How applications are reviewed
When our campuses receive applications from more prospective transfer students than they can admit, they draw on the eight criteria below to select among qualified applicants. This process is called comprehensive review.
Comprehensive review factors for transfer applicants
- Completion of a specified pattern or number of courses that meet breadth or general education requirements.
- Completion of a specified pattern or number of courses that provide continuity with upper division courses in the student's major.
- Your grade point average in all transferable courses.
- Participation in academically selective honors courses or programs.
- Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate your promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.
- Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your college curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.
- Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances, including but not limited to: disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations or circumstances, refugee status or veteran status.
- Location of the college and your residence.
(For additional criteria that campuses may consider, refer to the first 10 bullets of Comprehensive Review Factors for Freshman Applicants.)
Junior-level transfer students from California community colleges are given priority consideration for admission.
Good to know
Because the pool of students who apply to UC is different every year, the level of academic performance necessary for admission to a particular campus or major is different, too. Acceptance rates depend on the number of applicants, their academic qualifications and the spaces we have available.