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, UCSB, UCSC, and UCSD.  Please check with a counselor or the Transfer Center for more information.
All UC Campuses
Fall Quarter/Semester 2020 November 1-30, 2019
UC Merced, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz
Winter/Spring Quarter/Semester 2021 July 1-31, 2020

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

This Certificate of Achievement in the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of California or the California State University, or who are unsure if they will transfer to a UC or CSU.

Students who complete this certificate will meet all lower division general education requirements for UC or CSU. Students transferring to CSU must complete a minimum of 9 additional upper division general education units after transfer. The IGETC may not be appropriate for some programs or high unit majors. Students should consult a GWC counselor to make sure this is their best option. Courses on this list are approved for a specific academic year. A course can be used only it is on the list when it is taken by the student. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of this list at the time of publication; however, additions or deletions sometimes occur during the year. Students are encouraged to see a counselor and check the ASSIST website (www.assist .org) regularly for the most current information about approved general education courses. ASSIST is the official repository of course articulation for California’s public colleges and universities.

To receive this certificate a minimum of 12 residency units must be completed at GWC. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses. Grades of “credit/pass” can be used if equivalent to a “C”.

NOTE: Students who are awarded this Certificate of Achievement must also request IGETC certification at the Admissions and Records Office when sending their final transcript to the four-year school.

 

Certificate of Achievement IGETC 2019-20 [PDF]

UC Admissions Checklist
1. Do not delay taking your English and math courses. The UC requires that students complete transferable level English (UC-E) and Math (UC-M) early in their academic career.  Putting off completing these courses could delay your admission.

2. The UC gives high priority to students that complete major coursework early in their academic career.  Meet with your academic counselor to plan your coursework.

3. 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 English and Math, as well as your major coursework, you are required to complete four courses in at least two of the following GE areas:

a) Physical/Biological Sciences

b) Art/Humanities

c) Social/Behavioral Sciences

4. To satisfy the UC lower-division General Education (GE) requirements, students can follow the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

5. Apply on time!  All UC’s accept Fall Admission, which requires you to apply a full year in advance, November prior.  Some UC’s accept Winter and Spring applicants, but you should check with the Transfer Center to see which UC’s are accepting.

6. Students can use the Transfer Admission Planner to track and plan their coursework toward meeting UC’s requirements. This is a great communication tool between students with the UC.  The planner can be used to merge into TAG and the UC application.

7. GWC has the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) with UCD, UCI, UCM, UCR, UCSB, and UCSC.  TAG application filing period will be from September 1-30, 2019 for Fall 2020 and May 1-30, 2020 for Winter/Spring 2021 admission. Please check with a counselor or the Transfer Center for more information.

8. Apply on-line application: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions

 

All UC Campuses
Fall Quarter/Semester 2020 November 1-30, 2019
UC Merced, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz
Winter/Spring Quarter/Semester 2021 July 1-31, 2020
Completing the UC Application

Please refer to the links below for more information and guidance. For assistance with the application, you can also sign up for the UC application workshops (listed in the Transfer Events) or contact the Transfer Center individual help.

• How to Fill Out the UC Application

• Personal Insight Questions

• How Applications are Reviewed

• After Your Apply

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

• Starting July 1:  The new TAG Matrix will post for the next academic year.

• First, complete a Transfer Admission Planner (TAP), then apply for Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) through the TAP account online.

• Review your TAP with a counselor or Transfer Center staff to make sure all requirements are met prior to TAG submission.

• Submit your TAG application between Sept 1 – 30 (Fall admissions) and May 1-30 (Winter/Spring admissions)</p

• Complete the UC Application for admission starting the month of August through November.

• Submit UC Application between Nov 1 – 30 for Fall admission.

Students can submit one (1) TAG from a choice of six (6) participating UCs (Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, or Santa Cruz). 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.

For further information, please click 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

Six 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:

• It’s highly recommend that you first complete a Transfer Admission Planner (TAP), then apply for Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) through the TAP account online during the appropriate filing period (Sept. 1-30 for Fall admissions and May 1-30 for Winter/Spring admissions).

• Once your TAG is submitted, fulfill all remaining coursework and GPA requirements designated in your TAG agreement.

• Apply for UC Application 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).

Please refer to the TAG Matrix for updated qualifications and requirements.  For TAG by campus, please click on each individual campus below.

UC Davis

UC Irvine

UC Merced

UC Riverside

UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Cruz

Frequently Asked Questions About TAG

What is TAP?

  • UC TAP (uctap.universityofcalifornia.edu) is an online tool to help prospective UC transfer students track and plan their coursework.
  • It is designed for use by students transferring from California community colleges, including those students who are seeking a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) with one of the six participating UC campuses.
  • Students can use the Transfer Admission Planner to enter their coursework (completed and planned) from the very beginning of their college careers, or at any point when they decide to transfer to a UC campus.
  • The planner helps students track their progress toward meeting UC’s minimum requirements, and allows UC staff to communicate important information to prospective transfer students.

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.

Which universities offer a TAG?

  • TAG is available with the following universities:  UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz.

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 or the Transfer Center to review yourTransfer Admission Guarantee (TAG).  You should check the TAG criteria, determine your eligibility, start your online TAG application, and develop a list of specific questions prior to this meeting.
  • Before meeting with a counselor or the Transfer Center staff to review your TAG, please make all test results and transcripts are on file.

Can I submit a paper TAG?

  • No, all TAG’s must be submitted online.

When can I begin working on my TAG?

  • It’s highly recommend that you first complete a Transfer Admission Planner (TAP), then apply for Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) through the TAP account online during the appropriate filing period (Sept. 1-30 for Fall admissions and May 1-30 for Winter/Spring admissions).

When do I submit my TAG?

  • September 1-30 for Fall admissions and May 1-30 for Winter/Spring admissions (UCM and UCR only)

What do I need to be eligible for a TAG?

·        The specific criteria 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 refer to the TAG Matrix for updated qualifications and requirements.  For TAG by campus, please click on each individual campus below.

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, you can log back into your TAP (uctap.universityofcalifornia.edu) review the notification post by the 2nd week of November.

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.

Do I still need to apply to the UCs/CSUs after I submit my TAG?