Community College Transfer Pathways

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Matrix  

While UC has always admitted transfer students in recent years, our president has mandated that each UC campus achieve the enrollment goal of 2 FR for every 1 TR.

UC High School Counselors Conference

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Junior Level  Transfer 
Completion of 2 years of community college after graduating high school, and entering UC as a Junior.

1. Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable college credit with a GPA of at least 2.4 (2.8 for nonresidents). No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units may be taken Pass/Not Pass.

2. Complete the following course pattern requirements:

  • Two transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) in English composition
  • One transferable college course (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning;
  • Four transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) chosen from at least two of the following subject areas:
    • the arts and humanities
    • the social and behavioral sciences
    • the physical and biological sciences

 

Keep in mind:

  • Each course must be worth at least 3 semester or 4 quarter units.
  • Students need to earn a grade of C or better in each course or a Pass (P) grade if pass is equivalent to a C (2.00)
  • AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 may be used in appropriate subject areas (exception: only one of the two English courses required can be satisfied by an AP exam score)

UC Transfer Admission Guaratee (TAG)

Guarantees admission to students who complete 2 years of community college after graduating high school, in specific programs at 6 of the 9 UC campuses and entering UC as a Junior.

Only students transferring directly from a California community college (CCC) are considered for a TAG, including international students (those with a visa).

A CCC transfer student is one who has completed at least 30 semester (45 quarter) UC-transferable units at one or more California community colleges.

Not Eligible for a TAG: Students who have already earned a bachelor’s, graduate and/or professional degree; students previously enrolled at a UC campus during a regular term (not including summer session only) who plan to return to that same campus; and students concurrently enrolled in high school at the time of TAG application submission.

To pursue a TAG, students must:

● Complete the online TAG application and submit it during the appropriate filing period – September 1-30, 2019 for fall 2020 admission (or May 1-31, 2020 for winter/spring 2021) at uctap.universityofcalifornia.edu.

● Once a TAG is submitted, fulfill all remaining coursework and GPA requirements designated on the TAG agreement.

● Apply for admission to UC during November 1-30, 2019 for fall 2020 (or July 1-31, 2020 for winter/spring 2021) at apply.universityofcalifornia.edu. TAG students must submit a UC application; submitting the TAG application alone is not enough.

**Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their community college counselor prior to completing/submitting the TAG application.

UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego do not participate in the TAG Transfer Program.

Students can only submit a TAG to one campus, and they need to meet the requirements forthat campus and major in order to qualify.•If a student wants to pursue Pathways+, the Pathways major and TAG major must be the samemajor.•Regardless of whether the student pursues a Pathways major or Pathways+, the student mustapply for admission to the TAG campus in the same major (primary/1st choice) as was listed inthe TAG agreement. Applying for admission to the TAG campus under a different major willinvalidate the guarantee (even if the student lists the TAG major as the alternate major on theapplication). Students are welcome to apply to different majors at the other campuses.

 

Pathways+ will guarantee CCC students admission to a UC campus (their preferred TAG campus) and better prepare students to succeed in their major when they arrive on campus, so they’re more likely to graduate within two years.  

First-time Freshmen CCC/High School Dual Enrollment 

Will transfer as a first-time freshman to a UC not as a community college transfer student.

Dual Enrollment Guidance For California High School and California Community College Counselors and Advisers

Many questions are generated surrounding UC admissions and the dual enrollment programs that exist between California high schools and California community colleges. The following points are meant to dispel some of the misinformation and speculation about dual enrollment programs and courses, including how dual enrollment coursework is reported on the UC admission application and how it is used to meet freshman admission requirements:

  • College courses are college courses, even if they are taught on the high school campus by an approved high school faculty member. 
  • Students must report dual enrollment college courses under the appropriate college name on the UC application for undergraduate admission. Dual enrollment courses cannot be reported on the application as high school coursework.
  • California high schools cannot add California community college courses to their UC approved A-G Course List, even though instruction may happen on the high school campus with a high school instructor.
  • UC-transferable college courses that fall within the A-G subject areas, including those completed through dual enrollment, will earn an extra point in the UC freshman admission GPA calculation - within our maximum honors points limitations - if completed with a letter grade of C or better. Refer to the Quick Reference Guide to UC Admissions for more information about honors points and the GPA calculation. 

