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Transfer: TAG

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

UC Merced Campus

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

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Steps to Apply for a TAG:

  1. Complete the Transfer Admissions Planner
  2. Submit your TAG for your intended Transfer term
    • Sept. 1-30 for fall
    • May 1-31 for spring
  3. Apply for Admission

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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 guaranteed (subject to the conditions of the program), and opportunities for individualized advising about major prepara-tion, general education and/or IGETC requirements.

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When Can I Start Planning for a TAG?Student at a lab

  1. Apply for a TAG at uctap.universityofcalifornia.edu.
     
  2. Apply for admission to UC Merced. Students with approved UC Merced TAGs must file the UC application for undergraduate admission for the major and term for which the TAG is written. You are encouraged to wait for your TAG decision before submitting the UC application. You can start your UC application at universityofcalifornia.edu/apply.

If you have additional questions about the TAG program, email transfer@ucmerced.edu with “TAG Information” in the subject line.

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TAG Eligibility

To be considered for a TAG you must meet the following criteria at the time the TAG is submitted:

  • Be enrolled full-time at a California community college
  • Complete 30 UC-transferable units
  • Meet the minimum GPA Required for your major: (link to anchor for major course requirements for each major)

In addition you must also meet the requirements below prior to your intended term of enrollment:Faculty at whiteboard

  • Complete the minimum English eligibility requirements for admission
    Completion Deadline: 
     - Fall TAGs by the end of the spring prior to enrollment
     - Spring TAGs by the end of summer prior to enrollment

  • Complete the minimum Math eligibility requirements for admission.
    Completion Deadline: 
     - Fall TAGs by the end of the fall prior to enrollment
     - Spring TAGs by the end of spring prior to enrollment

  • Complete the required preparation for your major.
    Completion Deadline: 
     - Fall TAGs by the end of the spring term for fall
     - Spring TAGs by the end of the fall term prior to enrollment

  • Complete 60 UC-transferable units
    Completion Deadline:
    - Fall TAGS by the end of the spring term.
    - Spring TAGS by the end of the summer term prior to enrollment.
  • Complete 60 UC-transferable units by the end of the spring term.

  • No unrepeated grade(s) of No Pass, D or F in UC-transferable coursework.

  • No more than two total withdrawals in major preparation courses.

  • By the end of spring, fall 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.

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Required Preparation for Your Major

See the Majors & Minors page to find out which school your major is in.

School of Engineering

Majors in the School of Engineering require a minimum GPA of 3.0. The TAG requires you to complete the following UC Merced course requirements at your community college prior to enrolling at the University, with at least 50% of the required coursework completed prior to spring.

  • 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 grade of “B” or better)

School of Natural Sciences

Majors in the School of Natural Sciences require a minimum GPA of 2.9. 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.

Applied Mathematics

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

Biological Sciences

  • BIO 01, 01L (with grade of “B” or better)
  • CHEM 2, 10, 8/8L, 100
  • MATH 11 or 21
  • MATH 12 or 22

Chemical Sciences

  • CHEM 2, 10
  • MATH 21, 22
  • PHYS 8, 9

Earth Systems Science

  • CHEM 2, 10
  • MATH 11 OR 21
  • PHYS 8 or 18

Physics

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

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA)

Majors in the School of Social Sciences, 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 Science, B.A

  • COGS 1 OR PSY 1
  • PSY 10
  • MATH 11 OR MATH 5 OR MATH 21

Cognitive Science, 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

  • Not open to TAG**

Global Arts Studies Program

  • Not open to TAG**

History

  • Two of the following courses: 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

  • At least one of the following courses: POLI 1 OR POLI 3 OR POLI 5

Psychology

  • PSY 1, 10, 15

Public Health

  • Not open to TAG**

Sociology

  • SOC 1
  • SOC 10 OR MATH 5

Spanish

  • Not open to TAG**

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

* Requirements are subject to change. Check admissions.ucmerced.edu/tag for updates and spring deadlines.
** Apply as a regular applicant. Check this page for updates.

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