Transferring to UC from private 4-year college?

How feasible is it to transfer to a UC from a private 4-year college? I’m currently a sophomore at a highly-ranked liberal arts college, but I’m interested in transferring to a UC for fall 2022.

However, I have a few points of concern:

  • It seems like transferring credits from a private college is much less straight-forward than transferring credits from a CCC

  • The UC’s transfer requirements seem harder to fulfill at a private college. For example, two English classes are required for a student to be eligible to transfer, but at my college only one is required for graduation and it is very rare for someone to take more than one English class in their first two years unless they are planning on majoring in the subject.

  • After some brief research on the subject, I have garnered that UC’s have a strong preference for transfer students from CCC over other institutions. How much does this preference affect my chances of admission if I’m an otherwise strong applicant?

Any input/answers to my questions is greatly appreciated.

UC’s accept Junior level transfers (60 semester/90 quarter units) and must meet all required course requirements prior to matriculation regardless of your current schools graduation requirements.

UC’s give priority to transfers as follows: CA CC, UC to UC, CSU to UC, CA private university and finally OOS/International Universities.

It is true that there are no specific articulation agreements for transfer courses other than CC to UC or UC to UC. You will need to look at the transfer course requirements descriptions and try to find courses that are similar at your current school.

Having a strong application with a competitive GPA and completion of the required transfer courses will be important for the best chances.

Here is a link for the UC Transfer GPA by major and campus along with Transfer admission by Source school to help you.

Best of luck.

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