Information for Transfer Students Not Offered Admission - Fall 2019 (March 17, 2019)

Overview of UC Santa Cruz's Selection Process

Frequently Asked Questions About the Admissions Process

Options for Applicants Not Offered Admission

Appeal Information

Overview of 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 2019 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 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 2019

As stated in the Transfer Admission and Selection Guide, UC Santa Cruz reviewed transfer applicants to determine UC eligibility and the following campus selection factors:

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA) -- calculated on all completed, UC-transferable coursework.

  2. Total UC-Transferable Units -- a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units was required for admission. Unless otherwise stipulated by the Office of Admissions, students proposing units in the summer 2019 term toward this minimum total would not have been admitted. Additionally, students proposing course loads in fall and/or spring that were not consistent with their previous academic history would not have been admitted.

  3. The Required Course Pattern as defined on the University of California Office of the President website -- two UC-transferable English composition courses, a UC-transferable mathematics course, and four courses in at least two of the three academic areas of social and behavioral sciences, physical and biological sciences, and the arts and humanities. These courses need to be completed no later than the end of the spring 2019 term. Demonstrated success in appropriate preparatory coursework in English and mathematics was required on the self-reported academic record for students who had not already satisfied these requirements.

  4. Lower-division courses completed toward a student’s proposed major, and the grades received in those courses. Transfer students are expected to have completed as many lower-division major preparatory courses as possible for their intended major, as indicated on the Undergraduate Admissions screening major selection criteria website. Students whose proposed major is one of those listed on the website needed to meet the selection criteria as posted to be considered for admission.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Admissions Process (as of 3/17/19)

How did you make your admissions decisions?

We employed faculty-approved selection criteria of transfer applicants. Students coming from the California community colleges remain our top priority in selecting transfer students for admission. Refer to our Transfer Admission and Selection Guide for more information.

When did you send your decisions out?

We began notifying transfer students on March 17, and we will continue to notify through April 30.

Have you finished your selection process?

No, we continue to review transfer applications. We will complete our selection of transfer students by the end of April.

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

Yes. Transfer students should have completed as much of the lower-division requirements as possible for their intended majors. This is especially important for students proposing a major that is listed on the UCSC Admissions screening major selection criteria website.

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

Since transfer students are expected to have completed most (if not all) of the lower-division coursework required for their major, a change of major may not be appropriate. In cases where a student has met the selection criteria for another major, then that request may be considered.

Did you take fall term grades into account?

Provided a student submitted their fall 2018 grades on the Transfer Academic Update, the fall grades were taken into consideration for our admission decision. For those applications still under consideration, fall 2018 grades are taken into account.

Did you give any preference for local students?

No. We held all transfers to the same standards for admission, regardless of geographic location. Students transferring from the California community colleges remain the highest priority in our selection process.

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

We prioritized the review of applicants who had submitted a UCSC TAG (Transfer Admission Guarantee) agreement, as well as many other transfers who appeared highly qualified and were transferring directly from a California community college.

Why haven't you let students know about their denials before now?

The evaluation process for transfer applications is a complicated process and takes time. Notifications, both positive and negative, are posted in our portal ( on a rolling basis once the decisions are reached.

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

Yes, but all these students would have been held to the same selection criteria as in-state transfers. Most of our international transfers attend California community colleges. In addition, most international students would be required to meet the UCSC English proficiency requirement.

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

Yes, see the UCSC Admissions Appeal Information page for instructions.

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?

The only way that UC Santa Cruz will reconsider you is if you submit an appeal through our online appeal form, and do so by the deadline.

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

No, there is no specific number, and submitting an appeal does not guarantee that we will reverse our decision. We look at each appeal in relation to the selection criteria that we used this year, and will apply the criteria fairly. However, if in review of your appeal we find that you meet our selection criteria, you will be offered admission.

When will I know a decision on my appeal?

Appeals that are submitted within two weeks of their denial being posted (but no later than May 10, 2019) in the MyUCSC portal (, will receive a decision via email no later than May 24, 2019. Students admitted by appeal will need to accept their offer of admission by the Statement of Intent to Register deadline of June 1.

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

UCSC considers winter quarter admission for transfer applicants who do not meet the fall selection criteria if the student's major is open for winter, including those who submit an appeal. Additional coursework is normally required of those students offered winter quarter admission.

Does UCSC have a waitlist?

UCSC will be using a waitlist this year should there be additional space to accommodate students after the June 1 admissions acceptance deadline.

Can I apply for spring 2020?

Our campus does not accept applications for the spring quarter.

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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 assisting students in transferring 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 2020 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.

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Appeal Information - Fall 2019

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.

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