The University of California

In just over a century, the University of California (UC) has built an international reputation for academic excellence. Whether you want a broad liberal arts education, preparation for graduation study, or training for a particular profession, the University of California probably has a program to meet your needs.

The University of California includes world-famous campuses such as UC Berkeley and UCLA. The UC campuses are primarily research and theoretical institutions providing transfer students with the skills to pursue graduate-level degrees. At most campuses, undergraduate majors are offered by academic units called colleges, such as the College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, or College of Chemistry. At San Diego, each of the six colleges has a distinct academic philosophy. Santa Cruz has eight colleges, each a small community with unique intellectual interests and social traditions.

Upper-division transfer applicants must earn a minimum 2.4 grade point average (GPA) in 60 transferable units. Within those 60 transferable units, transfer courses must include the following UC General Education requirements as outlined in the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in English Composition (1-A), Critical Thinking/Composition (1-B), and Mathematical Concepts (2). When choosing general education courses, most UC transfer students follow the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). However, students pursuing a high-unit major may choose not to complete IGETC in order to complete their lower-division major coursework before transfer. Some majors may be impacted at some campuses. In such cases, campuses may screen for admissions based on additional criteria such as GPA or required lower-division major coursework. For information on Saddleback lower-division major coursework, please visit and the Transfer Center.