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.

Planning Is Key

We understand that when it comes to transferring to UC, there’s a lot of information to take in. Below is a basic guide, but you may also want to refer to the UC Preparing to Transfer page for more links and information.

1 Start with Math and English - Be sure you’re working toward passing UC-transferable math and English courses.

2 Prepare for Your Major - Most of UC Santa Cruz’s majors have specific screening criteria, including coursework and GPAs. Plan ahead by looking up the requirements. Non-screening majors are listed here.

3 Take general education classes.

4 Sign up for UC TAP - UC TAP is a tool that allows you to track and plan your California community college coursework in order to qualify for admission to UC.

5 Check the UC Transfer Pathways website to see if your major is one of the majors that have a single set of courses already mapped out.

6 Check the statewide ASSIST website for course-to-course articulation agreements for the University of California.

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

Best wishes to you on your transfer journey!