Posted: May 1, 2015 | Written by Jacob Filek
Transferring to a different college can be a stressful process for some students, but the Transfer Admission Guarantee can help alleviate some of that stress.
This program started in the early ‘80s and several colleges now offer it to all California Community College students who apply through their websites. These colleges include California State University, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. Students may only use the Transfer Admission Guarantee for a single college.
A UC Riverside representative will be at the Transfer Center in the Admissions building at Riverside City College about once a week until the end of May to help students get started or answer any questions. Other faculty at the Transfer Center can also helps students get in touch with the campuses of their choice.
The timeframe to submit a TAG application is Sept. 1-30. To begin in the fall 2016 term, students must submit a UC application between Nov. 1-30. Students must also submit a Statement of Intent to Register by June 1 through the UC’s website.
Basic UC requirements to transfer as a Junior are a 2.8 grade point average and 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of transferable college credits, with seven courses being part of the UC Seven Course Pattern.
There are also grade point average requirements for specific majors, such as engineering, biology, natural sciences, and business administration, ranging between a 3.0 and 3.2 grade point average. Jolene Sedita, the UCR representative, also recommended that students complete their general education requirements, although this is not required to apply.
According to Sedita the typical transfer student does well at UCR, graduates within two to three years and is eligible for all of the same services as any other student. She also says that UCR sees a few hundred transfer students each year.
“Make sure you see yourself there,” says Sedita. She recommends visiting the college that someone wishes to transfer to and envisions themselves attending that school.
For detailed transfer requirements to any California college, as well as exploring any majors that are offered there, visit Assist.org. Additional information for UCR specifically is available on UCR’s website at UCR.edu.