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New Transfer Academic FAQs

Academic Advising

When can I meet with a College Counselor or Major Advisor?

ERC Academic Advising does not meet with incoming transfer students in-person. You can utilize the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) to contact your major department and ERC Academic Advising.

Your class selection will take place prior to Orientation. This is why it is so important to visit the VAC and submit your Academic Background by the deadline! There will be some time during Orientation to ask Advisors questions, but not one-on-one time to work through individual schedules.

New incoming students can meet with an ERC Counselor in-person starting “Week 0 or Welcome Week”

Transfer Credits

I’m transferring from a California Community College with over 100 semester units, how many of those units will be transferred and how will they transfer to quarter units?

Only UC transferable credit will be transferred, and the maximum California Community College units you can transfer is 105.   To convert semester units to quarter units, simply multiply by 1.5 (ex. 3 semester units x 1.5 = 4.5 quarter units).


Where do we check our transfer coursework and if they were received?

Once your transfer coursework has been received and posted by UCSD Admissions into your student records, you will be able to view all coursework posted in your Academic History and Degree Audit.  Your Academic History and Degree Audit can be found by going to then clicking on “Tritonlink Tools”, and clicking “Academic History” under “Grades and Transcript tools” OR “Degree Audit” under “Advising Tools”.

If you have further questions regarding sending transcripts and if they were received, please email or call the UCSD Admissions directly at (858) 534-4831 - option 9 to speak with an Admissions Officer.


Does the Community College GPA transfer as well or does it "restart"?

Community college GPA is not calculated with your GPA from UCSD as it is a UC GPA.  If you took coursework at a UC, those grades will be included in your UC GPA.


What happens if the course I took at a California Community College does not appear on

You will first need to verify that the course is UC transferable.  Although a course you took at the community college may not be directly equivalent to a UCSD course, it may be UC transferable and possibly applied towards a general education (GE) requirement. To use for a GE requirement, fill out an Undergraduate Student Petition at the ERC Academic Advising Office (for general education purposes only).

If you would like to petition for course equivalency and/or to be able to take the next course in a sequence in courses offered by Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or another STEM course, you will need to submit your petition to the respective academic department.  Each academic department will review petitions for their own course.


How can I petition to use a community college class for a major or GE requirement?

For a major requirement, you need to speak with your major department advisor.  To petition a GE requirement, bring the course syllabus in to ERC Academic Advising and complete an Undergraduate Student Petition as well.


Is there a website that we can use to see a similar comparison for transfer credits from out of state colleges?

We do not have an articulated system with out of state institutions, therefore we do not have a website you can look at.  However, you can still petition to use courses taken at an out of state school towards a requirement.  If you will petition for a GE requirement, fill out an Undergraduate Student Petition at the ERC Academic Advising Office (for general education purposes only). If you need to be pre-authorized into a course, please fill out the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) request form online by going to under “Tritonlink Tools”.


Can I still get credit if I take a class that my scores or transcript clear me from?

If you retake a course at UCSD that you have previously passed, then you will NOT receive credit.


If I took courses elsewhere and it’s not posted to my records yet, but I need it to enroll in a course for Fall, how do I get access to enroll in that course for Fall?

First make sure your transcript(s) has been sent to the UCSD Admissions Office.  If received by UCSD Admissions Office, follow up with them to see when they can post your transfer credit.  If your transcript is pending receipt or pending posting, submit an Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) request to the academic department for pre-authorization for enrollment in a course.


If I took a GE course at a community college, does that mean I can transfer the credits I earned for that class to UCSD and that I don’t have to take this particular class once I am at UCSD?

Go to to see if a course at a California Community College is equivalent to a UCSD course. If your course is listed as equivalent to a UCSD course that meets an ERC GE requirement on the site, you do not need to petition it through ERC Academic Advising. If you'd like to use a course for your major, please consult with your major department. Refer to the chart below for guidelines on which California Community College departments to select to find courses that may fulfill ERC GE requirements:

ERC Requirement

Community College Departments

MMW (2 courses for transfers)

Courses are to be taken only at UCSD.  There are no transferable courses.

Foreign Language (proficiency level)

Completion of 3rd semester or 4th quarter, intermediate language level course (or equivalents)

Fine Arts Requirement (one course)

Music, Theatre, Drama, Art (or other Fine Art dept)

Quantitative/Formal Skills (two courses)

Mathematics, Computer Science, Logic and Statistics

Natural Science (2 courses)

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Science, Physics, Oceanography or Physical Anthropology


It is NOT guaranteed that all courses in these community college departments will satisfy any particular ERC GE; these are just suggestions to help you find potential courses.

In order to satisfy an ERC GE requirement, courses must transfer to UCSD as at least 4.0 quarter units each.


Does my community college GPA transfer to UCSD?

No, your community college GPA will not be factored into your UC GPA.  Only UCSD or other UC courses will factor into your GPA.


If I am IGETC certified, do I still need to take any GEs?

Yes, you need to take MMW 121 and MMW 122.  You will also have the University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) requirement to satisfy. 


I did not finish my IGETC at my community college.  Will the system categorize me as partial IGETC? Or do I need to submit a partial IGETC?

