Transfer Student Stories

The Transfer Transition
Lizette's Story
Video: How to Create a UCTAP Account
Video: How to Use assist.org 
How to Read Your Financial Aid Package
Alumnus Greg Neri, an Author and Artist Who Loves to Give Back
Transfer Timeline
Student Perspectives: College Affiliation 
Student Perspectives: FAFSA & Financial Aid
Important Dates & Deadlines
10 Myths about TAG

 

 

The Transfer Transition

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Whether you are a newly admitted banana slug or just enrolled at your local community college, it's never too early to prepare for your transition to a UC campus. In order to make the process smooth, we've compiled a list of tips and resources, as well as feedback from current students about what they wish they had known their first year at UC.

Practice understanding and meeting deadlines. From paying your rent on time to dropping a class before earning a W, it’s important for students to become knowledgeable about the important dates and deadlines that surround them. This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but this skill is crucial for you to develop self-advocacy and begin to take agency over your education.

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Learn how to ask for help. The earlier students can identify the resources available to them and the resources they need, the more likely it is that they will have a smooth transition and thrive at a UC campus. Ask Admissions Counselors about the academic, financial, professional, and health support offered at the campus(es) you are interested in attending. Examples include resources for:

  • LGBTQ+ students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Current and Former Foster Youth
  • Athletes
  • First Generation Students
  • Undocumented Students
  • Veterans
  • Students with dependents

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Academic: The academic expectations at a UC campus can be daunting for students, especially those not used to the quarter system (of which 7 out of 9 UC campuses use). Because the academic caliber expected of students may not be something that you are used to, get comfortable asking for help. Form relationships with academic advisors, tutors, professors, financial aid staff, and peer mentors - all are valuable resources who can provide you with perspective and guidance.

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Financial: One of the biggest obstacles and greatest fears that students have when going to college is how they are going to pay for it. Learn about financial aid resources, such as FAFSA or the Dream ACT Application and utilize the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships on your campus. Understand the differences between grants, scholarships, and loans. Students can also learn about CalFresh, which provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low-income California residents. Many campuses have food pantries that facilitate food distribution and meal sharing. The Transfer Center also has information about private scholarships you could be eligible for.

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Professional: Many students have concerns about life after college. Have confidence in succeeding well after transfer and graduation by taking advantage of free career services. Receive counseling about future career options, your field of interest, interview skills workshops, and help building your resume. You can find internships and on/off campus jobs to help you develop your resume, as well as attend career fairs where you can meet with prospective employers. Exploring your interests at community college will help you focus on what research and internships you might want to pursue once you transfer.

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Health: Having a successful transition to the UC means that students are able to take care of their mental and physical health. Get familiar with the health services at your campus and ask about free or low-cost options at the UC campus(es) you are interested in attending, such as counseling with a trained professional, mental health peers, recreation centers, gyms, pools, meditation workshops, massage services, and more.  In addition, look at resources available for students with disabilities or special needs to obtain access to accommodations both in and outside of the classroom.

 

Get involved. Higher education researcher and theorist, Vincent Tinto, identifies academic and social engagement as the most important condition for student success. Students involved with clubs/resource centers/campus organizations not only get social and emotional support, but also a sense of belonging. Finding and building this community has been shown to help students earn better grades, have greater satisfaction with school, and makes them more likely to graduate.

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Ask for feedback. We all want students to continue to grow and learn in and out of the classroom. An important factor contributing to academic, personal, and professional growth is feedback. Create opportunities for learning and feedback from faculty, peer mentors, and work colleagues. We all need to continuously assess our environment, behaviors, skills, and decisions, and receiving feedback gives us the opportunity to adjust to different situations.

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Reflect on your expectations. What do you expect of yourself? What do you expect to accomplish? What are your goals? Consider institutional expectations as you accept a set of new responsibilities. What are your professors’ expectations? What are the academic expectations, i.e. remaining in good academic standing?

