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Get Started on Your Degree

Getting started on your AA-T or AS-T degree is easy. Whether you’re in high school, community college, or still exploring your college path, we have the resources to help you to move forward.

If you're currently in high school:

Start thinking about your interests and how they relate to a potential career. Look into the AA-T or AS-T degrees offered and the campuses that offer them. Also, talk to your school counselor about your plans. They can help you prepare academically and put you in touch with a community college counselor.

Most importantly, don’t neglect your class work:

  • Take college-track courses all through high school
  • Read and write often for school and for pleasure
  • Take an English class in your junior or senior year that concentrates on critical reading and writing
  • Take four years of math while in high school, including Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 with efforts to achieve at least a “B” grade
  • In your junior and senior year, take the Early Assessment Program test to find out if you are on track to be ready for college

Download our high school checklist to keep yourself on track. 

If you're already at a California Community College:

Head straight to your college’s transfer center or schedule an appointment with a counselor who can help you determine which transfer major is best for you, and work with you to develop an education plan to achieve your goal.

Download our checklist to keep yourself on track.

If you're currently not attending college:

Admission to any of California’s 115 community colleges is simple, if you are 18 or older, or you have a high school diploma or the equivalent, you can enroll today!

Begin the process online at


Find Your Path

Want to explore the AA-T and AS-T degrees that are available at the 115 California Community Colleges, and which California State University campuses offer similar degree programs? Use our search tool to learn more.