Transfer Alliance Project (TAP)

LOGO: Transfer Alliance Project (TAP)

August 2020: Transfer Specialists are assisting CC students via telephone, email & videochat. See this page for assistance during the shelter in place.

A highly successful academic advising and enrichment program serving more than 1,000 underserved students at 45 California community colleges. Participants receive support services designed to facilitate their transfer to the University of California and other baccalaureate-granting institutions. 

Since its founding in 1999, TAP has served over 18,000 students and around 80% of TAP participants who applied to UC Berkeley were admitted to Cal.  TAP alumni thrive at UC Berkeley and have been admitted to graduate programs at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford School of Medicine/Law School, Berkeley Law, University of Virginia School of Law, Oxford, and others. 

Financed by a combination of private and public funds, all services are provided free of charge.

Program Services

TAP provides the following support services: 

Transfer Information: Participants are informed of the steps to transfer to the University of California.

Education Planning: Receive guidance to develop a Transfer Roadmap listing semester-by-semester courses required for transfer.

Advising: Advisers monitor students’ academic progress and develop strategies for successful transfer.

Academic Enrichment: Provides opportunities to experience the UC Berkeley environment, including conducting research with UCB faculty and enrolling in UCB concurrent-enrollment or summer courses.  Also includes STEM academic coaching, academic development workshops, and assistance with internship opportunities.

Peer Mentoring: Provides opportunities to partner with UCB undergraduate mentors to learn about the Berkeley campus, culture, and resources.

Major/Career Assistance: Informs participants of the multiple undergraduate major pathways by which they can achieve their career and post-graduate goals.

Campus Life Immersion: Participants are invited to campus sporting events, guest lectures, free concerts, and overnight residential stays to familiarize them with the culture, diversity, and vitality of a major university campus.

Transfer Application Assistance: Provides information and support with the application process, financial aid, and scholarships.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

An opportunity for a limited number of students to participate in UC Berkeley's wonderfully diverse intellectual, social, and cultural community by taking a summer class at Cal. Students must complete an application process through TAP prior to enrollment to have this opportunity to become familiar with world-class faculty and resources on campus.

Program Basics

 After acceptance:

  • TAP will enroll you in one summer class at UC Berkeley (during Session C or Session D) that is the equivalent of a semester-long Berkeley course.
  • TAP will pay all registration and course fees. You will be responsible for all other expenses, including books.
  • Receive Berkeley course credit for your work. Your grade will appear on a UC Berkeley transcript, which you will include on your transfer application.

NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program

NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program at UCB

The goal of the program is to increase the number of African-American, Hispanic/ Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander community college students who transfer to four-year universities in the biomedical sciences (not nursing or allied health), and graduate in these majors.

The program is offered only at Chabot College, Merritt College, Laney College, Berkeley City College, and College of Alameda.

Per the requirements of the funder, eligible students must be a member of one or more of the target ethnicities/races, US citizens or permanent residents, and have not already received a BA/BS degree.

Benefits include:

  • Tutoring and academic coaching
  • Individual transfer preparation/assistance
  • Exposure to top-level research labs
  • Opportunities to conduct full-time, paid summer research in a UC Berkeley professor's lab

Students who have participated in the program have transfered to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Davis, and Stanford University, among others.

For more information, contact:

Peralta Colleges:  Leilt Hebte: leilt [at] berkeley.edu, 510-847-2023

Chabot College:  Christina Tinsley: ctinsley [at] berkeley.edu, 510-529-9658

NIH Bridges students' Summer experiences

D'Andre Buckley: NIH 2013

I think the program, overall, was a fantastic experience and I learned so much more than I thought I would. I was extremely surprised how laid back the lab was and how everyone was so supportive of each person's project. Also I absolutely loved working with my PI because he actually provided so much feedback on how to make my poster and research that much better.  (D’Andre Buckley, 2013 program)


Ruby Parra presents her research. Photo by Peg Skorpinski.

Knowledge, perspective, motivation, and confidence are just a few words to describe my experience with the Bridges program. I have gained knowledge by observing the structure of a hard working lab. I have acquired perspective by being put out of my element and thus learning new things about myself. I have become motivated from facing new challenges everyday and overcoming them. Last but not least, I have gained confidence in myself from knowing I was chosen for this internship especially because I am Mexican and being part of the minority should never be a reason to stop my education early. The Bridges program has taught me to hope. (Ruby Parra, 2013 program)

Northern California

  • American River College
  • Berkeley City College
  • Cabrillo College
  • Canada College
  • Chabot College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • College of Alameda
  • College of Marin
  • College of San Mateo
  • Contra Costa College
  • Cosumnes River College
  • De Anza College
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Foothill College
  • Laney College
  • Las Positas College
  • Los Medanos College
  • Merritt College
  • Napa Valley College
  • Ohlone College
  • Sacramento City College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • San Jose City College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Skyline College
  • Solano College

Southern California

  • Cerritos College
  • Chaffey College
  • East Los Angeles College
  • El Camino College
  • Long Beach City College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Mt San Antonio College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Rio Honda College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Santa Monica College
  • Grossmont College
  • Miracosta College
  • Palomar College
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • Southwestern College