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Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs)

for Fall 2017 Admission

Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) are agreements that are written in addition to the application to a University of California 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 Spring 2017.
  • Some universities will verify your coursework in advance and let you know if there are additional courses you should complete in your Spring semester at Cabrillo for Fall 2017 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 2016
  • Students must have completed at least 60 UC-transferable units through Spring 2017
  • 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 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 2017 TAG GPA Requirements:

Deadlines and GPAs:



Min. GPA

Deadlines to complete a TAA


UC Davis

3.2 - 3.3

Friday, September 30, 2016


UC Irvine


Friday, September 30, 2016


UC Merced

2.8 - 3.0

Friday, September 30, 2016


UC Riverside

3.0 - 3.5 Friday, September 30, 2016


UC Santa Barbara


Friday, September 30, 2016


UC Santa Cruz


Friday, September 30, 2016


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 attended to refer to, do not report from memory.
  • Attend a TAG Application workshop to ensure that you are filling 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 for Fall 2017 admission.
  • Review TAG with Cabrillo College counselor. UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and UC Irvine require Cabrillo counselor consultation. 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 admissions to the UC campus you wish to attend from November 1st - November 30th at
  •  Complete all remaining coursework and GPA requirements in your TAG agreement by Spring 2017.
  • Check your email (and spam) for any communications from the universities to which you applied.  Follow all instructions in accordance with their deadlines.

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