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Admission as a Transfer Student

UC Transfer Applicant Definition

The University of California defines a transfer applicant as a student who has been a registered student in a regular term at a college, university or in college-level extension classes since graduating from high school. Summer session attended immediately following high school graduation is excluded in this determination. If you are a transfer applicant, you may not disregard any of your college records and apply for admission as a freshman.

Campus Selection and Priority

UC Davis gives highest priority to junior-level transfer applicants from California community colleges. To apply to majors in the Colleges of Biological Sciences, Engineering and Letters and Science, students must be junior-level applicants with a minimum of 90 quarter units (60 semester units) of UC-transferable coursework, including courses in progress or planned. In the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, junior-level applicants will be given highest priority, but lower-division applicants may be considered if space allows.

Meeting transfer admission requirements for the University of California does not guarantee admission to UC Davis. Due to limited enrollment space, transfer applicants who are admitted generally well exceed UC admission criteria. Foremost is the applicant's academic performance and preparation for the selected college and major. To be competitive, you must maintain a GPA of 2.800 or higher. In some cases, personal characteristics, experiences and circumstances will also be considered.

Applications far exceed the number of spaces available in majors such as biotechnology, computer science, psychology, viticulture and enology and all majors in the Colleges of Biological Sciences and Engineering. Applicants must complete specific lower-division major preparation courses with a specific GPA in the major and an overall required GPA.

To view our selective majors and their specific requirements for admission, see https://ucdavis.edu/admissions/undergraduate/transfer/selective-major-requirements.

UC Transfer Admission Requirements for California Residents

To be eligible for admission to UC as a junior transfer student, you must fulfill both of the following criteria:

1. Complete 90 quarter units (60 semester units) of UC-transferable credit with a minimum 2.400* GPA. No more than 21 quarter units (14 semester units) may be taken Pass/No Pass.

2. Complete the following seven UC-transferable college courses, earning a grade of C or better in each course:

  • Two courses in English composition;
  • One course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning;
  • Four courses chosen from at least two of these subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

Each course must be worth at least 4-5 quarter (3 semester) units. Completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) before transferring to UC may satisfy the required seven-course pattern for UC admission, depending on the courses you take. For more information, see http://www.assist.org.

* Please note that meeting UC admission requirements does not guarantee admission to UC Davis. To be a competitive candidate for admission, you must have an overall GPA of 2.800 or higher.

Alternatives for Satisfying UC Transfer Admission Requirements

If you were eligible for admission to UC when you graduated from high school—meaning you satisfied the subject, scholarship and examination requirement—or were identified by UC during your senior year as Eligible in the Local Context (ELC) and completed the Subject and Examination Requirements by your senior year, you are eligible to transfer with a minimum C (2.000)* average in your UC-transferable college coursework.

If you met the Scholarship Requirement in high school, but did not satisfy the 15-course Subject Requirement, you must take UC-transferable college courses in the missing subjects, earn a C or better in each required course and maintain a 2.000 GPA to be eligible to transfer.

*Please note that meeting UC admission requirements does not guarantee admission to UC Davis. To be a competitive candidate for admission, you must have an overall GPA of 2.800 or higher.

UC Transfer Admission Requirements for Out-of-State Applicants

The UC transfer admission requirements for transfer applicants from out-of-state are very similar to those for California residents. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.800* or higher in all UC-transferable college coursework.

*Please note that meeting UC admission requirements does not guarantee admission to UC Davis. To be a competitive candidate for admission, you must have an overall GPA of 2.800 or higher.

Transfer Credit

Coursework from other colleges and universities is considered UC-transferable if the applicant completed the course at an institution that is recognized by the University of California. In addition, the coursework must be comparable to courses and levels offered within the University of California.

A total of 105 quarter (70 semester) UC-transferable units toward a university degree may be earned for lower-division coursework completed at any institution or combination of institutions. Lower- or upper-division units earned at UC (Extension, summer, cross/concurrent, UC-EAP and regular academic year enrollment) are added to the maximum lower-division credit allowed and might put applicants at risk of being denied admission due to excessive units. For more information, see http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/uc-transfer-maximum-limitation-policy-chart.pdf. You can find information about transferable credit from California community colleges at http://assist.org. Only subject credit will be granted for courses taken in excess of this amount.

If, after applying UC lower-division unit limitations and exclusions, you have completed 120 quarter units (80 semester units) or more of UC-transferable units, your admission is subject to approval by the respective dean for majors in the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences and College of Letters and Science.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Transfer credit is granted for each College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examination completed with an official score of 3, 4 or 5. To learn more, see Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations

UC Davis recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations for college credit. Higher Level examinations presented with official scores of 5, 6 or 7 receive 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units of degree credit and in specific instances are deemed comparable to various lower-division courses. Students completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive a maximum of 30 quarter (20 semester) units. The credit will apply toward the minimum 180 quarter units needed to receive a bachelor's degree. To learn more, see International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations. and International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination Credit.

Limited Status

Students in limited status are those whose special achievements qualify them to take certain university courses toward a definite and limited objective.

Currently the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Letters and Science do not consider limited status applicants. As an alternative, you may wish to consider enrolling in our UC Davis Extension Open Campus program.

Second Baccalaureate

Only the College of Engineering considers applications from students who already have a bachelor's degree. Second baccalaureate applications to the College of Engineering will only be considered if the applicant's first degree is not in engineering and if the lower division engineering selective major criteria has been completed at a California community college. You must submit the University of California undergraduate application for admission and scholarships, at https://admissions.ucdavis.edu/apply/, during the appropriate filing periods.

After your application receives a full evaluation for meeting college, UC and UC Davis selection and admission criteria, it will be reviewed by the dean of the college and the executive director for Undergraduate Admissions for admission consideration based on superior academic record, clear evidence of a change in objective, and enrollment space available in the applied major.

UC Intercampus Transfer

If you are an undergraduate student who is currently or was previously registered at another UC campus and have not since registered at a non-UC institution, you may apply for transfer to the UC Davis campus. Filing dates, application, fees and admission and selection requirements are the same as those listed for new transfer applicants. Current UC students who wish to attend UC Davis as intercampus visitors and plan to return to their home UC campus should refer to the Intercampus Visitor Program.

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Updated: February 13, 2018 9:17 AM