Virginia Tech

2012-2013 Transfer Guide

Introduction and Basic Information

Letter from University Registrar

Dear Prospective Hokie,

I am sure that as a student you are constantly striving for more and better learning opportunities, to challenge yourself, and to prepare for your future.

Virginia Tech is an excellent place to accomplish these goals. As one of the largest universities in the state, we offer a multitude of choices, from over 70 majors to superior research opportunities for undergraduate students. We have more than 600 student organizations as well as numerous intramural, extramural, and intercollegiate sports teams.

We offer a challenging intellectual environment, diversity, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Our ideal Blacksburg location, situated on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, offers all the benefits a large research organization can boast within a quiet, naturally beautiful setting. The small-town spirit is carried over to the university where you need not feel lost in the crowd, academically or socially. Our professors are accessible and a vast number of activities are available for one and all.

We welcome transfer students at Virginia Tech, especially those from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Richard Bland College (RBC). If you are enrolled in an associate's degree program at one of these colleges and follow the instructions in the enclosed guide, you should be able to transfer to Tech with little or no loss of time or credit. Each year almost 900 transfer students enroll in our university, most of whom are from Virginia's two-year colleges, and all are eager and able to get a jump start on the next phase of their education and career preparations.

When reviewing our transfer guide, you'll find a great deal of information, including data on the Virginia State Policy on Transfer and current articulation agreement.

If you have questions that are not answered by this material, please contact Undergraduate Admissions, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061; (540) 231-6267; fax (540) 231-3242; e-mail

The best way to find out what Virginia Tech can do for you is to come and visit our beautiful campus. We welcome the chance to show visitors how great it is to be a Hokie year-round. Take a look at the visit section of the admissions web site for scheduling information and feel free to call and come by. An admissions counselor will be happy to make an appointment with you to discuss your options.

Wanda Hankins Dean
University Registrar and Chief Transfer Officer



At Virginia Tech 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. The university welcomes transfers from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Richard Bland College (RBC), and other two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Transfer admission to Virginia Tech is offered on a competitive basis to those applicants with the strongest academic records, as long as space is available in their chosen field of study. In accordance with the State Policy on Transfer, Virginia Tech is dedicated to providing transfer students a quality education which builds upon the transfer student's prior academic experience, rather than duplicating it.

Applicants from regionally accredited colleges and universities should meet criteria listed under minimum and transfer requirements.

Applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of Virginia Tech's Curriculum for Liberal Education, especially those who have completed an associate's degree at a Virginia two-year college, receive preference in the admission process.

The most important factors considered for admission are: completion or substantial progress toward completing prerequisite courses, particularly freshman English, math, and science appropriate for the intended major; and overall GPA in college course work. Most competitive applicants will present a GPA of 3.0 or better. In majors where applications exceed available space, such as business, communication, computer science, and engineering the competitive GPA may be even higher. The majors of architecture, interior design, and industrial design are reviewed on our most selective basis and generally demand GPA’s above the 3.5 range.

Application Forms and Deadlines

Deadlines, Notification and Reply Dates
Applying for:
Notified by:
Reply Due:
Fall/Summer Feb. 15 May 1 June 1
Spring (on a space available basis only) Oct. 1 Nov. 15 Dec. 15

Applications that remain incomplete by the application deadline are subject to withdrawal by the Admissions Office.

Applying for Spring Semester

Applications for spring semester are considered on a space-available basis. In general, you must present a stronger record to be admitted in the spring than would typically be required for admission in the fall. Applications are reviewed and decisions are made based on the contents of your file as of October 1 preceding the spring semester in which you intend to enroll. We cannot wait for fall semester grades to make decisions.

Several majors accept no transfers at mid-year. Such majors include architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture.

Transfer Requirements

The University minimum high school requirements to be considered for admission are below. However, competitive transfer students are likely to present credentials of an overall 3.0 GPA or higher in coursework completed at the college level. Preference will be given to students whose college coursework includes Freshman English, Mathematics (as required by the specific major) and Science (as required by the specific major).

Minimum High School Requirements

Whether or not you have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, you still must meet minimum requirements for admission and must present academic records that are competitive with those of other applicants. All transfer applicants, including those who have completed an associate's degree, must have completed the following minimum requirements:

  • English - four high school units, or one transferable semester of college-level freshman English.

  • Math - three high school units, including algebra I and II and geometry. Preference will be given to those who complete math beyond algebra II. A fourth unit of math is required for engineering, building construction, computer science, geophysics, mathematics, physics, and statistics majors; it is also strongly recommended for majors in the Pamplin College of Business. The fourth unit of math must include one-half unit of trigonometry and one-half unit of advanced algebra or higher math. The minimum college equivalent would be 3 semester hours of transferable math equivalent to Tech's MATH 1015, Applied Calculus with Trigonometry, or MATH 1525, Calculus with Matrices.

  • Social Science - two high school units or one semester of a transferable college equivalent.
  • Laboratory Science - two high school units chosen from biology, chemistry, or physics or one semester of transferable college science, including laboratory.

  • Be in good standing at all colleges and universities attended.



    Transfer students may request on-campus housing. Housing is granted to transfer students on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact the Office of Students Programs at (540) 231-6205,, or

    Transfers are not required to live on campus. There are no campus apartments for married students or students with families. For assistance in finding off-campus housing, contact the Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing Office at (540) 231-3466,, or

Student Life

    Virginia Tech has over 600 registered student organizations. There is truly something for everyone, with more than 150 academic organizations and a wide variety of non-academic clubs. Academic organizations include groups for specific majors as well as honor societies. Non-academic organizations include a wide range of athletic clubs and teams, cadet organizations, student media and government organizations, and clubs related to the arts, religion, service, and international and minority student life. Contact Student Activities at (540) 231-5725, or

Campus Security

    Virginia Tech has received both the Virginia and National Law Enforcement Challenge for Traffic Safety in 1999 and 2000, awarded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Governor's Community Crime Prevention award twice in recent years. The University Police Department is nationally accredited. The department gathers and publishes statistics on campus crime, including the Clery Act and guidelines for campus security.

    For current information contact: Virginia Tech Police, Blacksburg, VA 24061; (540) 231-6411;;


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