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General Academic Questions

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Transfer Questions

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General Academic Questions

How do I make an appointment to see a counselor?

You can make an appointment in the 100 building of the Aptos campus at either the counseling counter or at the Transfer/Career Center. At the Watsonville campus you can schedule an appointment at the Student Resource Center (room 4320).

To schedule an appointment by phone, call (831)479-6274 for appointments on the Aptos campus or (831) 786-4734 for appointments at the Watsonville Center.

How do grades of "W" affect my academic record?

A grade of W is not factored into your GPA. However, if more than 50% of your overall units attempted at Cabrillo have resulted in grades of W and/or NP, you will be placed on Progress Probation. If you are on Progress Probation for three consecutive semesters, you will be placed on Progress Dismissal. For transfer students, W’s are not generally a focus of admission decisions unless there are an excessive number of W’s over a long period of time.

How do grades of P and NP (pass / no pass) affect my academic record?

Beginning summer 2009, Cabrillo uses the P/NP (pass / no pass) grading option rather than CR/NC (credit / no credit). In some classes you can choose the P/NP grading option rather than a letter grade. The deadline to notify your instructor that you prefer the P/NP grade option is on the semester calendar in the schedule of classes. Grades of P (pass) and NP (no pass) are not factored into your GPA. A P grade is a passing grade indicating satisfactory completion of course requirements. A NP grade is not a passing grade but will not hurt your GPA.

This grading option is not intended for courses required by your major. Transfer students should meet with a counselor prior to taking math or English composition courses via the P/NP grading option. Generally, math and English composition courses should be taken for letter grade.

For AA/AS degrees, up to twelve semester units may be P grades instead of letter grades.

What is the CEEB/ETS Code and the Financial Aid Code for Cabrillo?

Cabrillo’s CEEB/ETS code is 004084. This code may be asked for in the college application process.

Cabrillo’s Financial Aid code is 001124.

I already have a BA degree from a UC campus and I’d like to get an AA degree from Cabrillo in a different major. Will my BA cover the general education requirements for my AA?

A BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited college will automatically meet all of the AA/AS degree general education requirements. The only Cabrillo graduation requirement not automatically met with the BA/BS degree is the multicultural studies requirement. Cabrillo will need an official copy of your transcript to document degree completion and to evaluate for the multicultural requirement.

I have attended another college/university. Do these courses transfer to Cabrillo?

Degree applicable courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges will be accepted for general education, major coursework, or elective credit toward Cabrillo's non-transfer degrees. For students planning on transferable degrees, the important issue is to determine if the desired transfer university will accept the non-Cabrillo units. Students need to meet with a representative from the desired university (college reps visit Cabrillo’s Transfer/Career Center regularly) or meet with a Cabrillo counselor to make this determination.

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Allied Health Questions

Please refer to the Allied Health website for more information.

How do I apply to the nursing program at Cabrillo?

Cabrillo’s nursing program has prerequisites that need to be completed prior to application to the program. The prerequisites are anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and college level English composition. All prerequisites need to be completed with a C or better and the grades from physiology and microbiology combined must produce a GPA of at least 2.5. Once the prerequisites are complete, you can apply to the program. Qualified applicants are added to the waitlist in order, based on the postmark date of the application packet. Current waitlist information is available from the nursing program.

There are additional graduation and general education requirements that can either be completed while doing prerequisites, while waiting to start the program, or even while in the program. However, it is recommended to have all general education and graduation requirements completed prior to starting the nursing program.

All of the prerequisites and GE/graduation requirements can be completed at Cabrillo or at other regionally accredited colleges. However, if you are going to complete them at a college other than Cabrillo, it would be wise to meet with a Cabrillo counselor to make sure that you are taking courses that will be accepted by Cabrillo’s nursing program.

A counseling appointment would be the best way to get a good overview of the process, and to help choose the best order for prerequisite courses. You can call 831.479.6274 to schedule an appointment. Phone appointments are available if needed.

How do I apply to Cabrillo’s Radiologic Technology program?

Cabrillo’s Radiologic Rechnology (RT) program has prerequisites that need to be completed prior to application to the program. The prerequisites are anatomy, physiology, English composition, medical terminology, introduction to physics, and general psychology. All prerequisites need to be complete with a C or better with the exception of medical terminology that requires a grade of B or better. Once the prerequisites are complete, you can apply to the program. Qualified applicants are added to the waitlist in order, based on the postmark date of the application packet. Current waitlist information is available from the RT program.

