UC Santa Cruz Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) 2021

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Announcement: Upcoming UC Santa Cruz TAG Workshops Online! (All times are Pacific Time)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 

Monday, September 21, 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 28, 2020, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

For more information and to sign up, see the calendar on our Virtual Events page.


Beginning your education at a community college is an excellent way to obtain a University of California degree. UC Santa Cruz is proud of its strong relationship with California community colleges, and together we have developed a program to guarantee admission to UCSC and assist students with the transfer process. A Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a formal agreement ensuring fall admission in your desired proposed major.

Note: UCSC no longer reviews TAG applications during the months of October and November to provide students with early notification of their TAG decision.

UCSC TAG Step-by-Step

  1. Complete the UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP).
  2. Submit your TAG application between September 1-30, 2020.
  3. Submit the UC application between November 1-30, 2020.

UCSC TAG Eligibility

The last school you attend prior to transfer must be a California community college (you may have attended colleges or universities outside of the California community college system, including institutions outside of the U.S. prior to your last term).

At the time the TAG is submitted, you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 30 UC-transferable semester (45 quarter) units

By the end of the fall 2020 term prior to transfer, you must: 

  • Complete the first course in English composition
  • Complete the mathematics course requirement
  • Earn an overall transferable UC GPA of 3.0

In addition, by the end of the spring 2021 term prior to fall transfer, you must:

  • Complete all other courses from the seven-course pattern , required for admission as a junior transfer
  • Complete the minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester (90 quarter) units for admission as a junior transfer 
  • Complete a minimum of 30 UC-transferable semester (45 quarter units) of coursework from one or more California community colleges
  • Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English. Please go to UCSC's  English Proficiency Requirement page  for more information.
  • Be in good academic standing (not on academic probation or dismissal status)
  • Earn no grades lower than C (2.0) in UC-transferable coursework the year prior to transfer

TAG is based on the above criteria only, including major preparation. Choice of major is not guaranteed through TAG unless the major is listed in the Screening Major Selection Criteria Fall 2021 page. Completion of major preparation coursework and satisfaction of any major selection criteria are extremely important.

The following students are NOT eligible for UCSC TAG:

  • Students in senior standing: 90 semester (135 quarter) units of combined lower- and upper-division coursework. If you only attended a California community college, you will not be considered in senior standing.
  • Former UC students who are not in good standing at the UC campus they attended (less than a 2.0 GPA at UC)
  • Former UCSC students, who must apply for readmission to the campus
  • Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Students who are currently enrolled at a high school

UCSC TAG Major Preparation Selection Criteria

For fall 2021, UCSC will be screening for completion of major preparation courses in the majors listed below. To access the criteria, please click on the link, which will take you to the screening criteria in the General Catalog. 

For majors without screening criteria for transfer students, please see our Non-Screening Majors page.

Agroecology Environmental Studies/Biology Combined Major
Applied Mathematics Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences Combined Major
Applied Physics Environmental Studies/Economics Combined Major
Art and Design: Games and Playable Media Global Economics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Human Biology
Biology, BA Marine Biology
Biology, BS Mathematics, BA 
Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics Mathematics, BS 
Biotechnology Mathematics Education
Business Management Economics Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Chemistry Network and Digital Technology
Cognitive Science Neuroscience
Computer Engineering Physics
Computer Science Physics (Astrophysics)
Computer Science: Computer Game Design Plant Sciences
Ecology and Evolution Psychology
Economics Robotics Engineering
Economics/Mathematics Combined Major Science Education
Electrical Engineering Sociology
Environmental Sciences Technology and Information Management
Environmental Studies

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