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 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. Articulation requirements are listed below.


Reading & Composition Articulations: 2013 California State University

Reading & Composition Articulations: 2013 University of California

Advising for Prospective Transfer Students


Admissions officers from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hold walk-in appointments on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. at the Transfer, Re-entry, Student Parent (TRSP) Center. These will help you determine which courses transfer to UC Berkeley, answer questions about the admissions process, and provide information about personal statements.

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 December 1. You may set up an appointment by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 510-642-3175.

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