Transcripts and exam scores for newly admitted students are evaluated, processed and posted during the Initial Transfer Credit Review period. For students admitted in the fall, this period runs through the end of December; for students admitted for spring, it runs from early November to mid-February.
During the Initial Transfer Credit Review period:
- College coursework is evaluated for UC transferability.
Transcripts are processed in the order in which they were received and unit credits are posted to your Transfer Credit Report (TCR) throughout the review period. If you attended multiple colleges, your TCR will update as the transcript from each institution is processed (transcripts are processed in order of receipt). A maximum of 70 lower division units (including all community college units and any unit identified as lower division by the transfer institution) will be awarded transfer unit credit.
Coursework from the California community colleges is processed according to UC transferability and articulation agreements posted to ASSIST. Coursework from all other institutions will be evaluated for UC transferability only and unit credits will be awarded for all transferable courses. If you intend to use transfer course(s) work to satisfy a degree requirement, use this chart to contact the appropriate unit to confirm whether the course(s) may be used.
Transfer course credits are counted toward the overall minimum of 120 units needed for graduation.
- Exam credits are awarded.
Unit credits are posted for official scores received from the Advanced Placement (AP), Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) and GCE, Singapore-Cambridge and Hong Kong Advanced Level (A-levels) exams.
- High school transcripts are reviewed for completion of degree requirements.
Transcripts are evaluated for satisfaction of the American History & Institutions and Foreign Language (College of Letters & Science only) requirements.
Once a college course or exam score is awarded credit, it will appear in the Transfer Credit Report in CalCentral, My Academics. If the course or exam score has also been pre-approved to fulfill a degree requirement, the requirement will show as satisfied in the Academic Progress Report (APR).
Due to the volume of transcripts reviewed during the Initial Transfer Credit Review period, we cannot accept requests for expedited credit processing. If by the end of the review period, you see errors or missing transfer credit, let us know by opening a CSC case.
Transcripts are posted on an ongoing base. In general, students should expect posting of credit within 2-4 weeks once the transcript has arrived to Berkeley, and is scanned in our student system.
If you are a continuing student with a current Expected Graduation Term (EGT), or with an EGT for the immediate term following, you can expect transfer credit to be posted within 1-2 business days of receipt and scanning.
Non-graduating, continuing students may request an expedited posting for time sensitive concerns (i.e. scholarship requirement, academic hold), by opening a CSC case. Such requests are processed within 1-2 business days for scanning.
If you are on the degree list and completing degree requirements at another institution in your final (EGT) term, you are subject to the following deadlines:
The term of enrollment at another institution must end by:
- December 31 for fall term
- May 31 for spring term
- August 31 for summer sessions
The deadline to submit final transcript(s):
- The 6th week after the end of finals for fall and spring terms
- The 5th week after the end of finals for summer sessions
After you complete a transfer course and the final grade is posted, submit an official transcript using one of the following options:
- Electronic – The CEU recommends that transcripts be sent electronically. If the institution/transcript vendor requests an email to send the transcript, use firstname.lastname@example.org. Berkeley does not accept transcripts sent via email attachment.
- Mail – If a paper transcript is the only option, it can be sent to:
UC Berkeley Undergraduate Transcripts
16 Sproul Hall, MC 0608
Berkeley, CA 94720-0608
- In-person – Transcripts can be hand-delivered to Cal Student Central at 120 Sproul Hall. To be accepted, the transcript must be in a sealed envelope from the institution. Only original, single-copy international transcripts, with an official seal, can be accepted without an envelope.
Once the official transcript is received, it is scanned and placed in a queue for processing. You can expect transfer coursework to be posted to the Transfer Credit Report within 1-2 business days of receipt for graduating students, and 2-4 weeks for all other continuing students. Transcripts will only be processed for active students with an Expected Graduation Term (EGT).
- Can I choose which college courses I transfer to my Berkeley record?
No, all transferable college coursework will be posted to your Berkeley record, and eligible for use in satisfying degree requirements. While the total lower division credit is capped at 70 units, the cap is not applied to specific transfer courses, only to the overall total that can be used toward the 120 minimum units needed for graduation.
- Will the grades earned in my transfer courses be counted in my Berkeley GPA?
Generally, grades earned in transfer courses are not calculated into your Berkeley GPA. The exceptions are grades earned in coursework (non-extension) completed at other UC campuses before or after your admission to Berkeley, and UC Berkeley Extension XB courses taken after you have started at Berkeley.
Grades from transfer courses are included in your Transfer Credit Report in case a minimum grade in the course is needed to satisfy a degree requirement.
Grades earned in course work taken at other UC campuses at any time, and UC Berkeley Extension XB courses completed after matriculation will be calculated into your Berkeley GPA.
- How will I know if my transcript has been received?
Unfortunately, we are unable to notify you when a transcript has been received for you and when your transfer coursework has been processed. Please continue to check the Transfer Credit Report in CalCentral, My Academics for updates.
If it has been more than 4-6 weeks since you requested the transcript be sent, please open a CSC case to inquire about the status of your transcript.