Transfer Admission Guide 2017-18

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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.

Although UCLA is one of the most transfer-friendly campuses in the UC system, competition for transfer openings has increased in recent years. Strong academic preparation and performance are primary elements in our admission decisions. The average GPA of transfer applicants who are admitted to UCLA is more than 3.5 ( though GPAs vary by program), and most students who are admitted have completed most or all of the preparatory coursework for their majors. We give highest priority to students who are transferring from California community colleges or other University of California campuses. All schools admit for the fall quarter only.

Transfer Selection

The transfer selection review considers academic, personal, and additional school/major-specific academic 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.

Comprehensive Review

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 circumstances that may have prevented you from achieving your highest academic performance.

Additional School and/or Major-Specific, Academic Criteria

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
    For California community college students, the ASSIST site provides information regarding:
    • 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.
      more on IGETC
    • The launch of ASSIST Next Generation has been rescheduled until June 2018 resulting in the delayed publication of the 2017-18 system wide articulation agreements on ASSIST.org. UCLA is committed to strengthening the transfer preparation process for our community college constituents. In light of these events, UCLA will honor the major preparatory coursework listed on the 2016-17 articulation agreements on Assist.org for transfer applicants for the Fall 2018 term. However, you may view the 2017-18 major updates.
  • 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.
    schools participating in TAP
  • 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; the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; 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.