Criteria for Transfer Students

The selection process for invitation of senior transfers occurs twice per year. Transcripts are automatically reviewed. Invitations are sent in March to those who qualify based on their record through the previous fall semester and in July for those who qualify based on their record through the previous spring semester (including Spring graduates). Invitations are sent by email. The homepage will include an announcement of when invitations are sent.

Criteria for Senior Transfer Students

  1. Completion of first semester of senior status (this is to be understood as the completion of one’s seventh semester of college work, or the intention to graduate in the current semester).
  1. Minimum GPA (for those graduating in December 2023, May 2024, or August 2024): 3.928 [for those who graduated in August 2023, previous minimum of 3.920 is used]
  1. Minimum units earned: 95, at least 36 of which were earned at Cal.
  1. Minimum units earned in L&S courses: 75 (may include courses taken elsewhere)
    L&S courses include both those offered by departments in L&S and approved courses offered by non-L&S departments that satisfy the L&S Seven-Course Breadth Requirement.
  1. Minimum letter-graded units in L&S courses: 45, at least 36 of which were taken at Cal.
    (The remainder—up to 9 units—may be satisfied by courses transferred from other colleges. AP credits or college courses taken in high school do not qualify.)
  1. Completion of L&S Seven-Course Breadth Requirement.
    For transfer students the Breadth Requirement may be satisfied by the notation of IGETC or UC Reciprocity on the transcript. The Foreign Language Requirement should also be satisfied.

To learn more about the L&S 7-Course Breadth Requirement, please visit

To determine the eligibility of a course offered outside of L&S, use the search function of the Berkeley Academic Guide ( using the filter for Breadth Requirements; or search for the particular course, then click on the course name in the results to display its full information, which will show which (if any) breadth requirement(s) it satisfies.