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Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) for Fall 2020


What is a TAG?

A “Transfer Admission Guarantee” (TAG) allows you — as a  California community college student — to earn guaranteed acceptance to a university, as long as you follow university-specific instructions, guidelines, and criteria.

Submit UC TAG: Sept. 1-Sept. 30

  • UC TAG submission for fall 2020 is open Sept. 1-30, 2019.
  • Deadline to complete is Sept. 30. There are no exceptions.
  • Do not wait until first week of fall quarter to start your TAG!

Are you interested in TAG admission to a UC campus?

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

Six (6) University of California (UC) campuses offer guaranteed admission to students from all California community colleges. You can submit a TAG to only one.


Eligibility Criteria to Submit a TAG

General Eligibility Requirements for TAG

  • Available to any student transferring directly from a California community college, including F1-Visa students.
  • You MUST have been enrolled in a California community college during the spring 2019 term. ( this applies to UC Davis only)
  • If you were previously enrolled at a UC campus during a regular session, you can only TAG to a different UC campus.
  • You MUST meet required university-specific TAG criteria at the time of submitting the TAG (Please note: meet with a counselor to see if you’re eligible before submitting a TAG).
  • You completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter UC transferable units from a California community college by the end of  summer 2019 (some non-California community college units may/may not be accepted)
  • Students must have completed at least one transferable ENGL and MATH course by the end of  summer 2019 (individual UC TAG criteria regarding ENGL and MATH completion may vary).

Who Cannot Submit a TAG

  • Students with a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, and/or professional degree
  • Students cannot TAG to a UC campus that they’ve already attended.
  • Students concurrently enrolled in high school (please meet with a Foothill college counselor for details)

Participating UC Campuses

Select a campus to review specific eligibility criteria and requirements.

NOTE: UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego DO NOT participate in the TAG program.


See a Counselor

A counselor can help you with the following TAG criteria:

  • Creating a tailored education plan that meets your TAG and academic goals
  • Verifying if you’re eligible to submit a TAG
  • Reviewing your UC application and UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP)
  • Reviewing TAG deadlines, instructions, rules, and other criteria

Guidelines and Resources for Submitting Your TAG

TAG Matrix 2020-2021

The TAG matrix [PDF] provides campus-specific TAG criteria and requirements.  Visit the UC TAG website to download it and get more information.

It also includes:

      • GPA requirements
      • Basic TAG course requirements
      • Answers to unique academic circumstances (example AP, IB, etc.)
      • Important dates/deadlines
      • University TAG website links and contact information

Unit/Credit Limitations

  • If you have AP/IB credit from high school and took a similar class in college, students may not receive duplicate credit for both the AP score and college course.
  • Some UC’s may/may not accept AP/IB credit to fulfill MAJOR requirements.
  • Foothill pre-calculus courses MATH 48A, 48B, and 48C equals 15 units.  The UC will only accept a maximum 7.5 quarter units from these courses.
  • A maximum of only 6 quarter units will be accepted for PHED Activity courses.
  • F1-Visa international students cannot receive transferable credit for a language course that is their native language
  • Although students are required to input coursework from ALL colleges attended, including international transcripts, it is not a guarantee which courses UC’s will accept from non-California community colleges.

Create a UC TAP Account to Submit Your TAG

Create a “New Student” TAP account to fill out the TAG application. Go to UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP)

      • The UC TAP account has a tab labeled “Apply for TAG.”
      • Click that button to begin the TAG submission process.
      • Students must submit their TAG between Sept. 1-30, 2019.
      • TAG Application is FREE

TAG Application Preparation

Important Notice:  It is your responsibility to make sure the information you report is accurate and complete.  Meet with a counselor to review your TAG.
      • Have ALL of your (unofficial) college transcripts (from all colleges attended) and Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores when filling out your UC TAP account.  It might be helpful to have paper copies.
      • Log-in to the UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) and start entering ALL your coursework in your UC TAP account.
      • Once your UC TAP account is filled out accurately and completely, choose the tab, “Apply for TAG” to proceed with the TAG submission process.

Apply for Admission to Your UC TAG Campus

You must ALSO fill out the UC admissions application and submit it Nov. 1–30, 2019.

