Satisfying Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

The University considers you a transfer applicant if you enrolled in a regular session at another college or university, except while in high school or summer session immediately following high school. While UC gives California community college students first priority over other transfer applicants, the University also accepts those from four-year institutions. In addition, it's possible to transfer from one UC campus to another.

To be considered for admission to UC Merced as a transfer student, you must fulfill the general eligibility requirements for Junior-Level. In addition students will be required to complete the preparation requirements for their intended major. 

Junior-Level Transfer

  • Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of UC transferable college credit
  • No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units may be taken Pass/Not Pass
  • Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.40 (2.80 GPA for non-residents) in transferable courses
  • Completion of the following seven (7) course pattern , earning a grade of C or better in each course
  • Two (2) transferable English composition courses
  • One (1) transferable mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning course that has a published prerequisite of intermediate algebra
  • Four (4) transferable courses chosen from at least two of the following areas: Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences


Lower-Division Transfer (Available starting fall 2017)

Students eligible to UC Merced as a Lower-Division transfer student have the option of the "fast track" to our campus. To fulfill eligibility requirements for this pathway, you must meet the following criteria.
  • Enrollment at a college after high school graduation and fewer than 60 semester (90 Quarter) UC transferable units completed prior to enrollment at UC Merced.
  • Met requirements for the University of California upon high school graduation (Required GPA, examinations and all “a-g” courses)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferable coursework (2.8 Nonresidents). Certain majors require a higher GPA.
  • Please note that at UC Merced, major-specific courses are required for selection

For more information about the Subject, Scholarship and Examination requirements, visit the University of California Admissions site at

You are also welcome to contact a transfer admission officer if you have further questions.