Transfer Planning

Transfer Planning

Frequently Asked Questions - Transfer Admission Agreements

  1. What is a TAA?
  2. Which four-year universities have a TAA with De Anza College?
  3. Do I need a TAA to transfer?
  4. Can I still apply to other schools if I write a TAA?
  5. What are the benefits of writing a TAA?
  6. Who is eligble to write a TAA?
  7. I am an International Student (F-1), can I write a TAA?
  8. How many TAAs can I write?
  9. When do I write a TAA?
  10. What are the procedures for writing a TAA?
  11. What do I need to bring with me when I write a TAA?
  12. What happens after I write a TAA?
  13. I submitted all of the necessary TAA paperwork, do I still need to submit a university application?
  14. What happens if I change my mind and decide to transfer to a different college or university?
  15. Where can I find more information about the TAA program?

1.  What is a TAA?

A Transfer Admission Agreement (TAA), also referred to as a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a written contractual agreement between you, De Anza College and a participating four-year institution.  Students who meet and maintain stated admission and major requirements for a TAA are guaranteed admission to the designated TAA four-year institution.  However, a TAA does not necessarily guarantee admission to a specific major, program or college within a campus.  Additional selection criteria may apply and will be outlined in the appropriate TAA brochure.

Students preparing to write a TAA should meet with a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser as early as possible to select appropriate coursework and develop an education plan.

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2.  Which four-year universities have a TAA with De Anza College?

De Anza College has transfer admission agreements with twelve (12) institutions, including:

  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • Cogswell Polytechnical College
  • Kettering University
  • The National Hispanic University
  • University of the Pacific
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

Participation by four-year colleges and universities with De Anza College is subject to change without notice.  Colleges and universities may be added or removed throughout the year.  Students should visit the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website periodically for updates.

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3.  Is a TAA required for transfer?

No.

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4.  Can I still apply to other schools if I write a TAA?

Yes.  TAAs are non-binding agreements which means that you are not obligated to fulfill the agreement.  Any student who writes a TAA may continue to apply to other colleges and universities.

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5.  What are the benefits of writing a TAA?

A TAA will help you better understand:

  • The courses you must complete before transferring
  • The minimum GPA you must earn and maintain
  • The number of units required to transfer
  • The specific requirements for high-demand majors
  • May include an application fee waiver
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6.  Who is eligble to write a TAA?

In general, transfer admission agreements are open to resident students of California though some UC and independent and out-of-state universities accept transfer admission agreements from International (F-1) students and AB 540-eligible students.  Additionally, there may be restrictions for students who have completed coursework at a college or university outside of the U.S.

Consult the TAA flyer for the college/university of your choice or meet with a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser to discuss specific TAA eligibility requirements.

Students who are ineligible to write a TAA may still apply to the college/university through the regular admissions process.

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7.  I am an international student (F-1), can I write a TAA?

Several participating universities accept transfer admission agreements from eligible international students who transfer from a California community college.

The universities listed below may accept TAAs from international students.  However, additional requirements or specific limitations for international students may apply. Please review the respective TAA handout for students upon availability.
  • UC Davis*
  • UC Irvine*
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz*
  • Kettering University
  • The National Hispanic University
  • University of the Pacific
* If you have international coursework/records from a post-secondary institution outside the U.S., you may be ineligible.  For more information, view campus-specific TAA flyers and websites available on the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website.

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8.  How many TAAs can I write?

When a four-year university requires a community college counselor's signature to submit a TAA, De Anza College students may submit a TAA to only one university. The following universities require a De Anza College counselor's signature on the TAA:

  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • The National Hispanic University
  • University of the Pacific

California community college transfer students may submit only one TAG to the University of California and must meet campus-specific admission and TAG requirements to be eligible.

Currently, the universities listed below require a De Anza College counselor's signature or approval as part of the TAA submission process. However, procedures for submitting a TAA are subject to change based on staffing availability in the De Anza College Counseling & Advising Center.

  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • The National Hispanic University
  • University of the Pacific

The following seven UC campuses participate in the UC TAG program:

  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

For four-year institutions that do not require a community college counselor's signature, there is no limit on the number of TAAs that a student may submit. The following institutions do not require a community college counselor's signature:

  • Cogswell Polytechnical College
  • Kettering University

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9.  When do I write a TAA?

In general, if you plan to write a TAA for a CSU or UC campus the TAG is written one year before you plan to transfer.  If you are writing a TAA for a California private school or out-of-state institution, TAA contract deadlines tend to be closer to the term in which you will transfer.

Deadlines for writing and submitting a TAA vary by institution.  See the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website for specific TAA filing periods.

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10.  What are the procedures for writing a TAA?

TAA procedures and submission methods vary by four-year institution and by De Anza College student service program.  However, general TAA guidelines and requirements are available on the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website. Printed TAA materials may also be available in the Counseling and Advising Center, Transfer Center or in your student support program office. Consult with your program counselor for more information.

To ensure a counselor's review, if necessary, and that you accurately submit your TAA, students in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and International Students Program (ISP) must follow program-specific TAG procedures.  Contact the EOPS and ISP Offices for more information.

For TAAs that require community college approval or signature, students may visit the Meet with a Counselor page or stop by the De Anza College Counseling & Advising Center (2nd floor, Student & Community Services Building) to learn what types of academic services are available for students interested in completing a TAA.

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11.  What do I need to bring with me when I write a TAA?

In general, you should bring the following documents to a TAA appointment:

  • Copies of all colleges and universities previously attended. In most cases, unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable to write the TAA.
    NOTE: In order to receive appropriate credit, official transcripts must be on file and formally evaluated by the De Anza College Admissions and Records Office.  However, the evaluation process may take up to several months to complete so it is important to initiate this process as early as possible.
  • If coursework was completed at a post-secondary college or university outside the U.S, word-for-word translations of transcripts and course descriptions may be required.
  • Copies of Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores.  You may submit official, sealed transcripts and AP, CLEP and IB exam scores directly to Admissions and Records or to a counselor or academic adviser who may request official evaluation.

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12.  What happens after I write a TAA?

If appropriate, your signed and completed TAA contract will be forwarded to the De Anza College Articulation Officer to confirm eligibility and then submitted to the TAA institution for final approval. If a TAA does not require a De Anza College counselor's signature, you should be contacted directly by the college or university with additional information and instructions.  Generally, you should expect a response and conditional admission from the college or university between 4 to 6 weeks after the official TAA deadline passes.

Since most transfer institutions send correspondence to students by e-mail it is important to check your e-mail messages regularly and to keep your account up to date.  If you do not receive any correspondence from the university you should notify the counselor who wrote your TAA to determine the status of your TAA.

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13.  I submitted all of the necessary TAA paperwork, do I still need to submit a university application?

Yes.  Students who submit a TAA must also submit an official application for admission to the college or university and pay the application fee, if required, during the appropriate application filing period.

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14.  What happens if I change my mind and decide to go to another university?

It is always a good idea to carefully read all documents that sent to you after submitting your TAA for specific instructions. TAAs are non-binding agreements which means that you are not obligated to attend the TAA institution should you change your mind.

However, you should notify De Anza College and/or the university if you decide to cancel your TAA.

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15.  Where can I find more information about the TAA program?  

Information is posted on the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website which provides an overview of TAA requirements as well as links to campus-specific TAA flyers and websites.

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Disclaimer:  The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Web site is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible.  However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University.

Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes and to develop an education plan for transfer.



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Last Updated: 7/3/13