Welcome Community College Transfer Students

We appreciate you taking advantage of reviewing information that will help you decide where to transfer to, how to transfer, and important considerations. Below, you will find information on transfer options, university admission statistics, tuition costs, and minimum admissions requirements.

Transfer Institutions Options

California Community College (CCC) students have many options when it comes to transfer. CCC students can apply to colleges and universities, both public and private, in California and Out-of-State. In California, there are three major university systems:

  1. California State University (CSU)
  2. University of California (UC)
  3. Private Colleges/Universities

The CSU system is the largest university system in the country, with 23 very diverse campuses located throughout California; San Jose State University, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and CSU Long Beach for example are all part of the CSU system. With ten campuses, the University of California system comprises the second largest university system in the State; universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego are some examples. UCs and CSUs are public or state-funded universities; however, each system has unique characteristics that set them apart. UCs are research based institutions that emphasize a strong theoretical approach to teaching. CSUs, on the other hand, focus on a more practical approach.

Private colleges and universities are independent institutions of higher education that receive their funding from tuition fees, private donors, and investments. Private colleges and universities are unique from one another, with each creating a campus climate that is truly its own; Stanford University, University of Southern California (USC), and University of San Francisco for examples are all private institutions. Private colleges and universities often have smaller class sizes and, although not all, it is not uncommon for private universities to have a religious affiliation.

Admission Statistics

Every year, the University of California Office of the President provides data on the number of applications received and students admitted by each campus. The chart illustrates preliminary data findings by the University of California for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Fall terms.

University of California (UC) Admissions Data


California Community College Transfer Admission Rates by Campus Fall 2012, 2013, 2014

Preliminary Data Findings Data are Subject to Change. Note: Data excludes Education Abroad Program (EAP) applicants. Data for Fall 2014 include some referrals and transfers admitted from waitlists reported as of 06/23/14. SOURCE: University of California Office of the President, Student Affairs, Admissions, 06/28/12, 07/16/13 and 06/23/14.

California State University (CSU) Admissions Data

For more information on CSU admissions, view these CSU Table1, Table 2, Table 3

Tuition Costs

As you begin to think about transferring to a four-year university, it is crucial that you inform yourself about the cost of attendance for each institution you are applying to in order to help you plan accordingly. In most instances, you are able to find information pertaining to tuition costs and other university fees on the university’s website.   Note that, if you are eligible for financial aid, your financial aid award may offset a portion of the tuition costs, always double check with your Financial Aid Office.

University of California

Estimated one-year tuition cost for undergraduate California residents at UC, 2013-2014 academic year

Living
on campus

Living
off campus

Tuition and fees*

$13,200

$13,200

Books and supplies

$1,500

$1,500

Health insurance allowance/fee

$1,700

$1,700

Room and board

$13,800

$9,800

Personal/transportation

$2,200

$3,000

TOTAL

$32,400

$29,200

Total cost will vary depending on the campus you attend as well as your personal expenses. Data provided by University of California.

Estimated one-year tuition cost for undergraduate nonresidents at UC, 2013-2014 academic year

Living
on campus

Living
off campus

Tuition and fees*

$36,078

$36,078

Books and supplies

$1,500

$1,500

Health insurance allowance/fee

$1,700

$1,700

Room and board

$13,800

$9,800

Personal/transportation

$2,200

$3,000

TOTAL

$55,278

$52,078

There is an additional $22,878 in nonresident supplemental tuition for nonresident students. Total cost will vary depending the campus you attend as well as your personal expenses.  Data provided by University of California.

 

California State University

One-year tuition cost for undergraduate California resident students at the CSU system, 2014- 2015 academic year

Student Type/Units Per Semester Per Quarter Per Academic Year
6.1 or more $2,736 $1,824 $5,472
0 to 6.0 $1,587 $1,058 $3,174

 

One-year tuition cost** for undergraduate non-resident students at the CSU system, 2014- 2015 academic year

Per Semester
Unit Rate
Per Quarter
Unit Rate
All Non-Resident Students $372 $248

** In addition to applicable System-wide Tuition Fees.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to UCs and CSUs, students must meet a set of academic standards, also known as minimum admissions requirements. Satisfying minimum admissions requirements may not guarantee admission to the university or program of your choice.  In many instances, universities and highly competitive or impacted majors have higher admissions requirements.

California State University (CSU) Minimum Admissions Requirements:
  • 60 semester CSU transfer units
  • 2.00 Grade Point Average (Impacted Majors may have higher GPA requirements)
  • Within the 60 CSU transfer units, complete 30 units of General Education which are to include:
    • Area A: Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Critical Thinking
    • Area B4: Quantitative Reasoning

    All courses in Area A or B4 must be completed with grades of “C” or better

 University of California (UC) Minimum Admissions Requirements:
  • 60 semester UC transfer units
  • 2.40 Grade Point Average (2.80 GPA if you are a nonresident; a higher GPA is required for most campuses and majors)
  • Complete the following courses with a grade of a C or higher:
    • Two (2) courses in English Composition; AND
    • One (1) course in Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning; AND
    • Four (4) courses chosen from at least 2 subject areas:
      • Arts and Humanities
      • Social and Behavioral Sciences
      • Physical and Biological Sciences