The University of California Santa Barbara Transfer Prep Program aims to prepare high school seniors and community college students to transfer to the University of California. We offer two programs, Transfer Making It Happen and the Transfer Preparation Academy. We also offer various transfer webinars and virtual advising opportunities throughout the year.
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 an online transfer preparation program that strives to ensure high school seniors make a smooth transition from high school to community college to 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.
2021-2022 Cohort Information
TMIH 2021-2022 is already underway. If you participated in webinars between spring 2021 and now, you are in the 2021-2022 cohort and should contact your assigned admissions counselor with any questions you may have.
If you are a current high school senior interested in TMIH, please review TMIH qualifications above and fill out the application, linked below. Please note the priority deadline for this program is April 20, 2022, but the application will remain open until July 2022. Students who qualify for TMIH will have their pick at any of the initial TMIH webinars available between early spring and mid-summer 2022.
Program Curriculum & Outcomes
TMIH curriculum includes information on the UC admission process, financial aid, transfer support programs and other academic enrichment opportunities. TMIH participants will also have the opportunity to establish direct communication with 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 TMIH participants via specialized newsletters, email campaigns, and webinars aimed at informing them of important transfer events, deadlines, and academic opportunities.
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.
2022 Event Information
The application for the 2022 Transfer Preparation Academy (TPA) has closed. Selected participants should refer to their email for event details.
California community college students who are interested in applying to the Transfer Preparation Academy in 2023 or later should create a UC Transfer Admission Planner and indicate that they are interested in the program in the “Support Programs” section of the UC TAP:
Transfer Preparation Academy Frequently Asked Questions
The UCSB Transfer Preparation Academy is a summer preparation program designed for California Community College students who are preparing to apply for transfer admission to the University of California. Participants will discover academic and co-curricular opportunities available at UCSB while obtaining individualized UC admissions support. Participants will attend workshops that strengthen leadership skills, sit in on informational lectures, and engage in meaningful discussions with the UCSB community. The 2022 TPA may be offered in person and/or online.
While the application is open to all prospective transfer students, the 2022 TPA is designed for current California Community College students who plan to transfer to a UC campus in fall 2023. 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 2022
- First generation college student
- Low income student
- Minimum 3.0 UC transferable GPA
- Submit TPA application by priority deadline of May 1, 2022
The priority deadline to apply is May 1, 2022. Students who apply by May 1 will have priority consideration for acceptance into the program. The application will be available online in April 2022.
There is no fee to apply to or attend the UCSB Transfer Preparation Academy.
Students who apply by May 1 will receive a response by June 1, 2022.
The TPA is held annually in June. In 2022, there will be a three-day, in-person option on June 22-24, and a two-day, virtual option on June 27-28.
There is no fee to attend this program, the TPA is free to all participants.
Participation in the TPA 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 commit to the program to attend all meetings throughout the session. 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.