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


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What documents are required?

Let's recap what's needed in order for the admissions committee to review your transfer application.

1) Your current college transcript- This will give us a record of your previous work and your current courses.

2)Previous college transcript(s)- You are required to list every college you've ever attended. Whether it was last year or many years ago, you need to list it on the common app and you'll need to order your transcripts to come to us.  Please don't leave any colleges out of your application.  We do have ways to double-check your academic history, but we would prefer to hear it from you.

3) Your high school transcript or GED score report- Yes, we require this as well.  If you attended school in a foreign country where the transcript is in another language,  you'll need to have this officially translated. If you attended high school for part of your secondary schooling, but then got the GED, we would like to see both the score report and your partial high school transcript.

4) Standardized testing- For those students applying for spring 2017, the SAT or ACT is required if you graduated from high school after October 1, 2011. If you have been in the United States for less than two years and you graduated from a high school where English was not the language of instruction, you must take the TOEFL or the IELTS. We are more concerned with your transcripts over your test scores, but at this stage, they are required for most applicants.

Of course, you can't have any of this reviewed without the application, so make sure you apply through the common application spending time on each and every essay.  If you've spent time out of school after high school or at any time in between, please tell us about this time in your life. If there are unexplained gaps, we will reach out to you.

Our address is on the right-side of this blog. Please send have official transcripts sent to that address.  You'll also notice guidance on the forms you'll find on the common application.

Good luck!