Monday, January 14, 2019

A Quick Note for those Who Applied out of High School

Hello Everyone!

As you're working on your common applications before the 3/1/19 deadline, there's a note I want to pass along - if you applied for first year admission previously, it could impact you:

Common App this year split off transfer applications to a different platform from the first year platform.  We have had a few transfer applicants who have called stating that UVA was not listed as a school to select.  Here is the reason why:

Students who create a transfer application in CAO can currently use these credentials to still login to the First Year platform. If they do use their Transfer credentials to login to the First Year platform, then they are not able to see UVA's Transfer program (since it's on the other platform). CAO is currently working on a way to not have this linked access to minimize confusion going forward.

If this happens to you, log in to the transfer platform at and then you should be able to see UVA.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Spring Semester Coursework

Happy New Year, Everyone!

As we begin to look at the spring semester - if you're intending to apply for fall transfer, keep in mind our transfer course requirements as you double check your spring registration. As you may already know, these course requirements are the foundation of a successful transfer application and ensure that you'll have a smooth transition to your degree progress at UVa.

One helpful tool for the transfer course requirements is the credit analyzer - found here. As many previous enrolling students have taken courses you may have taken, you can see how those courses have transferred in. However, please know that the list isn't exhaustive - meaning it's entirely possible that courses you have taken may not be listed on it, but still be transferable when you enroll at UVa. Use your judgement to select courses at your institution that fit into the recommended subjects.

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.

Enjoy the rest of your break!