After speaking with students, we found a few common roadblocks they encountered and wish they knew during their first quarter:

  • Understanding student resources and navigating which resources the student really needs
    • "Learning more about resources and organizations on campus and how important they are to your first year at college"
    • "Self advocating is key"
  • Adjusting to college in general, in terms of time management and the freedom of courses
    • "Adjusting to the quarter system and learning how to better utilize my time and resources"
    • "As a first-generation student it was difficult but I learned to ask a lot of questions"
  • What a major means in terms of their career goals
    • "Learning how to explore different majors and career paths"
  • Different textbook options 
    • "Cheapest/smartest ways to buy textbooks"

Did this blog post spark questions you have about the resources available at UCSC? Email us at transfer@ucsc.edu.

 

Lizette’s Story

Meet the Author: 

Hi, everyone! I’m Lizette and I am a senior earning a BA in Economics. I am the 2021 Admissions Umoja Ambassador Intern. I shape and conduct outreach to Umoja programs at community colleges around the state. A part of my internship is to create this blog to help support Black transfer students. 

My acceptance process: 

When I applied to UC Santa Cruz I did not think I was ever going to attend. I don't even remember why I chose to apply to UCSC. I actually TAG’d to UC Santa Barbara because they offer transfer students their own apartments. To me that was the best it could get. However I failed to look at the Economics Department at UCSB. I didn't realize that the Economics Department at UCSB focused more on finance -- something I had negative interest in. As in, I kinda hated it. I was forced to look at the only other school that accepted me -- UCSC. 

The first thing I did was check out their Economics Department and I fell in love. There was regular economics and another major called “Global Economics.” I knew Global Economics was for me because it included classes about policy, economics, health, and the environment. It was everything I was interested in. I checked out their resources for Transfer students. I learned UCSC offers STARS, a summer academy, and guaranteed housing for two years which was super helpful because I planned to graduate in two years [please note that housing guarantees are currently suspended due to COVID]. The only thing left for me to do was to actually check out the campus

Thankfully for me, a good friend of mine attended UCSC. I called her up to ask her if I can visit and check out the campus. Just the drive up to Santa Cruz convinced me of attending. I’m from Los Angeles and never in my life have I seen so much greenery and forest.

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The campus was breathtaking and beautiful! I loved everything about it. In my first hour on campus I saw wildflowers in bloom, bunnies, and deer. LA could never. My second day on campus I decided to just submit my SIR, my statement of intent to register. I applied to the Summer Academy for transfer [now Transfer Edge] in September and got accepted. Around late September during the Summer Academy, I received my financial aid package for the school year and enrolled in my classes for fall quarter. The peer mentors at the Summer Academy hosted workshops to help understand both processes and answer any questions. I don’t think I would have adjusted well on campus without the Summer Academy because I was able to explore the school and surrounding city without the usual student population. When fall quarter did start, I knew my way around, which busses to take, and all the paths around campus.

 

Video: How to Create a UCTAP Account

Welcome, prospective transfer student! Make sure to create and complete your UC Tap Account to ensure you are on the right track to transfer. This video will show you how to use your TAP account to track all the coursework you’ve taken and submit your Transfer Admissions Guarantee to a participating campus. Don’t fall behind on the transfer process and watch now!

 

Video: How to Use assist.org

Hi, prospective transfer student! Are you confused about which classes you need to take in order to transfer? Watch this video to learn step-by-step how to use Assist.org and find out what classes you must take and which are transferable to your institution of choice! Take advantage of this helpful tool and watch now!

 

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Introduction

Reading Financial Aid Awards can be really confusing. "How to know how much you'll need to pay?" or "How to accept your aid?" are all common questions. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at UCSC usually sends out offers within a few weeks following your offer of admission and posts your award notification on MyUCSC. Below are types of aid descriptions and categories that you might see on your Award Summary

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Financial Aid You Don’t Need to Pay Back

Cal Grant - There are 3 kinds of Cal Grants A, B, and C. This is money the state of California gives that you do not need to pay back. As you can see in the first example, I received Cal Grant which helped pay for tuition and fees at a four-year college. Cal Grants are up to $12,570 at a University of California campus, up to $5,742 at a California University campus, and up to $9,084 at independent colleges. You need at least a 2.4 college GPA. 

However, in the 2nd example there is a Cal Grant B Access. Cal Grant B provides a living allowance of up to $1,672 which may be used to pay living expenses, books, supplies and transportation, as well as tuition and fees. The second example was my aid award package my second year at UCSC. This award is in addition to the original amount of $12,570, but is now named Cal Grant B Fee. 

