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What is a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a program that offers students from a community college guaranteed admissions to several universities.

The process involves  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. In many cases, this requires submitting a TAG application by a specific deadline prior to submitting your transfer application to the university.

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.  If you meet the criteria for TAG, you should give it a try! TAG provides prospective students with a specific plan of action to ensure they satisfy the admissions requirements. It also 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

Specific university TAG criteria/ requirements
School Minimum GPA Minimum # of Completed Units Application Deadlines for Fall 2023 Additional Information

University of California (UC)

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Handout: 2022-2023 University of California TAG Matrix (PDF)
Davis   3.2 - 3.5 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 UC Davis TAG Website
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 2.7 - 3.0 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 UC Riverside TAG Website
Santa Barbara 3.4 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 TAG Flyer 2019
Santa Cruz 3.0 30 Fall Semester Sept. 1- 30 UCSC  TAG W ebsite

California State University (CSU)

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Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T/ AS-T)
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Visit the page or meet with your counselor to obtain information on the Associate Degree for Transfer- A Degree with a Guarantee!
Private In-State 
UMass Global 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    
Santa Clara  University 3.3 24 Fall Semester: Priority Deadline, February 1; Regular Deadline April 15  Transfer Admission Agreement
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  

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

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List of Participating HBCU Campuses

2.5 30    Search HBCU Majors/Campuses


Thanks to an agreement signed March 17, 2015 between the California Community Colleges and several HBCUs, California community college students who complete certain academic requirements are guaranteed transfer to a participating HBCU. 

The objective of the California Community Colleges Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Transfer Program is the development of Transfer Guarantee Agreements that will facilitate a smooth transition for students from all of the California Community Colleges to partnered HBCUs.  These agreements will simplify the transfer process and reduce students’ need to take unnecessary courses, thereby shortening the time to degree completion with a cost saving.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have an excellent academic track record. While only about 17 percent of black undergraduate students attend anHBCU, more than 28 percent of African-Americans who receive a bachelor’s degree obtain them from an HBCU.  These colleges and universities are also leading institutions in awarding degrees to African-American students in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering programs.

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 
View this presentation to learn more details about theTAG process. Check with the Transfer and Career Center during the filing period (Sept 1-30th) for help on submitting your application. There are scheduled support workshops every fall. UC TAG Presentation/Guide