Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440) Information

The STAR Act  (Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act/ SB 1440) guarantees that students who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) will receive admission to a CSU campus with junior status; furthermore, students who pursue a B.S. or B.A. in a program that is deemed "similar" to their transfer degree will be able to complete the degree by taking no more than 60 units at the CSU.

The STAR Act mandated the creation of two types of ADTs:

  • Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
  • Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

If a B.A. or B.S. degree or concentration is deemed "similar" to a specific ADT, it means that SF State faculty have reviewed the relevant ADT and determined that a student who earns that ADT can complete the "similar" major after transfer, including all graduation requirements, in no more than 60 units.

San Francisco State has developed guidelines to help students, faculty and staff understand how ADTs are verified, and to provide clarification about conditions associated with ADTs.

Read the SFSU ADT Implementation Guidelines (updated Oct. 2020)

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) Roadmaps

Sample pathways (roadmaps) are available for students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree in a similar major. The roadmaps display the 60 units required for graduation from SF State, including units for the major and any additional graduation requirements. For those majors, click on the degree title to access the roadmap. (Roadmaps are added to this chart on an ongoing basis.)

Visit the ADT Pathways and Roadmaps page to see the majors at SF State that correspond to similar AA-T/AS-T degrees.


  • If you did not complete an AA-T or AS-T from a California community college in a major deemed "similar," consult with your major department about the required pathway to graduation.
  • If you have questions about why a particular AA-T or AS-T is or is not "similar" to a particular SF State degree, contact
  • If you have questions about admission to the university with an AA-T or AS-T degree, contact

Learn more about California’s Associate Degrees for Transfer

Associate Degree for Transfer (California Community Colleges site)

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Associate Degree for Transfer (California State University site)

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