TAG Program Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note: TAG applications are submitted one year prior to transfer.

What is the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Program?

The TAG Program offers students guaranteed admissions to seven of the UC's that participate in the TAG Program - UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. The writing of a TAG contract enables qualified students to be guaranteed admission to a UC campus one year prior to transfer. Interested students must satisfactorily complete UC and college/major specific TAG eligibility requirements.

What are the requirements for writing a TAG?

Eligibility requirements vary by college and major. In general, students must have completed 30 UC transferrable units by the end of Summer 2013, have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (higher GPA required for MOST majors and colleges), and have completed the lower-division preparation of the major, as well as UC minimum admissions requirements.

View the TAG requirements

Can I write a TAG contract for all seven UC campuses that accept TAGs?

Students can only apply to one (1) TAG campus – one campus, one major.

When and how do I apply for a TAG?

TAG applications are submitted one year prior to a student's intended year of transfer. For Fall 2015 admissions, TAG applications are submitted online via the UC Transfer Admissions Planner (UC TAP) from Sept 1 - Sept 30, 2014.

When will I know if my TAG has been accepted?

Some colleges offer early admissions notifications (no later than November),while others will send out notifications early in the Spring semester.

Am I required to meet with a TAG Counselor to apply for a TAG?

Students applying for TAG’s with UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Cruz are required to meet with a TAG counselor to have their TAGs approved. While students applying for TAGs at other UCs are not required to meet with a counselor, students are encouraged to meet with a TAG counselor so that a counselor can help them determine if they have met the eligibility requirements for the college and major of their choice.

How do I schedule a TAG counseling appointment?

Prior to scheduling a TAG counseling appointment, students are required to attend a TAG workshop. TAG workshops are designed to provide students with an overview of the TAG process, including review of the online TAG application (UC TAP) and review of specific TAG criteria by college and major.

Schedule a TAG workshop appointment by visiting the Transfer Center or contacting us. TAG Counseling appointments are also scheduled at the conclusion of the TAG workshops.

What should I bring to my TAG counseling appointment?

Students should bring the following to their TAG counseling appointment:

  1. Unofficial transcript (for all colleges attended, including Skyline College)
  2. AP or IB scores, if applicable
  3. Completed TAG Eligibility Review Forms.

When do I submit the UC admissions application? (separate from the TAG application)

Applications are submitted online from Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2014.

Important: The TAG application does not replace the admissions application. Students must submit a separate UC admissions application.

Does Skyline College offer a TAG with UCLA OR UC Berkeley?

UCLA and UC Berkeley do not offer TAGs. Although Skyline College does not offer a TAG with UCLA, Skyline College students who participate in the Honors Transfer Program are eligible to participate in the Transfer Admissions Program. For further information, please visit the Skyline College Honors Program website.

Does a UC TAG actually guarantee admissions to both the college and major of the student's choice?

The answer to this question depends on the college and major for which a student is applying. In general, students must meet all TAG eligibility requirements to be considered for a TAG. Some colleges guarantee admissions to the major, others guarantee admissions to the college but not necessarily the major.

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