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TRANSFER ADMISSION GUIDE There are three main things to keep in mind as you plan: meeting minimum UC requirements, preparing for your major and fulfilling lower-division general education courses.

Meet with your Community College Counselor • As soon as you start community college, meet with an advisor to review your career goals and create a plan for your success. • Start by taking transferable math and English classes and fulfilling the UC minimum subject requirements. • Take classes in fields that interest you.

▶ It is never too early to start preparing for transfer.

Start your UC TAP (Transfer Admission Planner) • Plan and organize courses for your chosen transfer path. • Track your progress toward minimum UC requirements. • Receive updates about events and resources.

Visit to outline your lower-division and major preparation coursework. Lower-division general education fulfilled through IGETC IGETC is a series of California community college courses that fulfill lower-division general education requirements at every UC San Diego college, except Revelle. Revelle requires students with IGETC to complete 3 courses in math and 5 courses in science before transfer or while enrolled at UC San Diego.

Major Preparation ANGELA Santa Rosa, CA Visual Arts, Film and Media

I had mostly heard that UC San Diego was a science school, but when I looked at the programs in the Arts, I realized they were so small and intimate that I would actually have more of an opportunity to interact with faculty because my classes would be smaller. It was a great choice because I’ve gotten to know so many of my classmates really well. And I didn’t realize this until after I transferred, but our facilities are a huge resource—we have one of the top, state-of-theart media equipment centers.

We strongly encourage all applicants to complete the major preparation coursework outlined for your major in to help ease your transition to campus and accelerate your time-to-degree. Applicants to all majors within the departments listed below are required to complete minimum coursework to be admitted into the major. You will be screened for the number of courses completed, the grades earned in those courses and your cumulative gpa. • • • •

Biology Chemistry & Biochemistry Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Economics

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Engineering Mathematics Physics Psychology

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TRANSFER STUDENT GUIDE Transfer students are an exceptional and dynamic part of the UC San Diego campus, often leading student governments, pre-professional organizations and study groups with a laser focus and amazing work ethic.

THE VILLAGE AT TORREY PINES The Village at Torrey Pines is one of the largest on-campus residential communities for transfer students in the country. The neighborhood boasts high-rise apartment living with incredible ocean views; a market with fresh produce and meals on-the-go; and The Bistro, a full-service restaurant featuring an open kitchen, sushi bar and Pacific Rim-inspired menu. The Village is more than just housing and dining. We provide a suite of services to ensure you are connected to all campus resources as soon as you transfer, including: • Resident Advisors who live within the community. • Villagers in Programming develop community engagement opportunities for transfer students. • Student Success Mentors help to ease your social and academic transition. • Bio-Sciences & Computer Science Engineering Interest Housing brings together scholars throughout the biological sciences and Computer Science, respectively.

All Campus Transfer Student Association graduation



With more than 600 student organizations on campus, UC San Diego students can always find ways to get involved.

UC San Diego’s community centers provide opportunities to build relationships by increasing awareness of social issues and encouraging dialogue. Most centers offer internships, as well as a place to study, take a nap, print a paper, eat and hang with friends.

The All Campus Transfer Student Association is a student-run organization that helps transfer students adjust to campus and make new friends.

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Black Resource Center Cross-Cultural Center Intertribal Resource Center LGBT Resource Center

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Raza Resource Centro Student Veterans Resource Center Undocumented Student Services Women’s Center

student stories ALEXIS


Lagos de Moreno Jalisco, Mexico Ethnic Studies and Public Health

Oklahoma City, OK Chemical Engineering Native American Student Alliance, American Institute of Chemical Engineering

I work as a Research Analyst Intern for the Undocumented Student Services Center and my job is to improve our services, improve our physical space, and help our students with professional academic development. I participated in the Academic Enrichment Program’s undergraduate research scholars for undocumented students called NEW Scholars. Historically, undocumented students, even with DACA, could not participate in most summer research programs or internships because of the NSF and national funding. I am extremely grateful for the existence of NEW Scholars. These research experiences were invaluable for me as an undocumented transfer student.


When you get to UC San Diego, you will be so excited that you’ll want to be a part of everything, but it’s important to find a balance between social life and your study schedule. Take some time during your first few weeks to get to know people and explore all of the student organizations offered on campus to best decide what you want to participate in.


UC San Diego is home to 300 student veterans and we are committed to ensuring that military-affiliated students make a successful transition to campus life.

The International Students & Programs Office promotes intercultural engagement and provides services for UC San Diego’s international students to achieve academic, personal and professional success.

• The Student Veterans Resource Center & Student Veterans Organization assist student veterans in their progress toward graduation and provide military-affiliated student orientation, peer support, mentoring and pre-professional networking.

• One-on-one advising: immigration, international travel, financial planning, health insurance, employment authorization, and cultural, technical and personal issues. • Application support: visas, maintenance of status, Social Security cards, California driver’s license, federal and state taxes.

REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE Thousands of UC San Diego students intern on campus and for companies and organizations locally, nationally and globally. Internships are paid, unpaid or for academic credit, and typically last anywhere from four to 12 weeks.

COLIN San Diego, CA Biochemistry Student Veteran (Marine)

UC San Diego was the school with the highest prestige, as far as the sciences are concerned. I was also really interested in the opportunities available to work on future research programs. Going to school here has given me a foot in the door to an internship at Pharmatek, Inc., which is right down the street from campus.

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (AIP) Students choose from more than 500 internships across the Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Sciences and Social Sciences. All AIP students are paired with a faculty advisor for a well-rounded experience. ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM Obtain valuable academic and professional preparation in any major by conducting research under the guidance of faculty mentors and presenting at noted research conferences. REAL PORTAL (RESEARCH EXPERIENCE & APPLIED LEARNING) UC San Diego’s student job site has 2,500 opportunities covering a wide range of industries, from wildlife film-making and a biomechanics study of tissue regeneration, to proprietary trading internships in New York or London. ARTS & EXPRESSION We have 12 Visual Arts studios, a gallery and performance space, and a stateof-the-art paint booth. Our professional theatre district is home to the Tony award-winning La Jolla Playhouse and our nationally ranked Theatre & Dance departments. Music students utilize highly sophisticated concert halls and recording, editing and mastering studios. THE BASEMENT The Basement is 3,000 square feet of working and incubation space on campus dedicated to stimulating and encouraging student entrepreneurs. Last year $80,000 was raised by 21 student startup companies.


transfer profile 2017

of our undergraduate student population entered as a transfer student.

Applications: 17,803 Admits: 9,648 Admit Rate: 54% Avg GPA of Admits: 3.56

UC San Diego is committed to the transfer student experience. Visit for more information.

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