Transfer Admission Guide

Transfer Admission Guide 2021

These pages serve as a primary resource in determining which courses to complete for major preparation.

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. 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 and personal criteria.

Academic Criteria

  • Junior-level standing (60 semester/90 quarter UC transferable units completed) by the end of the spring term before you transfer.
  • UC transferable GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Progress towards completion of major preparation requirements by spring prior to transfer (see below).
    For more information regarding major preparation requirements, utilize and for the most current updates.
  • Completion of the following course requirements by spring prior to transfer:
    • Two (2) transferable courses in English composition/ critical thinking and writing.
    • One (1) transferable math course with a prerequisite of intermediate algebra or higher.
    • Four (4) 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

  • Employment while attending school
  • Involvement in campus organizations and community service
  • Family responsibilities
  • Significant improvement in academics over time
  • 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! Click the links below to see the preparatory courses for your intended major.

Transfer Admission Resources

Go to for the most updated transfer information, including statistical information.