Transfer Admission Guide 2015-16

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These pages provide admission selection and coursework information for junior-level transfer applicants. Refer to Applying for Admission for information about how to obtain an application and application filing deadlines.

Although UCLA is one of the most transfer-friendly campuses in the UC system, competition for transfer openings has increased in recent years. Strong academic preparation and performance are primary elements in our admission decisions. The average GPA of transfer applicants who are admitted to UCLA is is now more than 3.5 ( though GPAs vary by program), and most students who are admitted have completed most or all of the preparatory coursework for their majors. We give highest priority to students who are transferring from California community colleges or other University of California campuses. All schools admit for the fall quarter only.

Transfer Selection

The transfer selection review considers academic, personal, and additional school/major-specific academic criteria.

Academic Criteria

  • Junior-level standing (60 semester/90 quarter transferable units completed) by the end of the spring term before you transfer.
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher earned in transferable courses.
  • Progress towards completion of major preparation requirements by spring prior to transfer (see below).
    There may be additional lower division requirements that students can complete at their current institutions or at UCLA. Should a major not have specific prerequisites, we expect students to demonstrate interest in academic study by completing coursework related to the major.
  • Completion of the following course requirements by spring prior to transfer:
    • Two transferable courses in English composition/critical thinking and writing.
    • One transferable math course that has a prerequisite of intermediate algebra or higher.
    • Four transferable college courses in at least two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical and biological sciences.
  • Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), UCLA general education requirements, or another UC campus's breadth requirements is highly recommended for applicants to the College of Letters and Science and the School of Arts and Architecture.

    Applicants to the School of Theater, Film, and Television must complete one of the aforementioned general education paths.

    Applicants to the School of Nursing and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are strongly encouraged to work towards the respective school's curriculum requirements.

Personal Criteria

Our selection process is thorough and comprehensive. In addition to academic criteria, we also consider the following personal criteria. The personal statement you submit with the application is the best place to discuss the following information more in depth:

  • Employment while attending school
  • Family responsibilities
  • A return to school where early grades are not indicative of strong academic performance
  • Involvement in campus organizations and community service
  • Military service
  • Circumstances that may have prevented you from achieving your highest academic performance

Additional School and/or Major-Specific, Academic Criteria

The importance of preparatory coursework cannot be stressed enough! Link below to see the preparatory courses for your intended major.

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Important Resources for California Community College Students

Transfer Applicant Reviewers

The Undergraduate Admission office reviews applicants to the College of Letters and Science. Applicants to the School of the Arts and Architecture; the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; the School of Nursing; and the School of Theater, Film, and Television are reviewed by faculty members within the schools themselves. If you have additional questions regarding these programs, you should contact the schools directly.