TAG. The One Time You’ll Want To Be It.

As students are settling into their classes and adjusting to their new schedules, there are some students preparing to apply to transfer next Fall — a process that many deem as long, hard, and intimidating. The Transfer Admission Guarantee Program, or TAG, was designed and developed in order to take a load off of students’ shoulders as they take steps to embark on their new journey.

The TAG Program is one that, so long as the requirements are met, guarantees the applying student a spot at a UC of their choice out of the six that participate. The six UC’s that offer this guaranteed transfer are as follows: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. Penny Gabourie, counselor and Transfer Center Director, said that “Any student transferring to a UC, should TAG somebody.” Gabourie said that applying to TAG a school would give students the peace of mind knowing that, assuming all requirements are met, they have at least one school they are guaranteed an admission offer from. Gabourie went on to say that this program “does not obligate the student, but it does obligate the university to make an offer.” Meaning the student is not obligated to attend the school they decided to TAG. Another bonus: the TAG application is completely free.


Each university has its own set of requirements that need to be met, consisting of a set GPA and the passing of specific classes. The specific classes can be found on assist.org and the GPA requirement can be found on each individual university’s website. Gabourie stressed the importance and requirement to still apply to the university the student is planning to TAG. If all of the requirements are not met, the offer is no longer in consideration.


The application process is meant to be simple and is laid out on the Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) website (link attached below). Once an account is created, the website walks the student through the process. After the TAG application has been completed, the student has the option to transfer all of the information over to their UC applications. The student must complete a normal UC application to the UC they intend to TAG. Although the UC applications are not due until November, the TAG applications are due by September 30th.

Any application process can be frightening and stressful, so the Transfer Center, located on the second floor in the Student Center, is there to help keep those stress-induced grey hairs at bay. There you can find Penny Gabourie, who not only offers TAG workshops every week, but once submitted, Gabourie will review the application to ensure everything is “as clean as possible to make sure the students have the best chance.” If all requirements have been met, the student will be guaranteed an admission offer.


Go to the Transfer Center to find out more and get help with the application:

Friday, September 13th 10 am – 11 am

Thursday, September 18th 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Monday, September 23rd 12:30 – 1:30 pm

RSVP for the workshops at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cypress-college-transfer-center-7837490063

TAG application website: https://uctap.universityofcalifornia.edu/students/index.cfm

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