The University of California Santa Barbara Transfer Prep Program aims to prepare entering and continuing community college students to transfer to the University of California. We offer three programs, Transfer Making It Happen, UC Transfer Bound, and Transfer Preparation Academy. We also offer various transfer webinars and virtual advising opportunities throughout the year.
UCSB Transfer Prep Program Curriculum & Outcomes
UCSB Transfer Prep Programs include information on the UC admission process, financial aid, transfer support programs and other academic enrichment opportunities. Participants of our Transfer Prep Programs will also have the opportunity to establish direct communication with current UCSB students and UCSB transfer admission counselors who will serve as a guide throughout the UC transfer process.
Following the program’s end, UCSB transfer admissions counselors will maintain contact with program participants via specialized newsletters, email campaigns, and webinars aimed at informing them of important transfer events, deadlines, and academic opportunities.
UC Systemwide Transfer Resources
UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP)
An online tool designed for California community college students to track coursework in preparation for transferring to UC.
UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)
A program for California community college students to guarantee their fall admission to a specific UC campus. The online TAG contract establishes criteria required to be guaranteed admission in the major of your choice.
UC Transfer Pathways
A single set of courses you can take to prepare for your major before transferring to one of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses. Available for the top majors systemwide.
An online information system that helps you find community college courses that are transferable to a CSU or UC campus and how those courses might be used to satisfy admission, general education, and major preparation coursework.
Transfer Prep Resource Guide
A detailed transfer preparation guide with information, resources, and helpful tools. Topics covered include a UC overview, admission requirements, and an application timeline.
Transfer Making It Happen (TMIH)
UCSB’s Transfer Making It Happen (TMIH) is a transfer preparation program that strives to ensure entering and continuing first-year community college students make a smooth transition into the University of California. TMIH participants will be equipped with critical information and resources necessary to transfer to and graduate from the University of California within a timely manner. While TMIH is open to all high school seniors in California, those who come from low income and/or first-generation backgrounds are prioritized.
TMIH participants will be introduced to the key resources at the community college, as well as resources at the UC, that will support their transfer journey. Students will be equipped with the critical information needed to transfer within a timely manner.
To be eligible for TMIH, students should be:
- A graduating high school senior planning to enroll at a CA community college
- A continuing community college student with less than 30 UC transferable units or a transfer term of Fall 2025 or beyond
- Enrolled at a CA community college for the 2023-2024 academic year
- A resident of Santa Barbara, Ventura, or San Diego Counties
- First-generation college students
- From a low-income background
Applying to TMIH 2023-2024
TMIH: Santa Barbara Program
Dates: June 13 & 14, 2023
- Day 1 will take place at Santa Barbara City College
- Day 2 will take place at the University of California, Santa Barbara
- Open to all students from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
TMIH- San Diego Program
Dates: June 22 & 23, 2023
- Day 1 will take place at San Diego Mesa College
- Day 2 will take place at the University of California, San Diego
- Open to all students from San Diego County.
Priority consideration for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura or San Diego Counties.
UC Transfer Bound
UCSB’s Transfer Bound is an overnight transfer preparation program that strives to ensure graduating high school seniors make a smooth transition into community college and to the University of California. Transfer Bound participants will be equipped with critical information and resources necessary to navigate the community college and transfer to the University of California. Students will attend workshops that strengthen their knowledge of the transfer process, leadership skills, and engage in meaningful discussions with the UCSB community and other transfer students.
To be eligible for Transfer Bound, students should be:
- A graduating high school senior planning to enroll at a Santa Barbara or Ventura County community college
- First-generation college student
- From a low-income background
- 18 years of age or older
Dates: June 28-30, 2023
Overnight program at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Transfer Preparation Academy
The UCSB Transfer Preparation Academy is a free summer program designed for California Community College students who plan to apply for transfer admission to the University of California in the fall. Participants will discover academic and co-curricular opportunities available at UCSB while obtaining individualized UC admissions support. Students will attend workshops that strengthen their leadership skills, experience lectures and workshops, and engage in meaningful discussions with the UCSB community and other transfer students.
California community college students who are interested in applying to the Transfer Preparation Academy in 2023 must create a UC Transfer Admission Planner and enter all their courses and grades up to Spring 2023 and any planned coursework for the 2023-2024 academic year. Students should also indicate that they are interested in the Transfer Preparation Academy in the “Support Programs” section of the UC TAP:
Transfer Prep Academy (Virtual Session)
Dates: July 13 & 14, 2023
Transfer Prep Academy (In-person Session)
Dates: July 19-21, 2023
Overnight program on the University of California, Santa Barbara Campus
Transfer Preparation Programs Frequently Asked Questions
Students can only apply to one program. Please review program descriptions and eligibility requirements and apply to the program you would like to be considered for. If you have questions about which program is best for you please contact us at email@example.com.
There is no fee to apply to or attend any of our UCSB Transfer Prep Programs.
Applications have closed this year! Please check back next spring for updated qualifications and the application.
While the application is open to all prospective transfer students, the 2023 TPA is designed for current California Community College students who plan to transfer to a UC campus in fall 2024. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be prioritized for acceptance into the program:
- At least 30 semester/45 quarter units completed by the end of spring 2023
- At least one UC-English and one UC-Math course completed or planned by the end of fall 2023
- First-generation college student
- Low-income student
- Minimum 3.0 UC transferable GPA
- Submit TPA application by priority deadline of May 26, 2023
Students who apply to TMIH and Transfer Bound by May 23 and June 7, respectively, will receive a response by early June.
Students who apply to Transfer Prep Academy will receive a response by June 30, 2023.
Participation in any of our Transfer Prep Programs by itself will not affect your chances of admission, but participants will learn valuable information that may strengthen their application to UCSB and other UC campuses.
We expect participants who accept their participation in the program to attend all sessions and program activities throughout the duration of the program. We understand that unavoidable circumstances occasionally arise, so we ask that participants communicate with our team as soon as possible in the case of last-minute conflicts.