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Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs)

for Fall 2020 Admission

Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) are agreements that are written in addition to the application to a University of California (UC) school. TAGs give you guaranteed admission and early notification.

Benefits of completing a TAG:

  • Guarantee of admission upon completion of all admissions and TAG requirements by the end of Summer 2019.
  • Some universities will verify your coursework in advance and let you know if there are additional courses you should complete in your Spring 2020 semester at Cabrillo for Fall 2020 admission.
  • Some universities may waive application fees.
  • You can transfer from Cabrillo to any college or university in the country. However, if you’re planning to transfer to one of the below universities, writing a TAG makes the process easier.

Basic Eligibility Requirements for TAG:

  • Students must have completed at least 30 UC-transferable units through Summer 2019
  • Students must complete at least 60 UC-transferable units through Spring 2020
  • GPA requirements must be met during time of application up until the point of entry into the university. GPA requirements are listed below.
  • Some school have selective majors which require progress on a student's major courses. This also includes GPA requirements in major-specific courses. Please see a Cabrillo counselor for more details.
  • Certain universities require specific progress and completion in English and Math. Check with a Cabrillo counselor for details.
  • More details found on UC's TAG Matrix
  • All students who plan to transfer should meet with a Cabrillo counselor each semester to help with course selection for their specific campus and major.

Fall 2020 TAG GPA Requirements:

Deadlines and GPAs:


Min. GPA

Deadlines to complete a TAA

UC Davis

3.2 - 3.3

September 30, 2019
UC Irvine


September 30, 2019

UC Merced
2.8 - 3.0

September 30, 2019

UC Riverside
2.8 - 3.2 September 30, 2019
UC Santa Barbara
3.4 (by end of Fall 2019)

September 30, 2019

UC Santa Cruz

3.0 (by end of Fall 2019)

September 30, 2019

Santa Clara University
3.3 (by end of Fall 2019) April 15, 2020


Steps for completing a Transfer Admission Guarantee (UCs)

UC campuses require all TAGs to be completed online. Please follow instructions below:

  • Have copies of your transcripts from all colleges/univerisities attended to refer to, do not report from memory.
  • Attend a TAG Application workshop to ensure that you are completing the application properly and to ask questions. The workshop dates can be found on the Transfer Events Calendar.
  • Complete an online TAG application at between September 1st and September 30th 2019 for Fall 2020 admission.
  • Review TAG with Cabrillo College counselor. UC Davis, and UC Irvine require Cabrillo counselor review. Official transcripts must be on file prior to counseling appointment to complete a TAG. To schedule an appointment with a counselor contact the Counseling office at (831) 479.6274, the Transfer/Career Center at (831) 479.6385, or the Watsonville Center at (831) 786.4734.
  • Please be aware that all TAG decisions are ultimately made by the university you are applying to. Cabrillo counselors are here to guide you, but the ultimate decision comes from the universities themselves.
  • Remember to apply for general admissions to the UC campus you wish to attend from November 1st - November 30th 2019 at
  •  Complete all remaining coursework and GPA requirements in your TAG agreement by Spring 2020.
  • Check your email (and spam) for any communications from the universities to which you applied.  Follow all instructions in accordance with their deadlines.

More resources:


Need help applying?? Attend a TAG workshop in September!

Transfer Admission Guarantee


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