Thursday, August 26, 2021

A Reminder on Foreign Language Requirements

 Hello everyone,

I hope your semesters are off to a great start! If you're new to the transfer application cycle, we'll be running through tips and notes this fall semester as we prepare for our spring enrollment application (due October 1st) and to a larger degree, next fall's (due March 1st).

If you're not new to this process or blog (or our info sessions), you've probably heard us say over and over "pay attention to the course requirements!" because of how critical those are to our transfer application review. Those can be found here:

Every year, plenty of students are surprised to learn that they need to take through the 202 level of foreign language to complete the courses needed for the College of Arts and Sciences (or McIntire School of Commerce). Even if you're interested in majoring in Biology, or the Computer Science BA, or Economics, etc...if you're applying as a third-year transfer, you'll want to have that foreign language requirement completed. If you're a VCCS student applying via the Guaranteed Admission Agreement, you must have your foreign language completed to fulfill that contract to the College.

If you're applying as a second year applicant, there's no expectation to have all of the requirements completed, but taking a semester or two of foreign language will greatly help your application regardless. If you're applying as a third year applicant and cannot finish the 202 level - let me definitively say: having taken one or two semesters of language is far better for your application than having taken none. So, plan your future semesters accordingly!

Monday, July 12, 2021

A Message from Dean Greg Roberts

 Good morning everyone. Our Dean, Greg Roberts, has a message to pass along to the transfer applicant community. I've included it here:

On behalf of the UVA Office of Admission, I’d like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the transfer applicants and their families who placed their faith in us during this challenging and chaotic year, including those who were on our waiting list and received our final decisions last week. We are honored and humbled that you chose to apply to UVA. While we were unable to offer admission to every deserving and capable candidate in this intensely competitive year, please know we saw you, we heard you, we believe in you, and we are grateful to you.  And please know we wish you happiness and success as you begin your college journey in the fall. 

Thanks again and take care.

Friday, July 9, 2021

The Transfer Class is Complete for Fall 2021

Hello Everyone,

By now, you should have received an email or seen the status reflected in your application portal that we have closed the waitlist for the transfer class of fall 2021. Thank you for your patience this summer as we looked to enroll as many students as possible in each of the schools. I know there are so many qualified candidates out there who didn't get offered a spot and for such this is a disappointing final result to your application, but hope that you're excited to move forward with your other options for the fall - if you would like to explore applying for spring transfer, we will shift our focus on that here in the office and here on this blog in the near future.

If you'll be applying next year, regardless of the semester, the best thing to do now is review the course requirements for your chosen school at UVA and plan your fall schedule accordingly. In the meantime, I hope you all have a fun, relaxing, and safe rest of your summers.

Take care,


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Final Transcripts

Here's a quick reminder to send those final transcripts officially to the office of admission.  If you have paid your deposit, this is imperative.  If you want to be considered for a spot off the wait list, you should send your transcript.  Do us a favor and make sure all of your grades have been posted before you request the transcript.

You must send a transcript including your spring grades even if you are taking summer courses.  If you are in summer courses, you'll need to send two transcripts - 1) now and 2) when your summer courses are over.

Some of you attend a school with trimesters where transcripts won't be available until June.  Please make sure to send those as soon as possible.

We expect to go to the wait list for the College of Arts and Sciences some in the coming weeks, the other schools are up in the air.

We look forward to taking a look at your updated transcript - thanks!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Fall Transfer Admission Stats

Hello, Everyone!

If you're curious, here are the offer rates for the different schools in this fall admission cycle:

Friday, April 30, 2021

Fall Transfer Decision Release

Hello Everyone!

Please read this entire post. We've received so many calls and emails requesting an update - everything you'll need is here:

Thank you for your patience during our busy review season - with 3250 applications to review, it's been a busy couple of months but we're now ready to release decisions this evening. They should go live around 5pm - you'll receive an email saying there is an update to your application's status in your student portal. Check that portal for your decision!


If you're admitted, you'll see that your deadline to accept the offer is 5/15. Do so via placing your deposit in your portal. After that - you're all set to send in your final transcripts to the admission office when your current semester is finished!

