Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)


 

Who can apply for a TAG?

California community college students are eligible for the UC Merced Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program. TAG contracts specify the courses to be completed and grade point averages you must earn at the community college to be guaranteed admission to UC Merced in the major of your choice. 

TAG Highlights

  • Guaranteed admission to your major*
  • Access to individualized admission advising
    *Subject to meeting the requirements of the TAG contract. TAG requirements are reviewed and subject to change on an annual basis. Check this website frequently for updates.

When Do I Apply For a TAG?

Spring 2017
May 1- 31

Fall 2017
September 1 - 30

Why Apply For A TAG?

The benefits of participating in the UC Merced TAG Program include early notification that your admission to UC Merced is provisionally guaranteed (subject to the conditions of the program); and opportunities for individualized advising about major preparation, general education, and/or IGETC requirements.

How Do I Apply For A TAG?

*Remember to submit all of the academic information listed on your transcripts, including nontransferable, repeated courses, academic renewals and withdrawals.
 

Spring 2017 TAG requirements

For the spring 2017, in order to successfully apply to the TAG program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time at a California community college.
  • Completed 30 UC transferable units by TAG submission
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 2.8 for majors in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (a GPA of 3.0 is required for Psychology), a 2.9 for majors in the School of Natural Sciences and a 3.0 for majors in the School of Engineering.
  • Complete one UC-transferable mathematics course with a grade of C (2.0) or higher by the end of the spring 2016 term.
  • Complete one UC-transferable English composition course with a grade of C (2.0) or higher by the end of the spring 2016 term
  • Complete a second UC-transferable English composition course with a grade of C (2.0) or higher by the end of the summer 2016 term.
  • Complete the academic criteria listed below for your major by the end of the fall 2016 term with a grade of "C" or better. 
  • Complete 60 UC transferable units by the end of the fall 2016 term.
  • No unrepeated grade(s) of "No Pass","D" or "F" in UC-transferable coursework.
  • No more than two total withdraws in  major preparation courses.
  • By the end of summer 2016, spring 2017 applicants can have no more than one major preparation course where grades of No Pass, D or F were received even if repeated with passing grades.

 

School of Engineering:

Majors in the School of Engineering require a minimum GPA of 3.00. The TAG requires you to complete the following UC Merced course requirements at your community college prior to enrolling in the University with at least 50% of the required coursework completed prior to spring 2016:

• MATH 21, MATH 22 , MATH 23, MATH 24
• CHEM 2
• PHYS 8, PHYS 9
• Computer Science and Engineering majors only: CSE 20, 21 (Must be completed with "B" or better grade)

School of Natural Sciences:

Majors in the School of Natural Sciences require a minimum GPA of 2.90. TAGs for the majors listed below require you to complete the following UC Merced course requirements at your community college prior to enrolling in the University with at least 50% of the required coursework completed prior to spring 2016:

Applied Mathematics:
• CHEM 2, 
• MATH 21, 22
• PHYS 8, 9

Biological Science:
• BIO 01, 01L (with no grade less than "B")
• CHEM 2, 10
• MATH 11 or 21
• PHYS 8 or 18

Chemical Science:
• CHEM 2, 10
• MATH 21, 22
• PHYS 8, 9

Earth System Sciences:
• CHEM 2, 10
• MATH 11 or 21
• PHYS 8 or 18

Physics:
• CHEM 2
• MATH 21, 22
• PHYS 8, 9

School of Social Science, Humanities and Arts (SSHA):

Majors in the School of Social Science Humanities and Arts require a minimum GPA of 2.8, except for Psychology which requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 TAGs for the majors listed below require you to complete the following UC Merced course requirements at your community college prior to enrolling in the University:

Anthropology:
• At least one course from ANTH 1, ANTH 3, ANTH 5

Cognitive Sciences B.A.
• COGS 1 OR PSY 1 
• PSY 10 
• MATH 11 OR MATH 5 OR MATH 21

Cognitive Sciences B.S.
• COGS 1 OR PSY 1 
• PSY 10 
• MATH 11 OR 12 OR MATH 21 OR 22

Economics
• ECON 1
• MATH 11 OR 21

English (Closed to TAG for spring 2017, apply as a regular applicant)

History
• Two course from: HIST 10 OR HIST 11 OR HIST 16 OR HIST 17 OR HIST 30A OR HIST 30B OR HIST 31

Management and Business Economics
• ECON 1
• MATH 11 OR 21

Political Science
• POLI 1 OR POLI 3 OR POLI 5

Psychology
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and completed the following courses listed below with a grade of C or better:
• PSY 1
• PSY 10
• PSY 15

Public Heath (Closed for TAG)

Sociology
• SOC 1
• SOC 10 OR MATH 5

Spanish (Closed to TAG for spring 2017, apply as a regular applicant)

All SSHA majors are highly encouraged to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to enrollment at UC Merced. 

Questions?

Contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to provide assistance.