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Minimum Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

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UC Santa Barbara typically accepts transfer students at the junior level only. To prepare for entrance as a junior, students are encouraged to identify their intended major as early as possible and take prerequisite courses for their major. All transfer applicants must complete these requirements:

  1. Complete 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit with a grade point average of at least 2.4 for California residents and at least 2.8 for nonresidents (no more than 14 semester or 21 quarter units may be taken Pass/Not Pass).
  2. Complete the following seven-course pattern requirement, earning a grade of C or better in each:
    • Two transferable courses in English composition.
    • One transferable course in mathematics beyond intermediate algebra, such as college algebra, precalculus, or statistics.
    • Four transferable courses from among at least two of the following areas: Arts and humanities, Behavioral and social sciences, Biological and physical sciences.

California Community College students who satisfy the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to transferring to UC, may satisfy part 2 of the transfer eligibility requirements.

California community college students can take advantage of UCSB's Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program.  By earning a satisfactory GPA in UC-transferable coursework, and meeting deadlines, students can be guaranteed to enter UCSB as a transfer student.  The TAG does not apply to majors in the College of Creative Studies or to Dance, Music and Theater majors in the College of Letters and Science.  To explore UCSB's TAG guarantee, please visit www.admissions.ucsb.edu/taginfo.asp.

If you were eligible for admission to the university when you graduated from high school – meaning you satisfied the Subject, Scholarship and Examination Requirements, or were identified by the University during your senior year as Eligible in the Local Context – you are eligible for transfer if you have a C (2.0) average in your transferable college coursework. If you met the Scholarship Requirement in high school but did not satisfy the Subject Requirement, you must take transferable college courses in the missing subjects, earn a C or better in each required course and have an overall C (2.0) average in all transferable coursework to be eligible to transfer.

Visit www.assist.org for a list of UC-transferable courses at your community college.