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We’re expanding educational opportunity at the highest levels across all the vibrant and diverse communities of California.

Where first-gen students thrive

UC is committed to enrolling first-generation students and helping them excel once they get here. In fact, 37% of UC undergrads are among the first in their families to attend college, a higher share than at any other selective institution in the country. And first-gen students thrive at UC, graduating at high rates and out-earning their parents within five years of their degree.

Social mobility for first-gen grads

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27% of students transfer from a community college
75% of CA transfers get financial aid
62% of community college transfer students pay no tuition

The community college pipeline

Nearly one in three undergrads comes to UC from a community college — a higher share than any other comparable institution in the country. And transfer students do very well at UC, graduating at even higher rates than their peers who start as freshmen and going on to excel in the professional world.

Learn about transfer

Lifting up Californians

UC has increased the share of California resident students across its nine undergraduate schools to 83.4 percent. Our student body represents the vibrant diversity of our state, and special programs and funding for undocumented students, Native Americans, foster youth, veterans, parents and other underrepresented groups ensure that everyone has a chance to learn at the highest levels.

Learn about our new admits

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“UCs are for everyone. And no matter your background, there are programs and resources to help.”

Nancy Huynh
UC Davis transfer student ambassador

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The journey to UC

From investing in intensive outreach programs in the far north of the state to establishing a new pilot program for community college transfers at UCLA, UC is working to expand the numbers of transfer students on its campuses.

Learn about transfer outreach