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Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

Six University of California (UC) campuses offer guaranteed admission to students from all California community colleges (CCC). Interested students must meet campus-specific requirements to qualify for a TAG. By participating in a TAG program, students can ensure their admission to a specific UC campus.

Here are the participating UC campuses:

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

Who can file a TAG?

Only students transferring directly from a California community college (CCC) are considered for a TAG, including international students (those with a visa).

To pursue a TAG, students must

  • Complete the online TAG application and submit it during the appropriate filing period – September 1-30, 2024 for fall 2025 at 
  • Once a TAG is submitted, fulfill all remaining coursework and GPA requirements designated on the TAG agreement.
  • Apply for admission to UC during August-November 1-30, 2024 for fall 2025 at . TAG students must submit a UC application; submitting the TAG application alone is not enough.

Please note: transfer students do not have to participate in TAG to be considered for admission. In fact, approximately two-thirds of transfer students admitted to UC do not have a TAG. Non-TAG students simply apply for UC admission during the appropriate application filing period.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG)

  • Yes. please make sure to submit both the TAG application in September and the UC application by November 30, 2020 in order to be eligible for TAG.
  • Make sure to submit the correct information on the UC application, which can be submitted from November 1-30, 2020. Report your fall grades and any changes for the winter and spring terms via the Transfer Academic Update (TAU) in January. They will use the UC application and the TAU to verify that you have completed the TAG requirements.
  • Students who submit a TAG and do not meet TAG requirements will still be evaluated for regular admission to the major specified on the UC application.
  • Some UC campuses calls for specific requirements to be completed by th end of the fall term. Due to this, some campuses will also wait until you turn in your UC application by November 30, 2020, and then your Transfer Academic Update in January, before reviewing applications-both TAG and regular decision. All decisions will be posted mid-March through late April.
  • While applications evaluation is prioritized for TAG applicants, no early notifications are issued to any students. TAG and non-TAG applicants receive their admission decision at any point between mid-March and the end of April. 
  • Changing your major would void your TAG. Students who change their major will be reviewed for regular admission to the major specified on the UC Application. If changing your major is the only reason you don't meet the TAG criteria, and you have the required major preparation in your new major (if applicable), then you will be a strong candidate for admission. 
  • No. TAG is a guarantee but it is not binding.
  • Yes. Units from AP exams can be used to meet the unit requirement for TAG. AP exams can also be used to meet subject requirements. For example, a score of 3, 4, or 5 on one of the AP English exams will satisfy one of the two English composition (UC-E) requirements; a score of 3,4, or 5 on the AP Statistics exam will satisfy the Mathematics (UC-M) requirements. Units values and UC subject requirement areas can be found on this site:


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