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Transfer: TAG

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

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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Attend a TAG Event

September 13, 2022 | 7pm 

Discover how you can TAG UC Merced (Transfer Admission Guarantee)

UC Merced is one of six UC campuses participating in the Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG). Join us to learn more about how you can guarantee your admission to UC Merced through the TAG. We will provide an overview of the UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) tool, outline the TAG submission process, and review UC Merced’s TAG requirements.

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October 5, 2022 | 7pm 

Discover UC Merced - Transfer Admissions Presentation 

 

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October 13, 2022 | 7pm 

Discover UC Merced - Transfer Admissions Application 

 

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To view past transfer specific webinar recordings, visit our UC Transfer Intiative Program YouTube channel

 

Steps to Apply for a TAG:

  1. Complete the Transfer Admission Planner
  2. Submit your TAG for your intended transfer term
    • Spring TAG: Submit May 1-31
    • Fall TAG: Submit Sept. 1-30
  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 preparation, general education and/or IGETC requirements.

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How Can I Pursue a TAG?

  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 here.

If you have additional questions about the TAG program, you can email us at transfer@ucmerced.edu or schedule an appointment with one of our transfer advisers. Visit our Contact Us page to schedule an appointment.

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TAG Eligibility for Fall 2023

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
  • Have completed 30 UC-transferable units
  • Meet the minimum GPA required for your major
  • *Students who meet all TAG requirements but are not enrolled full-time may still apply; must provide an explanation in the gap in education section.*

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

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

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

  • Complete the required preparation for your major.
    Completion Deadline: 
     - Fall TAGs by the end of the spring term prior to enrollment
     - 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 prior to enrollment
    - Spring TAGS by the end of the fall term prior to enrollment
  • No unrepeated grade(s) of No Pass, C-, D or F in UC-transferable coursework.

  • No more than two (2) total withdrawals in major preparation courses (including Emergency / Excused Withdrawals).

  • No more than one (1) deficient grade in a major prep course, even if the course is repeated with a passing grade. 

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Required Preparation for Your Major

See the Majors & Minors page to learn more about UC Merced's academic offerings

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 submitting the TAG.

Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering

  • CHEM 002
  • MATH 021, MATH 022, MATH 023, and MATH 024
  • PHYS 008 & PHYS 008L and PHYS 009 & PHYS 009L

Civil Engineering

  • Not currently open to TAG**

Computer Science and Engineering

  • CSE 020 and CSE 021 (must be completed with grades of B or better)
  • MATH 021, MATH 022, MATH 023, and MATH 024
  • PHYS 008 & PHYS 008L and PHYS 009 & PHYS 009L

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 submitting the TAG.

Applied Mathematical Sciences

  • CHEM 002
  • MATH 021 and MATH 022
  • PHYS 008 & PHYS 008L and PHYS 009 & PHYS 009L

Biological Sciences

  • BIO 001 and BIO 001L
  • CHEM 002, CHEM 008 and CHEM 008L, CHEM 010
  • MATH 011 or MATH 021
  • MATH 012 or MATH 022

Chemical Sciences

  • CHEM 002 and CHEM 010
  • MATH 021 and MATH 022
  • PHYS 008 & PHYS 008L and PHYS 009 & PHYS 009L

Environmental Systems Science (formerly Earth Systems Science)

  • CHEM 002 and CHEM 010
  • MATH 011 or MATH 021
  • PHYS 008 & PHYS 008L or PHYS 018

Physics

  • MATH 021 and MATH 022
  • PHYS 008 & PHYS 008L and PHYS 009 & PHYS 009L

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 001, ANTH 003, ANTH 005

Cognitive Science, B.A

  • COGS 001 or PSY 001
  • MATH 005 or MATH 011 or MATH 021
  • PSY 010

Cognitive Science, B.S.

  • COGS 001 or PSY 001
  • MATH 011 or MATH 012 or MATH 021 or MATH 022
  • PSY 010

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

  • CRES 001 (with a grade of B or better)
  • HIST 017 (with a grade of B or better)

Economics, B.A.

  • ECON 001
  • MATH 011 or MATH 021

Economics, B.S.

  • Economics, Economics Analysis and Policy Emphasis, B.S.
    • ECON 001, ECON 010, MATH 011 or MATH 021, MATH 012 or MATH 022
    • One of ANTH 001, COGS 001, PH 001, PH 005, PSY 001, POLI 001 or SOC 001 or equivalent
    • One of ANTH 005, BIO 003, BIO 005, BIO 050, BIO 051, BIO 060, CHEM 001, ESS 001, ESS 002, ESS 010, ESS 015, ESS 020, ESS 043, ESS 047, ESS 050, ESS 065 or equivalent
  • Economics, Quantitative Economics Emphasis, B.S.
    • ECON 001, ECON 010, MATH 021, MATH 022
    • MATH 023*   *Not required for TAG and admissions, but strongly recommended
    • One of ANTH 001, COGS 001, PH 001, PH 005, PSY 001, POLI 001 or SOC 001 or equivalent
    • One of ANTH 005, BIO 003, BIO 005, BIO 050, BIO 051, BIO 060, CHEM 001, ESS 001, ESS 002, ESS 010, ESS 015, ESS 020, ESS 043, ESS 047, ESS 050, ESS 065 or equivalent

Global Arts Studies Program

  • Not currently open to TAG**

History

  • At least three UC-transferable courses in History (students are strongly encouraged to complete two courses that have been approved as equivalents to specific UC Merced courses, including at least one world history course, as this will prepare students for upper division courses at UC Merced)

Literature in English

  • Not currently open to TAG**

Management and Business Economics

  • ECON 001
  • MATH 011 or MATH 021

Philosophy

  • Choose two courses from the following: PHIL 001, PHIL 002, PHIL 003, or PHIL 009
  • And PHIL 004 or PHIL 005

Political Science

  • At least one course from POLI 001, POLI 003,  POLI 005

Psychology

  • PSY 001, PSY 010, and PSY 015

Public Health

  • Not currently open to TAG**

Sociology

  • SOC 001
  • At least one of the following courses from the following course ranges: SOC 009 or SOC 011-SOC 104 or SOC 016-SOC 089

Spanish

  • SPAN 004 or SPAN 011 (with a grade of B or better)

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 this page frequently for updates and deadlines.
** Apply as a regular applicant. View major requirements at https://admissions.ucmerced.edu/transfer/major-preparation-schools.

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