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 (aztransfer.com/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 Associates 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 a General Transfer Session

Transfer sessions offer information on specific institution’s processes and discuss degree options. You will obtain information on 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 “Self-Service” tool.

4
Meet with an AWC Transfer Specialist

Meet with an AWC Transfer Specialist 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.

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.

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.

Northern Arizona University

Nancy Navarro
Yuma Regional Admissions Office, Sr.
Nancy.Navarro@nau.edu
(928) 317-6208

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.

Steps for a successful transfer to NAU
1

Meet with AWC Transfer Specialist 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 Specialist 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:

  • Transfer Sessions offered once a month on a Thursday – AWC Transfer Specialist and an NAU representative provides information about the NAU programs, admission and transfer process.
  • Free field trips offered once a year in the fall 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 2 transfer degree pathways. Overall ASU offers over 80 transfer degree pathways (ASU TAG Archive) . ASU offers over 300 programs, so there are many options to choose from.

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 ensures 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

Joana Ezroj
Secondary Education iTeach AZ Gadsden Site Coordinator
Division of Teacher Preparation Instructor
Joana.ezroj@asu.edu
(928) 920-4269

Laura Grosso
Student Outreach Coordinator, Senior

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
laura.grosso@asu.edu
(480) 965-7869

Patricia Rodriguez
Transfer Admissions Specialist
asupatriciarodriguez@asu.edu
(602) 543-2851

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 Specialist 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 Specialist 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:

  • Transfer Sessions offered once a semester on a Thursday – AWC Transfer Specialist and an ASU representative provides information about the ASU programs, admission and transfer process.
  • Free field trips offered – one in the fall and one in the spring semester
  • ASU Day - Faculty representing different programs are available to meet with students and discuss or answer any questions.
  • ASU@Yuma representatives are available once a week for the Criminology and Secondary Education programs.
  • ASU admission representative available three times a semester

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

University of Arizona

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

The University of Arizona Bridge application is a partnership between Arizona Western College and University of Arizona that allows students to obtain more information and resources on any degree pursuing at UA. It provides guaranteed admission into most UA undergraduate degree programs. Once this process is started, a dedicated UA transfer staff contacts students interested in transferring. In addition, students are given access to a CatCard, UA email accounts, and other resources, including a UA Transfer Peer Mentor to facilitate the process. The AzTAP Agreement is also available for specific degree pathways.

By signing the AzTAP 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. Transferable AWC programs are applicable as a block with detailed course descriptions compatible with UA degree programs which facilitates the process in selecting courses from AWC and the completion of the first two years of most UA undergraduate programs with specific AWC degrees. Participation in the UA Bridge application and the AzTAP agreement enhance the transfer experience and provides students with the opportunity of obtaining Bridge scholarships. Note: The university agreement does not exempt students from completing the required university admission application.

University of Arizona

Leilani Gutierrez
Admissions Counselor, Outreach
leilanigutierrez@email.arizona.edu
(520) 621-3812

Alberto Urbieta
Program Coordinator, Senior
Alberto.urbieta@arizona.edu
(928) 210-7202

Allison Gilliland
Academic Advisor/Jr. Biotech Coordinator
agilliland@email.arizona.edu
(928) 317-7110

The following degree pathways between AWC and UA-Yuma (AzTAP) have been articulated to allow students to complete their 2yr Associates 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 Specialist 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:

  • Transfer Sessions offered once a month on a Thursday – AWC Transfer Specialist and a UA representative provides information about the UA 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

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.

For the Program Coordinator, Senior, Alberto S. Urbieta, email alberto.urbieta@arizona.edu or call (928) 210-7202.

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.

Grand Canyon University

Lexi Villegas
University Admissions Counselor
(480)225-7809
Lexi.Villegas@gcu.edu

Cheryl Galligan

University Development Representative
Cheryl.galligan@gcu.edu
(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 your credits from Arizona Western College toward a degree at Ashford University.

Asford University

 

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