University of California (UC) System

Transfer Center

In just over a century, the University of California has built a reputation for excellence.

University of California system logoIn just over a century, the University of California has built a reputation for excellence. Offering a broad liberal arts education, preparation for graduate study, and training for professions, the UC has a multitude of programs to suite your needs. UC campuses are primarily research and theoretical institutions providing transfer students with the skills to pursue graduate level degrees. At most campuses, undergraduate majors are offered by academic units called colleges, such as the College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, and College of biological Sciences. At San Diego, there are six colleges with distinct philosophies and requirements. Santa Cruz has eight colleges which form smaller communities with unique intellectual interests and social traditions.

University of California (UC) Campuses

Note: UC San Francisco is a Graduate School in Health Sciences

How to Transfer to UC
www.universityofcalifornia.edu
  • Start completing immediately your Math & English requirements.  The UC places a high priority on students that complete transferable Math & English courses early in their academic careers.  Take the GWC English & Math Assessment test and get started immediately.
  • The UC gives high priority to students that complete major coursework early in their academic career.  Meet with a counselor or take a career planning class to help you focus on a particular major.
  • Complete 60 UC transferable semester units with a minimum 2.4 GPA (2.8 for Non-residents) for minimum eligibility.  The GPA for admission can be significantly higher due to the applicant pool.  Along with Math & English, and your major coursework, you are required to complete four courses in at least two of the following areas with grades of “C” or better:
    • Physical/Biological Sciences
    • Art/Humanities
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Complete your General Education (GE) requirements, usually by completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Apply on time!  All UC’s accept Fall Admission, which requires you to apply a full year in advance.  Some UC’s accept Winter and Spring applicants, but you should check with the Transfer Center to see which UC’s are accepting.
  • GWC has Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreements with UCD, UCI, UCM, UCR, UCSD, UCSB, UCSC, and UCSD.  Please check with a counselor or the Transfer Center for more information.

On-line application
(www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply)
All UC Campuses (except Berkeley and Merced)

Fall Quarter 2013 November 1-30, 2012
Winter Quarter 2014 July 1-31, 2013
Spring Quarter 2014 October 1-31-2012

Berkeley

Fall Semester 2013 November 1-30, 2012

Merced

Fall Semester 2013 November 1-30, 2012
Spring Semester 2014 July 1-31, 2012

Note:  Not all campuses are open for Winter or Spring term. Please check with each individual campus for more
information.

GWC Certificate of Achievement in IGETC
www.universityofcalifornia.edu
  • Start completing immediately your Math & English requirements.  The UC places a high priority on students that complete transferable Math & English courses early in their academic careers.  Take the GWC English & Math Assessment test and get started immediately.
  • The UC gives high priority to students that complete major coursework early in their academic career.  Meet with a counselor or take a career planning class to help you focus on a particular major.
  • Complete 60 UC transferable semester units with a minimum 2.4 GPA (2.8 for Non-residents) for minimum eligibility.  The GPA for admission can be significantly higher due to the applicant pool.  Along with Math & English, and your major coursework, you are required to complete four courses in at least two of the following areas with grades of “C” or better:
    • Physical/Biological Sciences
    • Art/Humanities
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Complete your General Education (GE) requirements, usually by completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Apply on time!  All UC’s accept Fall Admission, which requires you to apply a full year in advance.  Some UC’s accept Winter and Spring applicants, but you should check with the Transfer Center to see which UC’s are accepting.
  • GWC has Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreements with UCD, UCI, UCM, UCR, UCSD, UCSB, UCSC, and UCSD.  Please check with a counselor or the Transfer Center for more information.

On-line application
(www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply)
All UC Campuses (except Berkeley and Merced)

Fall Quarter 2013 November 1-30, 2012
Winter Quarter 2014 July 1-31, 2013
Spring Quarter 2014 October 1-31-2012

Berkeley

Fall Semester 2013 November 1-30, 2012

Merced

Fall Semester 2013 November 1-30, 2012
Spring Semester 2014 July 1-31, 2012

Note:  Not all campuses are open for Winter or Spring term. Please check with each individual campus for more
information.

UC Admissions Checklist

1. Review your academic records by meeting with a GWC counselor visiting university representatives in the Transfer Center to determine your eligibility and competitiveness as a transfer applicant, and application filing dates for admission.

2. Research the UC campus and major to determine selectivity. If your major is highly selective, find out what the admissions requirements are and when they should be completed, i.e. grade point average, major prep courses and any other supplemental materials such as portfolios, interviews or letters of recommendation.

3. Do not delay taking your math and English requirements. Some UC campuses require these courses to be completed by the previous Fall Term if applying for Fall admission.