Note: one college course earns one grade and one honors point in the GPA calculation, even though the single course may meet one year of a high school subject requirement.

  • Students who are offered admission to UC will be required to submit an official college transcript for all college courses completed, including courses completed through a dual enrollment program. This is in addition to the final official high school transcript.
  • The high school, not UC, decides what to include on the high school transcript. However, even if dual enrollment courses are reported on the high school transcript, students are still required to submit an official college transcript for their college coursework.
  • If the high school chooses to report dual enrollment courses on the high school transcript, clearly indicating which courses are college level is helpful to UC. 

 

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary  ALL STUDENTS BY RESIDENCY
  2009  2018 Change
Transfer Applications 29,551 41,349 11,798
  California Resident 25,747 87% 34,470 85% 8,723
  Non-California Resident 857 3% 1,179 1% 322
  International 2,947 10% 5,700 13% 2,753
Transfer Admits   21,765 28,533 6,768
  California Resident 19,563 90% 24,384 85% 4,821
  Non-California Resident 249 1% 312 1% 63
  International 1,953 9% 3,837 13% 1,884
Transfer Enrollees 15,133 21,015 5,882
  California Resident 13,755 91% 17,969 86% 4,214
  Non-California Resident 95 1% 115 1% 20
  International 1,283 8% 2,931 14% 1,648

 

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary  ALL STUDENTS BY RESIDENCY 
Transfer Admit Rate 74% 69%
  California Resident 70% 71%
  Non-California Resident 25% 25%
  International 69% 69%
Transfer Yield Rate 70% 74%
  California Resident 70% 74%
  Non-California Resident 66% 37%
  International 38% 76%

 

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University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary  ALL STUDENTS BY RESIDENCY       
Transfers from California Community Colleges
Enrollees   2009   2018  
  California Resident  12,533   91% 17,152   87%
  Non-California Resident   0  0%  0  0%
  International   1,179  9%  2,554  13%

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges FIRST GENERATION  
Enrollees 2009   2018   Change
First Generation  6,039 49% 9,734  51% 3,695
Non- First Generation 6,375  51% 9,195  49% 2,820
  12,414   18,929   6,515

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges ETHNICITY 
Enrollees 2009   2018   Change
Chicano/Latina 2,264 17% 5,218 26% 2,954
African American 417 3%  917 5% 500
American Indian  121  1% 119 1%  (2) 
Asian/Pacific Islander 3,731 27% 4,976 25% 1,245
White 4,983 36% 5,648 28% 665
International 1,179 9% 2,554 13% 1,375
Other/Unknown 1,022 7% 486 2% (536)
  13,717   19,918   6,201

  

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees 2009  2018
0.00 - 2.39 214 2% 215 1%
2.40 - 2.79 891 6% 930 5% 
2.80 - 3.19 3,168 23% 3,206  16%
3.20 - 3.59 4,646 34% 6,631 34%
3.60 - 4.00 4,731 34% 8,523 43%
Unknown- Missing 67 0% 1,022 1%
  13,717   20,527  

  

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees BERKELEY 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO BERKELEY

2018 Student Profile

0.00 - 2.39 0 0% 0 0%
2.40 - 2.79 16 1% 6 0%
2.80 - 3.19 95 5% 94  4%
3.20 - 3.59 488 24% 440 20%
3.60 - 4.00 1,402 70% 1,644 75%
Unknown- Missing 6 0% 1,022 0%
  2,007 3,206   1,119

University of California Berkeley: Student Profile

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University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees UCDAVIS 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO DAVIS

