Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Program

Effective with the Fall 2015 UC TAG cycle, six UC campuses offer California Community College students guaranteed admission through a TAG.  Participating UC campuses include: Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.

Students eligible for a UC TAG receive early review of their academic records, early admission notification and guidance about transfer major preparation and general education coursework.

The UC provides a list of participating campuses, eligibility criteria and campus-specific notes on their TAG Matrix [PDF] (NOTE: The UC TAG Matrix may be subject to periodic revision).

UC TAG Requirements by campus

UC Davis TAG Eligibility Self-Assessment Questionnaire  [PDF] Revised 8/6
Read the TAG requirements carefully to confirm your eligibility prior to submission of your TAG application.

  • All TAG applications to UC Davis will be forwarded to UC Davis for consideration, but only those that meet the eligibility criteria based on De Anza's review will be recommended for approval.

  • Important information for UC Davis TAG applicants:
    • It is your responsibility to make sure the information you report on the TAG application is accurate and complete.
    • De Anza will review your TAG application for minimum eligibility requirements based on your self-reported information ONLY.
    • Transcripts and exam scores will not be referenced during the review process so the TAG reviewer (at De Anza College) will not be checking on the accuracy of the information you entered into the UC Transfer Admission Planner System or the completeness of your academic report.

UC Irvine TAG Info Sheet [PDF]

UC Merced TAG Info Sheet [PDF] Revised 8/6

UC Riverside TAG Info Sheet [PDF]

UC Santa Barbara TAG Info Sheet [PDF]

Check back later for the UC Santa Cruz TAG Information Sheet.

UC TAG Procedures

The number of TAG reviewers at De Anza is extremely limited. Prospective UC TAG applicants are encouraged to follow the steps below which will help optimize the amount of time to process TAGs:

  1. First, confirm your eligibility for a UC TAG by carefully reviewing the criteria for each individual UC TAG campus (see "Participating UC TAG Campuses" section above).

  2. Start working on your UC TAG Application by creating an account on the UC Transfer Admission Planner website after July 1.

  3. Attend a UC TAG Application Workshop during the summer. Space is limited - register early and for one workshop only.

  4. Be sure to submit your UC TAG Application during the UC TAG filing period between
    September 1 - 30, 2014.
    (NOTE: This is different than the UC Application filing period in November).

  5. Once your UC TAG is submitted, you must complete all remaining coursework and maintain the GPA requirements designated on your UC TAG to be guaranteed admission.

  6. You can start working on your UC Admission Application as early as August 1, 2014 when the UC Online Application System opens.
    (REMINDER: The Transfer Center will offer UC Application Workshops beginning in August.)

  7. Don't forget to submit your UC Admission Application during the UC Application filing period between November 1 - 30, 2014.

  8. Students who are uncertain about meeting specified UC TAG criteria should consult with a counselor or academic adviser, when possible, prior to submitting the TAG Application.

    NOTE: Due to limited staffing, De Anza College counselors and academic advisers will only be available for quick questions from June 30 through September 26.

    To make the most efficient use of time it is best to come prepared with any questions about the UC TAG prior to meeting with a counselor or academic adviser.

Additional Information and Reminders

  • A TAG is not required for students to be considered for admission to the UC.  Students may apply through the regular admissions process during the regular UC application filing period.

  • Take time to read the entire TAG application and submission instructions carefully and be sure to meet all required deadlines.

  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the information reported on the TAG application is accurate and complete. A TAG may be denied or rescinded due to errors and inaccuracies involving a student's self-reported information.

  • Be sure to check the UC TAG Application System (“My Messages” tab) on a regular basis for important communication, instructions and any additional requests for information. Such requests are often time-sensitive and usually require prompt responses.

  • The UC TAG application does not replace your UC Admission Application.

  • The UC will notify all Fall 2015 TAG applicants about the status of their TAG no later than November 15, 2014.


Disclaimer:  The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Web site is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible.  However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University.

Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes and to develop an education plan for transfer.

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Last Updated: 8/6/14