Basic requirements

Our minimum requirements are academic standards that you must attain to be considered for admission to the UC system.

While you will need to fulfill these requirements, they shouldn’t be the starting point for most of your planning. Tailor your coursework to your major and the general education requirements of the campuses you hope to attend.

UC transfer requirements

As a junior-level transfer applicant, you must meet the following requirements. Some of your major preparation and general education coursework will count toward these requirements.

1. Complete the following 7-course pattern by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment at UC:

  • Two transferable courses in English composition;
  • One transferable course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning;
  • Four transferable college courses chosen from at least two of the following subject areas:
    • arts and humanities
    • social and behavioral sciences
    • physical and biological sciences

For example:

3 chemistry courses and 1 history course
2 sociology courses, 1 physics course, and 1 art history course
1 biology course and 3 literature courses

Keep in mind:

  • Each course must be worth at least 3 semester units (or 4-5 quarter units) and be UC-transferable. Check ASSIST to see what courses from your community college are transferable
  • You need to earn a grade of C or better in each course or a Pass (P) grade if pass is equivalent to a C (2.00)
  • You need to be in good academic standing (GPA 2.00 or above) at the last college/university you attended prior to enrolling at UC. 
  • AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 may also be used in appropriate subject areas (exception: only one of the two English courses required can be satisfied by an AP exam score)
  • All campuses recommend that you complete math and English as early as possible (some highly recommend completing them by the end of the fall term, one year prior to enrolling at UC)
  • If you've completed IGETC or campus-specific general education requirements, you may have already satisfied the 7-course pattern

2. Complete at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units of UC-transferable credit. No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units of the 60 semester (90 quarter) units may be taken pass/fail or credit/no credit.

3. Earn at least a 2.4 GPA in UC-transferable courses (2.8 if you're a nonresident). Some majors require a higher GPA for admission selection.

4. Complete the required/recommended courses need for your intended major with the minimum grades. Visit ASSIST to see the major preparation coursework expected by each campus or refer to UC's Transfer Pathways, a single set of courses you can take to prepare for your major on any of our nine undergraduate campuses. 

How to be a strong applicant

Keep in mind that meeting these basic requirements doesn't guarantee admission to the campus or major of your choice. To be as competitive as possible, you should work toward meeting the requirements for the campuses and majors you're interested in.

Specifically, you should complete:

Why? Some majors require you to complete courses for your major before you transfer to gain admission to the major. And some campuses require that you fulfill specific general education requirements before transferring. Check the campuses, programs or majors you're interested in as you plan your coursework.

What about associate degrees for transfer (ADT)?

If you're working toward an ADT, you should choose courses that align with the requirements at the UC campuses you're interested in. Treat the ADT as your early roadmap to UC. You can use ASSIST or our major preparation paths to guide you in choosing the right courses. Although earning an ADT does not guarantee admission to UC, some campuses consider it in the comprehensive review process.

Not a California Community College student?

If you're not a California community college student, see what you need to do transfer »

Other UC graduation requirements

Most students have already met these requirements in high school, but it's a good idea to check. See UC graduation requirements »