THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS

What does it mean to TAP-certify a student?

When you certify a student, you are verifying only that the student will have completed the requirements of your College’s Honors/Scholars Program—nothing more.

  • Was the Honors/Scholars coursework begun no later than the Fall term prior to the current Certification Cycle?
  • Will a minimum of 15 Honors/Scholars transferable units be completed by the end of the Spring term during the year of certification?
  • Will the GPA requirement be met at the time of certification?
  • Will all other requirements for the Program be completed by the end of Spring term during the year of certification, e.g. community service/civic engagement activity, attendance at enrichment events, regular contact with Honors/Scholars Counselor, etc.?

Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Program Director/Coordinator with an explanation in the comments section of the form.

Will the certification form be accepted without signatures?

No; all three signatures are required.

When are certification forms submitted?

Certification forms are accepted during the TAP Certification Cycle, mid-January through mid-March; refer to the TAP Admission Cycle and Certification Form page for exact dates. Any other submissions are handled on a case-by-case basis. The forms should be sent from the Community College Honors/Scholars Program office rather than from the student.

ADMISSION DECISIONS

After reviewing the questions and answers below, if your question is not addressed or pertains to a specific situation, please contact Laura Macchia Amescua or Brennan Burnett.

Alternate Major Policy for TAP Transfer Applicants

Due to the continuous increase in transfer applications to UCLA and because the majority of applicants apply to a select number of majors, TAP certified students will be reviewed for alternate majors ONLY if they meet both of the following provisions:

A. The alternate major may NOT be one of the following 14 selective majors:

• Biology
• Pre-Business Economics
• Communication Studies
• Pre-Economics
• English
• Pre-Global Studies
• Pre-Financial Actuarial Mathematics
• Human Biology & Society (B.A.)
• Human Biology & Society (B.S.)
• Pre-International Development Studies
• Pre-Mathematics/Economics
• Pre-Political Science
• Pre-Psychology
• Pre-Sociology

B. The alternate major must have been listed on the original UC Application and match what is written on the TAP certification form. Requests to add or change the alternate major after submission of the application will not be considered. This applies to all alternate majors at UCLA.
Note: The TAP policy on review of alternate majors is still restricted to those in the UCLA College (Letters and Science). Majors in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS), the School of Arts and Architecture (SOAA), the School of Nursing, and the School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) are not acceptable for alternate major review.

What does Undergraduate Admission look at when reviewing applications for admission?

  • Completion of major preparatory coursework
  • Strength of GPA relative to the major
  • Strength of major preparation
  • Various personal criteria – please review the Transfer Admission Guide   for more information

What minimum requirements must be completed by the end of spring term?

  • 60 semester/90 quarter transferable units
  • Major preparation – minimum requirements
  • UC English composition requirement, mathematics requirement and transfer course pattern for UC minimum eligibility

By the end of summer term, completion of IGETC coursework and any additional recommended requirements for major preparation will ensure students are ready to begin full coursework at UCLA.

How does a student indicate coursework yet to be completed?

All applicants must submit an online UC Transfer Application Update form (UCLA’s priority deadline is January 31). Students are required to notify UCLA of any and all changes/updates to their work-in-progress as they occur. Our admission decision is based upon a review of current work-in-progress. The Transfer UC Application Update can be accessed from www.admissions.ucla.edu/Applicant/WIP.htm  . This site will remain up through March. After that, updates must be sent to the campus via e-mail to datachng@saonet.ucla.edu.

What are the ramifications if the student does not complete this coursework?

There are no ramifications unless incomplete coursework impacts major preparation, required units/coursework for University eligibility, or completion of the Honors/Scholars Program. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Macchia Amescua.

Preparation for major...

Please use the Transfer Admission Guide   and ASSIST   as your primary references for minimum major preparation requirements for the most selective majors. Even if the major is not highly selective, our admission evaluators are still looking for a majority of the major preparation to be completed by the end of the spring prior to transfer.

Is there a minimum GPA which guarantees admission?

No.

Is IGETC required for admission?

No, but it is strongly recommended.

What is more important to complete - major prep or IGETC?

Although students are encouraged to complete both, major prep is the most important. What the high unit majors must realize is that, if they enter without IGETC, they will have substantial GE to complete after they enter – much more than if they did IGETC and major prep at the community college. This will increase their time to degree.

Are international students (F-1 and J-1 visa status) eligible for TAP?

International students are reviewed separately. They can participate in TAP and be certified. Their TAP status is considered when UCLA makes admission decisions, but international students are not considered in the same way as domestic students. Significantly fewer international students are admitted overall than domestic students.

Can non-UCLA College (College of Letters and Science) majors be TAP certified?

Certification for non-College of Letters & Science majors such as Engineering, Nursing, Arts and Architecture, or Theater, Film and Television can be obtained if the student completes the prerequisites for an appropriate alternate major in the College of Letters & Science. This TAP certification, however, is not considered in the review for selection by the UCLA professional undergraduate schools.

Example: If a TAP certified applicant does not get into Engineering, s/he may be considered for an alternate major in UCLA College if an alternate College major is indicated on the application and TAP certification form and if s/he has completed prep work for the alternate College major indicated. However, if admitted to an alternate major in the College, s/he will not be allowed to change major to Engineering after transfer. Most Engineering majors are not interested in an alternate major. If such is the case, the TAP certification is of no value.

Does a student need to indicate on their UC application that they are TAP?

No, this is handled during the TAP Certification process.

ADMISSION STATISTICS

For statistical information regarding UCLA transfer applicants, click here  .

Counselors only – For statistical admission information for your college, contact Rosa Pimentel.