Transfer pathways



  1. What are the UC Transfer Pathways?
  2. Is this a good strategy for community college students?
  3. How do the UC Transfer Pathways relate to the Associate Degrees for Transfer developed by the California Community Colleges?
  4. Does the UC Transfer Pathway guarantee admission to UC?
  5. If there is no guarantee, why should students complete a pathway?
  6. Should students complete a pathway even though they know what UC campuses they would like to attend?
  7. Do students have to take all of these courses?
  8. Is there a minimum GPA requirement for these courses?
  9. Should students complete IGETC?
  10. Which majors have a corresponding UC Transfer Pathway?
  11. Do you have plans to add more majors?
  12. What's the difference between these major pathways and a UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?
  13. Can a student pursue one of these major pathways while also working on a UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?
  14. How do the pathways relate to articulation and ASSIST?
  15. Do students need to let someone know that they are working on a pathway?

1. What are the UC Transfer Pathways?

UC Transfer Pathways provide students with roadmaps to 21 of the most popular majors at any UC campus. These pathways will be especially helpful to students who know (or have a general idea) of a major they would like to study, but have not decided which UC campuses they would like to apply to.

Each pathway outlines the set of courses students should take to be competitive in one of 21 of the most popular majors found at every UC campus. Some campuses may want fewer courses for admission, but none will expect more. In addition, campuses may have grade requirements for particular courses, but with this roadmap, students will know which classes to take to prepare for all campuses in a single major.

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2. Is this a good strategy for community college students?

Many students want to transfer but need a plan of action. Research is clear that students who begin college with at least a tentative educational plan are more likely to reach their educational goals. UC’s Transfer Pathways give students a plan of action, while allowing them to keep their options open about what UC campuses they would like to apply to.

By preparing for multiple campuses—a key admissions strategy in the current competitive admissions environment—students increase their chances for admission to the University of California. Students who complete these courses will be well prepared to graduate from UC within two years after transfer.

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3. How do the UC Transfer Pathways relate to the Associate Degrees for Transfer developed by the California Community Colleges?

The Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) are very similar to UC’s Transfer Pathways. Both provide lists of courses that prepare students for a major at CSU or UC. In general, the courses expected in the ADTs and the UC pathways for the same major are similar. In the sciences, however, UC may ask for more preparation than the ADTs. The individual pathway pages explain the differences between the pathway and the relevant ADT.

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4. Does the UC Transfer Pathway guarantee admission to UC?

No. Completing the pathway courses ensures students have all of the pre-major courses they need to prepare for a specific major at UC, but the campuses will review other factors for admission. For example, grades, especially in the pathway courses, will play an important role. It is important that students investigate the additional selection criteria each campus uses to admit transfer students, such as GPA and involvement outside of the classroom.

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5. If there is no guarantee, why should students complete a pathway?

By beginning with a pathway, students are able to prepare for a major at all UC campuses. It helps them focus their course-taking, while keeping their options open regarding the UC campus they would like to attend. The pathways were developed by UC faculty to provide students with expert guidance about how best to prepare for transfer to UC.


Students completing these pathways—and earning good grades—will be competitive for admission to all UC campuses, and, if admitted to one or more campuses, well positioned to begin their major courses after transfer and graduate in two years.

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6. Should students complete a pathway even though they know what UC campuses they would like to attend?

These systemwide UC Transfer Pathways are designed to provide guidance to students who may not know which UC to prepare for and would like to make themselves competitive across the system. We strongly encourage students to apply to multiple campuses to improve their chances of admission.

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7. Do students have to take all of these courses?

Students need to complete all of the courses if they wish to be prepared for admission to all nine of our campuses. Some campuses may want fewer courses for admission, but no campus will ask for more.

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8. Is there a minimum GPA requirement for these courses?

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular pathway courses may vary from campus to campus. Students should look on the campus admissions websites to find expected grade point averages and grades for the major they are interested in.

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9. Should students complete IGETC?

UC transfer admission places heavy emphasis on the extent to which transfer applicants have performed in lower-division, pre-major courses. Students applying to especially competitive majors should focus their attention on completing pre-major courses. But students will also have opportunities to complete courses that satisfy general education requirements or IGETC.

Like the major pathways, IGETC is most helpful to students who want to keep their options open. If you are advising a student who wants to transfer, but has not decided on a particular campus or major, they should start by taking IGETC courses.

Learn more about IGETC and general education requirements

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11. Do you have plans to add more majors?

Not at this time. If there isn’t a pathway for a particular major, students can find campus-specific major preparation information using ASSIST’s Exploring Majors feature to see a complete list of available majors and the major preparation coursework expected by each campus.

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12. What’s the difference between these major pathways and a UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?

UC Transfer Pathways show the specific pre-major preparation expectations for all nine general campuses and is a useful strategy for students who are unsure which UC campuses they would like to apply to. In contrast, Transfer Admission Guarantees are agreements between a student and a specific UC campus. Students may sign up for only one TAG agreement and TAGs are not offered at the Berkeley, UCLA, and San Diego campuses.

Learn more information about TAGs

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13. Can a student pursue one of these major pathways while also working on a UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?

Yes.

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14. How do the pathways relate to articulation and ASSIST?

For now students should consult with ASSIST to determine which courses at their specific CCC articulate to the courses in the pathways on each UC campus. The pathways described here complement, but do not replace the information on ASSIST.

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15. Do students need to let someone know that they are working on a pathway?

There is no need to report to UC that students are using a pathway. Each aligns with all campus pre-major expectations.

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