4. Take courses for your major early on. The UC gives the highest priority to students that complete major coursework early in their academic career. www.assist.org

5. Complete your General Education (GE) requirements, usually by completing the Intersegmental General Education
Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or UC breadth.

On-line Application www.universityofcalifornia.edu/application
All UC campuses (except Berkeley and Merced)

Fall Quarter 2012 November 1- 30, 2011
Winter Quarter 2013 July 1-31, 2012
Spring Quarter 2013 October 1- 31, 2012

Berkeley

Fall Semester 2013 November 1- 30, 2012

Merced

Fall Semester 2013 November 1- 30, 2012
Spring Semester 2013 July 1- 31, 2012

6. Apply on time and apply broadly. Observe all of the important application filing deadlines. All UC campuses accept Fall admission, which requires you to apply a full year in advance. Apply online.

Note: Not all campuses are open for Winter or Spring Term, please check each individual campus for more information.

7. Attend Admissions and Application workshops through the Transfer Center. Sign up for the Eng W025 course (Writing the University Application Letter) in the Writing Center for help with your personal statement.

8. Complete 60 UC transferable units with a minimum 2.4 GPA for minimum eligibility (2.8 for non-residents). The GPA for admission can be significantly higher.

9. GWC has the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) with UCD, UCI, UCM, UCR, UCSD, UCSB and UCSC www.uctransfer.org.
Please check with the Transfer Canter for more information.

*Note: When requesting GWC transcripts to be sent to the UC, make sure to select
G.E. Certification on your transcript request form.

Completing the UC Application

Go to www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply
Select: Apply Online

  1. Personal Information
    1. Applicant level = junior transfer
    2. Enter name, Date of birth, permanent address
    3. Enter residency information (non-immigrant = undocumented)
  2. Campus Choices
    1. Select campus and appropriate major for each campus you wish to seek admission
    2. Select scholarship choices for which you may qualify
  3. Family Data
    1. Enter family size and income levels
  4. Academic History
    1. Enter all schools attended, including high school (you will not need to enter HS coursework)
    2. Enter dates of attendance. Term type = semester. Grading system = A-F
    3. Enter education outside of the US (not common)
    4. Enter coursework semester by semester. Include ALL courses and grades (even those that were “Lined Out” due to repeats.
    5. Academic Progress Report. If you be IGETC Certified, answer yes
    6. Transfer Admission Preparation
    7. College/University 2 English Composition = If finished both English 100 and 110, then answer already completed with a “C” or better.
    8. Mathematics = Already completed with “C” or better if Area 2 is complete
    9. Explain any gaps in education (absences in school terms, not including summers).
  5. Test Scores
    1. Enter AP or IB scores if applicable
  6. Activities and Awards
    1. Honors:  Mention Dean’s list and terms if applicable
    2. Extracurricular:
      1. Enter “Special Programs” and list those that are appropriate.
      2. Community Service = List those that are appropriate.
  1. Personal Statement:

Prompt #1 (transfer applicants): What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field — such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities — and what you have gained from your involvement (Ex. Educational Opportunities can be Puente, EOPS, ACE, Honors, and other campus programs).
Prompt #2 (all applicants): Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?

  1. Respond to both prompts, using a maximum of 1,000 words total.
  2. You may allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than 250 words.
  3. Stay within the word limit as closely as you can. A little over — 1,012 words, for example — is fine.

Additional Comments: Following the personal statement, you can use this section – up to 550 words – tell us anything you want us to know about you that you don’t have the opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application.

  1. Review and Submit application
    1. Fee waiver information should be in this section.  For each application, fee waiver should be good for up to 4 campuses!

Note:  Student does not need to submit transcript(s) until admitted. Make sure to indicate all courses taken on the application (those that are actually on the transcript)!  Contact the Transfer Center at (714) 895-8794 or (714) 895-8348 if you have any questions or need help with the application.

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
UC Transfer Admission Guarantees
WHAT IS A TRANSFER ADMISSION GUARANTEE (TAG)?

A TAG is a written agreement between the student, the community college and a specific university within the University of California (UC) system, which states that if the student meets the requirements, the student is admitted to the university. The TAG helps the student to understand

  • The courses he or she must complete before transferring
  • The minimum GPA he or she must earn
  • The number of units required to transfer
  • The specific requirements for high-demand majors

A TAG is a free, quick and easy way to determine if the student is eligible for admission to a specific university within the UC system. The TAG secures a seat at a selected university, provided that the student meets the conditions specified in the agreement.

