Transfers & Community College

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The transfer process looks different depending on your current and planned institutions. Below, you can find a helpful guide to planning for transfer to the UC and CSU systems. Be sure you also review our helpful Transfer Timeline, which includes all dates and reminders for admissions.

Note: Transfer from a private, 4-year institution will require an independent transfer evaluation from an advisor at your current school before you get started working on a transfer plan. 

Transfer from a California Community College

The UC and CSU systems offer space for every transfer-eligible California community college student. The UC system offers an early admission, Transfer Admission Guarantee option (TAG), which guarantees admission to students who meet their guidelines (link). 

For regular, junior-level transfer admission, these are the general requirements to be completed by Spring term prior to Fall admission:

  • Complete 60 semester or 90 quarter units

  • Maintain a minimum 2.4 GPA for UC-transferable courses

  • Complete the following course pattern with a grade of C or higher:

    • 2 in English Composition

    • 1 in Mathematical Concepts/Quantitative Reasoning

    • 4 in at least 2 of these areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical and biological sciences

In addition to these requirements, community college students must take classes towards a university GE and major programs, as explained below.

Transfer from UC, CSU, or California Community College
UC’s and CSU’s share similar GE course requirements, called the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). It’s important to remember that these aren’t admissions requirements, but you should always try to think of ways your courses can help you make progress towards these. If you’re only applying to one school, you can opt to use their specific GE program instead of the IGETC.


The most important thing is to get started on completing the prep courses and lower-division requirements towards your chosen major. UC’s and CSU’s prioritize admission to students who can keep up with junior-level students already in their departments, which they best evaluate through how well you do in your major classes. Make sure you plan your classes with your college coach at the start of each term in order to make sure you’re making progress towards your major at the schools you wish to transfer to. 

 

Click here for a useful course checklist created by UC TransferPrep.

Other Useful Links:
To apply to a local California community college 

To get started with your CSU Transfer app

To get started with your UC Transfer app

UC Transfer Admissions Planner

To compare articulation agreements and courses across colleges

Jul

Winter/Spring admission applications open for participating UC's,

due July 31st

Aug

Winter/Spring admission applications open for participating CSU's,

due Aug 31st

Sep

Apply for UC TAG

Oct

CSU applications open for Fall admission

FAFSA/Cal Grant/Dream Act filing period begins

Nov

Filing period for all Fall admission applications, due Nov 30th

Jan

Transfer Academic Updates due for Fall UC applicants

Mar

FAFSA/Cal Grant/Dream Act due

Start of Fall admission notifications

Jun

Submit SIR for Fall

Jul

Official transcripts and AP scores due for all Fall applicants

Transfer Timeline