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Can I apply to UCLA as a transfer if already I have way over 60 credits?

BigBossBigBoss Posts: 20Registered User New Member
I'm planning to transfer to UCLA in the fall of 2011 which unfortunately, I will be a junior by then (I would have already completed 3 years of college, since I'm class of 2012, turning 2013).

I love my current college (Smith) but still would like to transfer to to UCLA due to some very personal circumstances. I'm planning to do 2 years at UCLA, therefore, I would have 5 years of undergrad, and financial aid is not an issue since I have a great scholarship that follows me wherever I transfer. The question is--will I have too much credits to transfer? I don't mind forfeiting credits--do I still have the chances/requirements to apply to UCLA as a transfer-level even though I have already been a junior? And if it helps, I would transfer to the Film/TV department.

I currently have 50 credits, but after the end of my junior year, I will have 90 credits but I want to start my junior year again at UCLA and then staying there until a senior...is that too much over the 60? Will applying with the intend of a double major reflect that the reason I have too much credit is because I have a lot more classes to take?


I have a 3.2 but many great leaderships and extracurriculars. I don't think UCLA take teacher recommendations, but if they do, I would have a stellar recommendation. My SAT scores are very shabby (500 around each area) but does that even count anymore? I think I can also whip an amazing story on why I want to transfer.

Also coming from a liberal art, I have no requirements, so I was wondering if you can tell me what the general ed requirements for UCLA. Beside from UCLA, what UC has the least Gen Ed?

What are the chances of me getting in?

Thanks everyone!!!!!!
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Replies to: Can I apply to UCLA as a transfer if already I have way over 60 credits?

  • BigBossBigBoss Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    bump bump bump
  • BigBossBigBoss Posts: 20Registered User New Member
  • JinobiJinobi Posts: 1,184Registered User Senior Member
    ...wouldn't calling UCLA admissions be easier than asking on CC?
  • TheHuttTheHutt Posts: 332Registered User Member
    This is a message board, not a chat room. People do not reply instantaneously.

    If you are over 90 semester units then your application generally will not be accepted by most UC campuses. Even then it would be almost impossible for you to get in as priority is given to community college students, and with such a low GPA I almost wouldn't bother.
  • mikemacmikemac Posts: 7,108Registered User Senior Member
    UCLA only admits transfer students from 4-year institutions who are at the junior level (minimum 60/90 semester/quarter units; maximum 86/129 semester/quarter units). We do not allow students to disregard any transferable coursework. (You must report all attempted college work, even if you do not think it is transferable or do not want the credit.) Therefore, a senior at a 4-year institution is not likely to be admitted.
    http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/FAQ/TR_During.htm
    I'm not an admissions counselor, but it sure sounds to me like they won't consider you if you end up with your planned 90 units.

    You asked about general ed requirements to apply as a xfer; you can easily look this up yourself on the UCLA admission site.
  • jcarroll6jcarroll6 Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    As hard as it is for me to tell you this, I have to agree with everyone else. Considering the film/telivision department is the most difficult department to transfer into (they accept, at most, 25 students a year), I highly doubt you will be accepted. That is unless you have won some awards for your films, or are already highly regarded in the industry. Your much better off applying to schools such as UCSC, CSULB, CSUN, or CSUF. Those film departments are much less difficult to get into. I know it sucks to hear this, but trust me, considering your stats, your time and energy will be much better spent on those schools.
  • GrassBanditGrassBandit Posts: 663Registered User Member
    ^BLAH BLAH BLAH

    TL;DR: You won't be accepted. Consider going to a "lesser" school.
    ____________________

    tough **** OP. FYL.
  • AskMsSunAskMsSun Posts: 1,767- Senior Member
    This is the general policy:

    UCLA
    With the exception of the School of Nursing (post-licensure), UCLA generally considers a student who has accumulated more than 86 transferable semester units (129 transferable quarter units) at a university to have exceeded maximum units allowable for admission. Such a student will not be admitted. For the College of Letters and Science, a student who completed 86 or fewer UC-transferable semester units (129 or fewer transferable quarter units) at a university then transferred to, and remained exclusively at, a community college does not exceed the maximum units allowable for admission purposes.

    Source: University of California - Counselors (scroll down to UCLA)

    School of Theater, Film and Television has a dedicated counselor who answers student questions regarding undergraduate admissions, you can find her contact information at Contact | Undergraduate Film | UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
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