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Minimum UC Admissions Requirements

In order to qualify as an upper-division (junior-level) transfer to UC, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 60.0 units of UC transferable coursework;
  • Of the 60.0 transferable units, no more than 14.0 units may be taken for Pass/No Pass grades;
  • Earn a minimum 2.40 GPA in all UC transferable coursework (2.80 for CA non-residents);
  • Complete the following course pattern requirements with a grade of "C" or better in each course;
    • Two transferable college courses in English composition;
    • One transferable college course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning;
    • Four transferable courses chosen from at least two of the following subject areas:
      • Arts and humanities
      • Social and behavioral sciences
      • Physical and biological sciences
  • Be in good standing and eligible to reenroll at the college you attend prior to transfer.
General Education (GE)

Students have two options for completing GE in preparation for transfer to UC. The first option is the UC Transfer Admissions Eligibility Course List. These are the minimum general education requirements needed for UC admission.

The second option is the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). IGETC is not recommended for students who choose majors with substantial lower division prerequisites, such as engineering or science.

GE Certification

The certification of GE is the official notification from Community Colleges verifying that a transfer student has completed courses satisfying lower-division general education requirements.

It is separate from a student transcript.
Students must complete the General Education Certification Request Form.
Mission College completes certification for IGETC.

Major Preparation

Major preparation is a very important component of the admissions decision for the UC campuses. It is important to know what requirements you have to fulfill in order to transfer into a major at a UC campus.

Students that wish to prepare for one major at multiple UC campuses are encouraged to review the Transfer Pathway for their chosen field.  Students are advised to complete as much of the lower-division major preparation courses for their program as possible.

Find out which UC campuses offer a degree in your major.

Consult the official articulation agreements between the UC campuses and Mission College at ASSIST to confirm courses that will meet the major preparation requirements.