UC Berkeley Transfers: 2020 Requirements, Dates, GPAs & More

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This is the complete guide for transferring to UC Berkeley. We suggest you read until the end...

I get it - transferring colleges can be confusing, time-consuming and overwhelming. You are not alone. In fact, more than 700,000 students transfer colleges every year.

What are the transfer requirements for UC Berkeley?

UC Berkeley requires a number of completed documents for consideration. The table below summarizes the most important pieces of information:

Admission Item Required?
High School Transcript Not Required
College Transcript Required of All
Essay or Personal Statement Required of All
Interview Not Required
Standardized Test Scores Not Required
Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution Not Required

In addition to the above requirements, UC Berkeley also requires a minimum number of credits completed to apply to be a transfer student.

UC Berkeley requires a minimum of 60 credits.

What are UC Berkeley’s Transfer Deadlines?

Many universities accept transfer applications during each semester. For this reason, we break down UC Berkeley transfer deadline by fall, winter, spring and summer.

Closing Date Reported Deadline
Fall Transfer Deadline November 30
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline -
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Waiting until the last minute to finalize your application could result in a silly mistake.

We recommend you complete your application at least 1 week before the required deadline.

In fact, take a full 2 day break from looking at anything related to your application and then come back to look for errors. I bet you’ll find a few 😉

When are decision dates for UC Berkeley transfer applicants?

If you applied to transfer to UC Berkeley on or before the reported deadlines then you should have your decision date by the notification dates in the below table.

Deadline Notification Dates
Fall Transfer Deadline April 30
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline -
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Note this data is current as of 2019 and to the best of our knowledge this hasn’t changed.

What is UC Berkeley’s transfer acceptance rate?

In 2019, UC Berkeley received 19192 transfer applicants.

The school accepted 4316 students. Therefore, the transfer acceptance rate for UC Berkeley is 22.49%.

This indicates how hard it is to transfer into UC Berkeley...

Additionally, of the 4316 accepted transfer students, 2332 students enrolled - that means the yield was 54.03%.

UC Berkeley accepts 23 out of every 100 transfer applicants.

What are the UC Berkeley transfer GPA requirements?

UC Berkeley requires a minimum college GPA of 3.89 - this is on a 4.33 point scale.

Additional Transfer Info. for UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley has noted the additional policies: Completion of all pre-requisite courses for intended major and all freshman and sophomore general education requirements required..

Will you enjoy transferring to UC Berkeley?

There are a lot of reasons to transfer to UC Berkeley. Maybe your plan has always been to attend community college, and then move to a four year college to save money while completing your degree.

Maybe you had a bad experience at your first school - don’t worry this is more common than you think.

Or perhaps you’re drawn to Berkeley...

Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re already enrolled at another college or university so you know that the most important element in your college experience is the people and community

Finding success at UC Berkeley is dependent on feeling comfortable - will you be able to find a place to find home and grow?

These are the questions that numbers and data cannot answer, but CampusReel can.

If you’re considering transferring to UC Berkeley then I highly recommend that you watch the school’s videos on CampusReel. These are real students with real stories.

Final Verdict: How to transfer into UC Berkeley

Let’s wrap up everything we’ve learned.
UC Berkeley accepts 22.49% transfer applicants, which is competitive.

To have a shot at transferring into UC Berkeley, you should have a current GPA of at least 3.89 - ideally you’re GPA will be around 4.05. In addition, you will need to submit standardized test scores.

The below tables show the SAT and ACT breakdown of UC Berkeley students.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
SAT Math 650 790 720
SAT Reading 620 750 685
2018 Total SAT Score 1270 1540 1405
25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
ACT Math 29 - 29
ACT Reading 31 35 33
2018 Total ACT Score 60 35 47

UC Berkeley’s average SAT score is 1405. To be a competitive applicant for UC Berkeley your SAT score should come close to the average - for the ACT you should be aiming for the equivalent.

If you’re considering transferring to UC Berkeley, you may also want to consider the schools:

Transfering to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Transfering to UCLA
Transfering to University of Southern California