Fall 2020 UC Transfer Admission Guarantee

All UC campuses, except Berkeley, UCLA, and San Diego, offer Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG). You are allowed to TAG with only one UC campus, so choose wisely (see below for instructions on how to find TAG requirements at each UC campus). To start the process, you may complete the Transfer Admissions Planner (TAP) at any time and use that form to file for TAG during September prior to you filing your UC Application. Make sure you update and review the TAP information for accuracy before the TAG submission cycle. There is no appeal for missed TAG deadline or late submission. Anyone who misses the TAG deadline should apply as a regular applicant during the UC Application cycle in November.

You may import your academic information from TAP into the UC Application. Make sure you update your academic information in TAP and sync the changes to your UC Application because you CANNOT import changes from your UC Application into TAP. Keep in mind that TAP will be locked after you submit TAG and any changes to your academic information must be made in the UC Application (until you submit it) or the Transfer Academic Update, which will open in January (priority deadline is January 31; the form will remain open through the end of March).

Remember that the Transfer Admission Guarantee is CONDITIONAL. You must complete ALL TAG requirements in order to be guaranteed and failure to complete the requirements will VOID your TAG!

Review the updated (Fall 2020) TAG Matrix for a side-by-side comparison of the TAG requirements, including unit and course requirements. Some UCs require you to meet the TAG requirements as early as the end of summer term before you apply, so make sure you fulfill all requirements within the timeline imposed by those campuses.

Details of the TAG program at each campus:

Many UCs now have different minimum GPA requirements for different majors. Make sure you have met the GPA requirement for YOUR major at the campus you want to TAG before you apply!


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January 13, 2020 at 9:54 pm

If your TAG is voided because you couldn’t get into a required class, can you still be considered for regular admission if you’re a strong candidate, or are you out of luck till the next application cycle/next semester/year?

Ms. Sunreply
January 14, 2020 at 8:28 am
– In reply to: SH

You’ll still be considered for regular admission. HOWEVER, if a class is required for TAG, it is likely required for regular admission as well, and not having it will probably put you at a significant disadvantage.

S Hreply
January 16, 2020 at 12:52 pm
– In reply to: Ms. Sun

Thank you so much for your answer. Could you please advise in the case of the following scenario? Let’s say you meet more than the minimum criteria to apply and be accepted as a regular transfer applicant, but choose to apply and are accepted as a TAG applicant for fall admission, and toward the end of the spring semester you have an emergency that prevents you from finishing a required TAG class, but you otherwise have met all the criteria for regular admission. Your TAG would be revoked, but would you also denied admission, whereas if you had applied without TAG that missing class wouldn’t have mattered and you would still be admitted in the fall? In other words, are there scenarios such as this one in which using TAG could backfire if you didn’t need to go that path to be accepted?

Ms. Sunreply
January 16, 2020 at 2:41 pm
– In reply to: S H

You should be having this discussion with the TAG counselor at the UC campus where you did the TAG. Davis, for example, allows the TAG counselor to make exceptions and you should ALWAYS discuss TAG-related issues with that person directly to work things out (there is a specific counselor assigned for every CCC campus whom you can contact directly). For UCs that don’t post TAG counselor information, you should call the admissions office and ask to speak to a transfer admission officer who can discuss issues with a filed TAG with you.

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