How does Berkeley make its admission decisions for transfer students?

Berkeley gives the highest priority for admission to California community college applicants. Lower priority is given to applicants from other UC campuses, other four-year institutions or non-California community colleges. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their completion of lower-division required courses (and, if available, the strongly recommended courses for admission), as well as the level of academic achievement reflected in their GPA (minimum 3.5 GPA is required to apply, If your overall GPA is less than 3.5 but your major GPA is 3.5 or higher please send an email to ESS transfer admissions). Only applicants who have completed 100 percent of the required core courses for Berkeley Engineering — as outlined on ASSIST — will be considered for admission.

This includes courses that satisfy Berkeley’s reading and composition requirement (English 1A & 1B). Other lower-division courses required for graduation are strongly recommended to strengthen one’s application. The required personal statement is also reviewed for evidence of interest in the student’s chosen major and thoughtful match between the academic program and the student’s academic and career objectives. Test scores and letters of recommendation are not requested as part of the admissions process for transfers.

For additional information about Berkeley’s application and selection process, please see the Be Berkeley transfer brochure from Undergrad Admissions' publications page.