Transfer students come to Berkeley well-prepared for what lies ahead. They understand the importance of time management, planning, communicating with professors, and effective study strategies. However, even with such excellent preparation, Berkeley does have a few surprising differences in store for new transfer students.
Your Transfer First Steps
- If you have already decided on a major, you are welcome to contact an undergradute major adviser (UMA). Bring your transcripts and discuss your academic plans one-on-one. Transfers are expected to declare a major in the first semester.
- Some majors have application deadlines, GPA restrictions, and must be declared at the conclusion of your first semester. You may be denied admission into a competitive major, so you need to plan for an alternate major.
- You have at least two advisers: an undergraduate major adviser (UMA) to plan your major, and a College Adviser to plan general requirements. Visit them regularly to stay on track toward graduation.
- Review L&S Degree Requirements.
- Review the College of Letters & Science Video Overview.
- Find class descriptions in the Berkeley Academic Guide, and create schedules in CalCentral.
- Meet with College and major advisers to check your academic progress.
- Ensure you sent all transcripts to Berkeley and review Transfer Credit if you plan additional work outside of Berkeley.
Next: Choosing a Major