Preparing to Transfer

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Welcome! We are delighted that you are considering transferring to UC Santa Cruz, especially if you are planning to take advantage of the University of California’s strong partnership with California community colleges.

Resources to Get You Started

UC Preparing to TransferBasic information on transferring to a University of California campus.

UC Transfer PathwaysA single set of courses you can take to prepare for your intended major.

UC Transfer Admissions Planner (UC TAP)A tool that allows you to track and plan your California community college coursework in order to qualify for admission to the University of California.

ASSISTStatewide articulation database that displays course-to-course agreements to the UC system and each UC campus.

We encourage you to work with the counseling/advising experts at your community college, and be sure to access the UCSC transfer web information to view transfer-specific requirements and our campus selection criteria.

Preparing for your major

It is expected that junior-level transfer students will complete as many of the lower-division courses as possible for their chosen major prior to transferring to UC Santa Cruz. We strongly advise transfer students to research the requirements for their intended major in the UC Santa Cruz General Catalog, on ASSIST, or on the UCSC academic department's website.

Screening Majors: Many majors require specific coursework and/or GPA levels for acceptance. Art screens for major preparation and requires portfolio review. All majors in the Jack Baskin School of Engineering screen for major preparation, as do majors in the Biological Sciences (including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology.

Non-screening Majors: During the declaration of major process, which occurs once you are already enrolled at UC Santa Cruz, departments may screen for admission to their majors using criteria well beyond minimum admission requirements.