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Stay on Track to Transfer to UC and CSU

Dates and Deadlines

Stay up to date with Important Info
For Fall 2024 Admission to UC and CSU

Application Dates for Successful Transfer

  • September 1 - September 30, 2023
    Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG)

    Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a program for students to earn a guaranteed acceptance to one of the following University of California campuses: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. Not sure if TAG is for you...start here! Students are encouraged to make an appointment with an Academic Counselor to review specific requirements and deadlines for TAG.

  • August 1- November 30, 2023
    University of California (UC)

    Admission applications for all UC campuses and majors will open on August 1. Workshops will be offered in October and November to assist with the application. Complete the online application at

  • October 1- November 30
    California State University (CSU)

    Admission applications for CSUs will open in October. Workshops will be offered in October and November to assist with the application. Complete an online application at

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Steps to Transfer
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Explore (0-15 units completed)

1. Find the major and university that fits your needs

  • Meet with an Academic Counselor to create your education plan

  • Identify major or career interests by utilizing Career Service resources

  • Take CG 54, Career Exploration

  • Attend College and Career Family Night in October to speak with University Representatives

  • Enroll in Transfer 101

  • Search for universities that are right for you: size of the campus, cost of tuition, location, do they offer your program/major

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Prepare (15-30 units completed)

2. Make a plan to meet university requirements and be a competitive applicant

  • Meet with University Representatives

  • Check admission requirements for minimum GPA and course/unit requirement

  • Find out how competitive each major/university is

  • Create UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP)

  • Identify 3-5 universities you are interested in applying to

  • Update your education plan with your Academic Counselor; check course transferability/major preparation and progress toward admission requirements with your Academic Counselor

  • Get involved in extracurricular activities

  • Review the application process: what is required? Personal Insight Questions, letters of recommendation, audition/portfolio

Apply (30-60+ units completed)

3. Complete university admission applications and submit any additional documentation

  • Use Monthly Checklist to stay on track of upcoming dates and deadlines

  • If applying to the UC submit your Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) in September

  • Ensure all admission requirements and major preparation will be completed by the appropriate deadline with your Academic Counselor

  • Attend an application workshop in October/November

  • Submit FAFSA or CADAA

  • Apply for scholarships

  • Apply for graduation from Cabrillo

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Workshops and Support Resources
We're here to help

Workshops are offered during the fall semester to help with your TAGs, UC and CSU applications and UC essays/personal statements. You can also meet with university representatives during this time.

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All Academic Counselors can assist you with transfer planning
To schedule an appointment with a counselor, contact:
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Planning to Transfer to a University of California?
Create your UC TAP account today!

UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) is an online tool to help prospective UC transfer students track and plan their coursework.

  • The UC TAP tool 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.

  • Use the Transfer Admission Planner to enter your coursework (completed and planned) from the very beginning of your college career, or at any point when you decide to transfer to a UC campus.

  • The planner helps your track progress toward meeting UC's minimum requirements, and allows UC staff and Cabrillo Transfer Services to communicate important information to you. It also helps representatives check your coursework and help with your planning!