Fullerton College Graduation Information

Student Graduating

Graduation Application

Students planning to graduate should file the petition to graduate during the semester in which they will complete the requirements.

AA & AS Graduation Requirements

The Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degree may be granted upon the completion of 60 degree applicable units of work and fulfillment of the following specific requirements:

1. Scholarship Requirement
A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (“C”) in all coursework attempted.
2. Residence Requirement
  • A minimum of 24 units accumulated during two or more semesters must be completed at Fullerton College; OR
  • The last 12 units prior to awarding the degree must be completed at Fullerton College.
3. Major Requirement
A student must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each course attempted that is counted for the major or area of emphasis.
4. General Education Requirements
  • 24 units as stipulated by the Fullerton College graduation requirements — a minimum of three (3) units in each of the eight (8) sub-categories; OR
  • 39 units as stipulated by the CSU general education certification requirements; OR
  • 37-39 units as stipulated by the IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) requirements.
  • Courses appearing in more than one area may only be counted in one area.

NOTE: General Education courses taken at either Fullerton or Cypress College will satisfy Associate Degree General Education Graduation requirements regardless of the college within the District from which he/she graduates.

5. Physical Education Requirement
  • One unit of Physical Education Activity or Dance Activity; OR
  • Completion of AJ 135 F, PE 243 F, PE 266 F, or WELL 242 F
  • Veterans who completed Basic Training may be eligible for one unit of PE Credit to meet this requirement.
6. Multicultural Education Requirement
Beginning Fall Semester 1996, to meet this requirement every student must complete one course from the “Multicultural Education requirement” on the Associate Degree General Education Requirement sheet. A student may use the Multicultural courses to also meet a major or general education requirement for the Associate Degree. All students graduating after the year 2001 will be required to complete the Multicultural graduation component, no matter how their previous catalog rights were defined.
7. Reading Requirement
  • Completion of a degree (AA/AS or higher) from a regionally-accredited college or university confirmed by submission of an official transcript from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • A Fullerton College placement test score indicating a placement into READ 142 F if taken prior to 11/16/2018, or a reading proficiency test approved by the Fullerton College Reading Department.
  • A passing grade of C or better or Pass in READ 096 F, READ 142 F, ESL 185 F or ESL 189 F; or an equivalent course with a grade of C- or better confirmed by submission of official transcripts from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • A passing grade of C or better in any course in the IGETC (1B); or CSU GE (A3) Critical Thinking category; or an equivalent course with a grade of C- or better confirmed by submission of official transcripts from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • A passing grade of C or better in the Fullerton College AA/AS degree General Education pattern Area A2 (Analytical Thinking), or an equivalent course with a grade of C- or better confirmed by submission of official transcripts from a regionally-accredited college or university.

AA-T & AS-T Graduation Requirements

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

1. Scholarship Requirement
A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (“C”) in all coursework attempted.
2. Residence Requirement
A minimum of 12 transferable units must be completed at Fullerton College.
3. Major Requirement
18 or more units in an AA-T or AS-T major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in each course attempted that is counted for the major or area of emphasis.
4. General Education Requirements
  • 39 units as stipulated by the CSU general education certification requirements; OR
  • 37-39 units as stipulated by the IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) certification requirements.

Graduation Application

Students planning to graduate should file the petition to graduate during the semester in which they will complete the requirements.

Submitting Information for Graduation

Transcripts

Official transcripts from other colleges attended are kept on file in the Admissions and Records Office for a maximum of 5 years. If you have completed college work since you last attended, or have been absent for more than five years, have your official transcripts mailed to the Fullerton College Admissions & Records Office immediately if pursuing a degree or transfer certification.

Send Electronically to:

transcript@fullcoll.edu

Mail to:
Fullerton College
Admissions & Records Office
321 East Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

 

Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the school or the school’s 3rd party vendor to place your transcripts on file.

When other college transcripts are received they are not automatically evaluated. Students must initiate a request to have their other college transcripts evaluated by a Fullerton College counselor.

High School Transcripts

Have your official high school transcripts mailed to the Fullerton College Counseling Office immediately if pursuing a degree or transfer certification and using high school credit for language requirements.

