Thinking about Being a Transfer Student: Getting Started

Students around the world know that the University of California has an exceptionally strong partnership with California community colleges. With over 100 community colleges from which to choose, students are able to begin their collegiate careers in preparation for transferring to one of the nine general UC campuses. So how do students get started, especially when they aren’t sure to which UC campuses they’ll later apply?

Online tools are available to help students do some initial investigation, allowing them to maximize their options prior to applying for transfer to any UC campus. Check out these helpful tools:

UC Preparing to TransferBasic information you need to know as you prepare to transfer to a University of California campus.

UC Transfer Pathways (NEW)A single set of courses you can take to prepare for your intended major on any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

UC Transfer Admissions Planner (UC TAP)Sign up for this helpful tool that allows you to track and plan your California community college coursework as it relates to meeting the qualifications for admission to the University of California.

ASSISTThe statewide articulation database that displays course-to-course agreements to the UC system and each of the individual UC campuses.

We strongly encourage you to work with the counseling/advising experts at your community college as you begin your collegiate career.

As you complete your first year of study, be sure to use the UCSC transfer web information for all the latest information on transfer-specific requirements and our campus selection criteria. Our campus information is updated annually, so be sure to get the most up-to-date information that is available to you.

We want you to be a successful transfer student and earn your UC Santa Cruz degree. Until then, get off to a good start by using the above resources!