Transfer Students

Winter 2025 Admission

UC Santa Cruz will be open for sophomore and junior level transfer applications in winter 2025. We are accepting applications in all majors with the exception of the following: Art & Design: Games & Playable Media, Community Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Science (B.A. and B.S.), Creative Technologies, and Neuroscience. The filing period for winter 2025 will be July 1 through July 31, 2024.

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Transfer Admission

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!

More Links: Transfer Admission Requirements, Screening Major Requirements

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!

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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.

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Screening Major Requirements

For students applying to programs that will be screening for completion of major preparation, please visit the major-specific screening criteria for your proposed major in the link below.

UC Santa Cruz also offers many excellent majors that do not require completion of specific major coursework for admission. However, you are still encouraged to complete as many of the recommended major preparation courses as possible prior to transferring.

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Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

Get guaranteed admission to UCSC from a California community college into your proposed major when you complete specific requirements.

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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.

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