Transfer Admission

The University of California considers you a transfer applicant if you have enrolled in a regular session (i.e., a session other than summer) at a college or university after high school. You can't disregard your college record and apply as a freshman.

The vast majority of transfer students come to UC at the junior level from California community colleges. The university gives qualified California community college students priority in admissions over applicants from four-year and out-of-state institutions.

Transferring as a Junior

To be eligible for admission to UC as a junior transfer student, California residents must fulfill both of the following criteria:

  1. Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable college credit with a GPA of at least 2.4. No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units may be taken Pass/Not Pass.
  2. Complete the following seven transferable college courses, earning a grade of C or better in each course:

    1. Two courses in English composition
    2. One course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning
    3. Four courses chosen from at least two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences and physical and biological sciences

Each course must be worth at least three semester (4-5 quarter) units. For students enrolled at a California community college, completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to transferring to UC may satisfy the required seven-course pattern for UC eligibility, depending on the courses you take. For more, visit new windowthe ASSIST website.

In order to be competitive for admission selection, applicants should complete required prerequisite courses for their intended major in addition to eligibility requirements. The University of California has specified additional requirements and rules about transfer GPA for transfer applicants.


The minimum admission requirements for nonresidents are the same as for California residents with the exception that nonresidents must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher in all transferable college coursework.

Information to help determine if course work transfers to UC can be found at new windowthe University of California website.