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Transferring to UC Berkeley as a Sophomore

Updated on June 21, 2011

I know this post is very specific. But this is what I did to transfer from another UC to Berkeley after 1 year.

Yes, it can be done. I’ve seen a lot of message boards say it can’t but it can.

A little bit of background: I transferred from another UC. I had decent but not great grades in high school. Passed 3 of my AP tests. Dropped out of AP Bio after 1 semester which does not look good on transcript. Had a low/average SAT score (aka not over 2000) DIdn’t get in as a Freshman to UCBerk

1. Get good grades. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Go into your first year of college and get good grades. I had one B- but the rest were A-/As my first year of college. You are competing against community college students (who are more preferred than UC transfers) who have 4.0s.

2.Admittance varies from college to college. Applying to Haas or the College of Engineering have a smaller acceptance rate for transfers than L&S.

3. As a sophomore transfer, you do NOT need the full 60 units to transfer (like a junior transfer).

4. UC Reciprocity SHOULD be completed though. So make sure you complete any GE’s or any other requirements at your college in your FIRST year.Talk to your own college adviser about UC Reciprocity

5. When I transferred in 2009, I used a paper application. There is no box to check off in the online app so requested a paper one and completed it fast. You will be sending it in the fall when you have no college grades yet.

6.Include a business letter explaining why you want to transfer after one year in addition to your essays.

7. Talk to the major advisor at Berkeley. She can help you explain what classes transfer from your old college to Berkeley so you can plan what you want to take in your next quarter/semester.

And that’s it! It’s rare but I know of others that have transferred after a year. Things may have changed since then so contact the University of California system to see what you have to do. OF course they will advise against it but just do it nothing is stopping you. And if you don’t get in at least you have next year to apply. Contact me if you want more advice!


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      4 years ago

      Hi, so I got waitlisted from Berkeley and eventually rejected. I'm going to be attending another UC campus but I would like to transfer my sophomore year. So would I have to apply fall of my freshman year?

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      Selina Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from San Angelo, Texas

      What should I do since I will be a California Community College student? What classes would you recommend?

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      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Gr8 Hub - It fells good to do something when others say it can't be done!


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