What is a Transfer Admission Guarantee?

A Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a program that offers students from a California community college guaranteed admission to several colleges and universities.  Many colleges includes UC, CSU, and private campuses have transfer guarantees in partnership with Mission College.  TAG programs require students to meet certain requirements and deadlines, and in some case, fill out a contract.

Schools With Transfer Guarantees

University of California

Below are links to specific universities and their individual requirements.

Minimum General Requirements

  1. TAGs are usually submitted one year in advance
  2. 30 transferable units completed by the time the application is submitted
  3. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  4. 60 transferable units be completed by the end of the spring semester for fall admission

The UC TAG application is now part of the UC Transfer Admission Planner.  TAG applicants can apply for a TAG with only one UC campus. 

Students can access and complete the online form without meeting with a Mission College counselor, however, students are highly encouraged to attend one of the UC TAG workshops in order to reduce errors in their applications.

Check the Transfer Center Calendar of Events to get your UC TAP and UC TAG questions answered.

California State University

Although the CSU campuses do not have official TAG programs, the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) do provide students with priority consideration in the admissions process and guarantee students will be offered a spot at one of the 23 CSU campuses across the state.   ADTs are an excellent way to prepare for admission to the CSU and have several benefits for students at the community college and the CSU.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in transferring to an HBCU, consider particpating in Umoja. Umoja includes tours of these schools as well as empowering and motivating African-American students and other students from disproportionately impacted populations.

Alabama State University
Alcorn State University
Arkansas Baptist College
Benedict College
Bennett College
Bethune-Cookman University
Bowie State University
Central State University
Clafin University
Clark Atlanta University
Dillard University
Edward Waters College
Fisk University
Florida Memorial University
Fort Valley State University
Grambling State University
Harris-Stowe State University
Huston-Tillotson University
Kentucky State University
Lane College
Lincoln University of Missouri
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Mississippi Valley State University
North Carolina Central University
Philander Smith University
Shaw University
Southern University and A&M College
Stillman College
Tennessee State University
Tuskegee University
Virginia State University
West Virginia State University
Wiley College
Xavier University of Louisiana

Minimum General Requirements

1.  An Associate Degree for Transfer awarded by a California Community College with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher, that meets any one of the following requirements:

  • The degree includes the completion and certification of the lower division Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) used by California Community College students to prepare to transfer to the University of California and California State University systems; or
  • The degree includes the completion and certification of the lower division California State University General Education Breadth patters; or
  • The degree is an Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree or an Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree.  These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.


2. A minimum 30 transferable semester units with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

How to Apply

California Community College students may submit an application for admission to any one or more of the participating HBCUs for the Fall or Spring semester.

The application fee may be waived when it is determined by a counselor that a student will meet the Guarantee Transfer Agreement criteria.  The fee waiver code can be provided by a Community College counselor or a Transfer Center Director.

Before applying, students must meet with a counselor and be close to completing the Transfer Admission Guarantee requirements.  At the time of application, students must mail official transcripts directly to interested HBCUs. High School information is not required for Community College students.  

Students are encouraged to obtain an application code from a Community College counselor.  This code when entered in the payment section will waive the application fee.

The participating HBCU campuses use the Common Black College Application.  Students interested in the TAG Program are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Rebecca Tran or Yolanda Coleman in the Counseling Office.

Umoja may also be of use to you if you are interested in attending an HBCU.

Santa Clara University

Mission College also partners with Santa Clara University to offer a Transfer Admissions Agreement.

Minimum Requirements
  • Only available for majors in the  College of Arts and Sciences (excludes  Economics major)
  • Only for admission in the fall term
  • At least 2/3 of the required subject areas must be completed at the time the TAA is submitted.
    • For example, English, Math, and Science are required, thus, two of those three areas must be complete.
    • The third subject area can be in progress at the time of submission.
    • TAA's submitted with only one -or none- of the required subjects completed will be rejected.
  • A minimum 3.3 transferable GPA is required at the time the TAA is submitted
  • Transcripts (unofficial are fine) must be submitted with the signed TAA. However, official transcripts are needed to complete the Common application.
How to Apply
  1. Meet with a Mission College counselor to complete and submit the TAA Form. Mission College will forward the signed TAA along with all college transcripts to Santa Clara University.

    Note: Students must bring unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended other than Mission and West Valley to the appointment. If transcripts are not available, there may be a delay in submitting the TAA to Santa Clara University.

  2. Apply to Santa Clara University via the Common Application, by the April 15 deadline. However, students are encouraged to apply sooner for a quicker response.
  • Feb 1 is the priority submission date
  • Applications can still be processed until the April 15 deadline.  However, Santa Clara University has rolling admissions, so admission applying earlier is best.

Applications are accepted from January 7 – April 15 every year, and applicants are notified of admission decisions between February and May. 

University of San Francisco

Mission College partners with University of San Francisco to offer a Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program. The GTAP is available for both fall and spring semester transfer and all majors are included except  nursing and engineering.  Domestic applicants who qualify for GTAP, will automatically receive a merit scholarship of up to $17,000.

Minimum Requirements
  • 24 semester transferable units
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Be in good academic standing at your current college
How to Apply
  1. Submit your USF Transfer Application or Common App by the transfer deadline.
  2. Submit college transcripts (can be unofficial)
  3. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act Application if you're interested in financial aid.

Students will be automatically considered for GTAP when they apply.  There are no additional forms required!

Whittier College

Mission College partners with Whittier College as part of the CA Community College Advantage program. CCC Advantage is a special transfer pathway that guarantees admission to Whittier in the student's chosen major. Social Work, 3-2 Engineering, the PICES program for K-12 teaching, and the Whittier Scholars Program are not eligible for the admission guarantee.  Students can apply through the CCC Advantage Program for either fall or spring admission.

