What is a Transfer Admission Guarantee?
Guaranteed Admission is more commonly referred to as a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program. A TAG is a contractual agreement between you, SBCC, and a four-year college or university. Students who meet and maintain stated admission and major requirements are guaranteed admission to a specific four-year college or university.
Seven UC campuses offer guaranteed admission to California community college students who meet specific requirements. By participating in a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, you can ensure your admission to a specific campus, which offer an early review of your academic record, early admission notification, and specific guidance on major preparation and general education coursework.
The 2015-16 TAG matrix (the UC's have yet to release the 2016/17 TAG matrix for 2016 admission) provides a list of participating campuses, eligibility criteria, and campus-specific notes.
What are the benefits of submitting a TAG?
A TAG has many benefits. Signing and meeting the conditions of the TAG will GUARANTEE an enrollment slot for the TAG admission cycle. 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 the student's contact information and as a result, the student 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.
Who is eligible to submit a TAG?
The criteria varies by four-year college or university, but in all cases a UC TAG is available
only to students transferring directly from a California Community College are considered
for a TAG, including international students (those with a visa). The University of
California defines a CCC transfer student as one who has completed over half of their
units at a CCC. All UC TAG campuses require students to meet this definition. To be
eligible, at the time of submission, students must have completed at least thirty
UC-transferable units with a certain GPA as required by each campus/major.
• Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, and/or professional degree cannot participate in TAG.
• Students who have previously enrolled at a UC campus during a regular term (not including summer session) cannot submit a TAG application to return to that campus.
Transfer students do not have to participate in TAG to be considered for admission. Non- TAG students (students ineligible or fail to complete a TAG, may still be admissible to the University and will be reviewed through the general transfer admission pool) must also apply for UC admission during the appropriate application filing period
When do I submit a TAG?
To pursue a UC TAG:
1. Read TAG conditions at your preferred University to determine initial eligibility;
2. You may access the TAG application now, however submission will be accepted from September 1 - September 30, 2015;
3. Throughout the month of September, students may access our TAG kiosk to ask pertinent questions regarding the TAG. The kiosk is located in the Student Services Building lobby and manned by Transfer Counselors. Students may also attend a SBCC TAG workshop and/or access our online UC Admission TAG tutorial (posted on August 2013 for fall 2014 admission. The fall 2016 TAG tutorial will be updated upon the release of the UC TAG matrix). If applying to UCSB, you may also access their online UCSB TAG Webinar. Attendance is not required and students may submit their TAG without utilizing assistance from SBCC personnel.
TAG Tutorial Introduction
Creating a TAP Account
Reporting Academic History
4. Obtain transcripts from ALL previous colleges/universities;
5. Log in to the online TAG application and complete the submission process by September 30th;
- The academic history should MIRROR your transcripts, i.e. show all courses- non-transferable, D's, F's, W's, repeats,
etc. The application can be completed and submitted online without the assistance
of a counselor
6. If you attended a TAG Workshop or utilized the online TAG tutorial, you may have your TAG application reviewed prior to submission. The TAG review sessions are held on Mondays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 8:30 - noon in SS-250 as well as virtually.
8. Pay attention to the University admission timeline.
The deadline for submitting a TAG is generally one year in advance of the transfer term (e.g. If you are transferring in Fall 2016, you will submit a TAG this fall).
- UC TAG deadline - September 30th
- Private and CSU institutions have varying deadlines as outlined in their TAG agreement listed above.
|UC TAG submission cycle||September 1 - 30, 2015|
UC application period
CSU application period
Access: Beginning August 1, 2015
Submission: November 1 - 30th
October 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015
|UC application update||January 1 - 31, 2016|
May I submit more than one TAG?
Effective fall 2013 UC admission cycle and beyond, students can only submit one UC TAG. If applicable, students applying to a CSU and/or independent/private institution can submit a TAG for that system. It is imperative that a TAG be submitted to the UC by September 30, 2015 in order to be considered for 2016 Guaranteed Admission at one of the seven UC's. In addition to submitting a TAG by September 30th all students must submit a University of California Admissions Application. The CSU's and private/independent institutions have varying TAG deadlines. Please review the individual school information as listed above and/or meet with a counselor for additional information.
What if I change my mind and decide to transfer to a different school?
TAG schools and SBCC understand that goals change. Students who submit a TAG are
not obligated to transfer to the four-year college or university. Transfer students
do not have to participate in TAG to be considered for admission.