UC San Diego welcomes transfer students and values the diverse perspectives they bring to the Triton community. The campus typically receives more than 18,000 transfer applications each year. Transfer applicants are admitted at the junior level only and must be admitted to a major. The most competitive applicants present an academic profile beyond the minimum UC admission requirements.

Application Review


To identify and admit students who are prepared to contribute and thrive as part of the Triton community, every transfer application is thoroughly reviewed. As a transfer applicant you must meet the minimum course, grade point average (GPA) and unit requirements as indicated on the Transfer Student Application Requirements page. Transfer applicants to a major that requires lower-division preparation are screened for completion of required courses, their GPA in those courses and their overall cumulative gpa in all transferable courses.


As a transfer applicant, you must meet the minimum coursework requirements, major preparation and lower-division general education courses listed on the Transfer Student Application Requirements page.

Portfolio Review

Students applying to Music, Theatre & Dance, or Visual Arts may submit an optional portfolio/audition video when they apply to UC San Diego. When you choose one of these majors on the UC Application, you will be provided with a link to submit your arts portfolio/audition video online. Faculty in the major to which you are applying will review your submission and share their evaluations with the UC San Diego Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This evaluation may add value to your overall application. Follow the link provided through the UC Application to submit your portfolio/audition video. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not accept submissions sent directly to our office.

Military Training Credit

Matriculated students seeking military credit must submit their Joint Service Transcript (JST) or equivalent military transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • UC San Diego may award lower-division units (first-year/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.

  • Learn more about Statement of Transfer Credit Practices.

Admissions Information

We're looking for your insatiable curiosity and drive to build a better world. Many of our transfer students come from community colleges across California. Others arrive from colleges and universities across the country and around the world, ready to join a student body that thrives on challenging assumptions and overturning the status quo.