A photo of a graduation cap, which reads, "Gracias Dios y mi familia." Translation: "Thank you God and my family."

Undocu-friendly colleges and universities are institutions that provide academic, emotional, career and other resource-based support to undocumented and immigrant students. Some of these campuses have Dream Centers or Undocumented Resource Centers, strong financial aid packages, or have dedicated staff that provide direct support to Dreamers.

The Miramar College Transfer Center can assist you with the transfer process. The Miramar Dreamers Support Office regularly invites local four-year university Undocu-Reps to our camps for Undocu-Transfer Mixers and other workshops and presentations. For more information about upcoming events, navigate to the Dreamers Events page.

It's never too early to begin thinking about your transfer goals! For more comprehensive guidance on the transfer process, contact the Miramar College Transfer Center.

Undocu-Friendly Universities

Our staff has reviewed many universities in the Southern California region that accept transfer students to identify those institutions that have undocumented student resource centers or offer substantive programs and services to support immigrant communities.

Below, we have listed institutions in the Southern California region that meet our standard for being an Undocu-Friendly transfer university. Click the name of the university undocumented resource that you are interested in learning more about to be redirected to their website.

Universities followed by a star icon (⭐) are located in the immediate San Diego metropolitan area.

California State University

University of California

Private Universities

Note About Private Universities

Almost all private colleges and universities classify undocumented students as international students for admissions purposes and determining tuition. As a result, undocumented students compete with students from every country in the world for a handful of enrollment slots. These schools consider an undocumented student’s ability to fund their entire four years of college in admissions decisions. The cost of attending a private college for four years can range anywhere from $80,000 to $200,000.

Because of these policies, thousands of qualified and competitive undocumented students are denied admission to private colleges every year. Source: Immigrants Rising Educational Resource Binder.

Out-of-State Universities

WARNING About Transferring Out-of-State

California has historically been a very progressive state regarding immigrants and undocumented students in particular. The California state legislature and governor have generally promoted and passed laws that are friendly to the undocumented and immigrant communities.

However, this is not a given in many other states. Some states have very conservative views about immigrants going so far as to pass laws that are harmful to undocumented students and immigrant communities in general.

We strongly encourage you to contact our office if you are considering an out-of-state transfer so we can work with the Miramar College Transfer Center to identify the best options for you with respect to your immigration status.

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