Transfer Application Checklist
The Summer and Fall 2021 transfer applications are open! Please see the Available Transfer Majors page for more information about which programs are available for each entry term. Our Admissions Transfer Roadmaps outline pre-requisite coursework expectations for admission to each major. All transfer applications will be submitted through the Common Application (Common App) platform this year. The application deadline for both Summer and Fall entry is March 1. The application deadline for Spring entry was October 1 and that process has now concluded. Click here to view other important deadlines as well as admissions notification timelines.
Summer and Fall applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15, as this will allow you apply for scholarships through Virginia Tech's General Scholarship Application by the January 22 deadline. All transfer applicants who are eligible should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), also by the January 22 priority deadline. When you update your FAFSA, be sure that Virginia Tech is listed alongside your current school.
The checklists below provide step-by-step instructions for completing the transfer application process, which includes submission of the transfer application through Common Application (Common App) as well as, for most applicants, completion of a separate Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR).
- Visit the Common App landing page here or by the above button. Select "Apply for transfer" on the right-hand side of the page.
- Create a new Common App account or log in to an existing account.
- From the "Add Programs" screen, search for "Virginia Tech". There are six program options available. Please select the correct application based on your intended entry term and citizenship status. Remember: major availability will vary by term as noted on the available majors page. Applicants who are current U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents will submit the Domestic application for their intended term; all other applicants should complete the International application for their planned entry term. Once you have added your program, you may hit "continue" below and then "Continue To My Application" from the following screen.
- From the "My Application" screen you will begin completing the four main components of the application:
- Personal Information
- Academic History
- Supporting Information
- Program Materials (Virginia Tech Program Questions)
- Personal Information - Please complete each subsection in full. Note: Once you have entered information for all subsections you will automatically advance into the Academic History section.
- Academic History - Please complete each subsection as noted below. Note: Once you have entered information for all subsections you will automatically advance into the Supporting Information section:
- High Schools Attended - Only basic high school information is required here for Virginia Tech. High school information is not used in the transfer review process.
- Colleges Attended - Report all institutions attended as instructed.
- College Coursework - College coursework information is not required nor should be reported here for Virginia Tech, though it may be requested or required here by other schools/programs to which the student is applying through Common App. Most applicants will be required to complete a separate Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) where they will outline their entire academic history from every college or university attended (see further details on this page under "Steps for completing the SRAR").
- GPA Entries - Add a GPA for each institution attended.
- Standardized Tests - SAT/ACT are not required or reviewed for any transfer applicant. IELTS/TOEFL scores should be added for international applicants not studying at an English language institution. If you do not have any test scores to report, select "I Am Not Adding Any Standardized Tests".
- Continuing Education Courses - Nothing is required for this section. Applicants may add any CEU information or select "I Am Not Adding Any Continuing Education Courses".
- SAT Subject - These are not required or reviewed in the transfer process. Applicants should continue to the next section.
- AP (Advanced Placement) - Applicants are advised to report their full AP exam score history here, if applicable, though this information will also be requested and required in the SRAR.
- IB (International Baccalaureate) - Applicants are advised to report their full IB exam score history here, if applicable, though this information will also be requested and required in the SRAR.
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program) - Applicants are advised to report their full CLEP exam score history here, if applicable, though this information will also be requested and required in the SRAR.
- Senior Secondary Leaving Examinations - This section is not reviewed for any applicant.
- Supporting Information - Complete all subsections as noted below. Note: Once you have entered information for all subsections you will automatically advance into the Program Materials "Virginia Tech questions" section.
- Experiences and Achievements - Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete these subsections noting any information which may be relevant to providing their application with a comprehensive holistic review. Activities and experiences from high school, college, or outside of academic life may be relevant. Note: No additional CV/resume will be reviewed.
- Documents - Additional CV/Resumes uploaded here will not be reviewed by Virginia Tech. DD214, Green card, or Joint services transcripts may be uploaded here if applicable, but additional documentation may be requested elsewhere.
- Affirmation Statements - Applicant is required to complete this section.
- Program Materials - If not already selected, select your Virginia Tech application program. You will then see three tabs: Home, Questions, and Documents. The Home tab contains helpful information and external links. Application questions specific to Virginia Tech are found under the Questions tab and are required to submit your application. More information on the Documents tab is noted below.
- Program Materials - Questions (Virginia Tech Program Questions)
- Complete all of the Virginia Tech questions which are required, including the required personal statements known as the Ut Prosim Profile.
- Special note for applicants who have studied at the college level outside of the United States: You will indicate this in the appropriate question under the "General" section heading. Any transfer applicant who has studied outside the United States at the college or university level (regardless of Domestic/International status) should upload all college/university transcripts to the Documents tab of the Program Materials section prior to submitting the application. If additional academic information is required, you will be contacted via email with further instructions.
- All other transfer applicants must submit the separate SRAR to complete the application process.
- Submit the Application - Once you have answered all of the required components from each section of the Common Application, including the Virginia Tech Program questions, you will submit the application from the "Submit Application" ribbon near the top of your screen. Note: Certain information may not be edited following submission of the application. You will need to email email@example.com to request a change or correction to Virginia Tech specific questions or statements.
Who should complete the SRAR?