There are additional general education requirements that can be done either while doing prerequisites, while waiting to start the program, or even while in the program. However, it is recommended to have all general education complete prior to starting the RT program.

All of the prerequisites and GE requirements can be completed at Cabrillo, or at other regionally accredited colleges. However, if you are going to complete them at a different college, it would be wise to meet with a Cabrillo counselor to make sure that you are taking courses that will be accepted by Cabrillo’s RT program.

A counseling appointment would be the best way to get a good overview of the process, and to help choose the best order of prerequisite courses. You can call 831.479.6274 to schedule an appointment. Phone appointments are available if needed.

How do I apply to Cabrillo’s Dental Hygiene program?

Cabrillo’s dental hygiene program has prerequisites that need to be completed prior to application to the program. The prerequisites are anatomy, physiology, microbiology, 2nd semester chemistry for health occupations, and college level English composition. All prerequisites need to be complete with a C or better with a minimum 2.7 GPA in the science prerequisites. Once the prerequisites are complete, you can apply to the program. Qualified applicants are added to the waitlist in order, based on the postmark date of the application packet. Current waitlist information is available from the Dental Hygiene program.

There are additional graduation and general education requirements that can be done either while doing prerequisites, while waiting to start the program, or even while in the program. However, it is recommended that students complete all general education and graduation requirements prior to starting the DH program.

All of the prerequisites and GE/graduation requirements can be completed at Cabrillo, or at other regionally accredited colleges. However, if you are going to complete them at a different college, it would be wise to meet with a Cabrillo counselor to make sure that you are taking courses that will be accepted by Cabrillo’s Dental Hygiene program.

A counseling appointment would be the best way to get a good overview of the process, and to help choose the best order of prerequisite courses. You can call 831.479.6274 to schedule an appointment. Phone appointments are available if needed.

How do I get started on Cabrillo's Medical Assisting program?

There is no formal application process to enter the Medical Assisting program. When you are ready to start, just register for the classes based on your completion of prerequisites. Cabrillo counselors can help you set up an education plan. For more information, please consult the Medical Assisting homepage.

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Transfer Questions

What courses do I need to complete before I transfer?

Students need to complete minimum university admission requirements which should include coursework from general education and major preparation. Students should become familiar with the admission requirements of the UC and CSU systems, and for any private colleges being considered. It is important to meet with a counselor to determine the best general education pattern to follow, and to research the lower division (freshman/sophomore) required courses for the chosen major. Research on courses to take for campus specific majors can be started at www.assist.org.

What are the admission requirements to transfer to a UC?

The junior level minimum admission requirements for the UC campuses are: 60 UC transferable units, with a 2.4 minimum GPA (competitive colleges and majors require a higher GPA); the 60 transferable units must include two specific transfer level English compositions courses, one transfer level math class (a math class that has intermediate algebra as a prerequisite), and at least four approved transferable college courses chosen from at least two of the following subject areas: Arts and Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; or Physical and Biological Sciences.

What are the admission requirements to transfer to a CSU?

The junior level minimum admission requirements for the CSU campuses are: 60 CSU transferable units, with a 2.0 minimum GPA (competitive colleges and majors require a higher GPA); the 60 transferable units must include a minimum of 30 units of general education that must include specific courses from oral communications, written communications, critical thinking, and a transfer level math (a math class that has intermediate algebra as a prerequisite).

What is IGETC? When should I use the IGETC pattern?

IGETC stands for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum. It is a pattern of general education classes which totals approximately 40 UC/CSU transferable units. Copies of the IGETC GE pattern are available in all of Cabrillo’s counseling areas; it is also printed in the schedule of classes. At the time of transfer, a student can request that Cabrillo certify IGETC as complete. This IGETC certification request is done via the Transcript Request Form available at Admissions & Records. If IGETC is certified as complete, all campuses in the UC and CSU system will accept it in place of their own campus-specific lower division general education pattern. Some private schools will accept the IGETC general education pattern.

IGETC is an ideal GE pattern to follow for students who know they want to transfer, but who may be unsure which UC or CSU campus they will transfer to.

