Friday, August 26, 2016

VCCS Guaranteed Admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Are you a Virginia community college student looking to pursue one of our Guaranteed Admission Agreements?  Currently, we have three:  1) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2) College of Arts and Sciences and 3) RN to BSN program in the School of Nursing.  All are only available for fall admission, not spring. You should spend the next year completing these requirements if you are on this path.  All coursework and the degree must be completed by the end of spring 2017 if you want to enroll in fall 2017.

Guaranteed admission does ask a lot of its students, but if you fulfill all of the requirements and meet all of its conditions, admission is guaranteed to the school of application, not the major.  We never guarantee admission to any major. Today, we thought we would create a sort of checklist for the Engineering GAA, but you should sit down and take some time to read the agreement yourself, found here. Let's hit the highlights in this post.

-Earn an associates degree stipulated in the agreement
-Earn a 3.4 GPA or better
-Earn 54 transferable credits
-Earn at least 45 credits at the community college
-Submit a high school transcript or GED
-Submit all college transcripts from your past and present
-Earn no grade lower than a C except in the case of English Composition, and all math, physics and chemistry courses where you need a B or better.
-Submit SAT, ACT or TOEFL scores (The TOEFL can be a substitute for students who have been studying in the U.S. for less than two years).
-Submit the common application
-Take the prescribed courses in Section II of the guaranteed admission agreement.
-These include english composition, Calc 1, 2, 3, differential equations, Physics 1 and 2(with labs), Chemistry 1 (plus the lab), and computer science (EGR 125, 126 or CSC 201)
-Yes, you have to take all of these courses.
-Depending on your scores, you can use AP scores to earn credit towards the agreement, but you must take at least 45 credits worth of courses at the community college.
-Finally, yes, you have to take (or show AP credit for) all of these courses.

Last year, 30% of admitted VCCS students, were admitted under the GAA.


Michael Brashier said...

It would be nice if there was a a course blueprint for NVCC students majoring in Comp Science (BS) who want to use the guaranteed acceptance mechanism to transfer to the UVA School of engineering. As it is one must do a lot of tedious and redundant searching though the NVCC and UVA websites to correlate courses and even then the info is ambiguous. I was looking for an instruction that says basically "Take these courses at NVCC if you want to get a BS in Comp Sci from UVA"

Transfermer said...

Sorry, Michael. The engineering school has not built a blueprint like the College has. It is something to consider, but there are a number of UVA Engineering courses with no equivalents in the VCCS. We appreciate your doing a little digging. Our faculty in all schools will appreciate and encourage resourcefulness as well.