UC Santa Cruz welcomes transfer applicants from California community colleges and other institutions. Transferring to UCSC is a great way to earn your University of California degree. Use this page as a springboard to get your transfer started!
Transfer Application Requirements
The admission and selection process for transfers reflects the academic rigor and preparation needed for admission to a major research institution. UC Santa Cruz uses faculty-approved criteria to determine which transfer students will be selected for admission. Junior-level transfer students from California community colleges receive priority admission, but lower-division transfers and second-baccalaureate applicants will be considered, depending on the strength of the application and capacity during that term. Transfer students from colleges other than California community colleges are also welcome to apply.
Transfer Student Timeline (for Junior-Level Applicants)
Thinking of transferring to UC Santa Cruz at the junior level? Use this two-year timeline to help you plan and prepare, including preparing for your intended major, dates and deadlines, and what to expect along the way. Let us help you cross the finish line to a successful transfer experience at UC Santa Cruz!
Transfer Preparation Program
Are you a first-generation student or student veteran, or do you need a bit more help in the transfer application process? UC Santa Cruz’s Transfer Preparation Program (TPP) might be for you. This free program offers ongoing, engaged support to help you at every step of your transfer journey.
Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
Get guaranteed admission to UCSC from a California community college into your proposed major when you complete specific requirements.
Non-California Community College Transfers
Not transferring from a California community college? No problem. We admit many qualified transfers from other four-year institutions or out-of-state community colleges, as well as lower-division transfers.
Transfer Student Services
Events, workshops, learning and tutorial services, advocacy.
This group provides support, learns with, and learns from all who have served or been affiliated with the military through their educational journey, from prospective student to graduation and beyond.
Provides financial, personal, and communal support to independent students, including but not limited to current/former foster youth, those who have faced homelessness or incarceration, wards of the court, and emancipated minors.