Transfer Admission Guide
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.
We utilize a comprehensive review process that includes academic and personal 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 www.assist.org and www.admission.ucla.edu/transfer 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.
- 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.
The importance of preparatory coursework cannot be stressed enough! Click the links below to see the preparatory courses for your intended major.
- Majors in the UCLA College
- Majors in the School of the Arts and Architecture
- Majors in the Samueli School of Engineering
- Majors in the Herb Alpert School of Music
- Majors in the Luskin School of Public Affairs
- Majors in the School of Nursing
- Majors in the School of Theater, Film and Television
- Majors in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Go to admission.ucla.edu/transfer for the most updated transfer information, including statistical information.
- ASSIST provides detailed information on transferable courses, major prep requirements, and course articulation for students transferring from California Community Colleges.
- Meet your UCLA Admission Representative: Find the contact information for your school's assigned representative.
- UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) is an online tool designed to help prospective UC students track and plan their course work with counselors and UC representatives. Visit UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) to learn more.
- See how your AP or IB credit transfers:
- Transferology may be consulted to view how coursework is articulated from schools other than California Community Colleges to UCLA. NOTE: Transferology is an advisory tool only, and does not guarantee transferability.
- Campus Tours
- Center for Community College Partnerships (CCP)
- UCLA Catalog
- UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Student Transfer Outreach & Mentor Program (STOMP)
- Academic Advancement Program
- Bruin Resource Center
- Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
- First To Go Program
- Honors Programs
- UCLA Career Center
- UCLA Center for Accessible Education
- LGBT Campus Resource Center
- Registrar’s Office—Residence Deputy
- Scholarship Resource Center
- UCLA Community Programs Office
- UCLA Early Care and Education
- UCLA Study Abroad
- UCLA Transfer Student Center
- UCLA Transportation
- Veterans Resource Center
- To be competitive for admission to UCLA, you are strongly encouraged to take the seven course pattern and major preparatory courses as early as possible. This means completing at least one of the required English and math courses by the end of the fall term prior to transfer.
- The most competitive applicants for highly selective majors, such as Business Economics, Economics, and Psychology, will have completed all major preparation requirements as early as possible (i.e. by the end of the last fall term prior to transfer).
- Students may be deficient in units and/or requirements if coursework is nontransferable or no course credit was earned due to limitations, duplications or other restrictions. Use www.assist.org to check your coursework.
- Students MUST take the correct calculus course sequence for their major. Visit www.assist.org to determine the required calculus course or sequence that fulfills major preparation requirements.
- Report courses exactly as they appear on the transcript, including nontransferable courses and withdrawals. Courses completed at any post-secondary institution must also be reported. Do not omit any courses or previous institutions in the UC application.
- Provide an accurate email address in the UC application and check that account regularly. Students may be sent important information via email throughout the admission review process.
- Students must list the language of instruction of their high school.
- Students are required to provide their flan grades for the most recent fall term as well as any updates for their planned winter/spring schedules through the Transfer Academic Update (TAU). We cannot review the application if a TAU is not submitted by January 31st.
- Explain any gaps in education.
- Withdrawals, incomplete grades, and academic renewals are not necessarily viewed negatively. We ask students to take time to address these in the application so that we have a clear understanding of their academic progress.
Transfer Applicant Reviewers
The Undergraduate Admission office reviews applicants to the UCLA College. 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.