Thursday, September 22, 2011


Be aware that the deadline to submit a Transfer Admissions Guarantee, or TAG, application for Fall 2012 admission to one UC participating campus is Friday, September 30, 2011. UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz require counselor review; the other UC campuses participating in the TAG program do not require counselor review. As the deadline nears, I will give priority to students submitting UC Davis or UC Santa Cruz TAGs. If you are submitting a TAG to UC San Diego or another participating campus, and if you want me to review your TAG before you submit it, I probably will not have time before the deadline to review your TAG for you. So, here are a few tips to remember when submitting your TAG:
1. Enter ALL courses you have taken ANYWHERE in the world after high school, whether or not you think the courses are transferable, and regardless of the grade or mark earned. In other words, if the course is on your transcript, enter it on the TAG application. If the course is not an ASSIST-certified UC-transferable course, you will have to enter the course information manually.
2. Be sure to explain any gaps in your educational history between high school and your first term at DVC. For example, if you completed high school in June 2009, performed mandatory military duty in your country for one year beginning July 2009, then started taking classes at DVC in Fall 2010, you need to explain what you were doing during Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.
3. If you have a TOEFL/IELTS score, report it even if it's low and even if you might not need it for admissions. For all UCs, if you score at least a B in both of your English composition/critical thinking classes, you do not need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.
4. If you are submitting a TAG to UCSD, you must complete the entire IGETC pattern by the end of Spring 2012. In any case, be sure to indicate accurately the courses you are taking this semester and the courses you plan to take next semester.
5. Remember you must submit the UC application to the TAG campus in November. If you do not submit the UC application, as well, your TAG application will be cancelled.

Good luck, everyone!