Transfer Achievement Program (T.A.P.)

Santa Barbara City College
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The mission of the Transfer Achievement Program (T.A.P) is to provide the necessary knowledge to assist students with implementing informed actions that will ensure a successful transition from Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) to a four-year university. T.A.P aims to do this by increasing student involvement and responsibility in transfer-related activity to increase student persistence and goal attainment. They also believe that collaboration among students and college services will increase transfer rates more so than would individual and fragmented efforts.

Program Description

T.A.P. is a support program within the Transfer Center designed to assist first-generation, economically disadvantaged, and ethnically underrepresented who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. Since its inception, T.A.P. has been focused on being a comprehensive program that tracks students from their first year at SBCC.  T.A.P.'s goal is to increase student’s transfer literacy, including involvement in transfer-related activities that will encourage student persistence and goal attainment. Through robust partnerships among faculty and college services, TAP aims to increase transfer rates more so than would be possible if students were unguided through the transfer journey by assisting them with developing their major, education plan, and guiding them through the transfer process.  


  • During the 2017-18 academic year 94 students applied to transfer, 75 were accepted to a four-year university.
  • During the 2018-19 academic year 74 students applied to transfer, 61 were accepted to a four-year university.
  • During the 2019-20 academic year 83 students applied to transfer, 79 were accepted to a four-year university, of those students 20 were granted a scholarship ranging from $200 - $400.
  • In 2019 - 10 T.A.P. students in STEM majors were selected to participate in a faculty Mentorship Project.


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