To qualify you need to submit a FAFSA or a California Dream Act Application by the deadline and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. 

Federal Pell Grant - Federal Pell grants are awarded to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6345 for the 202-21award year . The amount you get will depend on your Expected Family Contribution, the cost of attendance, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. You apply by submitting a FAFSA form. Since FAFSA distributes aid on a first come first serve basis and I submitted my FAFSA in January, I received a lower Pell Grant my second year. 

Federal Work Study Eligibility - provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. It is available to full-time or part-time students. Your total work-study award depends on when you apply, your level of financial need, and your school’s funding level. 

This is very beneficial because if you get a campus job, that department might be more inclined to hire you if you have work study. This means your paycheck isn't coming out of the school department’s budget instead it’s coming from the federal government. As you can see I received work study my first year, but not my second. This is why it's important to submit your FAFSA asap.  

Note there are UC specific grants as you can see. There is the UC Health InsGrant and/or university specific scholarships.

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Financial Aid You NEED to Pay Back 

Loans - You may be offered loans as part of your financial offer.This is money you borrow and must pay back with interest. If you need to take out a loan make sure you understand the terms and conditions. The federal government, banks, financial institutions or other organizations offer loans. Federal student loans, loans that come from the federal government, usually have more benefits than private bank loans

 

There are 4 types of federal loans: 

Direct Subsidized Loans: Made available to undergraduate students who show financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school.

 

Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Made eligible to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Eligibility is not based on financial need. 

 

Direct PLUS Loans: offered to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid. Eligibility is not determined by financial need, but a credit check is required. 

 

Direct Consolidation Loans: this loan allows  you to combine all your eligible federal student loans into a single loan with a single loan servicer. 

 

What about yearly costs, tuition, room and meal plan, ETC?

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Ucsc Resources 

https://www.csac.ca.gov/post/what-cal-grant-award 

https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grants/pell

https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/work-study

https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans

 

Alumnus Greg Neri, an Author and Artist Who Loves to Give Back

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However, Greg did not stay a filmmaker forever, he actually started writing after being stuck on the film project Yummy. While working with kids in South Central, Los Angeles, he realized he found it easier to talk and relate to younger kids. He appreciated writing for its lower budget costs and greater control over his projects. Eventually the film project became the graphic novel that is it today. 

Diversity in writing is really important for Greg Neri. In his interview with ConnectingYA, Greg Neri explained that there needs to be writing that allows other cultures to walk in the same footsteps of the main character without disconnect. It needs to be written in a way that the reader can understand the main character’s actions and if in the same circumstances, might make the same decisions too. He says Yummy is ‘not a ghetto story, but a human one.” He explains that there isn't any writing for kids who are at risk to become gangbangers and that it’s those kids who need stories the most. Finally he explains that, “the evolution of my books was not planned but they just came along, inspired by real places and people I encountered in life, I haven't looked back

 


1Jones, P. (2015, June 15). RAWing with Greg Neri. Retrieved April 04, 2021, from http://www.connectingya.com/2015/06/15/rawing-with-greg-neri/

If you are trying to decide what to do with your life, Greg advises you to “find your voice and use it. Only you can see the world the way you do.”2

 

UCSC Transfer Student Timeline

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Downloadable PDF!

 

Student Perspectives: College Affiliation

The colleges at UC Santa Cruz are instrumental in creating the learning communities and supportive environment that characterize the UC Santa Cruz experience.

All undergraduate students, whether they live in university housing or not, are affiliated with one of 10 colleges. In addition to housing students in small-scale residential communities, each college provides academic support, organizes student activities, and sponsors events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus. 

