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How to Transfer to University of California

New admission and eligibility requirements for transfer students went into effect beginning with students who transferred to the University in the fall of 1998. The new requirements emphasize preparation in English and mathematics, as well as help students develop a coherent course pattern in anticipation of the upper-division work they will encounter at the University.

Students who did not have the required high school grade point average for UC eligibility must complete 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of transferable college coursework with a grade point average of at least 2.40, and complete a course pattern requirement (with at least a "C" grade in each course) which includes:

  1. Two transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) in English composition and
  2. One transferable college course (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning and
  3. Four transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) chosen from at least two of the following subject areas: Arts and Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; or Physical and Biological Sciences.

Specific campuses and majors may require more than the minimums. See a counselor regarding the campus of your choice. By completing the IGETC pattern, you will partially fulfill the 60-unit requirement for transfer to UC and complete the lower division general education breadth requirements. You should request your IGETC certification from the community college you last attended when the final transcript is sent to the UC campus.

The IGETC is best if you have not yet chosen a major or a campus. Once you have selected a major, it is important to begin fulfilling any required preparatory classes for that major. This is especially true in the professional or "high unit" majors. If you are preparing for an engineering or a high-unit science major at a UC campus, it is not advisable to use the IGETC. Instead you should concentrate on fulfilling the 60-unit admission requirement by completing lower division major preparation courses as well as the basic admission requirements listed above.