Frequently Asked Questions
for UC Transfers
Can a student apply to the UC as "undeclared" or "undecided"?
With few exceptions, students are
expected to identify a major on their application to a UC.
any guarantee admissions agreements between
Palomar College and any of the UC campuses?
Palomar has guaranteed admissions programs to
all UC campuses except UC Berkeley and UCLA.
Visit the TAG page for more information.
it mean if a school or major is "impacted"?
university or major can demonstrate that they
usually have more applicants than space, they
are allowed to use additional or higher criteria
for admissions than the minimums established.
Is it OK
to apply to a non-impacted major and then change
to an impacted major once transferred?
Students should indicate on the application the
major they intend to pursue after transfer.
Universities rarely allow transfer students to
change from a non-impacted major to an impacted
one after acceptance.
students have to submit official transcripts
when they submit their application?
Official transcripts are usually due after
once all grades for the last semester of
attendance are posted. Students should
confirm with each school to determine its
mandatory deadline. Failure to submit
transcripts on time may mean the offer of
admission will be rescinded. Further,
official transcripts from each and every school
in which college coursework has been attempted
must be submitted from the individual schools.
High school transcripts will also be requested
of applicants by the university. If taken,
AP and/or IB test scores are also required.
Does it matter if a
student has already earned a Bachelor's degree
in the US or in another country?
UC rarely allows students to pursue a second
Can a student attend a four-year university and
then a community college, and then transfer to
To be considered a transfer
student to a UC, a student must not have
accumulated enough units between the four-year
university and the community college to place
that student at the senior level. It is
important to meet with a Palomar College
counselor right away to review transcripts from
the four-year university and discuss the
requirements of the intended UC transfer
campuses, to ensure that the goal can be met
without eceeding the unit limit.
How important is the UC application essay?
The essay is a required portion of the
application, and all applicants must submit an
May a student attend the UC part-time?
admitted to the UC, a student is expected to
enroll full-time. Exceptions may be made
by special permission from the dean of the
school/college of attendance at the campus.
Must a student have an AA degree to transfer to
the UC? Does the UC consider a student
with an AA more favorably than one who does not?
The Associate of Arts (AA)
degree is not a factor whatsoever in UC transfer
consideration. Some students may elect to
get an AA degree for personal or professional
reasons in addition to meeting transfer
requirements, if desired.
Is there a limit to the number of units
transferable to the UC?
The University will award
graduation credit for up to 70 semester units of
transferable coursework from a California
Community College towards degree completion.
Coursework in excess of 70 semester units will
not receive unit count, but will receive subject
credit towards satisfaction of general education
or major preparation requirements.
Can a student take classes for P/NP (Pass/No
Pass, or previously Credit/No Credit [CR/NC])
instead of a letter grade?
Yes, a student may take
up to 14 semester units on a pass/no pass basis
instead of for a letter grade. Do
not, however, take
any coursework required for major preparation as
P/NP - these classes must
be taken for a letter grade.