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.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Get a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)! 

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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Plan Your Transfer

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. Sign up for UCSC’s Transfer Preparation Program (TPP) through UC TAP!

5- Check the UC Transfer Pathways website to see if your major has 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 your community college advisers and UCSC’s Admissions representatives, and access the UCSC transfer admissions information to view our campus selection criteria

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 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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Prepare for Your Major

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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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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