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Transfer from Calstate to a UC

  1. Jun 2, 2009 #1
    I am currently a sophomore at Cal State Fullerton. I ended up here after a high school career in which I did not apply myself and had no real passion in any academic field. My freshman year I attained a 3.71 gpa (4.0 second semester) and completed Calc 2 and 3, as well as a physics course in mechanics. I plan on taking the next two physics courses next year (e&m/waves), as well as linear algebra, differential equations, differential geometry, and another upper division math course tbd (going for a minor in math). Assuming I keep my gpa within the 3.7-3.8 range, would I have a shot at transferring to a good physics program such as those at UCSB or UCB? I understand that I am at a disadvantage coming from the cal-state system, but I do also know it's not an impossible feat. Any advice would be much appreciated!
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  3. Jun 2, 2009 #2
    Coming from a CSU, your priority would be rather low because community college and intercampus UC transfers would have priority over you. Keep your gpa as high as possible and hope for the best. I used to goto UCSB but i decided to transfer to a community college so i could get higher transfer priority since my goal was to transfer to UCB. i will be attending Berkeley in the fall for applied math/econ so i kinda know what the transfer process is like so feel free to pm me if you have other questions. I found this forum to be extremely helpful regarding the transfer process and i highly recommend you browse through it:http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/uc-transfers/
  4. Jun 2, 2009 #3
    Right, I definitely know about the cal-states being "last in line", but I was wondering what would constitute a strong candidate for this unilateral type of transfer. I know a couple of students who are doing what you did, transferring below before going up, but I hadn't heard any success stories (until now!). Also, I wanted to get going on some upper division math and possibly physics courses before the transfer, something which might not be possible at a community college.

    Thanks for the advice and congratulations on Berkeley!
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