0.00 - 2.39 0 0% 0 0%
2.40 - 2.79 36 2% 20 1%
2.80 - 3.19 762 39% 589  20%
3.20 - 3.59 743 38% 1,440 47%
3.60 - 4.00 435 22% 973 33%
Unknown- Missing 6 0% 6 0%
  1,982   3,208   1,046

University of California Berkeley: Student Profile

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University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees  UC IRVINE 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO IRVINE

0.00 - 2.39 7 0% 0 0%
2.40 - 2.79 60 4% 5 0%
2.80 - 3.19 585 36% 220 9%
3.20 - 3.59 646 40% 1,175 48%
3.60 - 4.00 310 19% 1,067 43%
Unknown- Missing 0 0% 0 0%
  1,608 2,467   859

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees  UCLA 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO UCLA

0.00 - 2.39 0 0% 0 0%
2.40 - 2.79 5 0% 0 0%
2.80 - 3.19 294 10% 48 1%
3.20 - 3.59 1,056 36% 656 20%
3.60 - 4.00 1,562 54% 2,499 78%
Unknown- Missing 0 0% 0 0%
  2,917 3,203 286

  

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees  UC Merced 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO UC MERCED

0.00 - 2.39 16 12% 12 6%
2.40 - 2.79 35 27% 45 24%
2.80 - 3.19 29 22% 61 33%
3.20 - 3.59 34 26% 39 21%
3.60 - 4.00 15 11% 28 15%
Unknown- Missing 2 2% 0 0%
  121 185 54

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees  UC Riverside 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO UC RIVERSIDE

0.00 - 2.39 73 9% 98 6%
2.40 - 2.79 216 26% 392 24%
2.80 - 3.19 225 27% 679 33%
3.20 - 3.59 181 22% 419 21%
3.60 - 4.00 88 11% 231 15%
Unknown- Missing 45 5% 0 0%
   828 1,819    991 

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees  UC San Diego 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO UC SAN DIEGO

0.00 - 2.39 4 0% 8 0%
2.40 - 2.79 61 3% 59 2%
2.80 - 3.19 400 22% 422 15%
3.20 - 3.59 781 44% 419 36%
3.60 - 4.00 542 30% 1,024 40%
Unknown- Missing 3 5% 217 8%
  1,791    2,149    358

  

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees  UC Santa Barbara 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO UC SANTA BARBARA

0.00 - 2.39 68 4% 8 0%
2.40 - 2.79 314 19% 102 4%
2.80 - 3.19 528 32% 519 23%
3.20 - 3.59 500 30% 999 43%
3.60 - 4.00 252 15% 670 29%
Unknown- Missing 6 0% 0 0%
   1,668  2,298    630

 

University of California Transfer Fall Admissions Summary      
Transfers from California Community Colleges TRANSFER GPA
Enrollees  UC Santa Cruz 2009  2018

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO UC SANTA CRUZ

0.00 - 2.39 41 5% 83 0%
2.40 - 2.79 148 19% 301 4%
2.80 - 3.19 250 32% 574 23%
3.20 - 3.59 217 28% 479 43%
3.60 - 4.00 125 16% 264 29%
Unknown- Missing 5 1% 15 0%
  786    1,716    930

 

  

First-time Freshmen   

University of California Student Affairs- Undergraduate Admission: Dual Enrollment Guidance for California High School and California Community College Counselors and Advisers

First -time Freshmen Dual Enrollment in Community College

 

 
 
 

 

UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) for students Applying for 2020-2021 Admission

A community college Transfer student is defined as a student who:

Has completed at least 30 semesters (45 quarter) UC-transferable units (one year of community college at a California community college) 

Who is not eligible for a TAG

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s, graduate and/or professional degree;

Students previously enrolled at a UC campus during a regular term (not including summer session only) who plan to return to that same campus;

Students concurrently enrolled in high school at the time of TAG application submission.