HBCU college tour

Transfer to an HBCU from Mission College

Historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) are schools that were founded on the belief that every individual deserves access to a college or higher education.

All of the nation’s more than 100 HBCUs share the belief that everyone deserves access to a quality education, and for more than 150 years, HBCUs have successfully educated students of color.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in transferring to an HBCU, consider participating in Umoja. Umoja includes tours of these schools as well as empowering and motivating African-American students and other students from disproportionately impacted populations.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. An Associate Degree for Transfer awarded by a California Community College with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher, that meets any one of the following requirements:
    • The degree includes the completion and certification of the lower division Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) used by California Community College students to prepare to transfer to the University of California and California State University systems; or
    • The degree includes the completion and certification of the lower division California State University General Education Breadth patters; or
    • The degree is an Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree or an Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree.  These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.
  2. A minimum 30 transferable semester units with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

How to Apply

California Community College students may submit an application for admission to any one or more of the participating HBCUs for the Fall or Spring semester.

The application fee may be waived when it is determined by a counselor that a student will meet the Guarantee Transfer Agreement criteria.  The fee waiver code can be provided by a Community College counselor or a Transfer Center Director.

Before applying, students must meet with a counselor and be close to completing the Transfer Admission Guarantee requirements.  At the time of application, students must mail official transcripts directly to interested HBCUs. High School information is not required for Community College students.  

Students are encouraged to obtain an application code from a community college counselor.  This code when entered in the payment section will waive the application fee.

The participating HBCU campuses use the Common Black College Application. Students interested in the TAG Program are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Rebecca Tran or Yolanda Coleman in the Counseling Office.

UMOJA may also be of use to you if you are interested in attending an HBCU.