Every college community includes students with diverse backgrounds and academic goals. Your college affiliation is independent of your choice of major. Rather, students rank their preference of college affiliation when they formally accept their admission to UCSC through the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) process

We asked current UCSC students to share why they chose their college and any tips, advice, or experiences they would like to share related to their college affiliation. Read more below:

"I did not know anything about the college system at UCSC when I received my acceptance and was confused as to why I was being asked to choose a college affiliation if I had already received my acceptance. The easiest way to explain the college affiliation system is that each of the colleges have unique themes. You rank your affiliation choices based on which college theme you like the best. I am lucky enough to have been affiliated with my top choice, Oakes. Oakes' theme is 'Communicating Diversity for a Just Society.' This was important to me because I am an advocate for diversifying colleges and STEM. One of the unique things that Oakes has to offer is the Scientist In Residence Program. Adriana Lopez is the current adviser and hosts many events relating to STEM diversity, research opportunities, and advising to become a professional scientist or work in healthcare. When choosing a college, students should definitely take the time to look into every college’s theme. Location should also be considered when looking at colleges. For instance, if you enjoy working out you may want to choose either Cowell College or Stevenson College since they are the closest to the gym. It is also important to not stress over choosing a college. Each college is wonderful and unique in its own way. Everyone ends up loving their college affiliation and it truly makes for a more personable college experience."

      -Damiana Young, TPP Peer Mentor

 

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tony.jpg"When I first applied to UCSC, I didn’t know anything about the college system, so I didn’t know what to expect. After I was accepted, I was able to look at all of the colleges the school had and their affiliated core beliefs. I chose Rachel Carson College because their theme relates to environmental activism and conservation. Even though I’m not an Environmental Science major, I believe these core beliefs are globally pertinent issues affecting each and everyone of us and will take our collective effort to solve. I would recommend students choose a college that best holistically represents them, their beliefs, and their aspirations. College affiliation is also a great way to diversify your social bubble to include different perspectives that perhaps challenge your preconceived notions."

      -Tony Estrella, TPP Peer Mentor

 

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"After my friend took me on a tour all over campus, what stuck with me the most was Stevenson College, College 9, and College 10. Once admitted, I became affiliated with College 9. I loved living there. It is located on the upper-part of campus, near the Baskin School of Engineering. Because of the location, I never had to climb a hill to class. It’s also really close to a coffee shop, a restaurant above the dining hall, and a cafe with pool tables and $0.25 snacks. My advice for students deciding which college to choose is to consider where they would feel most comfortable in terms of surroundings. Each college has its own strengths, so it just depends on what the individual prefers. For example, if you like to be immersed in the forest, Porter College or Kresge College would be a great fit. If you want to be close to a gym, Cowell College or Stevenson College would be best. STEM classes are usually held in Classroom Unit 2, so if you’re an Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science major I would strongly consider either Colleges 9 or 10. If you take a look at the layout of the campus and your favorite type of scenery, I guarantee you will find the college that you’ll love to be affiliated with!"

      -Malika Alichi, TPP Peer Mentor

 

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"Ranking my possible college affiliation was exciting. Before applying I knew that each college focused on specific values and qualities. I chose Cowell College because it is near the foot of the campus, meaning it's faster to get to and from downtown Santa Cruz. It is also close to a great field, a gym, and a swimming pool. Cowell's theme is 'The Pursuit of Truth in the Company of Friends.' This resonates for me because networking and getting out of my shell has been essential to my success in college. Learning about different perspectives is crucial to growing. Cowell College hosts various events for students that involve networking and expanding your circle. It hosts Zoom conferences that focus on the importance of mental health which I've found helpful."   

      -Louis Beltran, TPP Peer Mentor

 

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"To my friends, I explain UCSC’s college system as a series of smaller student communities that are spread out throughout the campus. This makes it much easier for students to make friends and build community - two things that make the college experience more enjoyable. I chose to be affiliated with Oakes College for two reasons. First, my uncle was affiliated with it when he was a student long ago and he absolutely loved it. He said that it was inviting, fun, and eye-opening. Second, I was drawn to Oakes’ mission statement which is: 'Communicating Diversity for a Just Society.' I felt that I would feel right at home given that I am a social justice advocate. Importantly, Oakes also provides many resources to their community members. In addition to housing, it offers dining hall services, volunteer and paid work opportunities, student government, and more! When choosing a college affiliation, I recommend that students choose a college that has a mission statement that aligns with their interests and/or values. This will ultimately make your time in college more enjoyable and wholesome."

