The Undergraduate Admission office determines the transferability of course work taken at other institutions for newly admitted transfer students and the Registrar's office determines the transferability of coursework for current UCLA students who attend other institutions during the Summer quarter. In doing so, both offices follow the University of California transfer credit practices.
Prospective UCLA Students
Unfortunately, we are not able to evaluate prospective students' course work as to its transferability to UCLA. Due to our large volume of applicants, course-by-course evaluations are only performed for students admitted to UCLA, and who have notified us that they plan to enroll.
If you are attending another University of California campus or California community college, most of your academic coursework will probably be transferable. For more information on transfer credit from California institutions, visit ASSIST, the statewide transfer information site.
If you attend an institution outside California, you may gain some knowledge by comparing the catalog descriptions of courses you have taken against course descriptions in the UCLA General Catalog, though we cannot guarantee that this will prove accurate in all situations.
Please refer to Transfer Admission for information on transfer admission requirements.
Credit for Examination Grades
UCLA awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of 3 or higher. The specific credit you receive depends on the College/School your major belongs to:
- College of Letters and Science
- School of the Arts and Architecture
- School of Engineering and Applied Science
- School of Music
- School of Nursing
- School of Theater, Film and Television
UCLA awards college credit for most International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams with scores of 5 or higher. (We do not award college credit for standard level exams.) The specific credit you receive depends on the College/School your major belongs to:
- College of Letters and Science
- Majors in the Schools of:
- Arts and Architecture
- Theater, Film and Television
GCE, Singapore-Cambridge and Hong Kong Advanced Level examinations
Students who earn a grade of A, B, or C on the GCE and Hong Kong Advanced Level examinations (A-levels) will receive credit toward graduation. Please refer to the UC guidelines on A-level credits for more information.
Credit for non-UCLA coursework
Transfer credit is not approved in advance. The Registrar's office will only evaluate non-UCLA coursework after courses have been completed and a complete, official transcript with final grades has been received. If you are participating in a study abroad organization which requires a signature in order for you to register, you should contact your school or college. However, please note that the signature does not guarantee that credit will be awarded.
To receive credit, you must:
- Attend a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a recognized university in another country. If you have questions concerning the accreditation or recognition of the institution you plan to attend, please contact us.
- Take academic courses which are substantially similar to those offered by the University of California system.
- Take courses that do not repeat material you have already completed.
- Take all coursework in the proper sequential order.
- Request that the institution attended send us an official transcript (this includes UCLA Extension). Requests for transcripts from foreign institutions should be made before you leave the country. No credit will be awarded for coursework appearing on a transcript issued by a study abroad organization.
Transcripts should be sent to:
UCLA Undergraduate Admission
1147 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1436
- Check your Degree Audit Report on MyUCLA (please allow 4 weeks from the date you requested your transcript).
- If you have questions about the posting of your credit on the Degree Audit, please submit your inquiry through the Message Center on MyUCLA.
Transfer Unit/Subject Application Toward UCLA Requirements
Although the admission office may grant unit or subject credit for work completed at another institution, the work may not necessarily apply to specific UCLA degree requirements (i.e., general education or major requirements). Contact your college and/or major advisor regarding specific credit applications and limitations. Also, be aware of the residence requirements, which are specific to your school or college.
Concurrent enrollment means taking courses for credit in UCLA regular session (Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarter) and at another institution (including UCLA Extension) at the same time. Concurrent enrollment is not permitted except in extraordinary circumstances, and no credit will be given for courses taken concurrently elsewhere without prior approval from your college or school.
Credit for Summer Session Courses
From UCLA Summer Sessions
Regularly enrolled UCLA undergraduate students may attend UCLA Summer Sessions for full unit and grade credit. Summer Sessions work is recorded on your UCLA transcript and grades earned are computed in your grade point average. Check with your college or school counselor about applying these courses toward your minimum unit requirements and for any limitations your college or school may impose on Summer Sessions study. Unlike enrollment in regular terms, you may attend another college/institution for credit while enrolled in UCLA Summer Session.
From a four-year institution
You may attend summer session at a four-year institution or University Extension after you become a UCLA student. Grades earned in a regular summer session at another UC campus are computed in your GPA; grades earned during summer session non-UC institutions are not computed in your GPA. The University Extension catalogs provide information regarding the transferability of their courses. Review this information prior to enrolling.
From a community college
You may attend a community college summer session after you become a UCLA student. You will receive only unit credit for summer session coursework taken; grades earned during summer session at an institution other than a UC campus are not computed in your grade point average.
UCLA will apply up to 70 semester or 105 quarter credits completed at a community college toward the degree. Units earned in excess of this amount may satisfy subject requirements (general education/preparation for the major), but no further unit credit toward the degree will be granted.
In addition, if you are a student in the College of Letters and Science and have completed 105 quarter units, regardless of the institutions attended, you will not receive unit credit toward the degree for courses completed at a community college. Units earned in excess of this amount may satisfy subject requirements (general education/preparation for the major), but no further unit credit toward the degree will be granted.
Consult your academic counselor and the UCLA General Catalog for more information.