Information for Transfer Students Not Offered Admission - Fall 2021 (March 17, 2021)

UC Santa Cruz's Selection Process 

Admission offers were made to transfer students who had completed (or will complete by the end of their spring 2021 term) the minimum transfer eligibility requirements outlined on the University of California Office of the President website and campus-based selection criteria, as outlined on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. All transfer applications were evaluated based on selection criteria as set forth by the UC Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, and our campus's Academic Senate Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid.

All applicants were admitted or denied following an extensive review process that evaluated the applicant's self-reported academic record from the UC application, as well as additional information contained in the Transfer Academic Update. Applications were reviewed for UC-eligibility, completion of the required course pattern, including appropriate prerequisite courses completed in the areas of English and mathematics, overall UC-transferable grade point average, courses completed in an applicant’s proposed major, and total number of UC-transferable units completed. The following faculty-approved criteria were taken into consideration.

Transfer Selection Criteria - Fall 2021

UC Santa Cruz reviewed transfer applicants to determine UC eligibility and the campus selection factors  found in the Transfer Admission and Selection Guide.

Good Standing -- students needed to be in "good standing" at their last institution. A student is in "good standing" if the grade point average is at least 2.00 and the official transcript does not indicate dismissal, probation, or other restrictions. A student who has outstanding financial obligations to another institution is not considered to be in "good standing." Students who were not in "good standing" at their last institution would have been denied admission.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Admissions Process (as of March 17, 2021)

How did you make your admissions decisions?

When did you send your decisions out?

Have you finished your selection process?

Is choice of major one of your criteria for admission/selection?

I want to change the major that I listed on my application. Is that possible?

Did you take fall term grades into account?

Did you give any preference for local students?

How were you able to let some students know their decision before other students?

Did you take any out-of-state or international students?

I think you made a mistake and I'd like to appeal. Do you have an appeals process?

I don't want to appeal because I think a mistake has been made. Can you tell me how I can get your decision changed?

Have you set aside a specific number of admission spaces for appeal cases?

When will I know a decision on my appeal?

If my appeal is denied, what are my chances for winter admission?

Does UCSC have a waitlist?

Can I apply for spring 2022?

Options for Applicants Not Offered Admission

Transfer applicants who have not been offered admission at UC Santa Cruz may wish to consider the following options:

  1. All UC campuses offer a quality education. If you applied to another UC campus and have been offered admission, we strongly encourage you to consider this offer. Many of our applicants also have admission offers at a number of other excellent public and private colleges and universities and should consider those offers as well.

  2. Students who believe that they can meet the selection criteria for UC Santa Cruz, and still transfer at the junior level, can complete those requirements elsewhere and reapply for a future term. UC Santa Cruz is committed to helping students transfer from a California community college, and we give highest priority for admission to community college students transferring at the junior level. UC Santa Cruz maintains a transfer admission guarantee program ( TAG ) with every community college within the state to ensure you can earn your degree at our campus. Obtaining a fall 2022 guarantee agreement with UC Santa Cruz may be an option. See the Transfer Center at any of the California community colleges. A listing of transfer centers within the state can be found on the California Community colleges website .

  3. Please be aware that UC Santa Cruz does not consider students transferring at the senior level. If you have earned 90 semester/135 quarter units of UC-transferable units, UC Santa Cruz will not accept your application. If all of your units are at the lower-division level, such as at a community college, you are not considered to be in senior standing.

Appeal Information - Fall 2021

Although few (if any) appeals will likely be granted due to enrollment constraints, students who choose to appeal should follow the procedure listed on the UCSC Admissions Appeal Information page.