      -Enrique Garcia, TPP Peer Mentor

 

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"Before applying to UCSC, I had no idea that there were college affiliations. Once I submitted my SIR, I was asked to rank my College affiliation of choice. I became amazed that UCSC had a total of 10 Colleges, all with different themes and mission statements. I decided on Kresge College because it was the first college I visited when I came on a campus tour and just fell in love with the vibe. Kresge reminded me of a small community in the forest. Kresge also houses Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS Program). I felt as if I found a home away from home. I have met with the Kresge Advising team and they were extremely helpful in answering my questions/concerns about my graduation progress. I would encourage students to take a virtual tour of all 10 colleges and get to know the mission statement/themes of each. Certain majors gravitate to certain colleges. For example, Rachel Carson College's theme is 'Environment and Society,' so many Environmental Studies and Environmental Science students are drawn to that college. Because of the Transfer Community, Porter College houses the majority of transfer students. If I could choose a different college affiliation, I would choose Oakes College because of its theme: Communicating Diversity for a Just Society. I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of students affiliated with Oakes and many were active in campus movements, a passion of mine."

      - Ana Escalante, TPP Peer Mentor



Student Perspectives: FAFSA & Financial Aid

3/1/21

Tomorrow, March 2, is the priority deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who submit their FAFSA by the priority deadline are considered for and have the best chance for receiving financial aid. We asked current UCSC students to share their experiences and offer advice on the FAFSA process, financial aid, and paying for college. Read their perspectives below: 

 

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“My initial financial aid offer wasn't enough aid to cover all my school expenses, as my initial financial situation had changed since I had applied to UCSC, nearly a year before. Unfortunately, shortly after the COVID pandemic began, my family and I found ourselves unemployed. We couldn't afford to pay the initial amount my family was expected to pay, according to the FAFSA's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). I found out that UCSC had systems in place to help people like me, who had been financially impacted since they had last filled out the FAFSA. By submitting UCSC's Financial Contribution Appeal aka a Family Contribution Appeal, I was able to get my initial EFC amount dropped to zero. This meant that I would be eligible to receive more aid, and that I would still be able to attend university, despite the setbacks the pandemic introduced. There's really no need to be afraid to ask for help when you need it, because these programs are designed to help you succeed in your educational goals, and are free of any judgements.”

-Tony Estrella, TPP Peer Mentor

 

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“At 17-years-old a private university told me to take out a $100,000 loan in order to pursue higher education. Needless to say, I decided to attend my local community college. As someone whose family could not cover my college tuition and just went through a very interesting experience at a private university, financial aid was at the forefront of my thoughts at my local CC. As a transfer student who spent my college years in both community college and now at UCSC, I was worried about the financial aid disappearing just as I managed to transfer into a University because I did not spend the expected two years at a community college. Luckily there are a few ways to ensure that your Cal Grants continue to help you after you transfer. You may apply for a single year extension if you were still classified as a 'freshman' after your first year or when you transfer by using the Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement Award, which will ensure that financial aid will not stop for the 2 years you sign up for by pursuing your bachelors at the 4 year institution you transfer to. Applying for and receiving financial help can be more flexible than people might think!”

-Lane Albrecht, TPP Peer Mentor

 

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“UCSC gave me the best financial aid package out of the two other schools that I applied to: UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara. Financial aid has made me focus less on the stressors associated with being buried with student debt and focus more on learning as much as I can as a student. I have developed meaningful relationships with my professors, excelled in their classes, and have had the time to get involved with extracurricular activities."

-Enrique Garcia, TPP Peer Mentor

 

 

 

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"As a transfer student my number one concern was how I was going to afford tuition. Before ever learning about the UC system, I assumed that it was going to be astronomically expensive. To my surprise it’s more affordable than I thought. Originally, my Cal Grant paid for the majority of my tuition. It offered me a little over $13,000 but due to some unforeseen issues it was taken away. Even though this happened I was able to get a UCSC university grant that matched my original Cal Grant award. UCSC (and all UC’s) offer outstanding programs that are meant to help you when unforeseen dilemmas come about. Here at UCSC, no matter what situation you may find yourself in, there is always help."