Thank you for reading our posts and posting your questions throughout the whole year!  There is less to cover with you all because you are already college students, but we are happy to try and address any general topics you can think of regarding becoming a student at UVa.  We DO work most weekends during our reading season of October to April, but find it’s best to let the decisions settle in and we’ll address your thoughts and inquiries next week.  

Friday, April 16, 2021

Summer Virtual Transfer Info Sessions

Hello Everyone,

While we wait for our fall application review to finish up this month, I wanted the next class of prospective students to know we've got more Virtual Information Sessions for transfer students coming up this summer. They will be held on the first Tuesday of every month!

These sessions are a great way to chat with a couple deans of admission here on the transfer team and ask any and all questions you might have about the school or the process. 

Sign ups for the sessions can be found here:

I hope to see you all at the first session on May 4th!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Financial Aid Deadline - April 1st

Happy March 1st, Everyone!

Now that the application deadline is here and those have been submitted - make sure you're working on your financial aid applications. You'll recall from the right-hand sidebar of this blog that this deadline is quickly approaching.  To complete your financial aid application, we require submission of the FAFSA, the CSS Profile, and your tax return transcripts. For more information on this process (we don't handle aid in this office), please go to:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

McIntire School of Commerce Webinar

Hello Everyone,

Our Commerce School is hosting a Zoom webinar for interested transfers on Thursday - this is a wonderful opportunity to talk to their staff! You can find the registration info below:

The Common application deadline of March 1 for fall admission is fast approaching. As we approach the Common Application deadline, we hope that you consider joining us this Thursday (2/18) from 7-8pm for a free 1-hour webinar covering McIntire School of Commerce Application Tips and Financial Aid Overview. 

Register here for the McIntire School of Commerce Application Tips and Financial Aid Overview Webinar:

Come and engage with the Undergraduate Admissions team as we cover meaningful application tips and financial aid resources while we answer your questions live!

Friday, February 5, 2021

Send your transcripts now!


Send Your Transcripts Now

Just as a reminder, if you're intending to apply by the March 1st deadline, have your transcript requests processed soon!

All too often, applicants do not mobilize quickly enough, or do not think about the need to send transcripts until March 1.  That's typically too late. Think about it this way.  If you wanted to mail a birthday card or an anniversary card to someone, you wouldn't wait until the day of the occasion to send the card, would you?  March 1 is the postmark deadline, but you can help us to complete your applications as efficiently as possible by planning ahead.  Request those transcripts now (this can take 7-14 days at some schools) and we'll match up your application to your transcripts after submission.

UPDATE: We will accept these via mail (see our address over there to the right -->)  or electronically ( , so long as they come directly from your school.  Sometimes, these e-transcript services have email addresses pre-selected for them, but they should still end up here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Spring Coursework Notes

Spring Coursework

Are you applying for fall 2021 and looking to continue to take appropriate courses ahead of applying to transfer?  Be sure to keep an eye on our transfer course requirements.  As many of you are already aware, these are the building blocks to a competitive application and a smooth transition to UVA. 

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.  We've also uploaded a document under our FAQs that should help prospective engineering transfers.

Taking the appropriate courses and earning strong grades are the most important aspects of file review. Now, back to those transfer course requirements. 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 - economicspsychology, 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.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Collection Materials for Fall Transfer Admission

 Hello Everyone!

As a quick note, keep in mind that high school transcripts are required for our transfer application. During your upcoming semester break, you might be headed home for the holidays and could use this time to get a head start on your collection of application materials. While you are home over the break, or taking some downtime away from home, take the time to contact your high school when it's back in session in January.  You can order your high school transcript and have it sent to our office even before you've applied. This will give you a nice start in submitting your entire application - and avoid any delays that might happen at the last minute!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Spring Transfer Decisions are Released

 Hello Everyone!

If you haven't checked your application portals yet, do so to see your application decisions for the spring transfer enrollment. 

For this cycle, of the 353 applicants, we were able to extend 53 offers of admission - the College of Arts and Sciences acceptance rate was 15%. 

If you were offered admission, your deposit deadline to confirm your spot in the class is December 15th.

If you were not offered admission, please do keep in mind that the spring process is much more limited and selective than the fall process and we encourage you to roll over your application for the fall term review (this applies to students who will not be finishing their third year at a four-year institution this next spring semester).

