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If you’re at a California community college, your journey to UC has already begun.

For many students who want to stay close to home or save money, community college can be a good way to get ready for a UC degree. In fact, nearly one in three UC students start at community college before graduating from a UC campus.

How did they do it? By knowing UC is possible.

Preparing for transfer is about getting ready to succeed at UC. It's about making the right choices for you, based on your major and the campus you hope to attend.

We want you here

Once you're ready to make the transition to UC, our doors are open. We give California community college students first priority over other transfer applicants, and many campuses offer guaranteed admission for well-prepared transfer students. Why? We know that transfer students add to the fabric of our UC community and arrive at our campuses with a diversity of interests and backgrounds and the intellectual passion to graduate and succeed.

It's never too early to start preparing for transfer, and we have tools and resources to help you stay on track:

Preparing for admission

Review the steps you'll need to take — and when — to be considered for UC admission.

Steps to prepare »

Plan your classes

Our Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) can help you plan and monitor your progress toward transferring to a UC campus.

Create an account »

Major preparation

From UC's perspective, community college is where you lay the groundwork for your bachelor's degree.

Prepare for your major »

Guaranteed admission

Find out which campuses and majors offer guaranteed admission — and how to prepare.

Learn more about the Transfer Admission Guarantee »

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You can afford it.

More than two-thirds of UC undergraduates receive grants and scholarships (money that doesn't have to be paid back). And half of our undergraduate students pay no tuition at all.

Learn more about financial aid »

UC has resources you won’t find anywhere else:

  • More than 750 majors and 150 disciplines
  • More academic departments ranked in the top 10 nationally than any other public or private university
  • Professors who are leaders in their fields
  • Over $850 million in financial aid for undergraduates

Who is a transfer student?

You're a transfer student if you enrolled in a regular session (fall, winter or spring) at a college or university after high school. (Taking a class or two during the summer term immediately following high school graduation doesn’t make you a transfer student.)