Transfer Alliance Project (TAP)

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The mission of the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) Transfer Alliance Project (TAP) is to increase the number of low-income and educationally disadvantaged community college students in California. TAP aims to assist students in becoming competitive transfer applicants to UC Berkeley and other highly selective colleges.

Program Description

TAP is a cohort model program and free of charge. It provides a multi-year one-to-one academic advising, application assistance, and academic enrichment to prepare program participants to become competitive transfer applicants. Participants receive customized design and monitoring of individual academic course plans, guidance in choosing a major to transfer into, assistance with transfer applications. Additionally, they offer assistance with personal statement essays, financial aid forms, scholarship applications, and opportunities to conduct research under the mentorship of UC Berkeley faculty or take Berkeley classes.


From 2004 to 2010: 

TAP assisted 419 Latino community college students in applying for transfer admission to UC Berkeley.

Of these, 361 (86%) were admitted, a rate of admission that was more than three times the admit rate of overall transfer applicants.

100% of the Latino TAP students who applied to Berkeley were admitted to at least one University of California campus.

Of the 361 Latino TAP students who were admitted to Berkeley, 322 (89%) chose to enroll. Many were first-generation college-going students—those who did not enroll attended colleges, including Stanford and UCLA.

The TAP Latino admit and enroll rate significantly exceeded the 26% admit rate and 62% enroll rate of overall Latino California community college transfer applicants to Berkeley.