Applicants who have completed at least one full year (at least twenty-four semester hours after high school graduation) of college study before entering the University are considered most competitive by the Committee on Admission. Summer is not considered part of this one year minimum. Since the University has no program for "visiting students," successful transfer applicants who enroll at UVA must spend at least two full years in residency at the University.
Students who have at any time completed three or more years of study at another four-year college or university are not eligible for transfer admission to the College of Arts & Sciences. This also applies to students who have attempted a full junior year at a four-year institution after transferring from a community college or another four-year institution.
Students who already hold bachelor’s degrees may apply for a second undergraduate degree only in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (the exception being individuals who have already earned engineering or physics degrees. These students are rarely offered admission as we prefer to give spots to students who have not previously earned the aforementioned degrees).
High school or home-schooled students MUST apply as first year applicants even if they are dual-enrolled and will have their associate’s degree by the time they graduate. High school students who reside at home and are taking high school and college courses concurrently while still enrolled in high school are not classified as transfers and must apply to the first-year class.
Transfer candidates must be in good standing, both academically and socially, at the institution or institutions they have attended. Successful applicants ordinarily will have earned a cumulative grade point average of B or better at their previous colleges; they also will have completed, or come close to completing, the specific transfer requirements for the school and program they wish to enter. We require submission of ALL previous college and high school transcripts. Please see our Transfer FAQs for our testing policy.
Students are ordinarily admitted only for the fall semester. A limited number of transfer students are admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences, Architectural History, and Urban and Environmental Planning for the spring semester. Students interested in spring admission must have 24 credit hours earned and completed by the end of the fall semester preceding the desired spring semester. It is highly unlikely that a student in the first year of college would be permitted to apply as a spring transfer applicant.
Admission is granted to individual schools and not specific departments or majors within the schools. Please review coursework that should be completed prior to matriculation to each school.