Transfer Admission Guide

Transfer Admission Guide 2020 and addendum with updates for 2019-2020 PDF logo

These pages provide admission selection and coursework information for junior-level transfer applicants. Refer to Applying for Admission for information about how to obtain an application and application filing deadlines.

Applicants from California community colleges should use this guide in conjunction with ASSIST to determine which specific courses you should be taking at your institution. This guide is not a substitute or replacement for your college counselor, who can advise you about requirements for multiple universities.

UCLA is committed to being a transfer-friendly institution. A strong academic preparation and performance make you a more competitive candidate during the admission review process. The average GPA of admitted transfer students is above 3.5, and admitted students have completed most or all major preparatory courses. We give highest priority to applicants from California community colleges and other UC campuses. UCLA admits students for fall quarter only.

Transfer Selection

We utilize a comprehensive review process that includes academic, personal, and additional school/major-specific criteria.

Academic Criteria

  • Junior-level standing (60 semester/90 quarter transferable units completed) by the end of the spring term before you transfer.
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher earned in transferable courses.
  • Progress towards completion of major preparation requirements by spring prior to transfer (see below).
    There may be additional lower division requirements that students can complete at their current institutions or at UCLA. Should a major not have specific prerequisites, we expect students to demonstrate interest in academic study by completing coursework related to the major.
  • Completion of the following course requirements by spring prior to transfer:
    • Two transferable courses in English composition/critical thinking and writing.
    • One transferable math course that has a prerequisite of intermediate algebra or higher.
    • Four transferable college courses in at least two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical and biological sciences.

Personal Criteria

Our selection process is thorough and comprehensive. In addition to academic criteria, we also consider the following personal criteria. You can address how any of these criteria may affect you in your answers to the personal insight questions.

  • Employment while attending school
  • Family responsibilities
  • A return to school where early grades are not indicative of strong academic performance
  • Involvement in campus organizations and community service
  • Military service
  • Other opportunities or challenges that may have shaped your educational experiences.

Preparation for your Major

The importance of preparatory coursework cannot be stressed enough! Link below to see the preparatory courses for your intended major.

Important Resources for California Community College Students

  • ASSIST provides the following information:
    • University of California Transfer Course Agreements.
    • Selected Major Preparation Articulation Agreements for all California community colleges.
      The agreements list all lower division course requirements for select majors at UCLA and the courses students can complete at their community colleges that satisfy these requirements.
    • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) course lists.
      IGETC enables students at California community colleges to complete UCLA General Education requirements before they transfer.
    • The publication of the UCLA’s 2018-19 Articulation Agreements on ASSIST has been postponed. UCLA is committed to strengthening the transfer preparation process for our community college constituents. In conjunction with our Transfer Admission Guide (TAG), the 2019-20 Articulation Guide, you may consult the Transferology website to view how coursework is articulated from your school to UCLA.
      • On the Transferology webpage, click on the link that says Search for a Replacement Course to find equivalents to UCLA courses.
      • Please note: Transferology is an advisory tool only, and does not guarantee transferability. Actual course transferability is subject to change without notice, at the discretion of the UCLA Registrar’s Office and Undergraduate Admission.
      • After utilizing the resources above, if you have any further questions about articulation agreements, you can email articulation@admission.ucla.edu
  • The UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)
    While not a transfer guarantee, TAP gives you the opportunity to enhance your ability to transfer to UCLA at the junior level from a California community college. Students are certified after completing the honors/scholars program at their community college and given priority consideration for admission to UCLA College of Letters and Science.
  • California Community Colleges
    UCLA sends admission representatives to all California community colleges during the academic year through its Community College Transfer Recruitment (CCTR) program and the Student Transfer Opportunity and Mentorship Program (STOMP). Visit your college's Transfer Center to schedule an appointment.
  • University of California-wide information on transferring

Transfer Applicant Reviewers

The Undergraduate Admission office reviews applicants to the College of Letters and Science. Applicants to the School of the Arts and Architecture; Samueli School of Engineering ; the School of Nursing; and the School of Theater, Film and Television are reviewed by faculty members within the schools themselves. If you have additional questions regarding these programs, you should contact the schools directly.