Below are answers to frequently asked questions.
- Do I have to submit a TAG to apply for admission to UC Davis as a transfer student?
- No. A TAG is not required for transfer application. However, we encourage students to complete a UC Davis TAG, for its many benefits, including guaranteed admission and strong academic preparation resulting from focused counseling.
If you are not eligible for a UC Davis TAG based on one or more of the factors outlined in our TAG Criteria, contact your California community college counselor to seek additional advising regarding your situation. You may still be a competitive applicant and are encouraged to apply for admission through the regular UC application process.
- How should I begin planning my TAG?
- Discuss your career goals and the Transfer Admission Guarantee with your transfer/counseling center representative as soon as you enroll at your California community college. The criteria required to qualify for a UC Davis TAG can change annually in May, so we suggest that you meet with your community college counselor between mid-May and early September, one year in advance of your planned UC Davis enrollment. Six University of California campuses participate in the TAG program, and each campus has their own unique process and guidelines.
- Can I write a TAG for more than one UC campus?
- No. You can only submit a TAG application to only one of the six participating UC campuses. However, you can apply for admission to as many UC campuses as you wish.
- If I submit a TAG for another UC campus, can I still apply and be admitted to UC Davis?
- Absolutely! We encourage you to apply to UC Davis in November using the UC application for undergraduate admission and scholarships.
- Is the TAG available to students who previously attended a college or university outside of the United States?
- Yes! As long as you meet all other provisions of the UC Davis TAG and do not have a baccalaureate or higher level degree, we encourage you to apply for a UC Davis TAG.
- Can I have too many units to be eligible for TAG?
- A student who has enrolled only at California community colleges is not in jeopardy of having too many units to be eligible for the UC Davis TAG. A student who has attended institutions other than California community college(s) is encouraged to speak with a California community college counselor for details regarding unit limitations and exclusions that may apply.
After applying UC lower-division unit limitations and exclusions, students must have fewer than 80 semester (120 quarter) transferable units of college coursework at the time of enrollment. The College of Engineering will consider applicants who have 80 or more semester (120 quarter) units of transfer credit after UC lower-division unit limitations and exclusions have been applied.
- Are TAG requirements subject to change? If so, when?
- Criteria required to qualify for a UC Davis TAG can change annually in May, e.g. fall 2018 UC Davis TAG criteria are released to California community colleges in May 2017. We suggest that you meet with your community college counselor between mid-May and early September, one year in advance of your planned UC Davis enrollment.
- Do certain majors require additional coursework and/or higher GPAs to be eligible for a UC Davis TAG?
- Certain selective majors require that you complete additional coursework and/or earn higher GPAs to be eligible for a TAG, so plan your academic program carefully to ensure that you're well-prepared for your intended major.
While UC transfer admission requirements in the areas of English (two courses) and mathematics (one course) are required by the end of fall term prior to enrollment, you have until the end of spring term prior to fall enrollment to complete required lower division major preparatory coursework.
Before you apply for a TAG, you must have already achieved the minimum required GPA in completed course(s) from select groups. View fall 2018 UC Davis selective major requirements to learn more about the process.
Non-selective majors at UC Davis may not require additional coursework be completed to qualify for TAG, however transfer students are strongly advised to complete as many preparatory courses as possible for their major before enrolling at UC Davis. Preparing well for the major helps students move efficiently toward graduation and significantly reduces time to degree. See assist.org for details about lower division preparation for UC Davis majors.
- Do I need to submit transcripts with my TAG application?
- Transcripts are not required when you submit your TAG application.
However, admitted students should be prepared to submit official sealed high school and college transcripts by July 1, prior to fall enrollment. It is critical that self-reported coursework on your UC Davis TAG application and UC application match coursework shown on official, sealed transcripts. If you attended any college or university outside of the United States, each international school must be reported, and you should be prepared to submit course descriptions with word-for-word English translations upon request.
- Must I report Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examinations and submit official scores with the TAG?
- If taken, students must self-report test scores from AP or IB Higher Level Examinations using the UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP), as directed.
Admitted students should be prepared to submit official examination scores by July 15, but we strongly encourage you to submit your scores by July 1.
- Must I complete IGETC to be eligible for a UC Davis TAG?
- Completion of IGETC is not a requirement to qualify for the UC Davis TAG.
IGETC generally works well for students planning to pursue a Bachelor of Arts major with few units of lower-division preparation. Bachelor of Science degrees and higher-unit majors often have extensive lower-division course preparation. In these cases, although IGETC is accepted, the UC Davis General Education (GE) pattern is the best choice. Learn more on assist.org or the UC Davis General Catalog.
- What if my California community college does not offer a required course?
- Whenever your current/primary community college listed on your TAG does not offer a course required for UC Davis selection, you are encouraged to seek comparable courses at another California community college, if possible.
You must take courses comparable to UC Davis courses if they are offered at the current/primary community college shown on your TAG. When ASSIST shows 'Not Articulated' or 'No Comparable Course' or 'No Course Articulated, UC Davis will waive that course requirement for TAGs. Speak with your community college counselor about course scheduling:
If ASSIST identifies a comparable course but your community college is unsure of course availability during the upcoming academic year, include the course in your academic plan and include a comment on your UC TAG application. You will later be instructed to complete the UC Transfer Academic Update (TAU) to advise us of changes to your planned course schedule.
If ASSIST identifies a comparable course but your community college is not offering it this year, see your community college counselor for guidance and provide a comment about your circumstances on the UC TAG application.
- I'm interested in the Marine and Coastal Science major. Which college should I apply to?
- Marine and Coastal Science is a cross-college major offered in the colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences and Letters and Science. Students choosing this major must identify an area of focus in order to select the appropriate major/college pairing on the UC TAG application:
- Coastal Environmental Processes: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Marine Environmental Chemistry: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology: College of Biological Sciences*
- Oceans and the Earth System: College of Letters and Science
*Students are subject to selective major requirements within the College of Biological Sciences.
- Once I submit the TAG may I attend a college or university other than a California community college?
- No. TAGs are intended for students who are established students at California community colleges.
- When will I receive my TAG decision?
- UC Davis will notify you when your TAG decision is available, no later than November 15, one year prior to your planned enrollment.
- Must I also file the UC application for undergraduate admission and scholarships?
- Yes, students with approved UC Davis TAGs must file the UC application for undergraduate admission and scholarships during the initial application filing period, for the major and term for which the TAG is written. We encourage you to wait for your TAG decision before submitting the UC application.
It is critical that coursework reported in the UC application and UC Davis TAG application matches coursework shown on official, sealed transcripts.
- What must I do to ensure my admission to UC Davis?
- You must meet all provisions of your UC Davis TAG. Specific guidelines will be included in your TAG decision when it is available in mid-November. Students admitted with a TAG will receive formal admission notification in late April of the following year.
- What happens if I am unable to meet the provisions of my TAG?
- You may still be a competitive applicant through the regular UC application process if you are unable to complete the provisions of your TAG. Speak with your community college counselor regarding your circumstances. You can apply for TAG again the following year, if that better suits your circumstances.