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Transfer Requirements

Students who plan to transfer to the University of California (UC) system must meet certain requirements.

  1. Complete 60 units of UC-transferable college credit with a grade point average of at least 2.4 (for California residents) or 2.8 (for non-residents)
  2. Complete the following course pattern, earning a grade of C or better in each course:1
    • Two transferable courses (3 units each) in English composition
    • One transferable course (3 units) in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning
    • Four transferable courses (3 units each) chosen from at least two of the following subject areas: the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, or the physical and biological sciences

1 Students who satisfy the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum prior to transferring to UC will satisfy number 2 above.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

When you complete the IGETC pattern, you partially fulfill the 60-unit requirement for transfer to UC and complete the lower division general education breadth requirements. You should request your IGETC certification from the community college you last attended when your final transcript is sent to the UC campus.

The IGETC is best if you have not yet chosen a major or a campus. Once you have selected a major, it is important to begin fulfilling any required preparatory classes for that major. This is especially true for professional or "high unit" majors. If you are preparing for an engineering or a high-unit science major at a UC campus, then it is not advisable to use the IGETC. Instead, you should concentrate on fulfilling the 60-unit admission requirement by completing lower division major preparation courses as well as the basic admission requirements listed above.

Helpful Hints

  • Connect with a counselor regularly to monitor your transfer progress.
  • Many courses other than the ones listed in the IGETC will transfer to UC. The units from those other courses will count toward the 60 units required to transfer as a junior. Check the catalog for the transfer status of any course.
  • Though transfers do not require an associate degree, it is easy to complete one while preparing to transfer. Learn more about getting an associate degree.
  • Check with your counselor about other courses needed for your major. In many cases, it will be to your advantage to complete all pre-major requirements as well as general education requirements before you transfer.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Priority application deadlines for UC:

  • For Fall admission, November 1 to November 30 of the prior year (all UCs)
  • For Winter/Spring admission, July 1 to 31 of the prior year (currently UC Merced, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Cruz)

Application deadlines for UC schools may be found at UC dates and deadlines.

UC Berkeley and UC Merced are on the semester system calendar while all other campuses are on the quarter system calendar. All campuses are open for the fall term.