Students who earn scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations will receive credit toward graduation at UCI. Successfully completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam can also result in credit allowed toward a UCI degree.
Make the switch to UCI.
Read about our transfer requirements, including those for international transfer students.
Everything you need to know to be considered for admission to UCI.
UCI welcomes the distinctive experience transfer students contribute to our campus and gives priority to junior-level students transferring from California Community Colleges. In order to be eligible for admission to our university, you must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 60 semester or 90 quarter UC transferable units by the end of the spring term prior to the desired fall term admission with a minimum 2.4 GPA; a competitive UCI transfer applicant should have a UC transferable GPA of 3.0 or above
- Complete seven UC transferable courses with a grade of C or better in each course — two courses in English composition, one course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning, and four courses in at least two of the following areas: the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, or the physical and biological sciences
If you are a non-California resident, you must have a minimum 2.8 GPA in order to be eligible for the UC System. See the University of California Admissions for additional information.
You will be granted up to 70 semester or 105 quarter units of credit for lower-division coursework completed at any institution or any combination of institutions. For units beyond the maximum, subject credit may be granted and used to satisfy requirements.
- Units earned through AP, IB, and/or A-Level examinations are not included in the limitation and do not put applicants at risk of being denied admission
- Units earned at any UC campus (extension, summer, cross/concurrent, and regular academic year enrollment) are not included in the limitation but are added to the maximum transfer credit allowed and may put applicants at risk of being denied admission due to excessive units
- No more than 14 semester or 21 quarter units may be taken for Pass/No Pass credit (not major prerequisites)
Grades earned in all UC transferable coursework are used in calculating the UC transferable GPA. For your desired major, please see Transfer Requirements by School.
In addition to you meeting necessary academic benchmarks, UCI also takes other achievements and circumstances into consideration during our comprehensive reviews of transfer applicants.
- Completion of a specified pattern or number of courses that meet breadth or general education requirements
- Completion of a specified pattern or number of courses that provide continuity with upper division courses in your major
- Participation in academically selective honors courses or programs
- Special talents, achievements, and awards in a particular field; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate your promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus
- Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your college curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects, or programs
- Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances
- Location of your college and residence
Personal Insight Questions
As of August 1, 2016, applicants will have a greater opportunity to express who they are and what matters to them on their UC Application. New personal insight questions have replaced the two previous personal statement prompts. Key points about the personal insight questions include:
- Transfer applicants will answer one required question and choose three out of seven additional questions to answer
- Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words
Your personal insight questions should be exactly that - personal. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, and inspirations.
We encourage you to take your time. Be open, be reflective, and be honest. Your personal insight questions provide context for the rest of your application.
Meet English proficiency requirements for UCI acceptance.
If you attended four years at a high school or attended another college or university in which the language of instruction is not English, you must provide evidence of English proficiency to be successful in university studies at UCI.
If you have less than three years of instruction in English in the U.S., you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement by achieving an acceptable score on any one of the following tests:
- Score 80 or higher on the Internet-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or score 550 or higher on its paper-based version
- Score 3, 4, or 5 on the AP examination in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition
- Score 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Higher Level Examination in English Language A: Literature or English (Language A)
- Score 6 or higher on the IB Standard Level Examination in English Language A: Literature or English (Language A)
- Score 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Score 24 or higher on the ACT combined English/Writing or English Language Arts (ELA)
- Score 560 or higher on the old SAT, Writing section OR score 31 or higher on the SAT Writing and Language Test of the new SAT with Essay
Please note the English Language Proficiency Requirement is waived with one UC transferable English Composition course (not ESL) taken at a regionally accredited U.S. college/university with a grade of C or better.
Transfer Admission FAQs
Assist provides the most accurate and up-to-date information to help you transfer from a community college to a four-year university. It helps you find which courses satisfy lower division GE requirements, which courses transfer to UCI, and which requirements are needed for specific majors.
UCI offers counseling to prospective California Community College transfer students during fall and spring quarters by appointment only. Appoints are available Monday through Thursday, 2-4 p.m. To ensure a counselor will be available, call 949-824-6703 before visiting the campus. Please bring your unofficial transcripts to the advising session.
UCI’s TAG Program guarantees admission to highly qualified students from all California Community Colleges. Admission to most majors at UCI can be guaranteed through TAG if you meet eligibility requirements and complete the online TAG application.
UC Transfer Pathways outlines the set of courses you should take to be competitive in one of 21 of the most popular majors found at every UC campus.