For Counselors

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Your Role in the Program

Counselors—the support and assistance that you provide to students is vital for the program! Students will need to meet with you to explore their HBCU options and to obtain the fee waiver code for the online Common Black College Application.  

Our approach is proven

Review our program statistics dashboard and explore how partnering with us could improve the success rates of students transferring from your institution.

Student Qualification Requirements

Any California community college student with a GPA of 2.0 or higher (NOTE: certain partner HBCU will require a higher GPA) is guaranteed admission to all partner  HBCU  institutions using either of the following two options while at the California Community College:


  1. Complete an Associate degree (ADT) using the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth pattern or 

  2. Complete a minimum of 30 UC or CSU units. 


Those students completing a Associates Degree (Non-ADT) are welcomed to apply to all partner institutions, however, the benefit of guaranteed admissions is not offered and all degree applicable units are subject to transcript evaluation. 


Meet Our 39 HBCU Partners

Thanks to an agreement signed March 17, 2015, between the California Community Colleges and select HBCUs, California community college students who complete certain academic requirements are guaranteed transfer to a participating HBCU.

We are proud to have partnered with a wide variety of HBCU institutions that offer a variety of degree programs and with varying regional locations that include rural, suburban, and urban communities.   

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Make the Pitch to Students

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have an excellent academic track record. While only about 17 percent of Black undergraduate students enrolled nationally attend an HBCU, more than 28 percent of those who receive a bachelor’s degree obtain them from an HBCU. These colleges and universities are also leading institutions in awarding degrees to Black students in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering programs.

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