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Transfer 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 required for California residents. All majors at UCI are selective and applicants are encouraged to earn the highest possible GPA.
  • Complete seven UC transferable college 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 subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or physical and biological sciences.

    Note: Pass (P) grades can be earned if the pass is equivalent to a C grade (2.00).

If you are a non-California resident, you must have a minimum 2.8 GPA in order to be eligible for the UC System. All majors at UCI are selective and applicants are encouraged to earn the highest possible GPA. See the University of California Admissions for additional information.

You will be granted up to 70 semester/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 for appropriate coursework taken in excess of this unit limitation will be granted and may be 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/continuing education, 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 (21 quarter) units may be taken for Pass/No Pass credit, and Pass/No Pass credit may not be used for major requirements

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.

COVID-19 Update: UCI will accept Pass or Credit grades in major preparatory coursework completed in winter, spring, and summer 2020 for all majors. Pass or Credit grades in major preparation are acceptable for admission purposes only; articulation of courses with Pass or Credit grades will be determined by the individual department after you enroll at UCI.

Everything you need to know about transferring to UCI

We want to make the transfer process as seamless as possible. The first step is ensuring you have all the right information and requirements.

Transfer Admissions FAQs

Make the transition just a little easier with some of our most frequently asked questions about transferring to UCI.

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    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.

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