There are several ways to qualify to transfer to one of the nine University of California campuses.


All students, no matter which UC campus they apply to, will need to apply for Fall admission during the application period between November 1- November 30 one year prior to transfer. The Transfer Center offers an array of support programs and services to help you through the application process. Some campuses like UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, or UC Merced, offer Spring and Winter admission which an application deadline of July 30th. 

Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) Program

If you’re interested in transferring to a University of California campus, then the Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) Program may be right for you.

The TAG Program offers students guaranteed admission to one of six UC campuses that participate in the program, including Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.

Students in the program, must complete a UC TAG application AND a UC Admissions application one year prior to transfer. Interested students must satisfactorily complete UC and campus-specific transfer admissions requirements to be eligible to apply for a TAG. Both applications are completed via the UC Transfer Admissions Planner and are required for admission to one of the six participating UC campuses.

Please Note: Skyline College students are required to attend a mandatory TAG workshop. Check our Calendar for TAG programs. 

To apply for a UC TAG for UC Davis, UC Irvine, Skyline students are required to attend a TAG Workshop and meet with a TAG Counselor. For all other campuses, it is highly recommended students attend a workshop and meet with a counselor to ensure they are eligible.

Please be sure to contact the Transfer Center at (650) 738-4232 for more information regarding these workshops.

Check the resources below for additional information on specific TAG programs for each campus and summary sheets for specific TAG eligibility requirements.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Eligibility requirements vary by college and major. In general, students must have completed 30 UC transferrable units by the end of Summer 2017, 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 specific eligibility requirements by clicking on the specific links above.

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

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

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

Students applying for TAG’s with UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Cruz are required to meet with a Transfer 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 Transfer counselor so that a counselor can help them determine if they have met the eligibility requirements for the college and major of their choice.

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 calling us at (650) 738-4232. TAG Counseling appointments are also scheduled at the conclusion of the TAG workshops.

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.

Applications are submitted online from Nov 1 - Nov 30.

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

TAG is not available for either campus. Be sure to meet with the campus representatives to find out what you need to be a competitive candidate for these campuses. Also consider joining the Honors Transfer Program, which works closely with UCLA.

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.

UC Admissions / TAG Links

UC Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) and UC Honors to Honors

Priority admissions to UCLA and UC Irvine are given through the Skyline College Honors Transfer Program's UC Transfer Alliance Program. Learn more by visiting the Honors Transfer Program website.

UC Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements allow course credits earned at one public California college or university to be applied when transferred to another. Skyline College has articulation agreements with all of the University of California (UC) campuses which means select courses you take at Skyline College will apply at a UC.

Completing courses as indicated in an articulation agreement does not guarantee admissions to any college.