Minimum admission requirements

UC's minimum admission requirements represent exactly that — the minimum academic standards transfer students must attain to be eligible for admission. However — and this is important for your students to understand — meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Often, admission to our campuses and/or programs is extremely competitive and requires students to satisfy more demanding standards.

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 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 non-residents).
  • 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.

Who is a transfer applicant?

A transfer applicant is a student who has enrolled in a regular session at a college or university following high school. Students who meet this definition cannot disregard their college records and apply as freshmen. (A student who attends a college summer program immediately after graduating from high school or who has completed college work while in high school is still considered a freshman applicant.)