The following information is available to help CSU Channel Islands (CI) students understand what credit will be granted to them for completing any of the following outside of CI: coursework; exams; learning, skills, and knowledge acquired through experience; and non-collegiate instruction.

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ASSIST is short for Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer and it's the official source of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities. It provides the most accurate and up-to-date* information available about student transfer in California through its website, which displays how coursework completed at one California public college or university can be applied when transferred to another. Thus, students transferring to CI from California Community Colleges (CCCs) or California public universities may find CI courses that are equivalent to courses completed at those institutions. These course equivalencies are also known as "articulation agreements."

Articulation agreements are organized by major or by department**. By major agreements contain only courses required by specific majors. By department agreements contain only courses offered by specific departments (e.g. Accounting, American Sign Language, Anthropology, etc.). ASSIST also provides lists of the following types of CCC courses:

  1. CSU Transferable
  2. CSU General Education (GE) - Breadth Certification
  3. CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals (American Institutions Requirement)
  4. IGETC for UC and CSU

*Note: 17-18 and 18-19 articulation agreements are not currently published on ASSIST, as a new ASSIST website is in the process of being developed. Agreements for these two academic years will be published on the new site when it is completed; date uncertain. In the meantime, if looking for 17-18 or 18-19 articulation agreements you are advised to review agreements for the 16-17 academic year, as they will be honored. Students currently enrolled at CI may review their updated major requirements in their CI Academic Requirements Report (CARR) or the catalog. Students should ensure they're using the correct catalog by confirming their major catalog year at the top of their CARR.

**Note: Articulation agreements may not exist for every institution or course. If one does not exist, you may need to submit a course substitution request form (GE/Graduation or Major/Minor) after transferring to CI to request the desired CI credit, which may or may not be granted. These forms are located in the Records and Registration Forms Library.

External Exams (AP, CLEP, IB)

Credit is granted for external exams according to CSU Executive Order 1036. Exams passed with scores noted in the documents below will earn a grade of credit (CR) and will not be calculated into students' grade point averages (GPAs). Credit granted is reviewed annually and occasionally varies from exam year to exam year, as content, exams, and Channel Islands (CI) curricula are subject to change. Thus, CI credit is awarded based on exam completion date.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP gives students the chance to take college-level courses while they're still in high school, and earn college credit and placement. Refer to documents below for more information.

Select year of exam:

8/1/2018-7/31/2019 (PDF, 57KB)

8/1/2017-7/31/2018 (PDF, 73KB)

8/1/2016-7/31/2017 (PDF, 65KB)

8/1/2015-7/31/2016 (PDF, 448KB)

All Years Prior to 8/1/2015 (PDF, 203KB)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP gives students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking exams for course content they believe they've mastered. Refer to documents below for more information.

Select year of exam:

8/1/2018-7/31/2019 (PDF, 27KB)

8/1/2017-7/31/2018 (PDF, 85KB)

8/1/2016-7/31/2017 (PDF, 80KB)

9/1/2014 - 7/31/16 (PDF, 81KB)

All Years Prior to 9/1/2014 (PDF, 81KB)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB offers four high-quality international education programs to more than one million students in more than 146 countries. Refer to documents below for more information.

Select year of exam:

8/1/2018-7/31/2019 (PDF, 47KB)

8/1/2017-7/31/2018 (PDF, 38KB)

8/1/2016-7/31/2017 (PDF, 33KB)

8/1/2013-7/31/2016 (PDF, 25KB)

8/1/2010-7/31/2013 (PDF, 23KB)

For information regarding exam years prior to 2010, you may contact the Articulation Officer, Janet Rizzoli, at (805) 437-8427 or

U.S. Military Service

Any student who submits evidence of satisfactory completion of Basic Training (DD 214 or DD 295) will be granted credit as follows:

  • U.S. Marine Corps recruits will receive 8 semester units
    • 3 units in GE Area E
    • 5 units of free electives
  • U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy recruits will receive 4 semester units
    • 3 units in GE Area E
    • 1 unit of free electives

The above credit is granted as recommended by the  American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. As may be found through the above website, students may also earn baccalaureate credit for other military courses completed*. CSU Channel Islands has final discretion regarding how these units will be applied. Refer to document below for more information.

CI Military Credit Guidelines (PDF, 199 KB)

*Note: You may need to submit a course substitution request form (GE/Graduation or Major/Minor) after transferring to CI to request the desired CI credit, which may or may not be granted. These forms are located in the Records and Registration Forms Library.

Other Transfer-related Resources

CSU Fully Online Courses

The CSU Fully Online Courses website enables CSU students to take one, free, online course every term (semester or quarter) through many of the CSU’s 23 campuses. A “fully online” course is any course that’s offered completely online, meaning there’s no in-person instruction with a professor.

California Virtual Campus

The California Virtual Campus provides complete, timely, and accurate information about online courses and programs in California higher education. It also provides links to resources that support students as they navigate through the complex world of distance education in California.

CollegeSource Online

CollegeSource Online is a database of 133,747+ digital college catalogs, institution profiles, transcript keys, and other critical resources. Note that because this website is subscription-based, it is only accessible through CI's on-campus computers or WiFi network.

Still have questions?

You may contact the Articulation Officer, Janet Rizzoli, at (805) 437-8427 or