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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 and only for the fall term. 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 by the spring term before transfer:

  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). A selective GPA for most majors is a 3.4 and above.
  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 can take advantage of UCSB's Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) by completing specific course requirements with a specific GPA and meeting deadlines. The TAG does not apply to majors in the College of Creative Studies, College of Engineering, or to Dance, Music and Theater majors in the College of Letters and Science. To explore UCSB's TAG guarantee, please visit admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/tag.

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

Visit www.admissions.ucsb.edu for more information about transfer admission requirements.