Applying to University of California (UC) - Transfer Center

UC Admission Application Submission Periods
Term Dates
Fall Quarter/Semester November 1-30
Winter Quarter/Spring Semester July 1-31
Spring Semester October 1-31

Not all campuses are open in winter and spring. Check available majors before applying.

CSU/UC Resources in the Transfer Center.

Before You Apply

UC Admissions Application Tips

Before applying to UC, download UC Admissions Application Tips (PDF). Attend Admission Application Workshops for assistance!

The UC Application Personal Statement prompts have changed to Personal Insight questions for the Fall 2017 application. For more information, please visit UC Admissions: How to Apply - Personal Insight Questions or contact the Transfer Center at (510) 659-6241 or

Check for Open/Closed Majors

Make sure to check if the university is accepting applications for the term in which you are interested by following the steps below:

To see if your UC campus is accepting applications, go to UC Open/Closed Majors and follow these steps:

  1. Select the campus for which you are interested in applying.
  2. Locate your status (e.g. Junior Transfer).
  3. Review list of closed majors.
  4. If your major is open, note and verify the deadline to apply and whether an online or paper application is requested.

To apply online, go to the UC Online Application.

UC Riverside representative at Transfer Day.

The UC Personal Statement

The University of California system requires Personal Insight Questions as part of your online application submission. See below for some tips and resources on the UC Personal Insight Questions:

Did You Know…?

Transfer students who come to University of California perform well, persisting and graduating at rates similar to students who enter as freshmen. The average time-to-degree for transfer students is just over 2 years (2.4) after coming to the UC (average time-to-degree for freshmen is 4.2 years). Transfer students continue to be a successful and valued part of the UC community. Source: Community College League of California.

After You Apply

Students have an opportunity to update the UC application online with grades and changes. Make sure to meet deadlines. Visit UC's After You Apply to view your receipt, check application status, apply to additional UCs, update transfer application, etc..

Making Changes After You Submit

Do you need to make changes to your application, but the deadline for updating your application has passed? Some UC campuses require that changes be submitted via your student portal; others may accept the change via email.

Make sure to verify and prepare the content of your submission thoroughly and completely. Visit the Transfer Center for assistance. In general, your letter/email should contain:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your UC ID Number (if you know it) or your Application ID Number
  • The term you have applied for (e.g. Fall 2016 transfer admission)
  • A daytime phone number
  • Reference the old information or state what was missing
  • State and provide the updated or new information

UC Campus Contact Information

Here are a few UC campus updates web pages dedicated to the topic of making changes after the UC Application Update deadline:

Visit the Transfer Center for assistance!

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