University Starts Here!
Being a transfer student means that you are beginning your
bachelor's degree right here at Merced College. Here's how it works:
Unit requirements: The average bachelor's degree program
requires that you complete 124 units. Those units are divided into lower
division (freshman and sophomore) and upper division (junior and senior)
coursework. You must complete at least 60 units to reach junior standing
(upper division status). Like other community colleges, Merced College
offers the lower division courses accepted as comparable to the ones that
freshmen and sophomores must take at a university (thus, they are
transferable). Community colleges do not offer upper division coursework, so
you will transfer to a university to complete those units and graduate with
a bachelor's degree.
Subject requirements: In addition to the unit requirement
for your degree, there are subject area 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.
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.
Major preparation: Your bachelor's degree will be granted
in a specific discipline (your major). The university faculty that teaches
in your major determines the unit and subject requirements for the degree.
(You will petition to enter your major as a junior.) Among those
requirements is lower division major preparation through which you
demonstrate interest and ability in your chosen major. 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
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 an orientation
- 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