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Transfer Students Frequently Asked Questions


What courses should I take?

Students should take courses that satisfy the area and proficiency requirements for the school at UVA they are applying to. The area and proficiency requirements can be found here.


Do I have to have all of the Comm requirements completed before applying?

You must have completed all of the Commerce required courses prior to enrolling in August. Some students are admitted and then take the final course or two over the summer prior to the start of classes in August.


Can transfers live on-Grounds?

The University of Virginia is pleased to offer a residential community designed to provide new transfer students to the University with a supportive and engaging residential experience. Clusters of incoming transfers will live on floors with returning upper-class students, thereby providing the dual benefit of the support of fellow transfer students who are also experiencing the transition, and of experienced U.Va. students who can help new transfers to engage with the broader University community. Resident Advisors (RAs) and Transfer Student Peer Advisors (TSPAs) will collaborate to provide a breadth of residential programming designed to assist transfer students with academic planning, University community involvement, meeting peers, and taking advantage of all of the academic and extracurricular opportunities that the University has to offer.


How tough is it to get in mid-year to the College?

There are normally 35 spaces for the College for January admission. Typically a few hundred apply.


Will you look at my high school grades and courses or just college?

We look equally at your high school record and your college work if you are applying as a second year student. If you are currently in your second year and are applying as a third year student we look primarily at your college work.


Is the SAT or ACT required for admission?

Yes, however we will waive the testing requirement if you have been out of high school for five years. If a student is applying to Commerce, however, SAT or ACT testing(or the TOEFL or IELTS for international students)is REQUIRED for all students seeking admission.


If I'm an international student, do I need to take the TOEFL?

The TOEFL or IELTs are recommended if English is your second language and you did not go to high school in an English speaking school. The TOEFL can be used in place of the SAT or ACT.


What is the offer rate for transfers? 35-40%


Do I have to submit a portfolio for architecture? No


What is the average GPA for an admitted transfer student? 3.5


How can I find out if my credit will transfer? Use the Transfer Credit Evaluator


How many students from Virginia Community Colleges do you take?

Nearly half of our 500 enrolling fall transfers will be coming from a VCCS school


If I do not have all of the requirements for the guaranteed admission agreement with the Virginia community college can I still be admitted?

Yes, most of the students enrolling at UVA each year are missing something in the agreement and are therefore not coming in under the guarantee plan.


Can I apply for the spring semester?

You may apply for the spring semester if you are interested in the College of Arts & Sciences or Architectural History.


I am interested in business, where do I apply?

If you have an interest in business and you are currently in your first year of college, you would apply to the College of Arts andSciences as Pre-Commerce. If you are currently, in your second year of college, you would apply to the McIntire School of Commerce.


What does the intermediate level of foreign language mean?

The intermediate level is typically equal to four semesters or the 202 level.


Does AP credit count towards the required 24 credits?

No, this must be 24 credits of college coursework.


Can I use the guaranteed agreement to enter UVA in the spring?

No, the agreement can only be used for the fall semester.


Do I have to have all of my courses finished by the spring in order to be admitted under the agreement?

Yes, if you are hoping to come in under the agreement, all of your courses must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall matriculation.


As a transferring student, are there any specific housing options for me?

The University of Virginia is pleased to offer a residential community designed to provide new transfer students to the University with a supportive and engaging residential experience. Clusters of incoming transfers will live on floors with returning upper-class students, thereby providing the dual benefit of the support of fellow transfer students who are also experiencing the transition, and of experienced U.Va. students who can help new transfers to engage with the broader University community. Resident Advisors (RAs) and Transfer Student Peer Advisors (TSPAs) will collaborate to provide a breadth of residential programming designed to assist transfer students with academic planning, University community involvement, meeting peers, and taking advantage of all of the academic and extracurricular opportunities that the University has to offer.


Do I have to finish my associates degree in two years when applying under the guaranteed admission agreement?

No, the agreement states that in order to be eligible, you must apply to UVA within two years of earning your degree. So, you can take as long as you like to complete the degree. You only have two years of eligibility after earning it.
 


Can I apply for the Commerce school and use the VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreement as a back-up in case I am not admitted?

No.  In applying to transfer, you must select one school. You cannot apply to Commerce and use the GAA for the College of Arts and Sciences simultaneously.