2016-2017 Transfer Guide

You are considered to be a transfer applicant if you have attempted 12 or more credit hours at another college or university any time following graduation from high school.

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Articulation Agreements

By completing the right courses and earning your associate degree with a strong grade point average, you can be assured of admission to certain Virginia Tech colleges or departments. Articulation agreements have been created with Richard Bland College (RBC) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), as follows:

  • Richard Bland College: To be offered admission to Virginia Tech, you must have completed an associate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, exclusive of physical education, and have been recommended by RBC for admission to a nonrestricted major at Virginia Tech.
  • VCCS: Articulation agreements are in place for the following colleges and/or majors:
    • Agriculture and Life Sciences: Students will be guaranteed admission into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences after completion of an associate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a signed letter of intent, and the completion of specified curriculum to meet basic requirements in consultation with designated college advisors at community colleges and Virginia Tech. The articulation agreement and letter of intent are located at http://www.admiss.vt.edu/apply/virginia-community-college-system/. Please consult with your local community college, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Tech or the transfer coordinator in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech for details and to address specific questions.
    • Engineering: Students will be guaranteed admission into the College of Engineering after completion of a transferable engineering associate's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, including a minimum core of specified courses as noted in the agreement. The articulation agreement is located at http://www.admiss.vt.edu/apply/virginia-community-college-system/. Associate degree holders accepted for transfer under this agreement will not be subject to special requirements beyond those specified as major department, general education, and/or graduation requirements for students who originally enrolled in Virginia Tech as freshmen.

Fulfilling Virginia Tech General Education: Curriculum for Liberal Education

Per State Policy on Transfer, students who take their entire course work (native students) toward the baccalaureate degree by enrolling in transfer programs at a Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College, and who graduate with associate degrees based upon a baccalaureate-oriented sequence of courses, and who are offered admission to Virginia Tech, will be granted junior level status upon admission. Additionally, these students will have fulfilled a portion of the requirements of the University General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education); however, it may take such students longer than two years to complete the baccalaureate degree because of major prerequisites and other circumstances or requirements. (State Policy on Transfer, Section II) Non-native students are those students whose community college degrees include classes taken outside the Virginia Community College system and transferred to count towards the associate degree.

The university catalog and other informational and advising materials from departments and colleges will include information about specific additional requirements for specific majors.

Virginia Community College System and Richard Bland College students who are offered admission and who have been certified as having completed the Virginia Community College Transfer Module and have a grade of "C" or better in each course of the Module will have fulfilled requirements toward the University General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education).

Virginia Tech shall work cooperatively with VCCS/RBC to maintain and make available the Virginia Tech-VCCS Transfer Guide, which includes course equivalency information and other program requirements.

Admission preference shall be given to transfer students who have completed an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. (Associate in Arts and Sciences) at the Virginia Community College System or Richard Bland College. While some courses from the Associate of Applied Science degree from a Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College may transfer to Virginia Tech, the Associate of Applied Science degree does not transfer. The student should contact his/her department or Academic Dean for awarding of specific credit for the areas of the Curriculum for Liberal Education.

VCCS/RBC Transfer Module

Students admitted to the university who have been certified by the Virginia Community College System or Richard Bland College as completing the Transfer Module will be deemed to have completed the University General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education) components listed below and will receive 35 total credits for the module: Completion of the Transfer Module is not equivalent to completing the requirements for Virginia Tech's University General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education).

The 35 Virginia Tech credits awarded for the Transfer Module will equate to a portion of the University General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education), falling into the various categories below:

  • Area 1: Writing and Discourse (ENGLISH in module). Six credits.
  • Area 2: Ideas, Cultural Tradition, and Values (HUMANITIES in module). Six credits.
  • Area 3: Society and Human Behavior (SOCIAL SCIENCE in module). Six credits.
  • Area 4: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery (SCIENCE in module). Eight credits.
  • Area 5: Quantitative Symbolic Reasoning (MATH in module). Three credits.

Students will still need to complete the remaining hours of Area 5, Quantitative Symbolic Reasoning, as well as Area 6, Creativity and Aesthetic Experience, and Area 7, Critical Issues in a Global Context.

The Transfer Module is considered as a whole, not course-by-course. Students admitted who do not present transferable credit for the entire module will have their credentials evaluated course-by-course, and may find deficiencies in their completion of the Virginia Tech General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education), depending on the particular courses selected. Similarly, students already matriculated at Virginia Tech should apply course-by-course rules and not assume that particular pieces of the Transfer Module will transfer as particular components of the General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education). As noted in Section III, F and G, of the STATE POLICY ON TRANSFER, students with Transfer Module credit may still need to complete specific courses for in-major (or in minor) requirements, even if they overlap with General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education) areas.

Students who have not completed an associate’s degree or the transfer module may still be eligible to transfer to Virginia Tech. The Transfer Guide gives full information regarding transfer to the university.