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Hi! So I'm looking to try and apply to UCLA as a transfer for fall 2021. I've done some research on this and I know most of what I need to know, but there are a few gaps. For context, I have 44 units of AP Credit from high school and 5-15 units of community college credit going for me, depending on if the community college classes I took in high school or the one I took between high school and UCSB transfer (I got As in all of those courses btw). I know at least 5 will count because that's multivariable calculus I'm taking in the fall (more on that in a minute).
At UCSB, I'm enrolled in 8 transferable units for summer, 12 for fall, and I plan to do 17 and 20 in winter and spring, respectively. As for GEs, my plan allows me to get them all done by the end of spring.
The major I'm planning to apply for is Mathematics/Economics, and it has the following requirements (from UCLA's Transfer Admission Guide):
- 5 Quarters of calculus through multivariable and either linear algebra or differential
My progress: 2/5 from AP Calculus BC (Score: 5), and Multivariable calculus at my
community college (will be taking that while enrolled at UCSB in the Fall) My plan is
to take linear algebra in the winter and then differential equations in the spring at
- Addional recommendations (which are basically requirements): One introductory course
in C++, and completing the calculus series (which I am already on track to do). For the
C++ course, I'm thinking of taking this at my community college, likely in the winter. Is
this a good move?
My main question: Should I be following ASSIST and trying to get all of the courses done there, or should I go by UCLA's Transfer Admission Guide? Right now, my plan is based on UCLA's TAG. As of now, I'm going to take Econ 1 and 2 at UCSB in fall and spring, respectively. However, if I need to take Econ 10A, which ASSIST suggests I do, I would move Econ 2 to winter and take Econ 10A in the Spring. Additionally, I would need to take Discrete Structures at my community college. Should I try and do these things?
My other concern is going over 129 quarter units. If all of that counts, I would have 116 units, and that's not including the possible courses I would have to take if I follow ASSIST. I heard somewhere that you can have AP credits count toward the maximum or not. Is that true?
If anyone has any advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated. I know this is not guaranteed to succeed, but I know that planning correctly will greatly improve my chances of being admitted.
One final question: I know one thing UCLA looks for is a good reason to transfer. My reasons are that both UCLA (being in LA) and the Math/Econ major are better for my professional goals, and that I think I would fit in better at UCLA. Are these good reasons?