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Aptos Counseling
Location: 100 Building
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Phone: 831.479.6274
Office Hours: Mon–Thurs: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Counselor Hours: See Contact Page

Watsonville Counseling
Location: Room A120
(Student Resource Center)
Phone: 831.786.4734
(servicio en español)
Office Hours: Mon–Thurs: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Counselor Hours: See Contact Page
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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what classes I need to take to complete my degree at Cabrillo or transfer to a 4-year university?

We welcome you to meet with a counselor to develop your educational plan based on your goal.  We will introduce you to Student Planning’s Progress function to see what courses are required for your general education and major courses, to ASSIST to view major requirements for the UC and CSU systems, and our Course Catalog to look at the requirements for Cabrillo’s degrees and certificates.

I want to choose a major, but what does CSU and IGETC mean in the title of many of the majors that I choose at Cabrillo?

Those terms refer to the general education pattern required for that specific degree:CSU (California State University): The GE pattern accepted by colleges in the California State University (CSU) system. If your goal is to transfer to a college in the CSU system, you should pick a program that uses the CSU GE pattern.

IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum): The GE pattern accepted by colleges in both the CSU and UC (University of California) systems. If your goal is to transfer to a college in the UC system, or you are not sure if you are headed toward UC or CSU, you should pick a program that uses the IGETC pattern.  Many private and out of state universities accept the IGETC pattern, check in with us to see what will work best for you!

What are AA-T and AS-T degrees?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

  • What are the differences between all the AA and AS degrees
  • AA Degree-CSU: An AA degree using the CSU GE pattern
  • AS Degree-CSU: An AS degree using the CSU GE pattern
  • AA-T Degree-CSU: An Associate in Arts for Transfer degree using the CSU GE pattern
  • AS-T Degree-CSU: An Associate in Science for Transfer degree using the CSU GE pattern
  • AA Degree-IGETC: An AA degree using the IGETC GE pattern
  • AS Degree-IGETC: An AS degree using the IGETC GE pattern
  • AA-T Degree-IGETC: An Associate in Arts for Transfer degree using the IGETC GE pattern
  • AS-T Degree-IGETC: An Associate in Science for Transfer degree using the IGETC GE pattern
  • AA Degree-Non Transferable: An AA degree using the 30-unit “non-transfer” GE pattern. These degrees do not build into them the courses needed to meet university admission requirements.
  • AS Degree-Non Transferable: An As degree using the 21-unit “non-transfer” GE pattern. These degrees do not build into them the courses needed to meet university admission requirements.

What are Cabrillo’s Certificate Programs?

Skills Certificate: Skills Certificates are awarded to students who acquire a set of career-relevant skills through the completion of one or more specified courses. These are typically low-unit programs (fewer than 16 units).

Certificate of Achievement: Certificates of Achievement provide an opportunity to pursue a concentrated course of study in a particular career area. These programs typically require more that 16 units, and often require and English composition course.

Check out the list of Cabrillo certificates and degrees!

If my goal is to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree, but I’m not sure of my major or transfer school, which major should I select?

In this case, the best program to select is Liberal Arts AA Interdisciplinary Studies- IGETC. This is the most broad program that will guide you through general education courses that are acceptable at most institutions.

What if I know my major and that I will be transferring to a CSU?

Cabrillo’s academic departments present model programs in the college catalog. If your program/major is listed, then use the catalog model program, ASSIST , and consultation with a counselor as a guide in selecting courses for your major. Also, the program/major that you select should end in CSU. For example, if you are seeking a BA degree in communications, then your program/major would be: COMM-Communications Studies AA Degree-CSU.

What if I know my major and that I will be transferring to a UC?

Cabrillo’s academic departments present model programs in the college catalog. If your program/major is listed, then use the catalog model program, ASSIST, and consultation with a counselor as a guide in selecting courses for your major. Also, the program/major that you select should end in IGETC. For example, if you are seeking a BA degree in communications, then your program/major would be: COMM-Communications Studies AA Degree-IGETC.

I submitted my transcripts from another college to Cabrillo and met with a counselor to get them evaluated. Why am I not seeing them in my Timeline in Student Planning?

Unfortunately, at this time outside transcripts do not populate Student Planning. We can evaluate your transcripts and provide you with a written evaluation report that you can then use to inform your class choices.

What’s the best way to make an appointment with a counselor or schedule myself to attend a Counseling workshop?

Call us at 831-479-6274 or 831-786-4734 and we’ll be happy to get you scheduled! Please remember that you need to have a Cabrillo ID number to schedule an appointment. If you have not yet applied, you may come in to ask general questions during our 10-minute drop-in advising.

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