UCSB admits transfer students applying for junior-level transfer for fall quarter only. Students interested in sophomore transfer should review our transfer requirements and prepare for junior-level transfer. Students who have reached senior standing are not eligible to transfer to UCSB and may refer to the Graduate Division for graduate degree options.
With a transfer admit rate of close to 50% and one third of our incoming class being transfer students, UCSB is a transfer-friendly campus where your educational goals are our top priority.
The application for fall admission opens August 1 and is due by November 30 the year prior to transfer. Priority consideration for transfer admission is given to students transferring directly from a California Community College, but applicants from all colleges/universities are welcome to apply.
A Comprehensive Look at UCSB Transfer Admissions
Detailed information on the transfer admission requirements at UC Santa Barbara, including an overview of the financial aid process.
What to Expect When You Transfer
The academic experience at UCSB for transfer students is both challenging and stimulating. As you prepare to transfer, know that academic preparation at your current college is the most important factor in admission.
Focus on not just meeting minimum junior transfer eligibility but on being a selective applicant with a strong GPA and major preparation coursework completed before you transfer. Completing major preparation coursework will not only make you a stronger applicant, but it will set you up for a smoother transition and path to graduation from UCSB.
Transfer Life at UCSB
- The Transfer Student Center, located in the UCSB Library, offers dedicated academic advising, workshops, and specialized programs to provide you with academic, social, and emotional support.
- UCSB Housing has six apartment complexes available for transfer students. UCSB Community Housing Services can help you find accommodations in the local community.
- Transfer students can experience all that UCSB has to offer: studying abroad, conducting research, obtaining internships, and getting involved in student organizations. Plan early to make the most of your time at UCSB.
Schedule a Virtual Transfer Advising Appointment
Planning to transfer to UCSB? Register for a 15-minute transfer admission advising session. Review transfer eligibility, UCSB TAG, major preparation, the UC application, and more. Register and find your Transfer Admissions Counselor contact here.