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Admissions & Transfer Credit

Admission to UCLA

Freshman and Transfer Admission to UCLA is handled solely by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools and all inquiries should be directed there, not individual departments. Once you have been accepted to UCLA, however, you may then meet with a departmental counselor. At any time in your application process, you may check course requirements for our majors at the Majors, Minors, & Specialization link. Transfer students, or UCLA students who wish to take courses at a Community College over a summer, may also check course equivalents between UCLA and many Community Colleges via Assist.org.

Transfer Students Admitted to UCLA

  • Note that your grades will not transfer to UCLA except for coursework completed at another University of California campus. Because of this, most transfer students will have to establish a new GPA once they arrive at UCLA. The minimum GPA requirements from the preparation courses (these vary for the different majors, Psychology, Psychobiology, and Cognitive Science) can only be obtained from the classes you take at the University of California.
  • For your first quarter at UCLA, we recommend that you only take no more than thirteen units, unless you are familiar with the ten-week quarter system. We also recommend that you do not take Psychology 100B, 110, 115, 120A, or 120B until after your first quarter, as these courses are generally more demanding than others in the department.
  • Check your Degree Progress/Audit Report (DPR/DAR) regularly to determine how you are progressing towards the completion of major and college requirements. You may access your DPR/DAR via URSA.
  • Please consult a Letters and Science Counselor, A316 Murphy, for issues regarding General Education requirements, or anything outside of major requirements. Please consult an Academic Counselor in the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office if you notice any discrepancies on your DPR/DAR regarding your major requirements. You are advised to meet with a departmental counselor at least once a year, preferably more often, to review your progress in the major. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit for Preparation Courses

Students who have Advance Placement (AP) Credit may be able to waive out of certain preparation courses for their major. AP credit appearing on their Degree Progress Report (DPR/DAR) as an equivalent course (e.g., Life Sci 15, Math 31A) will automatically be used to waive that prep course. For AP credit not appearing as an equivalent course, students will have to contact the Undergraduate Advising Office to petition to waive the prep. More information on AP credit can be found at http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/Prospect/APCreditLS.htm

AP Exam Score Credit Towards Preps
Biology 3-5 Will satisfy the LS 15 for Psychology and Cognitive Science
Chemistry 3 Will satisfy Chem for Psychology and Cognitive Science
4-5 Psychobio majors will have Chem 20A satisfied*
Math: Calculus AB 3-4 Will satisfy the math requirement for Psychology
5 Will satisfy Math 31A for Psychobiology and Cognitive Science
Math:Calculus BC 3 Will satisfy the math requirement for Psychology
4 Will satisfy Math 31A
5 Will satisfy Math 31A and 31B for Psychobiology and Cognitive Science
Physics B 3 Will satisfy Physics 10 for Psychology and Cognitive Science
Physics C 3 Will satisfy Physics 10 for Psychology and Cognitive Science
4-5 Will satisfy Physics 6A for Psychobiology
Psychology 3 No application for Psychology
4-5 Will satisfy Psychology 10
Statistics 3 Will satisfy math requirement for Psychology
4-5 Will satisfy Stats 10 for Psychology**

 
* Students applying to medical school should take Chem 20A since medical schools don't accept AP credit.
** If the AP exam was taken prior to Fall 1999, students in all three majors can waive Psychology 100A. Psych majors will still need to satisfy the lower division math requirement with other coursework.

UCLA Students Taking Courses Elsewhere

  • Concurrent enrollment during the regular academic year is not permitted; that is, you cannot take courses at another institution while attending UCLA during Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters.
  • See the chart below to check if you will receive course credit, unit credit, or to see if your grade will transfer for any courses not taken at UCLA. Note that once you have accumulated 105 units, you will not earn unit credit for courses taken at a community college. Such courses, however, can be used to fulfill course requirements. Unit credit will still be earned for courses taken at another four-year institution, however, grades will not transfer unless taken through University of California.

  • School Course Credit Unit Credit Grade Transfer
    UCLA Summer School Yes Yes Yes
    UC EAP Yes Yes Yes
    Other UC Yes Yes Yes
    UCLA Extension XLC Yes Yes Yes
    UCLA Extension X, XL (1-199) Yes Yes No
    Non-UC 4-Year Institution Yes Yes No
    Community College Yes Under 105 units: Yes
    105 units and above: No
    No

  • Check with the College of Letters and Science (A316 Murphy Hall) to determine whether or not you will meet senior residency requirements.
  • Once you have completed your summer work at another institution, have a transcript mailed to UCLA's Undergraduate Admissions Office, 1147 Murphy Hall. Note that transfer credit is not approved in advance. Admissions will only evaluate non-UCLA coursework after courses have been completed and they have received an official transcript with final grades. Once your transfer work appears on your DPR/DAR, check your DPR/DAR to see whether further College or Departmental petitioning needs to be done.
  • Coursework done at UCLA Summer School will automatically appear on your DPR/DAR. For coursework done at any other institution, you must request that the institution, including UCLA Extension, attended send an official transcript to Admissions.
  • You may not take courses that repeat material you have already completed. If you are attempting to repeat a course because you received a grade of C- or below at UCLA, you may only do so if the grade transfers (see chart above).
  • Transcripts should be sent to:

    UCLA Undergraduate Admissions
    and Relations with Schools
    1147 Murphy Hall
    Box 951436
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1436

  • For Psychology Majors only: Courses taken at a 4 year institution that post to your DPR/DAR as upper division Psychology will automatically be used to fulfill major elective credit. For Psychology, Psychobiology, and Cognitive Science Majors: If you take a course that you would like to petition for a specific course requirement for your major, e.g., Psych 135, etc., you must, after the course appears on your DPR/DAR, submit a Departmental Review Petition to the Undergraduate Advising Office, 1531 Franz, and include a copy of the syllabus, course description, and, if requested, papers or exams for the course. If approved, Psychology Counselors will be able to apply the course to the Major section of your DPR/DAR.
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