Admission Information
for Transfer Students



General UC Admission Information

The University of California system has 9 undergraduate campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. There is also a San Francisco campus but only graduate-level degrees are offered there. All of the campuses use the same set of admission criteria (Comprehensive Review) and all campuses, except Berkeley and UCLA, offer Transfer Admission Guarantee.

Transfer admission is selective by major so the admit rate will vary quite a bit depending on your chosen major. UC transfer admission generally focuses on grades, completion of your general education and major prerequisite requirements and demonstrated interest in your field of study. Make sure you maintain good grades, complete all required courses and participate in clubs/community service/internship/job in your chosen field to demonstrate your interest.

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UC Admission Stats

You can see detailed admission/enrollment data provided by the UCs at the UC Information Center. The most useful data sets are Transfers by Major data table, which shows the number of applicants, number of admits, admit GPA range, and admit rate by UC campus and major, and Transfer fall admissions summary dashboard, which includes detailed breakdowns of transfer applicants admitted to each UC campus by GPA range.

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UC Admission Information – Major-Specific

Transfer admission is selective by division or major so the admit rate will vary quite a bit depending on your chosen field of study. Listed below are some specific admission information for the majors I receive the most questions about.

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Business

Every UC campus offers some form of study in business but not all are Business Administration majors. Many offer business economics, management, and other related majors.

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Law/Criminology

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Engineering

Engineering admission evaluation is focused on grades and completion of your major preparation courses. Extracurriculars in the math, science, and engineering fields, especially in selective research programs, are highly desirable.

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Health Sciences

UCs with undergraduate nursing programs:

  • UCLANursing. Fall 2017 admit rate was 7%. There is a ranked waitlist for the nursing applicants who are not initially accepted. Alternate major is NOT considered.
  • IrvineNursing Science. Fall 2017 admit rate was 13.4%. There is NO waitlist for nursing applicants (if you are offered waitlist option, it is for the UCI campus ONLY, NOT for the nursing major). Alternate major is considered if the student qualified for UCI admission but was not accepted into nursing.

UCs with undergraduate pharmacology programs:

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UC Policies and Procedures for Evaluating Transfer Applicants

The UCs have painstakingly put together a UC Campus Policies and Procedures for Evaluating Transfer Applicants table that explains campus-by-campus policies and procedures for evaluating transfer applicants. You can find it in the Quick Reference for Counselors (pages 35-42) that should answer most questions you have about transferring. The table covers topics like how GPA is used for application evaluation, how major preparation is evaluated, if the response to the Personal Insight Questions is used for admission evaluation, and more. Some answers are described in detail by individual campuses and are worth taking some time to read through.

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Information for U.S. Veterans

U.S. veterans receive priority consideration when applying to the UCs. The UC Office of the President has a dedicated veterans website that provides information on educational benefits, general admissions information, and contact information of veteran service representatives at each UC campus. Remember that veterans are encouraged to use the Personal Insight Questions section of the application to describe how their military service has been instrumental in developing their educational plans; see Additional instructions for active military, veterans and dependents for details.

Dependents of U.S. veterans who meet the California residency requirements are eligible to receive College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit that waives mandatory systemwide tuition and fees at any California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.

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Intercampus (UC-to-UC) Transfer

It is possible to transfer from one UC campus to another but the requirements can be difficult to decipher since you must complete the major prerequisites for the destination UC, not your current UC, in order to be competitive for admission consideration. The UCs have published campus-by-campus list of major preparation paths for certain majors and that is a good place to start your research on intercampus transfer requirements.

To minimize delays in graduation, you should also complete the general education (lower-division) requirements at your UC campus prior to the end of your sophomore year. The UC reciprocity agreement allows you to use the requirements from your UC campus to fulfill the requirements at the destination UC campus. You may still successfully transfer without completing these requirements; however, you may be required to comply with the lower-division requirements at the destination UC after transfer and that could prolong your time to graduation.

Berkeley generally discourages intercampus transfer. Applicants with compelling reason for needing the transfer and those who have exceptional academic records and/or leadership potentials are more likely to be considered for admission. UCLA gives the same priority to intercampus transfer applicants as California community college transfer applicants. The rest of the UC campuses have varying degrees of preference but all will consider intercampus transfers.

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Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG)

See the Transfer Admission Guarantee Matrix for complete information. You are allowed to TAG with only one UC campus, so choose wisely. Some UCs require you to meet the TAG filing requirements as early as the end of summer term before you apply, so make sure you fulfill all requirements within the timeline imposed by those campuses. To start the process, you may complete the Transfer Admissions Planner (TAP) at any time and use that form to file for TAG during September prior to you filing your UC Application. Additional campus-specific TAG information can be found below in the Campus-Specific Admission Information and Transfer Programs section.

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Campus-Specific Admission Information and Transfer Programs

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Berkeley

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Davis

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Irvine

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UCLA

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Merced

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Riverside

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San Diego

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Santa Barbara

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Santa Cruz

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