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Santa Monica College|Student Services|Transfer Services|Apply to Transfer

Apply to Transfer

Below are the locations and resources available to help you complete the application to transfer to other universities.

University of California (all campuses)

California State University (all campuses)

Private Universities in California

Out of State Colleges and Universities

Nationwide Common Application

Tips for the Common Application for Transfer Students

The Common Application is the recommended form of more than 514 colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs.  Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college's own form.

UC & CSU Transfer Myths
There are some myths about applying to university that we want to expose:
Myth 1: Applying to University is hard. 
Time consuming, yes, hard, rarely.  The CSU doesn’t have an essay, nor does it require you to list extracurricular activities.  This application will take less than 1 hour to complete!!
Myth 2: You need to have all requirements completed before you can apply to transfer.
Absolutely not true!!  As you can see in the example above, it is perfectly acceptable to apply and tell the university what you plan to take, and they could accept you, with the condition that you will finish what you told them you would complete by the end of Spring.
Myth 3: It is expensive to apply to the university.
You can apply for application fee waivers, and if deemed eligible, you can apply to four UC’s and four CSU’s for free.  Private and out of state schools have application fee waivers, too.
Myth 4 and 5: If you get denied, or if you apply, get admitted and don’t go, this will ‘count against you’ when you apply again.
Absolutely not! Each application gets an unbiased evaluation by the universities, without negative consequences from previous application decisions!!
Talk to an SMC counselor and strategize your options as soon as you can!!  Check out and!!