Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Financial Aid Deadline - April 1!

You'll recall from the right-hand sidebar of this blog that the financial aid deadline for transfers 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: http://sfs.virginia.edu/new/undergrad/transfer

Please Be Kind

Hi all,

You guys are so great and helpful on here, so we may be preaching to the choir.  That said, we are getting reports of callers being rude to our colleagues at the front desk regarding missing transcripts.  Our front-desk staff members have years of experience or are students working work-study jobs just like you. Please be kind as we do our best to cooperate with you.  All documents were due March 1 and we have extended a courtesy to many students who had difficulty getting transcripts to us on time.  We would appreciate respect and kindness from your direction as we all work to complete applications and make it through this process.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thinking of Visiting?

We are just beginning to read applications for fall 2018.  Those of you who are applying know that we will release decisions around May 1.  If admitted, you will be expected to pay your deposit by May 15th. 

In years' past, we have heard from transfers who want to visit during this two-week window.  You are certainly welcome to do this, but like you, students and faculty will be in the midst of final exams.  Grounds (albeit warm) will look a little different and faculty won't be accessible. We would encourage you to you instead visit, next week(week of March 19) or in the second half of April. We, the admissions office will be hosting spring breaking high schoolers from all over the country, but we would be happy to see you as well.

Feel free to take a tour(skip the information session which is mostly for high school students) and sit in on a class. For information on this, check out our page here.

While this post encourages you to visit before decisions come out, please understand that we do not require prospective transfers to visit, we do not offer interviews, and coming to UVA will have no impact on your admissions decision.  That's called "demonstrated interest" and we do not practice this policy. This would merely be an informational visit for YOU and your college search process.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Applying to Architecture? Portfolios Are Required

If you are applying to the architecture program (not urban planning or architectural history), you'll notice in various places on our website that portfolios are required.  These are reviewed by architecture faculty and play a role in your admissions decision.

For specific instructions, you should go to our Deadline & Instructions page and scroll down to "ART AND ARCHITECTURE SUPPLEMENTS" tab at the bottom of the page (not the box in the middle of the page).  These are also due March 1, and happily, they are submitted online, so you don't have to worry about putting something in the mail.

These students are also required to attend UVA in the summer if admitted. Summer courses at UVA are condensed and super fun.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Come Visit Our Online Chat tonight!

Tonight (from 6:30-8:30 eastern), we're going to experiment with something we haven't done in years.  We'll be hosting an online chat for prospective students.  Two deans will be present along with a couple of students (former transfers) who will do their best to answer all of your questions about the admissions process and what it's like for a student at UVA. If you're on the mailing list, or you have an application in process, you probably received an email about this. If not, you should still be able to log in.

Starting at 6:30, you can go to this link to enter the room.  Of course, you can drop in anytime between then and 8:30. 

Many of you can use your myUVA account to register.  If you are asked for the chat code, it is 1481.

See you online!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Send Your Transcripts Now

Did you know that you can send transcripts before you apply?  Yes, it's true.

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 (uvaapplicationinfo@virginia.edu or undergradadmission@virginia.edu) , 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.

Good luck!

Friday, February 9, 2018

High School Transcripts (or the GED) are Required

We believe that many applicants are surprised that we require a high school transcript, or a GED score report from our transfers. This is an important part of application review and yes, it's required for everyone, no matter how old you are, or how long you have been in school.

This also goes for international students and students who finished high school abroad. This can present difficulties for these students.  Please make sure to consult with your school or school district to have these documents sent to us. If your transcript need translating, you will want to work on this as soon as possible. Most of our applicants use WES for their translation service.  We don't need the evaluation, only the translation. Some international schools do not provide transcripts, but rather summaries or test results from secondary education.  We will take those documents as well.

We tend to look closer at the high school records of rising second-years, because after all, that was less than a year ago.  While we require them for any applicant, typically the longer you have been away from high school, the less closely we'll look at that record.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Preparing for Spring Coursework

Are you applying for fall 2018 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 - 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.

Enjoy the rest of your break!