California Community Colleges Guarantee Admission to 9 HBCUs

Last Updated on April 25, 2015

HBCU students smiling at graduation ceremony.
California community college students are now guaranteed transfer to nine HBCUs.
Beginning fall 2015, students at California Community Colleges who meet a certain criteria will be able to transfer to nine historically black colleges and universities, thanks to an agreement inked between leaders of the institutions and the California Community Colleges Board of Governors on March, 17, 2015.

According to the agreement, students who apply for the admission and successfully obtain a transfer-level associate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern, or University of California Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, will be guaranteed admission with junior standing.

An alternate option to earn guaranteed admission will require transfer students to earn 30 or more UC (University of California) or CSU (California State University) transferrable units with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Some other advantages offered to transfer students according to the pact include priority consideration for housing, pre-admission advising, and consideration for transfer scholarships for students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. However, for some specific majors, students may need to fulfill additional requirements.

No doubt, “This is a unique and special opportunity for our students to engage in an academically enriching, emotionally and personally rewarding experience,” said Dr. Robert Bell, Pasadena City College senior vice president and assistant superintendent. And we can’t agree more.

The program is a great opportunity for both California students, who may be unfamiliar with HBCU’s as their state has none, and also for the schools as it will help increase the enrollment.

The nine participating HBCU’s in the California Community Colleges agreement are:

Bennett College Greensboro, N.C.
Dillard University New Orleans, La.
Fisk University Nashville, Tenn
Lincoln University of Missouri Jefferson City, Mo
Philander Smith College Little Rock, Ark
Stillman College Tuscaloosa, Ala
Talladega College Talladega, Ala
Tuskegee University Tuskegee, Ala
Wiley College Marshall, Texas

With an exception to Lincoln University of Missouri, all the participating institutions are private. Only Lincoln is public, and will offer in-state tuition for California community college transfer students.

If you would like more information on the partnership and pioneering HBCUs, go to

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