University of California Transfers
Getting to know the University of California
- 10 campuses
- Approximately 220,000 students
- Provides exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians every day
- Emphasizes research, theory and graduate studies
- Manages three U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories
- Five medical centers support the clinical teaching programs of the University's medical and health sciences schools
- Undergraduate and advanced graduate instruction is offered in sciences, the applied fields, and the professions
Minimum UC Admissions Requirements:
In order to qualify as an upper-division (junior-level) transfer to UC, students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 60.0 units of UC transferable coursework;
- Of the 60.0 transferable units, no more than 14.0 units may be taken for Pass/No Pass grades;
- Earn a minimum 2.40 GPA in all UC transferable coursework (2.80 for CA non-residents);
- Complete the following course pattern requirements with a grade of “C” or better in each course;
- Two transferable college courses in English composition;
- One transferable college course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning;
- Four transferable courses chosen from at least two of the following subject areas:
- Arts and humanities
- Social and behavioral sciences
- Physical and biological sciences
- Be in good standing and eligible to reenroll at the college you attend prior to transfer.
General Education (GE)
The certification of GE is the official notification from Community Colleges verifying that a transfer student has completed courses satisfying lower-division general education requirements.
Majors designated as highly selective receive many more qualified applicants than there are spaces available. The stronger your major preparation, the more competitive you will be for these slots.
Cost of Attendance
Special Admissions Programs
Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
- San Diego
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Cruz
Applying to UC
Standard Application Dates:
Fall: November 1 – 30
Winter: July 1 – 31
Spring (semester only): July 1 – 31
Winter Quarter 2013:
All UC campuses are closed for winter quarter 2013.
Spring Semester 2013:
UC Merced is accepting applications for spring semester 2013. All programs are accepting applications, except the following:
- School of Engineering: Undeclared
- School of Natural Sciences: Undeclared
- School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts:
All programs are closed to transfers at the sophomore, senior, second baccalaureate and limited status levels. The priority application filing period for spring 2013 will be July 1 - 31, 2012.
The application website will open on October 1, 2012. Students can begin filling out the online application form on October 1st, however, the application submission period is November 1 - 30, 2012.
The application fee is $70 for each UC campus to which you apply. You must include the fees with your application or it will not be processed.
If any of your campus and/or major choices are closed to new applicants for the term to which you apply, you will receive a refund for each closed campus and/or major. Otherwise, application fees are not refundable.