Transfer Student FAQs

  1. Why is UC extending the deadline?

    The university plans to expand enrollment next fall by 5,000 students to help address the rising demand for admission from California students. As we grow, we want to do all we can to reach the goal outlined in the California Master Plan to enroll one new transfer student for every two new freshmen.

    Expanding the application window for transfer students through Jan. 4 will give UC-ready students – including those who might not have initially seen themselves as competitive – more time to consider and apply for UC.

  2. If I’ve already submitted my application, can I go back in and add campuses?

    Yes, you can log in to your UC application account and apply to additional campuses (additional fees may apply). You can’t exchange one campus for another campus (e.g., withdraw your submitted application to UC San Diego and exchange it for UCLA).

    Students who qualify for a fee waiver are still eligible to use that fee waiver for up to four campuses.

  3. Can I make other changes to my application if I’ve already submitted?

    You can update your contact information, but no other changes can be made.

  4. What if I have changes to make to my planned winter/spring courses?

    All transfer applicants will need to log in after Jan. 7 to complete the Transfer Academic Update (TAU) and report fall 2015 courses and grades as well as any changes to winter/spring 2016 courses. The priority deadline for the TAU submission is Jan. 31.

  5. If I’ve already started an application, but didn’t submit it in November, can I just complete that application or do I need to start a new one?


    It’s fine to complete the one you’ve already begun.

  6. Can freshman applicants submit an application during the extended period?

    No, the new Jan. 4 deadline extension only applies to transfer applicants.

Related links:

University of California streamlines paths for community college transfer students
Key facts: How UC serves community college students
Napolitano: Transfer pathway is key to UC's success
UC Transfer Letter to CEOs December 2, 2015

University of California pushes back deadline for transfer applications