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Transferring to UC Davis from a community college or four-year institution has become a popular path to obtaining a university degree. We welcome transfer applicants from all schools, though we give priority to transfers from California community colleges.

Transfer Admission Requirements

To be eligible for transfer admission to UC Davis, you must first meet minimum UC subject and scholarship requirements. However, students admitted to UC Davis have a higher GPA, and some of our majors require additional coursework with higher GPA thresholds.

Junior-Level Class Standing

You must have completed 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable units by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment.

While the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences occasionally considers applications from students with less than junior-level standing, very few lower-division transfers are admitted. All other academic divisions will only consider applications from junior-level transfers.

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Subject Requirement

You must complete the following UC requirements in English and math with a letter grade of C or better:

  • Two transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in English composition
  • One transferable college course (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in mathematical concepts or quantitative reasoning

It is strongly recommended that students complete UC transfer requirements in the areas of English composition and mathematics by the end of fall term prior to enrollment.

You must also complete four transferable courses with letter grades of C or better from at least two of the following subject areas:

  • Arts and humanities
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Physical and biological sciences

These courses, along with any prerequisite courses for your major, must be completed by the end of the spring term before your transfer to UC Davis for fall enrollment.

GPA Requirement

You must earn at least a 2.40 GPA in your UC-transferable classes to meet UC requirements; California non-residents must earn at least a 2.80 GPA. However, UC Davis requires a minimum 2.80 GPA to be selected for admission, and many of our most popular programs may require a higher GPA. Strive to achieve your highest possible GPA in order to be most competitive.

No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units may be taken Pass/No Pass. Due to COVID-19, courses taken with Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit grading in the winter, spring and summer terms of 2020 will not count toward this limit.

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Transfer Admission Statistics



All ranges reflect the middle 50% of students admitted as of July 22, 2020. Learn more about admission statistics

Admit Rate

UC Davis transfer estimated admit rate of 55.7 percent

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