Below is a question I recently answered on Quora.
What are the similarities and differences between UC freshman and transfer applications/ admission process?
A: The Transfer process:
- I believe the process with transfers is more holistic in that they take life experience into account in a way that is different from freshmen. This is not to say it isn’t holistic in terms of freshmen, but transfers often have gaps in education, they may be re-entry or non-trad (older, married) or may have been in the military.
- They definitely like the military so you have a heads up there.
- The UCs are way more forgiving of a bad start in college (in other words, bad grades). You can retake courses if C- or under, or possibly get academic renewal to erase them. Even if you can’t correct them, bad grades from years back are given far less weight.
- You do not submit the SAT or ACT.
- You do not submit high school grades until after you have been admitted and they have no bearing at all in your admission — unless you are using high school language to fulfill a language requirement. They will look at that. Or if you are claiming AB540 status as a CA resident, meaning three years at a CA high school and graduation from one. They will check that.
- Except for highly selective (impacted) majors, they don’t care much about extra-curricular activities, as they assume you are working. Work is seen as an EC.
- There are way fewer merit scholarships available to transfers as compared to freshmen.
To view all Lindy King’s Quora answers on the UC transfer process, click on photo.