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Out of State UC Course Evaluations


While I have written in the past about checking to see if your out-of-state English course will fulfill the Berkeley English course requirement, it isn’t so easy for the rest of your coursework, or courses that might be applied to other UCs.

The UC articulation rule book

There is a checklist of several things the UCs look for when they evaluate course articulation from any non-CCC (California community college). Time and again I see non-CCC students lose out on a transfer because they didn’t evaluate their courses correctly, in terms of how they match up with UC courses. Having courses not articulate, meaning not match established UC protocol, can lead to (1) dropping you below the minimum number of units needed for admission, or (2) not fulfilling required courses for your major.

Making it even more complicated, the UCs will not evaluate your transcripts until after you have applied and will not give you any final heads up until after you have been admitted. (NOTE: UC Berkeley will analyze out-of-state transcripts in person on campus, not by phone or email, during select fall months.)

The key is to try and successfully match the coursework you have taken, or plan to take, with comparable UC courses. And always always pad your units, so if you lose course transferability, which often happens, you still have the minimum 60 semester (90 quarter) units needed to be a viable applicant.

An ounce of prevent is worth a pound of cure

While the UCs always have the final word on course transferability (and it may differ UC to UC), I offer guidance to out-of-state students by using the protocol outlined by the UC, so there is at least a higher degree of certainty. I also present options and solutions for any situation that might be iffy, so you’re covered in the event of a negative course outcome.  For more information, send me a message.

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Lindy is an independent UC admissions consultant, who works with both transfers and freshmen. She also has just completed her first novel, a supernatural thriller set in San Francisco.

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