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FAQs and forms

What are your admission requirements for transfer students?

Transfer applicants must present evidence of good standing at the last institution attended. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale in all hours attempted is recommended for admission. Students who have earned fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours must submit their high school transcripts and, if under 22 years of age, SAT/ACT scores.

What are your admission deadlines?
When should I submit my application?

Transfer applicants – Monroe Park Campus undergraduate programs Fall Spring
Transfer students applying for scholarship consideration April 1 n/a
Transfer students applying for admission to all undergraduate programs other
than those in the School of the Arts
May 1 Nov. 1
Transfer applicants – MCV Campus undergraduate programs Fall Spring
Clinical laboratory sciences April 1* Nov. 1
Clinical radiation sciences Feb. 1 n/a
Dental hygiene Feb. 15* n/a
Nursing accelerated-B.S. program n/a Nov. 1**
Nursing (R.N.-B.S.) March 15* n/a
Nursing traditional program (sophomore entry) Jan. 17* n/a

Transfer students applying for admissions to programs in the School of the Arts should visit the School of the Arts website, http://arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply, for detailed information about program requirements and deadlines.

* Firm deadline, separate supplemental application and materials also required.
** Firm deadline, program begins in summer: separate supplemental application materials also required.

Where do I find the transfer guide?

The VCU Transfer Guide is available online and provides detailed information on transfer policies, the state policy on transfer agreement and course equivalencies. The Transfer Center website contains information on recommended first- and second-year Virginia community college and Richard Bland College courses for all programs of study offered at VCU.

Does VCU accept course work taken through dual enrollment?

Yes. VCU enthusiastically accepts dual enrollment credit and applies this credit toward students’ intended programs of study. Students must request the college that awards the dual enrollment credit send a transcript to VCU prior to attending New Student Orientation to ensure that credits are properly awarded and that advisers do not recommend that students enroll in classes for which they have already received college credit.

How many total credits will VCU accept from another institution?

There is no limit to the number of credit hours that VCU will accept from another four-year college or university; however, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours (called the “residency requirement”) at VCU in order to earn a degree from VCU. From two-year colleges, VCU will accept a maximum of 63 credit hours. If students take more than 63 credit hours from a community college, the 63 credits that are most applicable to the intended major and general education requirements will be accepted.

Are additional general education courses needed even if I transfer to VCU with an associate degree?

VCU has an agreement with all Virginia community colleges and Richard Bland College that students transferring to VCU who hold A.A., A.S. or A.A. and S. degrees will have junior standing and will be considered to have met all lower-division general education requirements upon acceptance to VCU. However, a few general education requirements apply even to associate degree holders, and these are outlined in the VCU Transfer Guide.

I took ENGL 112 at the community college. How does it transfer to VCU?

All VCU students are required to take UNIV 111, 112 (Focused Inquiry I and II) and UNIV 200. UNIV 111-112 is a two-semester sequence that is required of all first-year students and provides the foundation of the Core Education Program. UNIV 200 is a one-semester writing and rhetoric course. ENGL 111-112 taken through VCCS will transfer to VCU as UNIV 111-112 and 200, with zero credits given for UNIV 111, with the course requirement waived and 6 credits given for UNIV 112 and UNIV 200. Transfer credits are not accepted for these courses after a student is enrolled at the university.

Which transfer math courses are recommended for science and liberal arts majors?

Different majors at VCU require various types and levels of math courses. Generally, if you are interested in majoring in a science-related area (i.e., engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, math, bioinformatics, forensic science) or pursuing a major in the School of Business, pre-calculus (MTH 166 at the community college) and, in some cases, calculus (MTH 173) or precalculus at the community college (MTH 163, 164 and 166), is required. Humanities and social sciences majors generally accept a liberal arts math (MTH 151 and 152 or 170 at the community college) in addition to a statistics course (MTH 240 or 241 at the community college). Refer to the Transfer Center website for additional equivalencies and recommendations of math courses offered through the Virginia Community College System and Richard Bland College.

Does the School of Nursing require additional admission materials?

Transfer applicants to the School of Nursing must apply by the Jan. 15 deadline and must submit supplemental admissions materials, which are only available online at www.nursing.vcu.edu. Along with the application for undergraduate admission, all transfer applicants to the School of Nursing, regardless of age, are required to submit SAT, ACT or GRE test scores and official transcripts from high school and all colleges and universities attended. In addition, applicants must submit a one- to two-page essay on the topic “Education and Life: A Personal Statement” in which they discuss their educational goals including why they wish to study their chosen major.

When do I receive an evaluation of my transfer credit at VCU?

You can expect to receive your transfer credit evaluation during the New Student Orientation that will be held prior to your first semester at VCU. At this time, an academic adviser will explain how courses taken at your previous institution(s) apply toward your VCU major. If you wish to discuss your transfer credits prior to the orientation program, you may do so by calling the Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349 to speak with a transfer adviser.

Do my transfer courses affect my VCU GPA?

No, your VCU GPA will be based on courses taken at VCU only. There are only three times when your grades from other colleges and universities you attended will be considered:

  • Upon applying to VCU, a minimum 2.5 in all non-developmental hours attempted at all accredited colleges you attended is recommended for admission (although some majors require a higher GPA for direct admission).
  • Certain programs that have selective admissions (including nursing, allied health professions and engineering) will likely consider all grades ever taken at a college or university.
  • To qualify for graduation with honors, your VCU grades and grades accepted for transfer at VCU will be considered.

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