Transfer Preparation Program (TPP)

What Is TPP?

The Transfer Prep Program is a free equity-based program serving transfer students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds in our state who are interested in attending UC Santa Cruz, as well as other UC campuses. TPP provides a student with a caring community of support throughout their entire transfer journey from early readiness to smoothly transitioning to campus through individualized advising, peer mentorship, community connections, and access to special campus events.

California Transfer Students!

Sign up for TPP, and You’ll Receive…

  • Dedicated one-on-one advising
  • Peer mentor connections through 
  • Peer mentor social hours online 
  • Major and career exploration 
  • Connection to other transfer students
  • Invitations to special workshops, sessions, and events 
  • Know Your Campus: UCSC workshop series led by Peer mentors

Serving Community Colleges in the Local UCSC and Greater L.A. Areas

If you’re in one of our regional community colleges below, you will also receive…

  • One-on-one advising with a TPP Rep (See the links below to schedule an appointment with your rep!)
  • Virtual group advising sessions with a TPP Rep
  • Peer Mentor tabling and presentations at your campus
  • Admitted student celebration on the UCSC campus - come join us in May!

         Local UCSC Area Colleges                                   Selected Colleges in the Greater L.A. Area
         CABRILLO COLLEGE                                              ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE
         CANADA COLLEGE                                                CERRITOS COLLEGE
         COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO                                    CHAFFEY COLLEGE
         DE ANZA COLLEGE                                                COMPTON COLLEGE
         FOOTHILL COLLEGE                                              EL CAMINO COLLEGE
         GAVILAN COLLEGE                                                LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE
         HARTNELL COLLEGE                                             L.A. SOUTHWEST COLLEGE 
         MISSION COLLEGE                                                 L.A. TRADE-TECH

Connect with a Peer Mentor!

Our peer mentors are students at UCSC who’ve been through the transfer process and would love to share the knowledge they’ve gained along the way with prospective transfer students like you! Connect with them through

John R Lewis College



Ready to Transfer? Your Next Steps

UC TAP is your one-stop shop for information and resources to help you successfully transfer from a CCC to a UC. We highly recommend that you sign up for this free online service offered by UC. Be sure to indicate your interest in UC Santa Cruz and check the “Transfer Preparation Program” box under “Support Programs!”

Research the UC transfer requirements and ASSIST (statewide articulation information). Take general education classes at your CCC, but don’t forget to prepare for your intended major. Majors at most UCs, including many UC Santa Cruz majors, require specific coursework and grades. Look up information for your major at the campuses you’re interested in.

Get a Transfer Admission Guarantee! Applications accepted September 1-30 of the year before your intended transfer.

Fill out your UC Application starting August 1 of the year before your intended transfer, and submit it between October 1 and November 30.