Assessing Degree Progress

Overview

An important part of planning your courses each term is reviewing the coursework and requirements you’ve already completed in order to assess the progress you’ve made towards completing your degree.

Academic Progress Report

The Academic Progress Report (APR) is a tool available to L&S undergraduate students that is designed to track progress toward completion of degree requirements, including: university, campus, College of Letters & Science, major and minor requirements. Students can find it in CalCentral within the My Academics section. 

How to use the Academic Progress Report

The APR tool is in its initial stages of release. At this time, the tool should be used to confirm progress in University of California, UC Berkeley Campus, and College of Letters and Science requirements.

More work is needed in the APR to accurately track completion of Major and Minor requirements. Major requirements for about one third of all L&S undergraduate majors are up-to-date in CalCentral. Major requirements for all other majors are in the process of being reviewed and validated. Check with your major adviser for guidance on how to verify progress towards major requirements.

If you’re confused by your Academic Progress Report, L&S Advising can help. See a peer adviser in the residence hall, our intake staff, or meet with an L&S Adviser to review it with you.

Note: If you have any incomplete or missing grades you do not intend to finish in your academic record, we recommend seeing an L&S Adviser to review your unit counts.

UCB Online Academic Progress Report

Play this video for a walk-through on accessing and reading your Academic Progress Report

New Students: Initial Credit Review

All credit-bearing exams (e.g. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), GCE A-Level) and transfer course work submitted by freshmen and transfer students prior to their arrival to Berkeley is reviewed by the campus' Central Evaluation Unit as part of the initial transfer credit review.

The Initial Transfer Credit review is generally completed by the end of your first semester at UC Berkeley.

At that time, all transfer work eligible for unit credit towards the Berkeley degree will be posted to the Transfer Credit Report, and any degree requirements satisfied by exams and California Community College Courses (as published in https://assist.org), will be updated in the Academic Progress Report. Both of these reports are available in CalCentral My Academics. If you have completed transfer course work at a non-California Community College, allow for a few more weeks for the College to review this credit.

If you are unsure if Admissions has received your transcript, please allow 4-6 weeks before following up on your transcripts. After that time, you may Open a Case with Cal Student Central to see if your transcripts were received.

Frequently Asked Questions

What requirements can I fulfill with high school exam credits?

Students may receive unit credit for qualifying SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level, or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. In addition to unit credit, certain scores may fulfill UC and College of Letters and Science Essential Skills requirements. L&S Seven-Course Breadth requirements may NOT be fulfilled with exam credit. To review qualifying exam scores for UC and L&S essential skills requirements, visit the Degree Requirements page.

What requirements can I fulfill with transfer credit from a California Community College?

In addition to unit credit, passing grades in approved courses may fulfill UC, campus, and/or College of Letters & Science requirements. To find out what credit you may receive, go to:  ASSIST.org. Select the academic year and institutions you wish to view agreements for. Select to view the agreement by “General Education/Breadth Agreement”. This will show you the articulation agreement between UC Berkeley and your CA community college campus, and all courses that are approved to fulfill Essential Skills and Seven-Course Breadth requirements for the College of Letters and Science.

Will my exam and transfer credit fulfill major requirements?

It's important to be aware that major and minor departments set their own policies for the acceptance of exam and transfer credit. Some majors may not accept AP/IB exam credit for prerequisite requirements. If you want to know if exam credit can fulfill a prerequisite requirement for a major, review the major or minor department's website to learn more about prerequisite requirements or consult with a major adviser.

What if I think there is an error in my transfer credit report or academic progress report?

After the Initial Transfer Credit review is complete, please direct any questions or concerns about missing transfer work for unit credit and/or the Entry Level Writing, American History and Institutions, and American Cultures requirements to the Central Evaluation Unit by opening a case with Cal Student Central.

If you received unit credit for non-CA community college transfer work and would like that coursework reviewed for Essential Skills or Breadth requirements, submit your syllabi for review. Any questions regarding using transfer work to satisfy College requirements should be directed to the college advising, and for your intended major, to the department offering the major program of interest.

For guidelines and information about completing requirements through transfer work after starting at UC Berkeley, visit our Transfer Credit page.