For Students


How You Qualify 

Any California community college student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher is guaranteed admission to all partner  HBCU  institutions using either of the following two options: While at the California Community College (1) complete a transfer level-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 


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HBCU Partners

Thanks to an agreement signed March 17, 2015, between the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office 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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Transfer Guarantee Program


  • Guarantees admission to all partner institutions.

  • Application fee waiver code available to the online Common Black College Application.

  • One Application for up to four participating partner schools.

  • Pre-transfer advisement by program staff and institution representatives.

  • Priority consideration for campus housing (when deadlines are met).

  • Priority consideration for scholarships for students with a 3.2 GPA or higher based on institutions' available funding.


Begin researching the current HBCU partner institutions.


Meet with a community college counselor to discuss your schools of interest and review ALL college transcripts to ensure you meet program requirements.


Obtain a fee waiver code from the counselor in order to complete the Common Black College Application.


For HBCUs not found on the Common Black College App website, reach out to the school's contact found on our HBCU partners page in order to apply directly.

Start your journey

Tips for Applying

From the experts:

*Visit the websites for each of the HBCUs of interest to learn more about the institutions.

*Apply early in the semester to ensure scholarship opportunities and to secure housing.

*Be sure to send ALL of your college transcripts to each HBCU that you have applied.

*Be sure to complete/update your FASFA application to include the HBCUs that you have applied.