Reporting Coursework

The UC TAP system instructs you to list courses in chronological order of all college courses.  Summer session and extension courses (do not input anything for summer 2020).
  • Enter grades exactly as they appear on your transcripts that you have attempted, repeated, completed, dropped, or failed. NOTE: This includes grades “A” thru “F”, “I” for incomplete, or “W” for withdrawal, and academic renewal.
  • Input ALL courses and grades whether your transcripts are from colleges in the United States or other countries; Do not work from memory.
  • If you attended a California community college, the UC TAP account will recognize courses that are UC transferable and will automatically populate your course when you search for the course (This allows the UC TAP account to calculate your GPA).
  • If the course is either non-transferable to UC or a non-California community college course, you must enter the courses manually because they will not automatically populate. Click “My course is not listed,” then manually enter the courses.
  • Students must explain any gaps in education.  For example: If you did not attend college for one or more terms.  The UC TAP will request you to write in a text box what you were doing during your gap in education.

Reporting Future Planned Coursework

Work with a counselor to review TAG criteria, your TAG eligibility, and to help you plan your future/planned coursework:

  • Use assist.org to plan your future/planned major course requirements. Use this website by first choosing Foothill College, then choosing your UC, and then your major. Here you will find the courses the UC requires you to take at a California community college for your major.
  • Most science/math/ engineering related majors might have courses with prerequisites.
  • Your future/ planned courses is a contractual agreement you make with the university. The UC will expect students to complete their listed future/planned courses by the end of spring 2020 (There may/ may not be some exceptions ). See examples below.
  • If you register for courses in future terms that are different from what you listed in your TAG it may/ may not negatively affect your TAG.

For example: If you don’t take a major requirement that you listed in your TAG, this could negatively affect your TAG.



For example: If you take a different general education course than what you listed in your TAG, it most likely will not negatively affect your TAG.


  • Please meet with a counselor if you choose to take a different course other than the courses you listed in your TAG.

Important Notes

  • SUMMER 2020:  This term may not be used to complete courses required for the TAG; all TAG requirements must be completed by the end of spring 2020 (DO NOT list courses for summer 2020 on your UC TAP account).
  • UPPER DIVISION:  If upper division coursework was completed, please check with a counselor to determine if you are at-risk of being denied admission due to excessive units.
  • Not all majors are eligible for TAG with some UC’s and selective majors require more specific eligibility criteria.
  • A TAG is a contract between you (the student) and the specific UC campus. Make sure to complete all coursework & maintain the required GPA requirements in your TAG agreement.
  • If you need to make any changes to your TAG after you’ve submitted it by the Sept. 30 deadline, you may jeopardize your TAG!  Work with a counselor to discuss any changes.
  • Students can only choose ONE major and ONE university for TAG.
  • Make sure you choose the same major and university on your UC application that you chose on your TAG in the UC TAP account
  • In addition to meeting certain TAG requirements at the time of submission, TAG conditions must continue to be fulfilled until the end of Spring 2020.
  • You do not have to apply for TAG to be considered for admission. Students that choose not to apply for TAG can still apply for UC admission Nov. 1st – Nov. 30th, 2019 (students can apply to more than one UC on the UC application.
  • TAG does NOT require you to answer Personal Insight Questions (PIQ’s) within the TAG. However, students are required to answer their (PIQ’s) in their UC application.

  • UC Davis has been the only UC that lets students know by mid-November if their TAG was approved. Most UC’s usually will not let you know if your TAG was approved until they send your admissions decision.

Meet a Counselor Now

Stop by the Transfer Center or Counseling Center to see if you are eligible to submit a UC TAG. We offer Quick Questions Drop-In Counseling Sessions during the summer until fall quarter starts.

Deadline to submit your TAG is Sept. 30.  Don't wait until the last minute. We look forward to working with you!

TAG Guideline for Download

You may download the PDF version of these TAG resources and guidelines for reference.

Other Guarantee Admission Options

California State University (CSU)

Complete an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for guaranteed admission to a university in the CSU system.

Visit our ADT website for associate for transfer degree information and how to petition.


Private Colleges/Universities


Honors Institute Participants

If you participate in Foothill's Honors Institute, you may qualify for priority admission and/or guarantee admission to the Honors Institute's Transfer Partners, which include UCLA, UCI, San Diego State, and other colleges/universities.

UC TAG for Fall 2020 Application Guideline

2020 TAG Guideline PDF Cover Page

Please use the website for the most accessible version. Download PDF version for reference


Got UC TAG Questions?

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Transfer Center

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Summer 2019 Hours

The Transfer Center will be closed July 1- Sept 20.

Our transfer counselor will have a limited number of 30 minute appointments offered Aug. 19- Sept. 18.

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