WHEN TO START A TAG

It depends on the school that the student wants to attend. A TAG is generally written ONE YEAR BEFORE the student plans to transfer. Most universities require that a minimum of 30 units are completed prior to submitting a TAG application.

HOW TO BEGIN A TAG

Students can write one (1) TAG from a choice of seven (7) participating UCs. If transfer plans change, students are not obligated to attend the TAG schools.  However, TAG agreements are university specific and may not be altered or substituted for another university.  So, if a student decides to go to a different university than was specified in the TAG agreement, the agreement may not be applied to another university

If the student completes a TAG, he or she will be given first consideration for admission to the selected university. The student must complete agreed-upon general education
courses, and courses in the student’s major, with a specified minimum GPA by the date
specified in the TAG agreement.

TAGs are available for the following schools:

  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz
General Information & Qualifications for TAG

Seven University of California (UC) campuses offer guaranteed transfer admission to students from all California Community Colleges (CCC). Interested students must meet campus-specific requirements to qualify for a UC TAG. By participating in a TAG program, you can ensure your admission to a specific UC campus, some of which offer an early review of your academic record, early admission notification, and specific guidance on major preparation and general education coursework. A list of qualifications and special notes for each campus are provided below.

To pursue a TAG, you must:

  • Complete the online UC TAG application and submit it during the appropriate filing period. (see uctag.universityofcalifornia.edu).
  • Once your TAG is submitted, fulfill all remaining coursework and GPA requirements designated in your TAG agreement.
  • Apply for admission to UC during the appropriate filing period (see www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply).
  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their community college counselor prior to completing/submitting the TAG application.
  • Please note: Transfer students do not have to participate in TAG to be considered for admission. Non-TAG students must also apply for UC admission during the appropriate application filing period (see www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply).

Download the full UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG Matrix) PDF for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions About TAG

What is a TAG?
A TAG is a Transfer Admission Guarantee to a specific university.  It is a contract that you submit to the university of your choice so that you can be guaranteed admission early.  A TAG is a great tool to use to be sure that you have meet the admission criteria for transfer and will be completing the appropriate courses for General Education and for your future major.

Which universities offer a TAG?
TAGS are available with the following universities:  UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz , UC Santa Barbara.

Do I have to see a counselor to submit a TAG?
Though not required, you are encouraged to meet with a Golden West College counselor to review your TAG.  You should study the TAG criteria, determine your eligibility, start your online TAG application, and develop a list of specific questions prior to this meeting.
Students who meet with a counselor MUST bring the following paperwork to the counseling session:

  • Print-out of the online TAG application;
  • If applicable, all transcripts from institutions attended (other than Golden West College; unofficial OK);
  • If applicable, AP/IB exam scores and TOEFL scores

Can I submit a paper TAG?
No, all TAG’s must be submitted online.

When can I begin working on my TAG?
Application website opens July 1.
Go to: https://uctag.universityofcalifornia.edu

When do I submit my TAG?
September 1-30 (for Fall admission).  (UC Merced will accept TAGS for transfer in Spring, deadline is May 1-31).
You are advised to not wait until the last minute to submit your TAG so there will be adequate time to address any issues that may surface.

What do I need to be eligible for a TAG?
The specific criterion for a TAG varies by each university and by the major that you are preparing for at the universities to which you would like to transfer.   Please see the 2012-2013 UC TAG Matrix for more information.

How can I check on the status of my TAG and when will I be notified by UC? 
To check on the status of your TAG log on to the home page of the UC TAG Application System at https://uctag.universityofcalifornia.edu .

What if my TAG is “not authorized” or “denied,” can I still apply for admission to UC?
You may still apply to UC through the regular admissions process.

Once I sign a TAG, do I have to go to that specific university?
No, you are not required to attend the university to which you are submitting a TAG.

Do I need to submit official transcripts when I sign a TAG?
No, all information submitted is a self report.   When you submit a TAG contract you can use unofficial records.  It is only after you are admitted to a university that you will be required to submit official records from all colleges and universities previously attended.

Do I need to tell the universities about coursework completed at previous colleges attended, even if I don’t like the grades I earned or I went to university in another country?
Yes, you are required to report all previous coursework completed at a previous community college or university, either in the US or internationally*.  Falsification of records is a serious issue and can result in expulsion from a university if you do not report all records and are admitted based on incomplete information.
*Students who have completed university level coursework in other countries are NOT eligible for TAGS at the following universities: UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego.

Do I still need to apply to the UCs/CSUs after I submit my TAG?
Yes, you are still responsible for completing the general UC or CSU application for admission.
The application fee for the UCs is $65 per school. www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply