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Articulation Office

What is articulation?

Articulation is the process of evaluating courses, or a sequence of courses, to determine whether a particular course offered at one educational system/institution (e.g. Napa Valley College) will meet the requirements for admission, transfer credit, general education, and/or lower-division major preparation at another educational system or institution (e.g. California State University, University of California, a California private or independent college or university, or an out-of-state college or university).

The Articulation Office provides support to staff and students regarding the process of comparing the content of courses that are transferred between postsecondary institutions, a process which results in an articulation agreement. Articulation agreements are formal partnerships between two or more colleges, most typically between a community college and a four-year university. Articulation agreements may also encompass transferability of coursework between community colleges. They document a clear path from one program to another at different institutions. In other words, these partnerships make it easier for you, the student, to transfer from one school to another and know your credits will be accepted.  Articulation agreements make smooth transfers from one institution to another possible while ensuring that students do not lose credits in the process. The Articulation Officer is an individual on the college campus who helps to facilitate this process, working with faculty at the sending institution to help ensure curriculum alignment intersegmentally for optimal articulation. 

Transfer Institution Articulations

For students looking to transfer to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC), CSU and UC transferable courses and course-to-course articulations for lower-division major preparation can be found at

To find information on articulation agreements between Napa Valley College and private or independent college or universities, please visit our Articulation Agreements page


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