Most transfer applicants must submit a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) to complete the application process. Applicants (domestic or international) who have studied outside of the United States at the college or university level (location of high school/secondary school does not matter) are the only exception to this requirement. These students must upload transcripts directly to the Common App (see instructions on this page under Completing the Common App) or, if this was not completed prior to submission, contact our office for further guidance. All other applicants must submit the SRAR to document all completed, in-progress, and planned college work and outcomes. Uploaded, emailed, or mailed transcripts will not be accepted for applicants who are required to submit the SRAR.
As certain academic information is required, early completion may result in the need to return, update, and resubmit the SRAR again once this information is available. Early completion will not result in earlier decision notification. Failure to include all required information by the deadline may result in application cancellation.
Spring 2021 applicants: The deadline for SRAR submissions is October 5 (application deadline is October 1). Final academic grades through Summer 2020, or available by October 5, as well as coursework through Fall 2020 must be reported.
Summer and Fall 2021 applicants: The deadline for SRAR submissions is March 5 (application deadline is March 1). Final academic grades through Fall 2020, or available by March 5, as well as coursework through Summer 2021 must be reported.
- If you have submitted your Common Application, you will receive an emailed invitation to create your Applicant Portal within a few business days. You will use the Applicant Portal to monitor your application status and eventually receive and view your admissions decision. It is recommended that you set up the Applicant Portal and use this interface to create a new SRAR or access an existing SRAR account. Using this interface will link your new or existing SRAR account directly to your application and Applicant Portal and thus reduce the risk of an incomplete or cancelled application. You may also create or sign-in to an existing SRAR here or using the maroon box above but will need to follow the manual linking instructions noted in Step 3. Note that a previously submitted SRAR must be formally resubmitted through the Review/Submit tab for a new version to transmit to Virginia Tech.
- From the SRAR Home tab, select 'Transfer Student' in the Student Type box, if this is not already selected. This will ensure you see the proper interface specific to transfer applicants.
- Automatic linking - If you have created your SRAR account or accessed a previously created account through your Applicant Portal, your application should link automatically. As such, you can skip this step and select 'Begin' at the bottom of the Home tab to move forward.
Manual linking - For all others, you will need to link your SRAR account to your submitted transfer Common App by selecting the Link Application button under the Add Common App CAS ID box. Complete the required fields including the email used in your application, as well as the 10-digit CAS ID number found in the top right corner of each page in your Common App account. For help linking or locating the CAS ID number, click here. Follow the instructions to verify the link via email. After returning to the SRAR, you can click 'Begin' at the bottom of the Home tab to move forward.
- Enter every college or university you have attended on the Enter Colleges/Universities tab, noting your dates of attendance for each. For your current institution it is advised that you list the 'To' date as the final month of your last planned enrollment at that school, rather than 'Today'. This will be especially important if you intend to enter planned coursework for a future semester (i.e. Summer). Note you will not enter your high school information here, as your high school record is not used in the transfer admissions review process. After you have entered each college/university attended, select 'Enter Coursework' near the bottom of the screen to proceed.
- You will need to enter your final or current cumulative GPA (unweighted) at each institution in the GPA/Class Rank box. You can obtain this from your transcript or online student record. For Class Rank/Size, you may select "This school does not provide rank information or I do not know it." to proceed.
- Begin entering your completed and planned coursework for each institution attended. You should reference your actual transcript and enter courses and grades exactly as they appear on your record for each school. This includes instances of repeated coursework or withdrawn coursework as these courses typically appear on your official transcripts regardless of their impact on your GPA. In-progress coursework or coursework which will be completed prior to transferring (i.e. in the summer) should be listed with a grade of "In Progress". Dual enrollment (DE) work from high school should be listed under the college/university providing credit and using their course naming, numbering, and grading conventions. Transfer credit for students who have studied at multiple institutions should be listed under the original college/university where it was attempted. If transfer credit was granted from an outside source (such as an AP or CLEP exam) it should be listed appropriately in the Enter Exams tab of the SRAR (see next step). Once you have entered your coursework for each institution, you can select 'Enter Exams' near the bottom of the screen to proceed.
- SAT/ACT scores are NOT required or reviewed as part of the Virginia Tech transfer admissions process. Sources of potential college credit, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), however, are reviewed and should be reported in full in this section. Full disclosure is advised as these scores can only help, never hurt, an applicant's chances for admission. Applicants should only list exams that have already been taken and for which scores have been received. Once you have finished entering exams, select 'Review' near the bottom of the screen to proceed.
- From the Review/Submit tab, you can review the data you have entered. Once you have confirmed that everything is complete and correct, you can submit the SRAR by completing the Electronic Signature box at the bottom of the page and pressing the 'Submit' button. If you have correctly linked the SRAR account to your Common App (through your Applicant Portal or manually—see steps 1 and 3 above), your submitted SRAR will transmit to Virginia Tech within a few business days and be matched with your Common App. Your application should then be ready for review.
- Should you need to correct or update your SRAR, you may return and access your SRAR from the login page. You will then select 'Continue' from the bottom of the Home tab and then 'Update SRAR' from the Record Complete box to unlock the SRAR. Any additions or corrections will only be transmitted to Virginia Tech once the SRAR is again formally signed and submitted from the Review/Submit tab.
For further assistance with the application process outlined above, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.