IGETC may not be ideal for high unit majors such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering.

Students should consult with a counselor to determine if IGETC is the best option.

What is the CSU General Education pattern?

The CSU general education pattern is a pattern of general education courses which totals approximately 39 units. Copies of the CSU GE pattern are available in all of Cabrillo’s counseling areas; it is also printed in the schedule of classes. At the time of transfer, a student can request that Cabrillo certify the CSU GE pattern as complete. This CSU GE certification request is done via the Transcript Request Form available at Admissions & Records. If the CSU GE pattern is certified as complete (partial certification is possible), all campuses in the CSU system will accept it in place of their own campus-specific lower division general education pattern.

The CSU general education pattern is an ideal GE pattern to follow for students that know they want to transfer to a CSU campus.

Do I need to complete 60 transferable units in order to transfer?

Generally, the answer is yes. Most UC and CSU colleges do not accept transfer students at the lower division level (students with fewer than 60 transferable units), so planning on going to a university as an upper division transfer (entering the university as a junior) is generally the best path. For those colleges that do consider lower division transfer applicants, only students who were eligible to enter the university as freshmen will be admitted, and such applicants are a low priority in the admission process. Priority will be given to those that will transfer with at least 60 transferable units.

How long will it take me to transfer?

The time it takes to transfer depends on the number of units completed each term, the level at which you start math and English composition classes, the admission requirements of the transfer institution and the desired major. Students who can attend full-time (12 or more units per semester), take summer and/or winter session classes, and who place directly into transfer level math and English classes can generally transfer after two years. Most students take longer than two years to meet all of the transfer, general education, and major preparation requirements.

Is it possible to take too many units, then not be able to transfer?

If a student has only attended a community college, then no, it is not possible to take too many units. But if a student has 20 semester units or more from a four-year college, it is possible to take too many units to transfer to a UC campus. Consultation with the college you want to transfer to and with a Cabrillo counselor is important for such students.

Can I complete my transfer requirements at Cabrillo?

Yes. Cabrillo offers a variety of courses to complete general education patterns such as IGETC (the preferred GE pattern for those transferring to UC campuses for most majors), the CSU GE pattern, or the UCSC campus specific GE pattern. We also offer course that provide preparation for majors at UC, CSU and private colleges – see www.assist.org for major articulation between Cabrillo and UC/CSU college.

Do I need an Associate of Arts degree to transfer?

California’s public colleges and universities do not require an AA to transfer, unless a student intends to compete in athletics at the college or university.

I heard Cabrillo can guarantee my transfer to a university. Is this true?

For qualified students, Cabrillo offers Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) with the following UC campuses: Davis, Santa Cruz, Riverside, Merced, Santa Barbara, and Irvine. We offer Transfer Admission Agreements (TAAs) with the following CSU campuses: CSU Monterey Bay, and Humboldt State. We also offer Transfer Agreements with Santa Clara University and Golden Gate University. Transfer agreements are written in the fall only (with the exception of TAAs for Santa Clara, which are written in the spring) for students intending to transfer the following fall. Each fall, the Transfer/Career Center publishes the requirements and deadlines to write a TAA. A student must have 30 transferable units completed with a qualifying GPA to write a transfer agreement. To plan for a Transfer Admission Agreement, set up an appointment with a Cabrillo counselor.

Are all Cabrillo courses transferable?

All courses with a course number between 1 and 99 (ie. History 17A, Reading 52) are transferable to the CSU system. Many courses with a number between 1 and 99 will also transfer to the UC system. To determine UC transferability, check the specific course description in the Cabrillo schedule of classes, the Cabrillo catalog, on www.assist.org, or with a Cabrillo counselor.

When do I apply to transfer?

The priority application period for colleges in the UC system are as follows:

Fall Quarter: November 1 - 30
Fall Semester: November 1 - 30 (Berkeley and Merced are the only UC campuses on the semester system, Berkeley accepts applications for fall only).
Winter Quarter: July 1 – 31
Spring Semester: July 1 – 31    (UC Merced is the only campus on the semester system accepting application for spring)
Spring Quarter: Oct 1 - 31

*Note: not all UC campuses accept applicants every term. Consult with current information from the Transfer/Career Center or contact schools directly. Specific majors will often have additional restrictions regarding application periods.

