Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

Steps for filing a UC TAG

What is a UC TAG?

A UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a formal, written agreement that offers eligible students guaranteed admission to one of six participating UC campuses - Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz. Applicants must meet and maintain specific TAG requirements and may submit only one TAG to UC per academic year.

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

STEP 1: Create a UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) account

All UC TAG applicants must use the UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) to complete their TAG application.

The UC TAP is a tool that is open to all California community college students who plan to transfer to UC. Students can create a UC TAP account early in their academic careers.and enter their coursework (completed and planned) while tracking their academic progress towards meeting UC's minimum requirements. Students can create a UC TAP account as soon as they determine interest in transferring to UC.

Check to see if the Transfer Center has any UC TAP Workshops scheduled.

Reporting Coursework/Gaps in Education/De Anza College Review
  • TAGs for Davis and Santa Cruz require an initial review by a CCC counselor prior to the UC review.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure the information reported on your UC TAG application is accurate and complete. Be sure to include courses that are currently in progress and planned for future terms. Refer to transcripts and grade reports; do not work from memory!
  • You must report and explain any gaps in your education on the UC TAG application.
  • A De Anza College counselor will review your UC 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 for the accuracy of the information you include on your UC TAP for the completeness of your academic report.
STEP 2:  Determine UC TAG eligibility

Determine your eligibility for a UC TAG by reviewing the following TAG document(s):

NOTE: The following handouts will be available mid-summer. Please check back at a later date.

  • UC Irvine TAG Criteria (Fall 2018)
  • UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara TAG Criteria (Fall 2018)
  • UC Santa Cruz TAG Eligibility Self-Assessment Questionnaire (Fall 2018)

The Davis TAG/Santa Cruz TAG require a review by CCC counselor prior to the UC's review.

NOTE:  Students who are not eligible for a UC TAG may still apply to UC through the regular admission process and are encouraged to meet with a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser and/or a visiting UC campus TAG adviser, when possible.

STEP 3:  Attend a UC TAG Information Session

Attend a UC TAG Information Session prior to submitting your TAG application and learn about the UC TAP and important UC TAG requirements, procedures, and deadlines. A UC TAG reviewer from De Anza College will be available to answer your quick questions.

Attendance is on a first come, first serve basis.  Pre-registration is no longer required.

STEP 4:  Submit the UC TAG Application

Submit the UC TAG application online during the appropriate UC TAG filing period.

FALL 2018:       September 1 - 30, 2017

SPRING 2019:   May 1 - 31, 2018 (UC Merced only)

All TAG applications to UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz will be forwarded to the respective campus for consideration, but only applications that meet the eligibility criteria based on a De Anza College counselor's review will be recommended for approval by UC. Do not rely on their review to determine your eligibility for the TAG or admission to UC.

UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz will notify all Fall 2018 TAG applicants about the status of their TAG no later than November 15, 2017.

STEP 5:  Monitor your UC TAP Account for messages

Check the "My Messages" tab on your UC TAP account regularly during the TAG admission cycle.  UC and De Anza College TAG reviewers may communicate important and/or time-sensitive messages which may require your response.

STEP 6:  Submit the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission

Submit the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission during the appropriate application filing period.  Students who submit a TAG Application must also submit a separate UC Application for Admission.

FALL 2018:       November 1 - 30, 2017

SPRING 2019:   October 1 - 31, 2018

You may begin working on your Fall 2018 UC application once the UC Application System opens on August 1, 2017.

Questions about the UC Application?  UC Application Workshops will be scheduled August through November 2017.

Learn about what to do After you apply to UC.


Additional UC TAG Resources

The UC TAG Matrix* [PDF] includes an overview of the TAG program, specific eligibility criteria and notes for each participating TAG campus.

Fall 2018 UC TAG applicants must refer to the UC TAG Matrix for 2018-2019 Admission. The UC TAG Matrix is subject to change by UC without notice. TAG applicants are advised to visit the UC TAG website periodically for possible updates during the TAG admission cycle.

TAG by Campus

UC Davis

UC Irvine

UC Merced

UC Riverside

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Cruz


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: 8/21/17