Planning Ahead

Transfer students are an exceptional and dynamic part of the UC San Diego campus, often leading student governments, pre-professional organizations and study groups with a laser focus and amazing work ethic. If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place.

It’s never too early to start preparing for transfer.

Explore the tools and resources below to help you stay on track and make an easy transition to UC San Diego.

Major Preparation

Major Preparation Major Preparation


Transfer applicants will not be admitted as undeclared. If you are not admitted to your major, you will not be admitted to the university. Plan ahead and complete as many courses as possible to prepare for your chosen major.

We have established major preparation articulation agreements with many California community colleges. Visit the ASSIST website to find out how your coursework might transfer to UC San Diego.

UC San Diego's academic departments specify courses you must take before you transfer, to prepare for upper-division study in your major. See the UC San Diego General Catalog for a list of major prerequisites or the departmental website for a specific major. See a list of departments that require major preparation courses for admission. You will be screened for the number of courses completed, the grades your earned in those courses and your cumulative GPA.

Some majors admit students to pre-major status only. See Majors With Pre-major Status for more information.

If you are applying to a capped major (majors with limited enrollment) you are required to complete the minimum lower-division major preparation courses prior to transferring. We strongly recommend that you select an alternate major on your UC application and that your alternate major not be capped. If you are not admitted to a capped major, you may be admitted to your alternate uncapped major. If you are not admitted into a capped major or you have not selected an alternate major, you will not be admitted to the university.

If you're starting out at a California community college and know which major you want to study but haven't decided to which UC campuses you'd like to apply, visit the Transfer Pathways website for a roadmap.

IGETC

IGETC Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum


This curriculum is a series of California community college courses that meet UC San Diego lower-division general education requirements. Following IGETC can make your path to graduation easier. Once you transfer, you are free to concentrate immediately on your major field of study. To find out what courses are in the IGETC, contact the transfer center at your community college and check the ASSIST website for details on IGETC course agreements.

IGETC fulfills GE requirements at UC San Diego's Muir, Marshall, Roosevelt, Sixth and Warren Colleges. Revelle College requires students with IGETC to complete these additional requirements before transfer, or while enrolled at UC San Diego:

  • 3 courses in mathematics
  • 5 courses in natural science

If you plan to follow the IGETC, remember that partial IGETC is also possible. This is useful if you've chosen a pre-major that requires a lower-division sequence of coursework once you get to UC San Diego.

Transfer Admission Planner

Transfer Admission Planner UC Transfer Admission Planner


Use the Transfer Admission Planner to enter your course work (completed and planned) from the very beginning of your college career, or at any point when you decide to transfer to a UC campus. This online tool will help you track your progress toward meeting UC's minimum requirements and allows UC staff to communicate important information to you quickly. Visit UC TAP to get started.

ASSIST

ASSIST ASSIST Website


Visit ASSIST to find courses at your college that are transferable to UC San Diego and that meet lower-division major and GE requirements.

UniversityLink

UniversityLink UniversityLink


UniversityLink is a pathway to a premier four-year university by way of community college.

To participate in UniversityLink, you must attend one of these local partner community colleges:

  • Cuyamaca
  • Grossmont
  • Imperial Valley
  • MiraCosta
  • Palomar
  • San Diego City
  • San Diego Mesa
  • San Diego Miramar
  • Southwestern

Benefits

  • Guaranteed admission to UC San Diego
  • Assessment of your academic skills
  • One-on-one academic counseling to ensure you take the right steps toward transferring
  • Assistance with choosing courses to fulfill general education and major-preparation requirements
  • Workshops for college and transfer success
  • Financial aid and scholarships information
  • Advising from a UCSD Admissions Officer
  • Invitations to special events at UC San Diego
  • Contact with current UCSD students for up-to-date perspectives on transferring

Eligibility

You are eligible for UniversityLink if your family income is less than $40,000 per year and you are a high school senior planning to attend one of the UniversityLink local partner community colleges; or your family income is less than $40,000 per year and you are a first-year student at one of the UniversityLink local partner community colleges. Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA to determine income confirmation.

If you are not eligible to file a FAFSA but qualify for AB540, you should submit the California Dream Application. You are not eligible if you have completed college coursework at a non-partner college after graduation from high school or after completion of your GED.

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You are also eligible for UniversityLink if you are a student veteran, active duty service member or current/former foster youth attending one of the UniversityLink local partner community colleges, regardless of first-time college status. You may participate in UniversityLink at any time.

International students are not eligible for UniversityLink.

Applying to UniversityLink

Complete and submit the online UniversityLink application during the spring of your senior year in high school or during the first year at a partner community college.

Scholarships

Learn about scholarships administered by UC San Diego for new transfer students.

As part of the UniversityLink program, you must complete a minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester units (90 quarter units) by the end of spring term prior to fall enrollment at UC San Diego. You must also earn a cumulative 3.5 UC GPA by the end of fall term prior to fall enrollment at UC San Diego and maintain a 3.5 UC GPA through the end of spring term prior to fall enrollment at UC San Diego.

Meet UC eligibility by completing these UC-transferable college courses:

  • 2 English composition
  • 1 mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning
  • 4 courses from at least 2 of the following areas:
    • Arts and humanities
    • Physical and biological sciences
    • Social and behavioral sciences

Note: Both of the UC English courses and the UC math course must be completed by the end of fall term prior to fall enrollment at UC San Diego.

These are the required actions you must take as part of the UniversityLink program:

  • Submit an online UniversityLink application during the spring of senior year in high school or during the first year at a partner community college.
  • Attend one UniversityLink orientation program to understand eligibility requirements and program expectations.
  • Connect once a year with a UC San Diego Admissions Officer at your community college to ensure you are on track with program requirements, coursework and major preparation.
  • Participate in a UC application workshop/UC San Diego campus tour where you will meet UC San Diego faculty, staff and students.
  • Submit a UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) form during your first year at the partner community college and meet with a community college advisor.
  • Apply to UC San Diego no later than 3 years from the time of beginning your studies at a local partner community college.
  • Attend the UniversityLink Summer Showcase prior to applying to UC San Diego.
  • Complete all articulated UC San Diego major preparation available at your local partner community college and declare a major at the time of completing the UC San Diego admissions application.

We strongly recommend these additional program components to ensure your success:

  • Take a College Success Skills course during your first year at a partner community college.
  • Upon matriculation to UC San Diego, meet with a UC San Diego College advisor and maintain an ongoing relationship.

You must select an uncapped alternate major on the UC Application if your first choice major is capped. If you are not admitted to a capped major, you may be admitted to your alternate uncapped major. If you are not admitted into a capped major and you have not selected an alternate major that is uncapped, you will not be admitted to the university.

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