Frequently Asked Questions for Transfer Student Applicants to UC Irvine

This information is for prospective transfer students (students transferring from community colleges or other colleges and universities). If you are a high school student, please click on FAQs for Prospective Freshmen for more information.

Do I need to apply to join the Campuswide Honors Program (CHP)?
It depends. Some entering transfer students are invited to the CHP as part of the UCI admissions process through a program called Honors to Honors. Honors to Honors is a partnership with a group of community colleges, where the community college honors director may nominate outstanding honors students applying to UCI for special consideration for selection for the CHP and for merit scholarships. A 3.7 GPA and successful completion of the community college honors program are required. Please contact your community college Honors Program Director if you have questions about being nominated for Honors to Honors. *Please note that Honors to Honors is not the same as TAG (Transfer Admissions Guarantee), offered through the UC Irvine Office of Admissions.

View our flyer for more information on Honors to Honors, including a list of participating community colleges.

All other transfer students are invited to apply to the CHP in the summer prior to starting at UCI, or after they have completed one quarter at UCI with 12 units taken for a grade. To apply you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. (Please note that students who are admitted to the CHP often have GPAs higher than the minimum required for consideration.) Please go to the Prospective Transfers page to learn more about the application process.

How will I know if I am invited to join the CHP?
For Honors to Honors transfer program applicants:
Transfer students applying to UC Irvine and who are eligible for the Honors to Honors program are considered for admission to the Campuswide Honors Program as part of the UC Irvine admissions process.  UC Irvine’s Office of Admissions will post admissions decisions for transfer students to the MyAdmission message center. If you are invited to join the CHP, this will be indicated in the right-hand column on your MyAdmission message center. You will also receive an invitation letter from the CHP office in the mail in the spring.

All other transfer student applicants:
Once you have been admitted to UC Irvine, you may apply to join the CHP if you have a community college GPA of 3.5 or better.  Applications are accepted during the summer, prior to starting at UCI in the fall.  If you prefer, you may wait to apply until you have completed one quarter at UCI full time with a GPA of 3.5 or better in at least 12 graded units. See the Prospective Transfers page for further information on the application process and the CHP course requirements.

Does your program have scholarships?
At UC Irvine, merit scholarships (including the Regents’ Scholarship) and financial aid are handled by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Go back to the CHP Prospective Students page