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UC Guaranteed/Priority Admission Programs

What is a guaranteed/priority admission program?
 
Seven University of California (UC) campuses offer guaranteed transfer admission to students from all California Community Colleges (CCC).  Through the TAG program Santiago Canyon College students can ensure their admission to a specific UC campus.  Interested students must meet campus-specific requirements to qualify for a UC TAG and submit a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) application September 1-30 for fall admissions (UC Merced is the only UC campus that accepts TAG applications for spring admission May 1-31).   Students are encouraged and can fill out the TAG application year-round, but cannot submit the application prior to the filing period listed above.       
 
What are the advantages to a guaranteed/priority admission program?
 
Along with priority or guaranteed admission, a major benefit to students who participate in a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is that if the criteria for the program changes, such as a higher GPA requirement, the student will only be held to the criteria accepted at the time the TAG application was submitted. Other benefits some UC campuses offer include:
  • Early review of academic records
  • Early admission notification (by November 15th)
  • Priority housing
  • Notification of special campus events
 
Are all agreements the same?
 
Each of the 7 UC campuses offering a TAG has its own unique requirements and some exclude certain majors (i.e. fine and performing arts majors that require portfolio or audition). In general, students are expected to complete general education courses and major preparation requirements prior to transfer. In addition, students are encouraged to have completed, or be in-progress with, two transfer level English and a transfer level math class at the time of contract. 
 
UCLA's Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) grants priority consideration for admission based on successful completion of SCC's Honor's Program. It is not a guaranteed program like the TAG.
 
 General Eligibility for all TAGs:
 
  • Meet all UC admission eligibility requirements prior to transfer
  • California Community College student (the University of California defines a CCC transfer student as one who has completed over half of their units at a CCC).
  • Have 30 UC transferable units completed at time of TAG application 
  • Complete 60 UC transferable units by the end of the spring of the transfer year
  • Meet campus and major specific GPA minimums
  • Complete online TAG application during the filing period (Sept. 1-30) for fall admission
  • Complete UC admission application during the filing period (Nov. 1-30) for fall admission
 
Transfer Agreement Programs
 
TAG criteria for fall 2013 are currently being revised by the UC. Please revisit this site after May 2012 for updated information if you plan to apply to the UC in fall 2013.
 
The grid below highlights some campus specific TAG requirements and limitations. Students are advised to meet with an SCC counselor or a Transfer Center representative for full details regarding each program.
 

Program

School

Type of Agreement

Campus Specific Criteria and/or Limitations

Transfer Admission Guarantee

UC Davis

Guaranteed

Eng (UC-E) courses and Math (UC-M) must be completed by spring 2012

GPA reqs: Ag & Env. Sci-3.2; Bio Sci- 3.2; L&S-3.2; Engin-3.3

Transfer Admission Guarantee

UC Irvine

Guaranteed

Eng 101 and transferable math completed at time of app;  Second Eng (UC-E) by end of spring 2012

 

GPA reqs: min 3.0 gpa for all UC transferable coursework by summer 2011, and for each subsequent term 

Transfer Alliance Program

UCLA

Priority

Completion of SCC Honors Program and UC eligibility; TAP certification with Honors counselor

Transfer Admission Guarantee

UC Merced

Guaranteed

Eng (UC-E) courses and Math (UC-M) complete by fall 2011 for fall 2012 TAGs.  Summer 2012 for spring 2013 TAGs.

 

GPA reqs: School of Engin- 3.0; School of Natural Sci- 2.9; School of Soc. Sci., Humn. & Arts- 2.8; Psych major- 3.0

Transfer Admission Guarantee

UC Riverside

Guaranteed

All coursework must be from CA community college; considers winter TAGs (May1-31)

Transfer Admission Guaranteed

UC San Diego

Guaranteed

Does not guarantee choice of school or major; min 3.5 gpa; complete two transferable English and one math by end of fall; full IGETC certification by end of spring

Transfer Admission Guarantee

UC Santa Barbara

Guaranteed

Min 3.2 gpa; complete two transferable English and one math by end of fall

Transfer Admission Guarantee

UC Santa Cruz

Guaranteed

Min 3.0 gpa