2020-2021 Transfer Guide

Summer I 2020 - Spring 2021

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.


Letter from University Registrar

Dear Prospective Hokie,

Welcome to the Transfer Guide to Virginia Tech! I'm excited that you're here exploring your possible future as a Hokie.

We welcome transfer students at Virginia Tech, especially those from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Richard Bland College (RBC). In fact, if you are enrolled in an associate degree program at one of these colleges and follow the instructions in the enclosed guide, you should be able to transfer to Virginia 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.

We've structured this transfer guide to be as easy to use as possible. When reviewing our guide, you'll find a great deal of information, including data on the Virginia State Policy on Transfer and current articulation agreement, course equivalencies, and general information about being a student at Virginia Tech.

If you have questions that are not answered in this guide, please contact Undergraduate Admissions, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061; (540) 231-6267; fax (540) 231-3242; e-mail transfer@vt.edu.

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 prospective Hokies how great it is to be a student here. 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.

Rick Sparks Jr
University Registrar


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 fields of study. In accordance with the State Policy on Transfer, Virginia Tech is dedicated to providing transfer students a quality education which builds upon transfer students' prior academic experiences, rather than duplicating them.

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 Pathways to General Education, especially those who have completed associate degrees 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

We prefer that you apply online to Virginia Tech at www.vt.edu/admissions/undergraduate.html. If you would like a paper application, a downloadable PDF is available from this site.

The Undergraduate Catalog is online.

Deadlines, Notification and Reply Dates

Applying for:
Notified by:
Reply Due:
Fall/Summer Mar. 1 April 1 June 1
Spring Oct. 15 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. 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 1014, Precalculus with Transcendental, 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-served basis, and is generally limited availability. For more information, contact the Office of Students Programs at (540) 231-6205, housing@vt.edu, or www.housing.vt.edu.

Transfers are not required to live on campus. Campus housing is not available 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, vtoch@vt.edu, or www.studentcenters.vt.edu/vtoch/index.php.

Student Life

Virginia Tech has over 700 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 www.studentcenters.vt.edu.

Campus Security

The Virginia Tech Police Department is a full-service, nationally accredited police agency that provides the same level of service offered by a municipal police department, as well as other services unique to an academic institution. The department is responsible for the well-being of more than 40,000 students, employees, and visitors at Virginia Tech, 24 hours a day. The department works closely with administrators, students, and employees to create and maintain a secure atmosphere and oversees the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. The department employs 50 full-time sworn police officers as well as more than a dozen security guards and Safe Ride officers. Officers have jurisdiction and legal authority on all university-owned property and the department shares jurisdiction with the Blacksburg Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and other local law enforcement agencies. Police officers are assigned specific residence halls and are required to visit with students and resident advisors regularly. Officers also visit and patrol academic buildings.

For current information contact: Virginia Tech Police, 330 Sterrett Dr. Blacksburg, VA 24061; (540) 231-6411; dguillia@vt.edu; www.police.vt.edu