Articulation and Information Links for Independent Colleges and Universities

Transfer Center

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

There are great differences in size, educational purpose, and emphasis among these institutions. Some are large and offer both undergraduate and graduate programs; most are relatively small and offer students a personalized campus community life. Some campuses emphasize a particular vocation or religious emphasis. Specific information about the requirements and educational opportunities available at any independent college in the U.S. is available in the GWC Transfer Center or on the web at

There are over 100 Private / Independent Colleges and Universities in California, and include the following types of schools:USC logo

Research Universities: USC, Stanford, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Loma Linda, Claremont Grad.

Speciality Colleges: Art Center, Woodbury, Samuel Merrit Faith-Based Schools: Loyola Marymount, Biola, Concordia, Santa Clara

Comprehensive: Chapman, Claremont McKenna

Graduate Schools: Claremont Grad School Women’s Colleges: Mills, Mt. St. Mary’s, ScrippsCHAPMAN LOGO

Degrees Offered: Private schools offer the full range of degrees, from Associate to the Doctorate, as well as professional degrees in law and medicine.

APPLICATION FILING PERIODS: Filing periods will vary from campus to campus. Please refer to the individual catalog of the campus for more information.

Private University Campuses by Area

Northern California
Drexel University – Sacramento
Pacific Union College – Angwin
Simpson University – Redding
William Jessup University – Rocklin

Central Valley
Fresno Pacific University – Fresno
Humphreys College – Stockton
Simpson University – Redding
University of the Pacific (UOP) – Stockton

San Francisco Bay Area
California College of the Arts – San Francisco
Cogswell Polytechnical University – Sunnyvale
Dominican University of California – San Rafael
Golden Gate University – San Francisco
Holy Names University – Oakland
Menlo College – Atherton
Mills College – Oakland
Notre Dame de Namur University – Belmont
Palo Alto University – Palo Alto
Patten University – Oakland
Saint Mary’s College of California – Moraga
Samuel Merritt College – Oakland
San Francisco Conservatory of Music – San Francisco
Santa Clara University – Santa Clara
Saybrook University – San Francisco
Stanford University – San Francisco
Touro University – Vallejo
University of San Francisco – San Francisco

Central Coast
Thomas Acquinas College – Santa Paula
Westmont College – Santa Barbara

San Diego Metro Area
Alliant International University – San Diego
National University – La Jolla
Point Loma Nazarene University – San Diego
San Diego Christian College – El Cajon
University of San Diego – San Diego

Los Angeles and Orange County
American Academy of Dramatic Arts – Hollywood
American Jewish University – Bel Air
Antioch University of Los Angeles  – Los Angeles
or Antioch University (Online)
Art Center College of Design – Pasadena
Azusa Pacific University – Azusa
Biola University – La Mirada
Brandman University – Irvine
California Baptist University – Riverside
California Institute of Technology – Pasadena
California Institute of the Arts – Valencia
California Lutheran University – Thousand Oaks
Chapman University – Orange
Charles Drew Univ. of Medicine & Science – Los Angeles
Claremont McKenna College  – Claremont
Concordia University – Irvine
Harvey Mudd College – Claremont
Hope International University – Fullerton
La Sierra University – Riverside
Laguna College of Art & Design – Laguna Beach
Loma Linda University – Loma Linda
Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles
Marymount Univesity – Rancho Palos Verdes
Master’s College, The – Santa Clarita
Mount St. Mary’s – Los Angeles
Occidental College – Los Angeles
Otis College of Art and Design – Los Angeles
Pacific Oaks College – Pasadena
Pepperdine University – Malibu
Pitzer College – Claremont
Pomona College – Claremont
Scripps College – Claremont
Soka University – Aliso Viejo
Southern Calif. Univ. of Health Sciences – Whittier
University of La Verne – La Verne
University of Redlands – Redlands
University of Southern California – Los Angeles
Vanguard University – Costa Mesa
Western University of Health Sciences  – Pomona
Whittier College – Whittier
Woodbury University – Burbank

Useful Private/Independent College Websites

• Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities (AICCU)

• Common Application for Private/Independent and Out of State Schools

• AICCU Transfer Commitment

• AICCU Institutions with CA Community Colleges Articulation Agreements

• AICCU Colleges

Articulation and Information Links for Independent Colleges and Universities


Transfer Information:  This is a link to the four-year school’s website containing general information and application procedures for prospective transfer students.

Articulation Agreement:  An articulation agreement is an official agreement between Golden West College and the transfer institution. It identifies courses at Golden West that are equivalent to courses at the transfer school.  This allows Golden West students to fulfill transfer requirements by taking articulated courses at Golden West.  Articulation can be done course-to-course, for major requirements and/or for general education.  In some cases, courses are only articulated as elective courses which do not fulfill any of the above-listed requirements.

Course Equivalency:  Course equivalency is determined by the admissions office of the transfer institution and is based on the credit previously granted by that institution to transferring Golden West College students. It is not an official institution-to-institution agreement and only provides a historical record of previously granted credit. There is no guarantee that similar credit will be granted in the future.

California Independent Colleges and Universities

Azusa Pacific University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Biola University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Brandman University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

California Baptist University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement 

Chapman University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Concordia University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

DeVry University
Transfer information  |  Articulation Agreement

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Hope International University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Loyola Marymount University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Loma Linda University – School of Allied Health Professions
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Loma Linda University – School of Dentistry
Transfer Information

Loma Linda University – School of Nursing
Transfer Information

Loma Linda University – School of Pharmacy
Transfer Information

Mt. St. Mary’s College
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

National University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

Pepperdine University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement: Please check with the Transfer Center for a copy an agreement

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management (Irvine)
Transfer Information  | Articulation Agreement

Point Loma Nazarene University
Transfer Information

Southern California University of Health Sciences
Transfer Information

University of La Verne
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement: Coming Soon

University of the Pacific
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

University of the Pacific – School of Pharmacy
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

University of Phoenix
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

University of Redlands
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement (Liberal Arts)

University of Redlands – School of Business (Santa Ana)
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

University of San Diego
Transfer Information   |  Articulation Agreement: n/a

University of San Francisco
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

University of Southern California
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement  |  Transfer Planning Guide

Vanguard University
Transfer Information  |  Nursing Degree Information  |   Articulation Agreement

Western University of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant (MSPAS)

Pharmacy (PharmD)

Physical Therapy (DPT)

Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Whittier College
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement

West Coast University
Transfer Information  |  Articulation Agreement