The priority application period for colleges in the CSU system are as follows:

Fall Quarter or Semester: October 1 – November 30
Winter Quarter: June 1 – 30
Spring Quarter or Semester: August 1 – 31
Summer: February 1 – 28

Private and out-of-state colleges have their own application procedures and deadlines. The Transfer/Career Center is a good place to begin this research.

I received bad grades at another college. Do I have to tell the university to which I’m applying that I went to that college? 

Yes. when you apply to a university, you are required to report all previous institutions that you have attended. If you provide false information or omit information in the application process, you could have your admission or degree revoked system wide.

What GPA do I need to transfer to a UC or a CSU?

The system-wide minimum GPA for CSU campuses is a 2.0. The system-wide minimum GPA for UC campuses is a 2.4. Competitive colleges and majors require a higher GPA. Be sure to check with the university or with Cabrillo counselor for current GPA recommendations.

What is the difference between a UC and a CSU?

California has two public university systems.

The UC (University of California) system emphasizes a theory-based approach to learning, and offers bachelor's degree programs and doctorate programs in most disciplines, along with graduate opportunities in medicine, dentistry, business, law, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

The CSU (California State University) system offers bechelor's degrees in traditional and career specific majors, with graduate opportunities at the Master’s level and a few at the doctorate level. The CSU system is less expensive than UC, and its admissions policies are less rigorous.

Will I need my high school grades and SAT/ACT scores to transfer?

If you are transferring as a junior, with 60 transferable units, your high school grades, and any college admission tests scores you may have, will not be needed. If you are attempting to transfer to a private college or as a lower division transfer (with fewer than 60 transferable units), your high school record and SAT/ACT test scores will likely be required.

I want to double major - what should I do?

In order to double major, you will be completing all of the coursework for both majors. It is recommended that you complete as much as possible of the lower division coursework for both majors prior to transfer. As universities have different rules about double majors, it is important to research the policies of the specific school to which you want to transfer.

What does it mean to minor?

To “minor” in a subject, you take specified courses relating to a specific subject, usually not directly related to your “major”. Fewer courses are required for a minor than are required for a major.  Most colleges require about 18 – 24 semester units in the minor; and each university will offer specific minors and prescribe the needed courses to receive the minor. Most majors require at least 30 semester units in specific courses.

What schools can I transfer to where I can continue to work full-time?

Most UC campuses will assume that you will be a full-time student while working on your upper division courses. If it is essential that you attend part-time, some have a process that will allow you to petition to do so.

The CSU system is very accommodating to students who work and need to attend part-time.

How long will it take to finish once I transfer? 

Transfer students usually have to take 60 semester units after transfer. Time to degree is determined by the number of requirements completed prior to transfer, the number of upper-division requirements of the major, and the number of units a student completes each term. If a student transfers as a junior with all GE and lower division major requirements complete, and continues at the university full-time, the student should be able to graduate in two years.


Career Questions

Is there a test I can take to help me figure out which career is right for me?

There are many career assessment inventories. Cabrillo College sells a career assessment packet that includes two inventories and up to an hour long appointment with a career counselor who interprets the results for you. The Strong Interest Inventory and The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are the two inventories included that can help you in identifying your career goals, but should not be the only resources used in choosing your career. The packet can be purchased at the reception desk in the Transfer and Career Center (Building 100) and costs $30.00 for students and $50.00 for community members.

Is there a class I can take to help me choose a career?

Yes. Counseling and Guidance 54 (CG 54), Career Planning, is a class that can help you in choosing a career direction. It is offered in both an online format (2 units) and a classroom format (1 unit). The classroom format is offered weekly for half a semester, or on 2 complete Saturdays. The class offers a structure for the career related decision-making process.

Can Cabrillo College career counselors tell me the salaries of different careers and whether or not there will be job openings in the near future in various career fields?

Cabrillo career counselors will show you accessible and easy to use resources (print and online), such as the EUREKA program, that you can use to research this information for yourself any time you consider a new career option.

Will the Cabrillo College Transfer and Career Center help me find a job?

The Transfer and Career Center provides services and resources to help you identify career and/or transfer goals and formulate career and/or transfer plans. The Cabrillo College Student Employment Office (Building 800) lists actual job openings.

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