You must have an official partial IGETC certification on record to be categorized as partial IGETC.  You may need to have your community college send/resend the partial IGETC certification to UCSD Admissions to help make sure it is posted on your academic history.  


What does a partial IGETC exempt me from taking?

The number of GEs will depend on which IGETC area(s) the student is missing.  To receive a partial IGETC a student can only miss up to two IGETC areas. 


I’m a new freshman first year student, can I be granted IGETC?

No, students who enter UCSD as a new freshman first year student cannot have IGETC status.  Only transfer students can be granted IGETC.


Academic History

Why is my Academic History blank?
Your Academic History may be blank because you may be missing transcript(s) and/or AP/IB scores. Check with UCSD Admissions to see if they have received your transcript(s) and/or AP/IB scores.


Where can I find my Degree Audit?

To find your Degree Audit (tracking degree tool), go to the TritonLink website and select “TritonLink Tools”, “Advising Tools”, “Degree Audit”.



Enrollment / Enrollment Times

Will our appointed times to select classes be given at random?

Appointment times are randomly assigned by the Registrar’s office for all new students entering Fall quarter.


Can I change my WebReg enrollment time?

No, you cannot change your enrollment time.  Remember that enrollment times are assigned randomly for your first quarter.


What happens if you miss your enrollment time?

Your appointment time starts and ends at a given date, therefore if you “miss” the start of your allotted time, you may enroll in classes until your time ends. Try to register as close to when it begins as possible. Keep in mind that appointment dates/times are based on Pacific Standard Time (PST).


What website do we go on to sign up for classes?

You will enroll using WebReg.  You can find WebReg by going to, “Tritonlink Tools”, “Classes & Enrollment Tools”. (See full tutorial here)


Can I sign up for classes that are not in my major?

Yes, you can enroll in classes that are not in your major.  This courses would be considered elective classes.  Be sure you are making progress in your major and GE requirements.  Some departments close their classes to major/minor students only so be sure to check pre-requisites.

Courses / Course Recommendations

Where and when can I take the Placement Exams?

If you have been informed or have determined yourself that you need to take a placement exam, please review the details on the Placement Exam websites, which includes information regarding the following:

- Math (Calculus only)
- Language: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Greek, Korean, Latin, Russian, Arabic, American Sign Language (ASL), Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Vietnamese

Please select a time that is not during orientation, you will not have the opportunity to take the test during orientation. You will not be excused from orientaiton to leave and take the exam.


Are my recommended courses specific to my academic history/test exemptions?

ERC Counselors review your academic background submitted in the VAC, academic record (test scores, AP/IB and/or transfer credit) to make course recommendations as accurate as possible.  Your major’s or proposed major’s academic plans are used as well.


How many classes do I need to take per quarter?

We recommend you enroll in four classes your first quarter.  This gives you room in your schedule to drop to three classes if you are overwhelmed or do not like a class. 12 units is considered full time.


How many units should I take in my first quarter?

If you are not working and have no other major time commitments we recommend registering for four classes (16 units).  This gives you the option to drop one course and remain a full time student.  


What is the difference between DI and LE meeting type classes?

LE stands for Lecture and DI stands for Discussion (also referred to as section).  The Lecture is the main part of a course that is headed by a Professor, while the discussion is a smaller group setting lead by a teaching assistant or an instructional assistant. When signing up for classes, you must enroll in both parts of a class.


Are the classes listed in the schedule of classes the only ones offered in Fall? Where do I find a list of all UCSD courses?

Yes, the schedule of classes reflects the current quarter's course offerings.  You can find a list of all UCSD courses in the General Catalog:


ERC General Education Requirements

Do I have to take MMW during my first two quarters?

You are required to take MMW 121 and 122 but you do not have to take them during your first two quarters.  However, it is highly recommended you complete both courses during your first two quarters as you would be done with MMW courses during your first year and you would be taking them with your fellow first year transfer students.


Will I get a seat in MMW 121?

Seats have been saved in MMW 121 to try to make room for all new transfer students.  You should register as close to your appointment time as you can to have the best chance of getting the classes you want.  


Can I take MMW 121 and MMW 122 in the same quarter?

No you cannot take both MMW 121 and MMW 122 in the same quarter.  MMW 121 is offered in the Fall and MMW 122 is offered in the Winter during the academic year.


If I am starting a brand new language, should I still take the language placement exam?

No placement exam is needed if you will start a new language. You can start in the first course if you have no prior knowledge.  For Chinese and Japanese you will need to speak with the department advisor.


Where can we find a list of languages that we can take as beginners to fulfill the ERC language requirement?

Visit the ERC General Education website to find the list of languages UCSD offers.


If we are fluent in a specific language, can we just take the proficiency exam and would that satisfy the foreign language requirement for ERC?

Yes. For more information on how to take a proficiency exam, click here.


Double Major

When/How can you declare a second major?
See an ERC Academic Counselor for more information or read “How to Declare a Double Major” website.  Note: You can declare the double major when you have between 90-135 units, and have completed at least 50% of the lower division courses for the second major.


Study Abroad

How soon should I start planning for studying abroad? And where do I go?

You should begin researching on the different study abroad programs (EAP, OAP, Global Seminars) that best fit your needs.  Study abroad forms are due at least three quarters (1 year or so) before the departing term.  For more information contact the Study Abroad Office.


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