Send Electronically to:

COUNdocs@fullcoll.edu

Mail to:
Fullerton College
Counseling Office
321 East Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

 

Foreign Transcripts

Have your official foreign college transcripts mailed to the Fullerton College Counseling Office immediately if pursuing a degree or transfer certification and using foreign college credit for language requirements.

Send Electronically to:

COUNdocs@fullcoll.edu

Mail to:
Fullerton College
Counseling Office
321 East Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

 

Advance Placement Scores

Fullerton College grants General Education (GE) credit for successful completion of the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Students who completed AP examinations with a score of 3, 4, or 5 may receive General Education credit in the appropriate Fullerton College Associate Degree GE and major if applicable. It is the student’s responsibility to petition for credit through the Admissions and Records Office by filing the AP/CLEP credit form. Once AP credit is posted to the student’s transcript, it cannot be removed.

Mail to:
Fullerton College
Admissions & Records Office
321 East Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

International Baccalaureate Scores
Have your official International Baccalaureate scores mailed to the Fullerton College Counseling Office immediately if pursuing a degree or transfer certification.

Mail to:
Fullerton College
Fullerton College Admissions & Records Office
321 East Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

SAT II Scores
Have your official SAT II mailed to the Fullerton College Counseling Office immediately if pursuing a degree or transfer certification and using SAT II credit for language requirements.

Mail to:
Fullerton College
Counseling Office
321 East Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

Military Experience Credit
College level correspondence courses completed through the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) will be accepted for credit. The transcript for such courses must be mailed directly to the Admissions and Records Office from DANTES Contractor Representative (transcripts), Madison, Wisconsin 53713.

Service training schools conducted by the various branches of the Armed Forces are accepted for credit value as recommended by the latest edition of A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces; American Council on Education.

A student may petition for an evaluation of military education and experience upon completion of 40 degree applicable units from an accredited college or university, including a minimum of 12 units at Fullerton College. It is the student’s responsibility to petition for credit through the Veterans Resource Center.

A photocopy of the DD214 (discharge papers) must be submitted with the evaluation petition. The credit awarded is elective only and posted to the transcript upon graduation from Fullerton College. Elective credit granted for military work will not exceed 30 units.

Students intending to transfer to a CSU, in alignment with the practice of the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Fullerton College certifies 3 units of transferable credit and full completion of Area E on the CSU GE pattern for students who submit the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) indicating the completion of basic training. The intention is to award credit for the “Lifelong Learning” experience veterans get in Basic Training, which is documented on the DD-214 form. Students with a DD-214 who apply for a Fullerton College Associates Degree using the FC AA GE pattern or IGETC instead of CSU GE will be awarded 3 units of degree-applicable elective credit.

Petition to Substitute Form
  • A course substitution is the process of receiving formal approval from an academic division to use one or more courses to satisfy specific course requirements in a major for an Associate Degree or Associate Degree for Transfer at Fullerton College.
  • An official Petition to Substitute Graduation Requirements must be signed and approved by the division dean for the student’s major, and is valid for one year from the time it is submitted to Admissions and Records.
  • Petitions are not transferable to other majors.
  • Students are advised to seek guidance from a counselor for a review of their other college transcripts to determine where substitutions are appropriate
  • Petition to Substitute Graduation Requirements

Graduating with Honors

Students whose cumulative grade point average (excluding non-degree credit courses) is 3.30 or higher will graduate with honors. High honors are awarded to those graduating with a cumulative grade point average (excluding non-degree credit courses) of 3.75 or higher. Spring grades will not be used in computing the grade  point average for the graduation ceremony, but will be used in determining the final grade point average for the diploma. All transfer work from other colleges will be used in computing grade point average at graduation.

Commencement

Commencement ceremony is held once a year at the end of the Spring term. The previous Summer and Fall graduates, as well as the current Spring candidates for graduation, are automatically invited to participate.  Please visit https://commencement.fullcoll.edu/ for more information.

Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed to the mailing address on file with the College approximately 12 weeks after the end of the term. If you change your mailing address after applying for graduation, you must update your address and email with Admissions and Records via MyGateway.