Virginia’s Community Colleges offer students a transfer gateway to the commonwealth’s four-year colleges and universities. The statewide Guaranteed Admissions Agreements between Virginia’s Community Colleges and four-year colleges and universities appear below.
Transfer is a two-step process:
Identify colleges and programs you may be interested in.
Talk to a community college counselor or advisor to develop a path to get there.
Through system agreements, students who graduate from one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 30 of the commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Please see the list below for copies of the current agreements.
Virginia’s Public Colleges & Universities
- Christopher Newport University
- College of William and Mary
- George Mason University
- James Madison University
- Longwood University
- University of Mary Washington
- Norfolk State University
- Old Dominion University
- Old Dominion University – Early Childhood
- Radford University
- Radford University – Nursing
- University of Virginia
- University of Virginia – Engineering
- University of Virginia – Nursing
- University of Virginia – School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- University of Virginia – Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
- University of Virginia – College at Wise
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Commonwealth University – Engineering
- Virginia Commonwealth University – Nursing
- Virginia State University
- Virginia Tech
- Virginia Tech – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Virginia Tech – College of Engineering
Virginia’s Private Colleges & Universities
Other Colleges & Universities
For a listing of non-statewide transfer agreements between community colleges and specific four-year colleges and universities please visit the Virginia Education Wizard.
It’s never too early to begin planning for a smooth transfer to another institution.
The longer you wait to make a decision, the more risk delaying your degree completion. All students are advised to speak with a community college counselor or advisor before enrolling in classes. Here’s our semester-by-semester guide for transferring to a four-year institution.
FOUR semesters before transferring
- Investigate possible transfer institutions offering programs in which you are interested, looking into their cost, location, size, services, and other desired features.
- Use advising, faculty, counseling and career center personnel and resources to assist in choosing a major.
- Learn more about general education requirements and lower-division components of the curriculum.
- Begin looking for scholarships, discounts or other ways to meet costs.
THREE semesters before transferring
- Visit advising, faculty, counseling and career center personnel and resources for assistance.
- Decide which transfer institution best meets your needs.
- Declare your intent to transfer to your academic advisor.
- Use four-year institution’s transfer guides to assist you with course selection.
- Become familiar with college academic calendars and deadlines.
TWO semesters before transferring
- Continue selecting courses that transfer appropriately within your program of study.
- Submit your applications for admission and financial aid (along with all official transcripts).
- Once admitted, complete any scholarship and housing applications that are appropriate.
- Talk with advisors and academic professionals at your community college and transfer institution and keep abreast of changes in program requirements.
ONE semester before transferring
- Complete transferable coursework in your program and apply for graduation and for your associate’s degree.
- Send official transcripts (again) at the end of your last semester before transferring, and verify that you do not possess any financial/administrative holds.
- Attend new student orientation sessions (if possible) or use online orientation tools. Be sure to request maps, directories, tour information and other essentials.
Transfer Grant Program (CTG)
Virginia’s Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG) allows qualifying students who complete their associate degree at a Virginia two-year public college and then transfer to a participating Virginia four-year college or university to receive up to $3,000 annually.
Students must have an associate degree with a 3.0 grade-point-average and meet financial eligibility requirements. The grant will be applied to tuition expenses at a four-year Virginia college or university, either public or private. (The grant provides $1,000 for all eligible students, with an extra $1,000 for students who pursue undergraduate work in engineering, mathematics, technology, nursing, teaching or science. An additional $1,000 can be earned for students who transfer to Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, University of Virginia – College at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, or Virginia State University.)
“The Guaranteed Transfer Agreements specify the exact expectations of students up front so there are no surprises. Our community colleges provide an equivalent education to that of the big schools, but are much more affordable. And with the guaranteed admissions agreements and grant funds, it just makes good sense.”
– Dr. Kellie Sorey, associate vice president for academics at Tidewater Community College, who oversees the college/university transfer partnerships
Where Can I Transfer?
Ask your community college counselor or advisor what is available to you! See the list of statewide transfer agreements.
When Do I Transfer?
All of the Guaranteed Admissions Agreements require that students complete a transfer associate degree in order to be eligible for the benefits that the agreement provides.
What Can I Do To Ensure A Successful Transfer?
- Seek assistance from your community college counselor or advisor and follow your academic plan of study.
- By the time you have earned 15 credits, declare your intent to transfer (by selecting your major and intended transfer university).
What Are Transfer Grants?
In 2007, the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG) was passed into law in Virginia. Under this program, qualifying students completing their associate degree at a Virginia two-year public college and then transferring to a participating Virginia four-year college or university may receive a CTG award of up to $3,000 annually.
Students must complete a transfer associate degree with a 3.0 grade-point-average and meet financial eligibility requirements. The grant will be applied to tuition expenses at a four-year Virginia college or university, either public or private. The grant provides $1,000 for all eligible students, with an extra $1,000 for students who pursue undergraduate work in engineering, mathematics, technology, nursing, teaching or science.
Students transferring to Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, University of Virginia – College at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, or Virginia State University are eligible for an additional $1,000 incentive grant.
An application for participation in the Transfer Grant Program as well as a list of STEM eligible program majors can be found on the SCHEV website.
How Do I Transfer My Credits To Another Institution?
Send official transcripts from all colleges previously attended before transferring to the university of choice.
How Do I Prepare To Transfer?
Plan a visit with your community college counselor or advisor.
Be sure to start your mathematics (based on your program of study) and writing (composition) sequences as early as possible, as they are common requirements across most programs.
Follow the college’s general education and program requirements outlined in the four-year transfer institution’s Guaranteed Admissions Agreement and the transfer guides for the four-year institution to which you would like to transfer.