Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Two weeks until the deadline!

We just wanted to send a quick reminder about the deadline, but we may be preaching to the choir on here.  What may be lesser known is how we handle the forms on the Common App.  Look over to the right side bar of this blog if you're looking for clarification.

Be sure to fill out all parts of the common app itself. That includes the biographical information, your current coursework, your AP scores (if you have any you would like to report) and completion of those essays.

For those of you who might have taken time off between high school and college, or taken a break in college, or transferred from one college to another, be sure to mention this in your essays including what you did on your breaks. Time spent working or in the military is the most common explanation, but there may be more.  We want to know how you arrived at this point.

Remember that we require your high school transcript (or GED score reports) and ALL college transcripts.  Yes, if you've attended five colleges, we need all five transcripts.  You may think your credit may not transfer from a particular school.  We need that transcript as well. Our policy is such that we are looking for everything.  If you attended high school or college abroad and your transcripts are in a foreign language, they will need to be translated.  WES seems to have worked best for applicants in the past.

We'll try and answer your questions below. As you could probably tell, we are in the thick of our review of applicants from high school, so it may take some time for us to get back to you.

Good luck finishing up!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finalizing those spring schedules

It may be winter for almost everyone reading this, but many are going back to school for the spring semester of the academic year.   As you finalize your spring schedules, take time to look for courses that will help you in the admission process and then transfer to UVA should you be admitted and decide to join us.

To find out what courses transfer to UVA, be sure to check out this transfer equivalencies page.   With millions of courses out there, the College of Arts and Sciences has added as many courses as have been taken by our former transfer students. Just because your course isn't listed, it doesn't necessarily mean that the course won't transfer successfully.

Taking the appropriate courses and earning strong grades are the most important aspects of file review. To find those general course requirements, you should go here and click on "Transfer Course Requirements" on the left-hand side and you'll see some very helpful introductory information.  Once you click through to each school -- the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, etc. -- you'll see a list of exactly what you need to take.  Follow this closely, but it's highly recommended that you look to see what UVA students are taking their first two years as well.  It may be wise to take an additional math course if that's what Psychology or Biology is looking for. Some departments have done a great job of speaking directly to transfers on their pages.  Here are some examples - economics, psychology, and media studies. Some give curriculum guides like chemistry and mechanical engineering.  A quick google search will give you information on curricula all over the University.  Our best applicants have planned out their schedules using this information and it shows on transcripts.

Good luck on your first day of spring semester!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Spring Semester Transfer Decisions

The time has come!  All transfer decisions will be posted around dinnertime(EST) tonight.  Remember that you have to check your SIS account to get your decision. You'll find information about this in your UVA confirmation email. We will post all decisions online, but we will only be mailing letters to admitted students.  A student is either offered or not offered.  There is no wait list process for spring admission.



Do not call the office to ask for your decision.  We do not give out decisions over the phone. To get to your account, go here and click on the "SIS Login."  If you don't remember your account information, check your submission confirmation email, then seek out the help information on the left-hand side of that same page.  


About 18% of applicants were admitted. If you were not admitted, you might have the opportunity to "roll over" your application for fall 2017 consideration.  Please follow the directions in your online letter.  NOTE: This option is not available for students who are entering their sixth semester at a four-year institution (this is not a community college) next spring.  Unfortunately, these students are no longer eligible to transfer to UVA.  I know our graduate schools would look forward to reading your applications.  

Best of luck to everyone!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Foreign Language and UVA

Many of you are signing up for classes for next semester.  Please be aware that many of you will also need foreign language in order to graduate from UVA.  If you are applying to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Commerce School, the Education school, or our Public Policy school, it would be important to review our foreign language expectations.  See the Transfer Course Requirements on our website.  The more foreign language you have in the admission process, the more competitive you will be.  If you have not begun to take a language on the college level, we recommend you do so next semester.

If you are attending a community college and you want to apply under the College's Guaranteed Admission Agreement, all foreign language is required by the end of spring semester.

What other questions do you have as you sign up for classes?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Applying for Financial Aid for Spring 2017

If you are applying for spring 2017, and think you are eligible for need-based aid, we wanted to remind you that the deadline to apply for aid is November 1.

If you want to be considered, you'll need to do it by this deadline.  Please don't wait until after you've received your decision on December 1st.

For more information, please go here - http://sfs.virginia.edu/newstudents

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Transfer Open House - November 11

Have you been thinking about visiting UVA?  Curious to learn more about the UVA transfer process and what it's like after you have transferred?  We hope you'll join us for our fall open house in just a few weeks.

The day will include a short admissions session, a session with a panel of students who transferred ahead of you, a tour of  Grounds in general and an opportunity to meet with faculty from around the University.

That's Friday, November 11th.   To register, go to this site: https://virginia.askadmissions.net/Portal/EI/Search

We hope you can join us!

Monday, September 26, 2016

UVA On the Road Again

If you're currently a student at Northern Virginia Community College or Lord Fairfax Community College, you may be able to catch us giving transfer information sessions on your campuses next week.  For information on the events, please contact your student services or transfer office.
Here's where you can find us.  We'll be giving two sessions a day at each of the NVCC campuses to hopefully help with your schedules. See you on the road!


Monday, October 3 - NVCC Annandale - 9AM and 10AM
                                  NVCC Loudoun - 2PM and 4PM

Tuesday, October 4 - NVCC Alexandria - 9AM and 11AM
                                  NVCC Woodbridge - 2PM and 4PM

Wednesday, October 5 - NVCC Manassas - 9AM and 11AM
                                       LFCC Fauquier - 2PM