UC Transfer Academic Update

From the UC website:

After applying, transfer students are required to update their grades and course records.

You must provide your final grades from the previous term and list all courses in progress or planned for the term before you expect to enroll. Your updates will ensure UC campuses have the most current academic information available.

Fall term 2018

If you applied for fall quarter/semester 2018, you must provide us with a list of courses completed in fall 2017 and associated grades, as well as your planned coursework through summer 2018.

Even if you do not have any in-progress or planned courses and your record of course grades was complete in your original application, you must log in to your application and complete the Transfer Academic Update.

The priority deadline for the Transfer Academic Update site is Jan. 31, 2018.

Source: Update transfer application, retrieved on January 5, 2018.


  • The Transfer Academic Update is available online now (as of January 5, 2018).
  • ALL transfer applicants MUST complete the update at least once before the priority deadline.
  • The Transfer Academic Update will remain open after the priority deadline and transfer applicants may continue using it to submit grades/schedule updates until the end of March.
  • Remember that some UC campuses may hold you accountable for planned summer courses (and cancel your admission offer when you don’t come through; I have heard of a few instances of such cancellations). Do NOT put down summer courses unless you know for sure that 1) the courses will actually be offered; and 2) you are fully committed to completing the courses.
  • Berkeley requires an additional update which can be accessed through [email protected]. Berkeley transfer applicants MUST complete BOTH the Transfer Academic Update and the Berkeley update in order to be considered for admission.

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  4 comments for “UC Transfer Academic Update

  1. Dan
    January 7, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Hey Ms. Sun,

    Do you know if there is any advantage in submitting the TAU early?
    Let’s say: if I submitted the TAU on January 5, 2018, would the admission counselors read my application earlier (before the priority deadline) than those who submitted close to January 31, 2018?

    According to an email from UC App Center: “Campuses don’t begin a thorough review of the applications for transfers until after the Transfer Academic Update Priority Deadline has passed.”
    which makes sense because a student can make changes by submitting multiple TAUs before the priority deadline. But given the high number of applications each campus receive, I’m curious if this general rule applies to every campus (especially Berkeley and UCLA, two schools which I applied to). Some campuses may want to spread out the workload of evaluating the applications to January (or this may not be true if they’re busy evaluating Freshman applications in January).

    Although campuses claim that every application receive equal and fair consideration, I suspect that applications read early in the whole process would have a slight advantage, given the high number of available spots in each major that have not been filled yet (idea of “rolling” admission).

    Thanks for everything you’re doing on this blog!

    • Ms. Sun
      January 7, 2018 at 5:36 PM

      You can submit the TAU multiple times (pretty much as many times as you’d like), so the UCs don’t really look at the transfer applications until after the priority deadline passes (after the deadline, additional updates will trigger some kind of notification to alert the admission officers).

      For all we know, it could be last in, first out (like checked bags on a flight). Don’t spend too much time trying to game the system, you’ll just drive yourself crazy.

      • Tracy
        January 10, 2018 at 4:47 PM

        Would you list spring courses as IP or PL on the update if they are an 8 week course to start in March?

        • Ms. Sun
          January 10, 2018 at 6:22 PM

          I would put “PL” if it hasn’t started yet.

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