Other types of transfers

We give highest priority to California community college students transferring as juniors — who make up over 90% of our transfer class. For students from other colleges or students hoping to transfer as a freshman or sophomore, different guidance applies.

Transfers from four-year or out-of-state two-year institutions

To get a general idea of whether your courses will transfer to UC, you can compare them to similar courses in a UC campus catalog or to a transfer course agreement (TCA) that UC has with any California community college. For TCAs, visit ASSIST. A formal evaluation of your transcript most likely will not take place until after you have applied.

You'll still need to meet the same minimum admissions requirements as we have for California community college students, and plan to do as much preparation for your major as possible.

See UC's Statement of Transfer Practices [PDF] for more information

Former and current UC students

Returning to the same UC campus: 

  • Students who were previously enrolled at a UC campus in a regular academic term (fall, winter and/or spring) and who would like to return to the same UC campus after an absence of less than one year must contact the Registrar’s Office for specific procedures on how to re-enroll.
  • Students who were previously enrolled at a UC campus in a regular academic term (fall, winter and/or spring) and who would like to return to the same UC campus after an absence of one year or more must contact the Registrar’s Office for specific procedures on how to re-enroll. The process may be called “readmission”, “re-enrollment” or “reinstatement”. Students should not submit a UC application for admission; instead they must file an application for readmission with the Registrar’s Office at their former UC campus.
  • Students who left a UC campus on academic probation or not in good academic standing (last term and/or a cumulative UC GPA below 2.00) and wish to return to the same UC campus must contact an advisor in the school/college in which they were previously enrolled at UC for guidance on any requirements for readmission.

For more information on the re-enrollment process, please visit the campus Registrar's Office website:

Transferring to another UC campus:

Students who were previously enrolled at a UC campus and want to transfer to a different UC campus must be in good academic standing (last term and/or cumulative UC GPA of 2.00 or above) at their prior UC campus to be considered for transfer admission, even if that UC campus is not their last school of attendance.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • All courses completed, and grades and units earned at a UC campus during fall, winter, spring and summer terms are transferable to another UC campus (however, some UC Extension courses may not be transferable). This means the UC GPA "follows" you to another UC campus.
  • If you’re transferring from a regionally accredited college/university, your units or credits are generally transferable if a course is comparable to one offered at any UC campus.

Lower-division transfers

Some campuses admit a limited number of transfer students before they reach junior standing. Check for closed majors to learn if a UC campus will accept applications from second bachelor’s degree or limit status applicants.

Second baccalaureate and Limited status

A second baccalaureate applicant is a college graduate who wishes to obtain a second bachelor's degree in a major different from that of the first degree.

A limited status applicant — frequently known as a non-degree-seeking student — is held to the same restrictions as applicants pursuing a second B.A. or B.S. degree.

Check for closed majors to learn if a UC campus will accept applications from second bachelor’s degree or limit status applicants.

Campus catalogs

Look at the campus catalogs to compare UC courses with those at your college.