Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find out which classes to take for my major?
- How can I improve my chance of being accepted ino a competitive or "impacted" university or major?
- Can I transfer mid-year to a four-year university or college?
- How do universities view taking a class “pass/no pass ” for transfer?
- I already have a bachelor degree, can I transfer and get another one?
- What is the difference between a quarter and semester system?
- Do schools care how long it takes me to complete my requirements at MiraCosta?
- How long will it take to transfer?
- Is it possible to take too many units, then not be able to transfer?
- I heard MiraCosta College can guarantee my transfer to a university. Is this true?
- Are all MiraCosta College courses transferable?
- When do I apply to transfer?
Articulation agreements list the major preparation (major prep) classes you can take at MiraCosta that are equivalent to courses at the university. Information for CSUs and UCs can be obtained via ASSIST website. http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html
NOTE: Major prep classes may be different from university to university.
How can I imporove my chances of being accepted into a competitive or "impacted" university or major?
At competitive or impacted universities (or majors), you will need to meet requirements beyond the minimum. Selection criteria may include a competitive GPA, and completion of ALL lower-division preparation courses in your intended major. Some specialized schools or majors (e.g. creative arts) will also require auditions or portfolios.
Very few CSUs & UCs accept transfer students mid-year. However, some private and out of state universities offer rolling admissions for spring, summer and fall.
Students are permitted to take general education or electives on a pass/no pass basis for the University of California and the California State University as long as it is not part of major preparation. The max P/NP units for a UC is 14.
Very few CSUs or UCs allow for a second BA/BS, there are some exceptions you must contact each campus to determine their policy on receiving a second bachelor’s. Many private and out of state colleges and universities allow a second bachelor’s degree.
Each university has an academic year with terms marking the start and end of classes. The semester system is an academic year with approximately 15 to 18 weeks of instruction offered two times a year, during fall and spring. The quarter system is an academic year with 10 weeks of instruction offered three times a year, during fall, winter, and spring.
- Conversion formula: Semester units multiplied by 1.5 = quarter units
- Quarter units divided by 1.5 = semester units
- Example: 60 semester units X 1.5 = 90 quarter unit
- UC and CSU are very accommodating to part-time, gradually progressing students, but USC and some elite institutions put a great deal of importance on a strong and rigorous curriculum each term.
- The time it takes to transfer depends on the number of units completed each term, and the minimum number of units that a transfer institution requires for admission. Most students take between 24 and 36 months to complete their lower division work.
Is it possible to take too many units, then not be able to transfer?
- If a student has only attended a community college, NO. But if you have attended a university or a four your college, there could be some problems, and you need to consult with the Transfer Center.
- No. Only courses specially designated as transferable will transfer to a college or university. At MiraCosta only course numbers of 100 and up are transferable, some exceptions may apply please check the MCC catalog or a counselor for the transferability of courses.
- CSU deadlines
- UC deadlines
- Yes. You are required to report all previous institutions that you have attended.
- A student will have provided false information, and could potentially have your admission or degree revoked.
- In most cases, W’s are not a focus of admission decisions unless there is an excessive number over a long period.
- The GPA necessary for admission varies from campus to campus and from major to major. Please consult with the Transfer Center for the latest information published by the UC and CSU systems.
- UC link for transfer major statistics
Will my high school grades and SAT scores count when I transfer?
- The UC and CSU systems do not require high school grades or SAT scores from students when they transfer at the junior level.