UC transfer programs

There are a few different ways to get into UC. To make it easier, we’ve created three guided options. One of these will help you move through the process in the best way for you. You don’t have to choose one of these options but many people do, as it’s much simpler. 

Let’s find the right option for you. 

If you know your major – follow Transfer Pathways.

If you have a dream campus – use TAG.

If you’ve decided on both – try Pathways+

Transfer Pathways

You have a major in mind.

Decided on a major but want to keep your campus options open? The UC Transfer Pathway program may be right for you. 

This means you take a single set of courses to get ready for your major—and you can choose from any of our nine undergraduate campuses that offer that major. 

You’ll get clear guidance on what classes you need to take, which hugely increases your chances of studying at a UC campus. Plus, you’ll be in a great position to succeed once you get here.

Keep in mind that Pathways is designed for our most sought-after majors. That might not include yours—so please check!

Find everything you need to know about Transfer Pathways » 


You know where you want to study.

If you have your eye on a particular campus, then good news: six UC campuses offer our Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program.

When we say guarantee, we mean guarantee. You submit a separate TAG application to your chosen campus, and if you meet the course and GPA requirements, then you’re in. You have a 100% guaranteed place in your major at your chosen campus.

Learn more about TAG »


You picked your major, and it’s included in the Transfer Pathways program. You found your campus, and it offers a TAG.

Pathways+ is a great option if your major is covered by Pathways, and you want the freedom to explore multiple campuses while ensuring a spot at one of our six TAG campuses.

It gives you the best of both worlds: a guaranteed spot at UC, and the support you need to hit the ground running when you get here.

Get started with Pathways+»