Transfer Admission

UC Santa Cruz welcomes transfer applicants from the California community colleges and other institutions. Transferring to UCSC is a great way to earn your University of California degree. 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 selected for admission are expected to graduate within two years of their initial enrollment.


More Links: Transfer Admission Requirements, Screening Major Requirements

Transfer Application Requirements

The admission and selection processes for transfers reflect 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 selected for admission are expected to graduate within two years of their initial enrollment.

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Transfer Student Timeline

Thinking of transferring to UC Santa Cruz? 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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Transfer Student Events

Please join us for one of these specially-designed events for transfer students! All times are Pacific Time. Events marked “TPP only” are for students enrolled in our Transfer Preparation Program – it’s easy to sign up for TPP! (See information here).

  • Know Your Campus: Basic Needs at UCSC*
    November 30, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
  • Know Your Campus: Wellbeing at UCSC*
    December 14, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

*TPP Only

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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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Transfer Student Services

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