If you do choose to roll over your application into the fall pool, you will need to send final fall transcripts and spring curriculum updates by March 1 to be considered. The application fee is waived for students who rollover to the fall. There is a rollover request form in the portal that you can complete after checking your spring decision.

We look forward to seeing some of you this spring and will now turn our attention to the fall application process!

Monday, November 2, 2020

Transfer Virtual Open House - This Friday

Hello Everyone,

We're still working on our spring application review, but I wanted to pass along the registration for Friday's Virtual Transfer Open House.

The event will feature many different sessions particular to the transfer application process and for the particular colleges, with faculty and staff and students from the schools all available for sessions over Zoom. 

Please register here if you would like to attend some of the sessions!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Spring Application Deadline Tomorrow

Hello Everyone!

I'm sure you all have been hard at work already on your spring applications for transferring - but as a reminder, please have everything submitted by tomorrow. If there is a delay in certain materials arriving, we can certainly be flexible, but we'll need the Common Application to be submitted on time regardless.

If you have any updates that need to be submitted after the deadline (and as such, after your Common App has been submitted), you can upload those documents via your MyUVA Application portal. External things, like a letter of recommendation sent from someone else can be emailed to

Best of luck as you finalize your applications! As always, you can call our Dean of the Day if you run into any issues.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

What documents are required?

 What documents are required?

As we're getting going on this year's application - 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 want 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- This is optional for most applicants. If you have already taken the ACT and SAT and would like for it to be considered, you may submit it - if not, I do not recommend taking the test just for our application! However, if  you graduated from a high school where English was not the language of instruction, you should take the TOEFL or the IELTS. We are more concerned with your transcripts over your test scores, regardless.

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!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Finalizing Your Fall Semester

 Fall semester is almost here! As you get started with finalizing you fall course selection make sure you're checking the list of pre-requisite courses and planning an appropriate selection.

Certainly, you may have courses at your institution that are required, but if possible, overlap your institutional requirements with courses that fulfill transfer recommendations.

If you go to our website, 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.  If you would like to see how your school's courses might transfer, you can use our transfer credit analyzer.  This will show most of your institutions and many courses.  Do not fret if courses you have taken do not appear on the analyzer.  It doesn't necessarily mean that they won't transfer, but our registrars will evaluate the credit once you're admitted.

Let us know if you have any questions about finalizing your schedules!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Virtual Transfer Information Sessions Starting in August

Hello Everyone,

We'll be hosting Virtual Information Sessions via Zoom for the foreseeable future on the first Friday of every month at 12pm eastern. The first of these will be next week on the 7th!

The sessions will review pertinent information to the transfer application process as well as a panel of current students to chat about what it's like to attend UVA. There's a nice Q&A function with Zoom that will allow the admission staff and students to answer any and all things you're curious about the school and the transfer admission process.

The signups for these sessions will be found here:

Monday, July 6, 2020

July Updates

Good morning, everyone! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend. I have a few pieces of information for admitted fall transfers and the waitlisted applicants as well:

-We're still waiting on many incoming enrolling students' final transcripts for this past spring semester. If you haven't sent an official copy to the admission office, please do so ASAP!

-If you were admitted and intend to take a gap year before enrolling, you still need to have a final transcript from this previous semester submitted

-The waitlist is still not officially closed as we continue to balance the enrollment totals with the goals for the class along with delays in final transcripts received, final grade review, and an influx in gap year deferral process. The pandemic's impact on both transcripts and the gap year requests has pushed this back a couple of weeks longer than we all would like, but I would anticipate the waitlist beings officially closed within the next week or two.

-Great Resources for Admitted Students: Dean Ozment and others in the College of Arts and Sciences have compiled a great list of resources for incoming transfers at the following link. It includes FAQs and tips for incoming students, information on advising, and details about summer course registration!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Final Transcripts

We just wanted to send a quick reminder about submitting those final transcripts.  If you have paid your deposit, this is imperative.  If you want to be considered for a spot off the wait list, you should send your transcript.  Do us a favor and make sure all of your grades have been posted before you request the transcript.

You must send a transcript including your spring grades even if you are taking summer courses.  If you are in summer courses, you'll need to send two transcripts - 1) now and 2) when your summer courses are over.

Some of you attend a school with trimesters where transcripts won't be available until June.  Please make sure to send those as soon as possible.

We look forward to taking a look at your updated transcripts!