Many paths lead to a Berkeley degree, and some of them come through other institutions. At Berkeley Engineering, junior transfer students make up nearly 15 percent of our undergraduate population and are a valued part of our community. If you’re considering a transfer to our program, be sure to read the following sections carefully to ensure you’ve met the necessary requirements. We also have a number of resources designed especially for transfers.
Transfer admission priorities
Berkeley gives the highest priority for admission to California community college applicants who have completed all required core Berkeley preparation courses — including courses equivalent to Berkeley’s reading and composition courses — as outlined on ASSIST. Lower priority is given to transfers from other UC campuses, other four-year institutions, international schools or non-California community colleges.
Transfer admission eligibility
To be eligible for admission, transfer applicants must meet UC admissions requirements, which are detailed online at Berkeley’s admissions website. Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester units by the end of spring term prior to fall admission. They must also complete all lower-division courses required for their intended major, as listed on ASSIST. Strongly recommended courses, listed on ASSIST, should already be taken if offered at the community college.
Although ASSIST does not include articulation agreements between the UC campuses or between the UCs and other four-year and out-of-state schools, it can be used as a guide to determine what required courses must be completed prior to admission. Please note, the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) offered at California community colleges is not accepted by the College of Engineering.
The undergraduate degree requirements for each major can be found in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Guide.
The following circumstances render an applicant as ineligible:
- Failure to complete 100 percent of all the required core courses as outlined on ASSIST, including the reading and composition requirements
- Excessive transferable semester units (89 or more from a four-year institution or those who complete coursework from a community college and then transfer to a four-year institution)
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree
- A transferable GPA that is lower than 3.5 (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)
- Fewer than 60 transferable semester units
Applying to the college
Prospective transfers should visit Berkeley’s admissions website to find comprehensive information about the application process. Admissions decisions for transfers are posted by the end of April.
Admission to Berkeley Engineering is extremely competitive. In addition to applying to Berkeley, prospective transfer applicants should apply to engineering majors at other campuses in the University of California system, as well as other four-year institutions. It is also important that applicants choose a major carefully, as the College of Engineering does not allow junior transfers to change their major after the January 3 application deadline. Additionally, transfers may not add a second major upon admission.
More information about transfer admission to Berkeley can be found in the Be Berkeley transfer brochure from Undergraduate Admissions publications, and in our prospective transfer and general undergraduate FAQs. In addition, Berkeley’s Transfer Student Center can help prospective students plan and navigate a transfer to Berkeley.
For California community college students, the University of California maintains an online transfer admission planner, which is designed to help students track and plan their coursework. Berkeley’s Community College Transfer Services also provides support for prospective students from California community colleges. And Berkeley Engineering offers an exciting month of webinars each fall for prospective transfer students covering topics from admissions to research opportunities.
For STEM students seeking an opportunity to work with Berkeley Engineering faculty before becoming a student at UC Berkeley, there is the Transfer-to-Excellence Summer Research Program. TTE is a paid, residential, merit-based summer internship with an application deadline in late January.
Prospective student information sessions are hosted by Engineering Student Services each April. Staffed by our peer advisers, these sessions are a great opportunity to ask current students about Berkeley Engineering’s majors, courses and student life. Also in April, the College of Engineering hosts potential students and their families, alumni and the general public as part of Cal Day. Our program for this event includes a transfer student workshop.
Prospective students can contact Engineering Student Services directly with specific questions; peer advisers are available from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each weekday during the fall and spring semesters.