UC Transfer Planning

Guide for Transfer Students: Applying to the UC System

University of California (UC)

Please note: Many of the links on this page go to external websites.

1. Research Campuses


2. Gather Materials: Use the Checklist


3. Know the Application Deadlines

Check for the College Application Filing Periods.

4. Access the UC Online Application


5. Writing the Personal Statement: View it as a personal interview on paper


6. Review and Submit your Application

Application Fees- $70 per campus for domestic students (both CA and out of State); $80 for international (with international academic records)

Payment is required and is non-refundable. The University prefers credit card payments. You may apply online for a fee waiver only once ( good for up to 4 campuses). If you apply for more than four campuses, you must select a payment method (credit card, or pay by mail) to pay the application fees for the additional campuses.

7. After You Submit: Update Your Application

Transfer Academic Update (TAU) Priority Deadline – January 31


About 5 weeks after the filing period closes, transfer students are required to update their grades and course records. You must provide your final grades from the previous term and list all courses in progress or planned for the term before you expect to enroll. Your updates will ensure UC campuses have the most current academic information available.

Need Help?

UC Application Center 800-207-1710 (within the U.S.) or 661-336-5723 (outside the U.S.)


Final Tips & Reminders

Don’t Forget:

Check your email regularly! Once all classes are completed, send your official transcripts to the UC you will be attending. Be sure to check the IGETC certification box on the TC Transcript Request Form. Admission notifications begin in April.

Additional Resources

Main Webiste


UC Information Center


GPA Calculator


I Can Afford UC- Blue and Gold Opportunity


UC Application Tutorial


Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)


UC Transfer Planner