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Transfer Admissions Requirements

Transfer Status

You are considered a transfer student if you have attempted 12 or more credit hours at any college or university after high school graduation or high school equivalency completion, regardless of whether these credits are completed at the time of application or if you intend to transfer the credits.

  • Credits earned during high school through Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, or other sources do not count towards the 12 credits.
  • Transfer students must meet academic requirements outlined below and complete the Transfer Application for admission.
  • As transfer admissions focuses on the academic record at the college/university level, and does not consider grades or high school coursework, recent high school graduates are not likely to be competitive when applying in their first semester of college study. This is especially notable for applicants pursuing Spring transfer entry.

Academic Requirements for Transfers

The most important factors considered for admission are:

  • Completion or progress toward completion of prerequisite coursework for your intended program. Create a competitive schedule by following the Admissions Transfer Roadmap for the major to which you plan to apply. 
  • Please note, transfer applications are no longer accepted for the majors of Architecture or Industrial Design.
  • Overall GPA in all college coursework with a special emphasis on performance in courses related to your intended program, as well as your more recent work. 
  • Although the committee considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), most competitive applicants will present a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher. (In majors where applications exceed available space, the competitive GPA may be even higher.)
  • Being in good standing at your current or most recent institution.

Foreign Language Requirement

By the time they graduate from the university, students must meet a language study requirement.

For most majors, the minimum requirement may be met in high school by completing 2 units of a single foreign or classical language (3 units for those students who will graduate from certain majors within Virginia Tech’s College of Science and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences). The requirement also may be met after admission by one of the following:

  • Earning 6 semester hours of college-level foreign or classical language credit. Such credits are in addition to that number normally required for graduation
    in a student’s program of study.
  • Receiving credit by examination for a foreign or classical language.