How to apply for a UC TAG
A University of California (UC) Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a formal, written agreement that provides guaranteed admission to California community college students who meet and fulfill specific requirements.
Six UC campuses participate in the UC TAG - Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. The campuses at Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego do not participate in TAG. Students may apply for a TAG to one UC campus per academic year.
The UC provides the following to students who participate in TAG: early review of their academic records, early admission notification and specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework.
A TAG is not required for applicants to be considered for admission to UC. Students who are not eligible for a TAG may still apply to UC through the regular admissions process.
Step 1: TAP
The UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) is a tool open to all CCC students who plan to transfer to UC. You can create a UC TAP account early in your academic career and enter your coursework (completed and planned) while tracking your academic progress towards meeting UC's minimum requirements.
Use the UC TAP to complete the TAG application and review it with your community college counselor, academic adviser, and/or UC campus TAG adviser.
Reporting Coursework/Gaps in Education
- It is your responsibility to make sure the information reported on your TAG application is accurate and complete. Be sure to include courses that are currently in progress and planned for future terms. Do not work from memory! Refer to transcripts and grade reports.
- You must report and explain any gaps in your education on the TAG application. Summer terms are not considered
Step 2: TAG
Visit the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee website
To view UC campus-specific TAG eligibility requirements and updates, click on a link below
- UC Davis ( handout )
- UC Irvine ( handout )
- UC Merced
- UC Riverside
- UC Santa Barbara ( handout | faqs )
- UC Santa Cruz
To determine TAG eligibility, students are strongly encouraged to sign up for a UC TAG Workshop, consult with a Transfer Center counselor or DAC counselor/academic adviser and/or a visiting UC admissions representative to review and confirm campus-specific TAG requirements.
Once TAG eligibility is confirmed, students must complete and then submit their TAG application during the appropriate TAG application filing period listed below:
Fall 2020 UC TAG Applicants
September 1 - 30, 2019
Spring 2021 UC TAG (UC Merced only)
May 1 - 31, 2020
Step 3: APPLY TO UC
If you submit a TAG application, you must also submit a separate UC Application for Undergraduate Admission during the appropriate UC application filing period.
The UC application system opens on August 1 for Fall transfer applicants, however, applications must be submitted during the corresponding application filing period listed below:
Fall 2020 UC Transfer Application Filing Period
November 1 - 30, 2019
Spring 2021 UC Transfer Application Filing Period
July 1 - 31, 2020
Questions about the UC TAG?
- Sign up for a transfer workshop
- Meet with a UC admissions representative:
DISCLAIMER: The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student. The information posted on this website is designed to assist students in obtaining the most accurate transfer-related information possible. However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact admission to a transfer college or university.
Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible in their academic careers and periodically with a DAC counselor or academic adviser to develop a Student Education Plan and with a transfer college or university admissions representative to confirm their choice of classes.