Transfer Academic Performance

We admit transfer applicants primarily on the basis of academic performance and preparation, as assessed by a review of:

  • GPA: For most majors, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required. (GPA is recalculated and based upon grades in UC-transferable courses taken by the end of the fall term prior to admission.)
  • Completion of lower division prerequisite courses for the intended major and/or college breadth requirements
  • Grade trends
In addition, please consider...

To be competitive, transfer students should present an academic profile with strong grades that includes preparation for their intended major/college.

Junior transfer admission is limited to students who will have completed a minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester units by the end of spring term prior to fall admission and have a competitive GPA.

Students who have attended or currently attend a four-year university must be aware that most programs will not offer admission to students with excess units.

NOTE: If all coursework was completed at a two-year college, this excess unit policy does not apply.

There are additional requirements for International Students.

Plan to:

Obtain information on all requirements through our Transfer Information (by Institution) page or on ASSIST. ASSIST lists Berkeley requirements and the California community college courses approved as satisfying those requirements.

If you are applying from a school other than a California community college, select UC Berkeley and then any community college from the pull-down menu on ASSIST. You will then have access to Berkeley requirements; take comparable courses at your school. Please note that we cannot evaluate your courses until 1) you are admitted 2) we see your transcripts.

UC Berkeley Transfer Information for In-State and Out-of-State Institutions

Advising for Prospective Transfer Students


Office of Undergraduate Admissions advising is available to prospective transfer students who would like to sit one-on-one for 15-20 minute advising sessions with an Admissions officer to discuss:

  • UC Berkeley Admissions
  • UC Application
  • Personal Insight Questions
    Beginning in the month of November, personal insight questions will not be reviewed


Drop-in Transfer Admissions Advising Details:

  • Dates and times: Advising sessions will go through November 18, 2016, held weekly on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. with the exception of the following dates: Thursday, September 8; Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4; Friday, November 11
  • Location: 100 Cesar Chavez (CE3/Transfer Center)
  • Drop-In: Admissions advising is available on a first-come, first-served basis up to the first 25 students that sign up
  • Signing-in: The sign-in sheet for advising will be available for prospective students to complete at 1 p.m. in the Transfer Center. Transfer Center staff will not allow students who show up prior to 1 p.m. to sign up for Transfer Academic Advising.
    —We will not accept student signups after 3:30 p.m. on the day of advising

Students from four-year institutions and out-of-state community colleges:

To determine which of your courses transfer to UC Berkeley, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions conducts in-person evaluation appointments Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 10, 10:30, and 11 a.m. from May 1 through November 1. You may set up an appointment by emailing the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at

NOTE: Due to the high volume of prospective applicants, we are unable to accommodate this service through mail/email/fax/phone.