Transferring to a University of California (UC)

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The University of California is one of two public university systems in the state of California. It consists of 10 campuses with a total enrollment of over 220,000 students. In addition to fulfilling its teaching mission, the UC serves as the state's research institution and engages in a number of public service programs and industry partnerships. The UC offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees and provides a number of opportunities for post-degree continuing education.

One Application, 9 Campuses

UC Fall 2021 Application Opens UC Fall 2021 Application Filing Period
August 1, 2020 November 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020

 You only need to fill out the application once and you will be able to submit it to as many UC campuses as you would like. If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, there is a $70 fee for each application you submit. The application is online only.

Note on UC San Francisco (UCSF)

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a graduate only school devoted to the study of health sciences. As such, they do not offer bachelors degrees and you cannot transfer to them without first earning your bachelors degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum Requirements

You must meet each of the following requirements to be eligible for transfer to a University of California. Please keep in mind; these are MINIMUM requirements. They do not necessarily mean you will be a competitive applicant.

  • 7 Course Pattern Completed
    • 1 English Composition Course
      • (See Group 1A on the IGETC Transfer Pattern)
    • 1 Critical Thinking/English Composition Course
      • (See Group 1B on the IGETC Transfer Pattern)
    • 1 Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning Course
      • (See Area 3 on the IGETC Transfer Pattern)
    • 4 Courses from Areas 3, 4, and/or 5 on the IGETC Transfer Pattern
      • (Courses must be from a least 2 different areas)
  • 60 Transferrable Units Completed
    • Only units from courses numbered 100-299 are transferrable. However, not all courses in that range are UC transferrable. See the MJC catalog or a counselor for more information.
  • 2.4 GPA
  • Major Coursework Completed
    • Varies by school. Can be found on Assist.

IGETC Transfer Pattern 2020-2021

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

A Transfer Admission Guarantee offers guaranteed admission to qualified junior-level transfers. A TAG serves as a contract that guarantees your admission to a specific University of California campus upon completion of your 60 units, major preparation, and general education courses. You may only apply for one TAG to one UC Campus.

UC TAG Fall 2021 Filing Period UC TAG Winter/Spring 2022 Filing Period
September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 May 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021

It is VERY important that you meet with your counselor BEFORE you apply for a TAG. Requirements are strict and you want to ensure you are doing everything that you need to do, or else you risk losing your TAG.

Participating TAG 2021-2022 Campuses

Davis Riverside
Irvine Santa Barbara
Merced Santa Cruz

TAG 2021-2022 Admission Requirements

For school specific admission requirements, please review the following:  UC TAG Matrix

Application Status

School Fall 2021 Application Status School Fall 2021 Application Status
Berkeley (Cal) Open Riverside Open
Davis Open San Diego Open
Irvine Open San Francisco (UCSF) Not Available to Community College Transfers
Los Angeles (UCLA) Open Santa Barbara Open
Merced Open Santa Cruz Open

University of California Campuses

Below is a list of links to all campuses in the University of California system. If you are looking for more campus-specific information, check out their websites! 

University of California System Map