Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee Program

Seven UC campuses offer students attending a California Community College guaranteed admission through a TAG.  Participating UC campuses include: Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. Students must meet campus-specific requirements to be eligible for a UC TAG and may submit one TAG to the UC.

The UC TAG Matrix provides a general summary of the eligibility criteria by campus and information on TAG requirements, coursework and GPA requirements, deadlines, and other details.

NOTE: UC TAG Matrix - Information is accurate as of September 3, 2013 for the 2014-2015 TAG cycle. Subject to change without notice.

Participating UC TAG Campuses

UC Davis: Read the UC Davis TAG Eligibility Self-Assessment Questionnaire 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.

    • 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, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz:
Read the respective UC TAG criteria sheet for UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego*, UC Santa Barbara or UC Santa Cruz** to confirm your eligibility prior to submission of a UC TAG application.

* The UC San Diego TAG is being phased out and the last available term to transfer with TAG admission will be Fall 2014.

** Visit the UC Santa Cruz TAG website regularly for possible updates and changes in the academic criteria for admission.  Fall 2014 transfers may be held to additional requirements based on the admissions information posted on

UC TAG Procedures - Fall 2014

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

  3. Start working on your TAG Application. Create an account on the UC Transfer Admission Planner website after July 1.

  4. Be sure to submit your TAG Application during the UC TAG filing period between
    September 1 - 30, 2013.

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

  6. Start working on your UC Application for Undergraduate Admission after October 1.

  7. Don't forget to submit your UC Application for Undergraduate Admission between November 1 - 30, 2013.

  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 July 1 through September 30. To make the most efficient use of time it is best to come prepared with your questions about the UC TAG.

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 ALL 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 Application for Admission.

  • The UC will notify all Fall 2014 TAG applicants about the status of their TAG no later than November 15, 2013.

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: 9/11/13