For Merced College student's who wish to transfer to a four year institution, the journey towards  a bachelor's degree begins here:

Transfer 1A: The Basics

1. Unit requirements: In order to transfer to any California State University or University of California, students must obtain at least 60 transferable semester units. By doing so, students will have reached junior standing and have upper division status at any CSU or UC they transfer to. The amount of units required to transfer to a Private and Out-Of- State University vary. You may speak to a Transfer Counselor for better understanding of each university’s requirements.

2. General education: Most of your lower division courses will be for the purposes of general education (GE). For example, you must complete at least 48 units of GE to graduate from a California public university, 39 of which are lower division. The GE requirements for independent and out-of-state universities may differ, but the ratio of lower to upper division units is similar. Each institution has it's own GE pattern that describes the number of units in each subject area that you must complete for graduation. There are also GE patterns that are accepted by the entire California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems for transfer to any of their campuses. The CSU requires that students complete most of their lower division GE before transfer.

3. The Golden Four - California State Universities
All California State Universities require all transfer students to complete the Golden Four prior to transferring. These classes are: College Level English (Engl 01A), Critical Thinking (Phil 10,Phil 12,Phil13, Engl 13), Communication (Comm 01,04, 05) and College Level Math (anything above Math C).

4. Universities of California Requirements
All Universities of California  require all transfer students to complete the following requirements prior to transferring: College Level English (Engl 01A), Critical Thinking (Phil13, Engl 13), Communication (Comm 01,04, 05) and two College Level Math (anything above Math C).

5. Major preparation: In addition to the unit requirement for your degree, there are major preparation requirements. Those requirements may be for general education or major preparation. If you complete all of your subject requirements and have not reached 60 units, you will take elective courses of your choosing before you can transfer. Some majors require very little such preparation, while other majors require many courses. Some of the preparation for your major can also be used to meet GE requirements. It is important to choose a major early and find out about the preparation that you will need to be admitted to your major. The UC requires that students complete most, if not all, of their major preparation before transfer.

6. Grades: Your overall academic performance, as measured by your grade point average (GPA), is another factor in being admitted to a university and earning your degree. There are minimum GPAs (usually around a "C" average) set for transfer students that vary slightly by system or institution. A higher minimum GPA is required for admission to popular campuses or majors. It is important for you to find out how to do well in your classes in order to increase your transfer choices and chances.

Merced College offers a rigorous course of study to prepare you for success when you transfer. The Transfer Center provides accurate, up-to-date information and a set of coordinated resources activities and services that support the transfer process. Make an appointment with one of Merced College's many transfer counselors to find out more about how to transfer to the university of your choice.

Steps to Successful Transfer

  • Attend workshops/presentation
  • Learn how to succeed in college
  • Meet regularly by appointment with a counselor
  • Choose a major. Complete English and math early
  • Choose some target universities. Create an educational plan
  • Meet with university representatives
  • Visit university campuses
  • Learn about the application process

Frequently Asked Questions

See our Transfer FAQs page.