
Jesus.Campa@phoenix.edu
P: (480) 669-7211

 

American College of Education (ACE)

American College of Education offers students affordability and quality education. When you are ready to earn a bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree or advance from RN to MSN, AWC and ACE’s partnership offers accelerated online programs designed to fit your lifestyle and budget to get you to the next step in your career. Graduates from AWC, who apply and are admitted, can take advantage of the waived admission application fee and a program based grant over the term of attendance at ACE. Fill out the Request Information Form to start your transfer process.

Go to American College of Education's website to move your career forward with ACE.

American College of Education

Janet Miller
Assistant Director, Field Operations – Healthcare Professions
Janet.Miller@ace.edu
P: (844) 823-0651

 

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Southern New Hampshire University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited university with an 80-year history of providing high quality education to students online and on campus. With an established partnership with Arizona Western College, SNHU also offers affordable, accessible degree programs to AWC graduates, AWC employees and their immediate family members with eligibility for a 10% tuition reduction for SNHU’s online undergraduate and graduate programs, in addition to the waived undergraduate application fee. Students may transfer up to 90 credits towards a bachelor degree program after institution review. SNHU is proud to offer over 200 transfer-friendly degree programs and flexible degree pathways to transfer students and alumni. Learn more by completing the online Request Information form.

Continue your education at SNHU and visit their website to learn more.

Southern New Hampshire University

Kurt Tautenhan
Assistant Director – Academic Alliances
k.tautenhan@snhu.edu
P: (603) 851-3327

 

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