-Thomas Lopez, TPP Mentor

 

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“One of the reasons I am able to afford to attend UCSC is because of the UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will ensure that you will not have to pay UC’s systemwide tuition and fees out of your own pocket if you are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid. If you have a sufficient financial need UCSC will give your more grants to help you pay for other things as well. I have gotten a grant that helps pay for my housing as well as health insurance. These grants have allowed me to take out minimal loans and attend UCSC for an extremely affordable price-more affordable than most people think it is.”

-Damiana, TPP Peer Mentor

 

Important Dates & Deadlines

If you applied for a UC campus, here are some important dates and deadlines to add to your calendar!

  • March 1 - Notification of fall 2021 admission decisions begins
  •  March 2 - Deadline for applicants for all terms to submit FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
  • May 1 - Notification of fall 2021 admission decisions complete
  • May 1-31 - Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) application for winter/spring term
  • June 1 - Deadline for admitted transfer students to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
  • July 1 - Final, official transcripts must be sent to the campus admissions office. Transcripts must be postmarked or electronically submitted on or before July 1.
  • July 15 - Official AP, IB examination results must be sent to the campus admissions office. Test scores must be postmarked or electronically submitted on or before July 15.
  • Go here for more dates and deadlines.

 

10 Myths About TAG

The Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is an amazing opportunity for students to reserve their space at a UC campus of their choosing. There are, however, many misconceptions when it comes to TAG. Here are 10 myths debunked to clear the confusion and better prepare you before you apply next month!

 

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  • Myth 1: All UC campuses have TAG.
    • NO. 6 UC Campuses participate in the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG). They are: 
      • UC Davis
      • UC Irvine
      • UC Merced
      • UC Riverside
      • UC Santa Barbara
      • UC Santa Cruz

 

  • Myth 2: You may submit a TAG to multiple UC campuses. 
    • NO. You may only submit a TAG to one (1) UC campus. YOU MUST FOLLOW UP with a UC application indicating the same major as what you indicated on your TAG application. You can apply to other UC campuses on the regular UC application.

 

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  • Myth 3: TAG is available for all majors at all TAG campuses. 
    • NO. Major availability depends on the campus. Check with each TAG campus regarding available majors (see links below).

 

  • Myth 4: You are .01 point short of the required GPA, but you will still be eligible for TAG.
    • NO. Even at a .01 GPA mark off, you will not be TAG eligible.

 

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  • Myth 5: You have until the end of fall to meet the TAG GPA.
    • It depends. Campuses can have different TAG GPA timelines and requirements. Refer to each campus website regarding requirements (see links below).

 

  • Myth 6: You will still be TAG eligible if your spring term coursework changes. 
    • It depends. Campuses allow for course changes, such as when a course is not offered. However, if you withdraw from a required course, you may lose your eligibility for TAG. Changes that can impact your eligibility include withdrawn course(s) necessary for:
      • Major preparation
      • Seven-course pattern
      • Reaching 60 semester/90 quarter units (i.e. short units) 

 

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  • Myth 7: If your TAG application is not approved, you won’t be admitted.
    • Not necessarily. You can still be admitted to your TAG campus, as long as you meet eligibility and selection criteria for regular admission. Some UC campuses may even provide you with additional advising prior to submitting your UC application if you are a non-eligible TAG student.

 

  • Myth 8: Transfer Pathways is the same as UC TAG.
    • NO. TAG is a guarantee; Transfer Pathways helps you become better prepared academically for your major. If you are pursuing a Transfer Pathway, you can also pursue a TAG. This is called Pathways+. Although not a guarantee, Transfer Pathways can help you be a more competitive applicant for UCB, UCLA, and UCSD, which don’t have a TAG option. You can also report Transfer Pathways programs on the UC application.

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  • Myth 9: TAG is only available for the fall.
    • It depends. TAG is available for the fall at all six participating campuses. TAG is also available for spring at UCM and winter at UCR. The winter/spring TAG filing period is May 1-31.

 

  • Myth 10: All TAG campuses conduct early reviews.
    • NO. We get asked this question a lot. Only UCD and UCM conduct early reviews. Fall TAG decisions from early review campuses will be released by November 15. Spring TAG decisions from UCM will be released by July 1. The other TAG schools do not conduct early reviews. 

Mark your calendars! The TAG application is open during the entire month of September. Don’t forget to submit your TAG application by September 30. For campus specific information about TAG, see the links below.