Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

Students participating in TAG, will receive early review of their academic records, receive early admission notification and specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework.

Keep in mind: TAG applications are due Sept. 30, but students can only apply for a TAG at one campus. To keep your options open, apply to other UC campuses during the regular application cycle (Nov. 1-30). Students are also able to use the UC Transfer Admission Planner to track their progress in meeting UC's minimum requirements.

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

  • A CCC transfer student is one who has completed at least 30 semester (45 quarter) UC-transferable units at one or more California community colleges, and the last college the student attended in a regular session (fall/spring or fall/winter/spring) before admission to a UC campus is a California community college. All UC campuses that offer TAGs require students to meet this definition.

  • *** Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, and/or professional degree cannot receive a TAG. Students who have previously enrolled at a UC campus during a regular term (not including summer session) cannot submit a TAG application to return to that campus. Students concurrently enrolled in high school are not eligible for TAG. ***

  • For more information on campus-specific requirements to qualify, please speak to a counselor and refer to the UC TAG Matrix.

  1. Use the UC Transfer Admission Planner to complete the TAG application, and review it with your community college counselor and/or UC Campus TAG adviser. You'll need to submit it Sept. 1-30.

  2. You’ll find out if your TAG is approved in November. If it is, fulfill all remaining coursework and GPA requirements in your TAG agreement.

  3. Fill out the application for admission to UC and submit it Nov. 1–30.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have an excellent academic track record. While only about 17 percent of black undergraduate students attend an HBCU, more than 28 percent of African-Americans who receive a bachelor’s degrees obtain them from an HBCU. These colleges and universities are also leading institutions in awarding degrees to African-American students in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering programs.

Thanks to an agreement signed March 17, 2015 between the California Community Colleges and several HBCUs, California community college students who complete certain academic requirements are guaranteed transfer to a participating HBCU.

The objective of the California Community Colleges Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Transfer Program is the development of Transfer Guarantee Agreements that will facilitate a smooth transition for students from all of the California Community Colleges to partnered HBCUs. These agreements will simplify the transfer process and reduce students’ need to take unnecessary courses, thereby shortening the time to degree completion with a cost savings.