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Transfer Application Review

  • UC San Diego receives more than 15,000 transfer applications each year.

  • Successful applicants must exceed minimum UC admission requirements.

  • Enrollment goals are established annually.

  • UC San Diego admits transfer applicants at the junior level only.

  • The campus does not select students on the basis of academic major or choice of UCSD undergraduate college.

  • Transfer applicants will not be admitted as undeclared. If you are not admitted to your major, you will not be admitted to the university.


Identify and admit students who are fully prepared to excel in the University's challenging academic environment — students who represent strong academic achievement, exceptional personal talent and the broad diversity of talents, abilities, personal experience, and backgrounds characteristic of California.

Review process

Every application, including the personal insight question, is reviewed. Consideration is given for the specific factors, primarily academic, listed below.

Strength in academic coursework

  • Completion of a minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester (90 quarter) units by the end of spring term, prior to fall admission

  • Completion of the UC-transferable college courses below with a C grade or better in each course.

    • 2 English composition

    • 1 mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning

    • 4 courses from at least 2 of the following:

      • Arts and humanities

      • Physical and biological sciences

      • Social and behavioral sciences

Grade Point Average (GPA)

One of the most important criteria considered is the GPA in UC-transferable college courses based upon the applicant's self-reported academic history.

Major Preparation

  • Applicants should complete all courses required in preparation for their major before transfer.

  • Click here for a list of departments that require major preparation courses for admission. You will be screened for the number of courses completed, the grades earned in those courses and your cumulative GPA.

  • Applicants choosing a major with pre-major status will need to complete undergraduate requirements once they've been admitted to UC San Diego.

Military credit

Applicants seeking military credit must submit their Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) or equivalent military transcript to the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools.

  • UC San Diego may award lower-division units (freshman/sophomore level) for military courses completed when there is an equivalent course taught at a UC campus.

  • UC San Diego does not grant credit for work experience, military/recruit basic training, vocational or technical training, CLEP and DSST examinations, and remedial academic or personal enrichment courses.