Transfer requirements

UC's minimum transfer admission requirements represent the minimum academic standards students must attain to be considered for admission. Most campuses consider transfer students at the junior level, although a few campuses may consider sophomore or even senior transfers.

Junior level transfer

To be eligible for UC admission, students must fulfill both of the following:

1. Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable college credit with a GPA of at least 2.4 (2.8 for nonresidents). No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units - excluding units completed in winter, spring and summer 2020 - may be taken Pass/Not Pass.
Exception: If your college/university only awards Pass credit, you are not subject to this limitation for your attendance at that institution.

2. Complete the following course pattern requirements:

  • Two transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) in English composition
  • One transferable college course (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning;
  • Four transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) chosen from at least two of the following subject areas:
    • the arts and humanities
    • the social and behavioral sciences
    • the physical and biological sciences

Keep in mind:

  • Each course must be worth at least 3 semester or 4 quarter units.
  • Students 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)
  • AP exam scores of 3, 4 or 5 may be used in appropriate subject areas (exception: only one of the two English courses required can be satisfied by an AP exam score)

Lower division transfer

While all UC campuses welcome a large pool of junior level transfers, most admit only a limited number of lower-division students.

However, it can happen. Here's how:

  • If students had met the minimum requirements for admission to UC when they graduated from high school, they are eligible for transfer if they have a C (2.0) average in their transferable college coursework (2.8 GPA for nonresidents).
  • If they had a minimum required GPA in high school but did not satisfy the 15-course subject requirement, they must take transferable college courses in the missing subjects, earn a C or better in each required course and have an overall C (2.0) average in all transferable coursework to be eligible to transfer (a 2.8 GPA is required for nonresidents).

Along with satisfying our admission requirements, transfer students — like all UC students — must fulfill additional requirements before graduating. Some, such as the American history and institutions requirement and the entry-level writing requirement, are UC-wide. Other requirements — such as ­major preparation and general education — vary according to the campus a student plans to attend and the particular college or school and major.

UC-to-UC transfer

Re-enrolling at a 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.

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. 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" the student to another UC campus.

If the student is transferring from a regionally accredited college/university, units or credits are generally transferable if a course is comparable to one offered at any UC campus. Refer to our Transfer Credit Practices for additional information.

Senior level transfers

Some campuses may consider a small number of transfer students who already have senior standing. These students are expected to fulfill the same minimum requirements as junior level transfers. Please see page 35 of the Quick Reference Guide to UC Admissions for a list of campuses that may consider senior level transfers.

Note: students who have completed only lower-division (freshman/sophomore level) coursework at a non-UC institution are not considered seniors and should apply as junior level transfers regardless of how many units they have accumulated.