UCR to UCLA Transfer

<p>Hi all!</p>

<p>I am currently a freshman in UC Riverside, with Mechanical Engineering in the BCoE. I will start my first class in September. I'm wondering what classes are required in order to transfer from UC Riverside's Mechanical Engineering to UCLA's Mechanical Engineering? I do not want to take the wrong classes. </p>

<p>My classes for the fall are (Mechanical Engineering is available after winter only)... English 04(English Writing), History 20(20 century history), and Political Science 10(American politics). <-- Will add a math class in after taking the placement test.</p>

<p>What are the General Educations for transfer? And what are the classes that I need to take to transfer to UCLA for Mechanical Engineering? </p>

<p>I've tried Google for the past hour and I'm very confused with the UCLA website...</p>

<p>I will do my best in this two years...</p>

<p>Thanks for all the help.</p>


<p>First, transferring as a Freshman is extremely difficult. UCLA is going to want a good explanation as to why, before you even set foot on UCR, you want to go to UCLA instead of having applied to UCLA as a freshman.</p>

<p>Second, about the only thing that is harder than transfering from one UC to another UC is transferring from a CSU to a UC. Highest transfer priority goes to CCC students applying to UCs. The vast majority of successful transfers are (1) CCC students going to UCs after two years at the Community College, (2) a handful of UC to UC transfers after two years at the original UC and (3) once in a blue moon a CSU transfer makes it to a UC after two years at the CSU.</p>

<p>^ Lemaitre1 nailed all of it.</p>

<p>211 students from other UCs were accepted to UCLA in Fall '10, with an average GPA of 3.62 and an acceptance rate of 23.31. </p>

<p>While this is MUCH better than the dismal 6.58% acceptance rate for the 37 people that were accepted from ALL other California 4-year schools (this is including, but far from limited to CSUs), it also shows that it too is an uphill battle.</p>

<p>Before giving unsolicited advice though, I'll answer your question. Assist.org is usually the best source for determining the classes that you need to take, but UCR does not have any articulation agreements with UCLA (this highlights the "uphill battle" part). So what I would do is pick a CCC to act as an intermediary, and see what classes a student coming from there would need to take for UCLA's mechanical engineering program. Then check out what those classes articulate as with UCR. For GE requirements, definitely aim at taking basic classes like Bio 101, English 101, Physics 101, Calculus 101, etc. These have the greatest chances of articulating v.s. classes like Renaissance Literature: Focus on The Divine Comedy. </p>

<p>If you're transferring after your second year, you need a very compelling reason to transfer and stellar academics. If you're transferring after your first, you need that and something much more than that. What is that something? You need to define that. Why would UCLA want to take such an strange and risky transfer student? For all they know, you just have issues with college and your reasons for wanting to transfer from UCR will translate into reasons for disliking UCLA.</p>

<p>Honestly, if you are absolutely dedicated, then I think your time is much better put into going to a CCC for the remainder of your time between now and UCLA. This shows your dedication to the transfer process and puts you with the group of people that the UC transfer system was designed for.</p>

<p>Yes CCC seems to be a better choice to get into UCLA. However, people have been suffering from not getting the classes they needed any many of my friends are only able to transfer to the UC's after taking an extra year in CCC just because of how difficult it is to enroll in the classes they need to transfer.</p>

<p>What I was asking is what are the classes I should take for UCR in order to transfer from the [[[Junior]]] year, not the freshman year. I've heard that happening, and I'm not going to CCC. I do not feel like to fight over classes, and since only 15% get into UCR's, why not take it? UCLA staffs do like the CCC's more, but that does not mean that the UCR students are not capable of transfering into schools with better reputations. By the way, how is UCLA famous? Because of their football team? As far as I know their engineering departments do not outstand other UC's engineering departments. I believe that even though many dedicated high school students get into that school, it does not mean that the school itself, the professors themselves, are somewhat better than most of the UC's.</p>

<p>Also, from what I have learned, the undergraduate Engineering departments are usually in the same level, therefore the knowledges I aquire after finishing the four years in UCR is in theory the same as finishing the four years in UCLA?</p>

<p>PS. Assist.org does not have the comparison for UCR and UCLA. I've checked that already.</p>

<p>PPS. [Please don't tell me to go to CCC.] It would be helpful if anyone can actually answer my questions about what classes to take to transfer to UCLA from UCR for Engineering...or a place I can find out the classes that are needed to transfer to UCLA as a Junior for Mechanical Engineering and the equivilant classes in UCR and UCLA.</p>

<p>Thanks, Paul.</p>

<p>Well for mechanical engineering off the bat you need:</p>

<p>6 quarters of math (Differential - Multivariable calculus, linear algebra and differential equations). A year of physics (Classical Mechanics, Waves optics and thermo, and Electricity and magnetism) and 2 quarters of Chem. Also you need to take lower division engineering classes like statics and strength of materials as well as an intro to programming course.</p>

<p>Really you should just go to assist.org compare UCLA to any school and match up the course titles with equivalent courses at UCR.</p>