UC Transfer Admission Guarantees

What is a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?
When to start a TAG
How to begin a TAG
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What is a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?

A TAG is a written agreement between the student, the community college and a specific university within the University of California (UC) system, which states that if the student meets the requirements, the student is admitted to the university. The TAG helps the student to understand
  • The courses he or she must complete before transferring
  • The minimum GPA he or she must earn
  • The number of units required to transfer
  • The specific requirements for high-demand majors
A TAG is a free, quick and easy way to determine if the student is eligible for admission to a specific university within the UC system. The TAG secures a seat at a selected university, provided that the student meets the conditions specified in the agreement.

If the student completes a TAG, he or she will be given first consideration for admission to the selected university. The student must complete agreed-upon general education courses, and courses in the student's major, with a specified minimum GPA by the date specified in the TAG agreement.

Please note: If transfer plans change, students are not obligated to attend the TAG schools.

TAGs are available for the following schools:

  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

When to start a TAG

It depends on the school that the student wants to attend. A TAG is generally written ONE YEAR BEFORE the student plans to transfer. Most universities require that a minimum of 30 units are completed prior to submitting a TAG application.  Please see the Transfer Center's workshop listing for upcoming Pre-TAG and TAG workshops.

How to begin a TAG

Students can write one (1) TAG from a choice of seven (7) participating UCs. TAG agreements are university-specific and may not be altered or substituted for another university.  Therefore, it is critical that students verify that they meet all requirements for the specific school and program before they submit a TAG application. Requirements for each school are listed on the TAG website http://UCTAG.UniversityofCalifornia.edu.
  1. July 1:  Application website opens
  2. Complete the TAG application online at http://UCTAG.UniversityofCalifornia.edu
  3. Submit application between Sept 1 – 30 (for admission next Fall).
  4. Complete the UC application for admission at http://www.UniversityofCalifornia.edu/apply 
  5. Submit UC application between Nov 1 – 30.


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