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

Status Update (as of 10/1/18): Currently ASSIST is undergoing a major upgrade affecting all public institutions of higher education in California. The ASSIST Resource Center is the source for updates about the status and expected launch date of the new website. Due to this upgrade, 2016-17 articulation agreements are the most recent available. For 2017-18 and 2018-19 agreements, please use the interim tools provided below:

  • For course-to-course articulations for 2017-18 or 2018-19 that existed prior to these years, refer to the 16-17 By Department Agreements found on ASSIST.
  • For added course-to-course articulations for 2016-17, 2017-18, or 2018-19, refer to  New, Modified, & Terminated Articulations for 2016-2019 (PDF, 417KB), which will be updated periodically.
  • For 2017-18 or 2018-19 By Major Agreements, refer to this summary of requirement changes and other updates affecting lower-division major preparation: CSU Channel Islands Major Changes for 2017-2019 (PDF, 82KB). Then, review the applicable CSU Channel Islands Catalog (2017-18 or 2018-19) for more information.
    • After reviewing the above summary and appropriate catalog, refer to the 16-17 By Department Agreements on ASSIST  and the New, Modified, & Terminated Articulations for 2016-2019 (PDF, 417KB), which will be updated periodically, to see if the courses listed within the 2017-18 or 2018-19 major requirements have course-to-course articulations.

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: Articulation agreements may not exist for every institution or course. If one does not exist, after transferring to CI you may need to submit a GE/Graduation Substitution Request Form (located in the Records and Registration Forms Library) to request that the course meet a GE or Graduation requirement, or meet with the Major Advisor for your declared Major or Minor to request that the course meet a Major or Minor requirement. Your Major Advisor will be able to review your request and submit it to Records and Registration on your behalf. The above requests may or may not be granted.

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 exam was completed:

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 exam was completed:

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 exam was completed:

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 janet.rizzoli@csuci.edu.

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.

CSUCI Credit Guidelines for U.S. Military Service (PDF, 523 KB)

*Note: After transferring to CI, you may need to submit a GE/Graduation Substitution Request Form (located in the Records and Registration Forms Library) to request that the course meet a GE or Graduation requirement, or meet with the Major Advisor for your declared Major or Minor to request that the course meet a Major or Minor requirement. Your Major Advisor will be able to review your request and submit it to Records and Registration on your behalf. The above requests may or may not be granted.

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 135,673+ 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 janet.rizzoli@csuci.edu.