Minimum Requirements
  • 30 semester transferable units
  • Minimum 2.90 GPA
Special Benefits
  • Special annual tuition of $28,000 per year
  • Students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better will receive a $5,000 annual scholarship
  • Students who submit a FAFSA or CADAA may be eligible for a need-based Whittier Grant of up to $7,000
  • Students who pay an enrollment deposit will receive individual academic advising
How to Apply
  1. Submit the Whittier College Transfer Application by the transfer deadline.
  2. Submit the CCC Advantage section of the application.
  3. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act Application if you're interested in financial aid.

Students will be automatically considered for CCC Advantage when they apply.  There are no additional forms required!  

Pacific Oaks College
  • Mission College students must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
  • Mission College students must have a conferred Associates Degree by the start of their enrollment at Pacific Oaks College or a minimum of 60 transferable units

In addition, the following must be submitted:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Official Transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions previously attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Official CBEST Scores*
  • Proof of CSET Registration**

*Official CBEST scores required for credential-preparation programs
**Proof of CSET Registration is required for students entering credential-preparation programs

Two months prior to the start of their first semester (Please speak to an Admissions Enrollment Counselor for details on semester start dates):

  • Mission College students must submit all required admissions materials for their chosen program. Please review the Admissions Requirements above or speak with an Enrollment Counselor
  • Mission College Students must sign a "Commitment to Enroll" document and pay a $100 tuition deposit
Palo Alto University

Mission College also partners with Palo Alto University to offer a Transfer Admissions Agreement.

Minimum Requirements
  • 60 semester transferable units
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA
  • Only courses with a "C" grade or better are accepted
  • Completion of the CSU GE - Breadth
Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University offers a Transfer Admission Guarantee for their Bachelor of Science in Management degree completion program.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  2. At least two years of professional work experience
  3. Qualifying 60 units of coursework:
    • 60 transferable semester units. Half of these semester units require a grade of "C" or better in the following subject areas:
      • 3 semester units of English Composition
      • 3 semester units of College Algebra
      • 3 semester units of Physical Science or Biology
      • 6 semester units of Humanities and Fine Arts 6 semester units of Social Science
      • 9 semester units of additional General Education
      • 30 total units


    • Complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), or the California State University General Education (CSU GE) transfer requirements.


    • Complete a standard associate's degree. Classes must include three semesters minimum of Algebra or higher, and three semesters of English Composition. Please note, your grade must be a C or better.

How to apply

  1. Meet with an enrollment advisor to ensure all TAG requirements are satisfied.
  2. Complete one of the three transfer admission guarantee pathways.
  3. Complete the online application and submit all required documents by the application deadline.
Arizona State

Arizona State University currently offers guaranteed admission to California Community College Students.

Minimum Requirements
  • completion of at least 24 transferable semester credits with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00 (4.00=“A”) plus either a final high school transcript or GED


  • a fully certified Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE), with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50 plus either a final high school transcript or GED 


  • an associate degree with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to ASU when you’re ready to transfer.
  2. Enroll in classes at ASU to achieve your undergraduate degree.

View a timeline for the Guaranteed Program for Admission. 

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Many private or independent colleges in California participate in the ADT Commitment.  The ADT Commitment is the Independent California College and University sector’s adaptation of the ADT pathway and guarantees:

  • Admission for ADT students meeting admission requirements;
  • A minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units will transfer;
  • Students will start with junior standing.

Student are advised to review the list of AICCU ADT Participating Institutions and majors.

New Dual Admissions Programs!

Students starting at Mission College in Fall 2023 are the first to have the opportunity to opt in to the new UC and CSU Dual Admissions Programs.  These programs will guarantee future UC and CSU admission to 2023 high school graduates and beyond who are entering a California community college and who commit to transferring within three years.  Students that opt-in to a Dual Admission Program are accepted to both the California community college and UC or CSU at the same time.

There are a number of benefit to Dual Admissions.

  • Students will receive support from both the community college and university while preparing to transfer.
  • An admission guarantee to the university campus and major in place after they opt in (provided program requirements are met in the agreement)
  • Transfer advising and communication through a UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP) account or CSU Transfer Planner account
  • Advising from a university coordinator who will facilitate their communication with campus and CCC advisors
  • Access, where available, to university libraries
  • Invitations to transfer events
  • Preliminary information about financial aid

UC Dual Admissions

Eligible Students

Be a California resident

Be on track to graduate from a California high school.

Apply for freshman admission for the fall 2023, 2024, or 2025 term.

Not be admitted to any UC campus to which they applied.

Have at least a 3.0 UC GPA at the time of application.

Be missing one or more A-G subject requirements at the time of high school graduation.

Annual Opt-in Deadline

June 1

Participating Campuses

Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz


Complete TAG requirements for the chosen UC campus and major at the community college within 3 years.

CSU Transfer Success Pathway

Eligible Students

Be a California resident

Be on track to graduate from a California high school.

Apply for freshman admission for the fall 2023, 2024, or 2025 term.

Not be admitted to any CSU campus to which they applied.

Additionally, the CSU will accept students into the program who also:

Were offered admission through the CSU Redirect Program, but did not respond to the redirection offer; or

Did not apply and are not able to attend a CSU due to self-declared financial or personal reasons.

Annual Opt-in Deadline

September 30

Participating Campuses

All CSU Campuses (available majors for agreements will vary by campus).


Complete the Associate Degree for Transfer in a similar major to the major at the CSU, or the CSU specified transfer requirements, at the community college within three years.