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Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

What is a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?

A TAG is a signed contract between you (the student) and the university you select, that GUARANTEES you will be admitted if you follow the guidelines and meet the criteria designed by the university.

The TAG helps you understand:

  • The courses you must complete before transferring
  • The minimum GPA you must earn
  • The number of units required to transfer
  • The specific requirements for high-demand majors

Is a TAG right for me?

A TAG is a free, quick and easy way to determine if you are eligible for admission to a specific college or university. The TAG provides prospective students with a specific plan of action to ensure they satisfy the admissions requirements. The TAG provides the participating universities with your contact information and as a result, you will have direct access to university representatives and current information pertaining to their admissions or changes they should know about. Other benefits vary, please check with specific school.

Universities Offering TAGs

Click on the links provided for specific university TAG criteria/ requirements

School Minimum GPA Minimum # of Completed Units Application Deadlines for Fall 2017 Additional Information
 University of California (UC)
Davis  3.2 - 3.3 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 Quick Reference Guide
Irvine 3.4 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 UC Irvine TAG Website
Merced 2.8 - 3.0 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 UC Merced TAG Website
Riverside 3.0 - 3.2 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 UC Riverside Transfer Admissions
Santa Barbara 3.2 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 TAG Flyer 2016
Santa Cruz 3.0 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 TAG Flyer 2016
California State University (CSU)
Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T/ AS-T)
ADT Program
Visit the Transfer and Career Center and/or meet with your counselor to obtain information on the Associate Degree for Transfer- A Degree with a Guarantee!
Private In-State 
Brandman University 2.0 24 Rolling Admission (April 1 for priority consideration)  
Notre Dame de Namur University 2.0  

Fall Semester: March 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Palo Alto University 2.0 60    
St. Mary's College of California 2.5 60 units to transfer as a junior; 23 units to transfer as a lower-division student Fall Semester: Priority Deadline, February 15; Regular Deadline July 1  
Arizona State University 3.0 24 April 1 for Fall Admission  

When do I start a TAG?

It depends on the school that you want to attend. If you want a TAG with any of the UC or CSU schools, you generally submit your TAG one year before you plan to transfer. If you are considering a California private school, the deadline is much later and closer to the term in which you will transfer.

If you complete a Transfer Admission Agreement (TAG), you’ll be given first consideration for admission to selected colleges and universities. You must complete agreed-upon general education courses, and courses in your major, with a specified minimum GPA. Work with your counselor to prepare the TAG, which outlines course requirements completed and planned. The TAG should be prepared before transfer to ensure acceptance and smooth transfer to your chosen college or university. 

Steps to Completing a TAG [For UCs]:

  1. [If applicable] Have all non-Hartnell College transcripts evaluated by a counselor to determine transfer credit
  2. Sign up and attend a TAG Workshop (optional) in the Transfer and Career Center (bring unofficial copies of all your college transcripts)
  3. Create a Transfer Admission Planner account
  4. Submit your Transfer Admission Guarantee application between September 1st through the 30th
  5. Receive response regarding admission by November 15th 

UC TAG Workshop: View this presentation, to learn more details about theTAG process. Check with the Transfer and Career Center during the filing period for help on submitting your application.