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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, equivalency completion, or permanent separation regardless of whether these credits are completed at the time of application or if you intend to transfer the credits. If you do not meet this definition, you should apply through the first-year/freshman process. 

  • Credits earned during high school through Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, or other sources, do not count towards the 12 credits. This also applies to students completing an associate degree program concurrent with high school. 
  • As transfer admissions focuses on the academic record at the college/university level and does not consider high school coursework or grades or SAT/ACT scores, recent high school graduates are unlikely to be competitive when applying in their first semester of college study. This is especially notable for applicants pursuing Spring transfer entry. Most competitive transfer applicants will have at least one full academic term of post-high school college work and grades completed with another in-progress at the time of application. 
  • First-year/freshman applicants cannot be considered again for transfer admission in the same cycle.

Academic Requirements for Transfers

Transfer students must meet academic requirements outlined below and complete the Transfer Application for admission. The most important factors considered for transfer admission are as follows:

  • 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. Transfer applications are not accepted for the majors of Architecture or Industrial Design. Students interested in these disciplines should explore other majors offered by Virginia Tech. 
  • Overall GPA in all college coursework with a special emphasis on performance in courses required or recommended for entry into your intended program, as well as your more recent work. NOTE: All prior college/university work should be reported and is considered in the admissions process, regardless of transferability or intent to transfer credits. Applicants who have had a significant break in their college education (5+ years) may need to showcase more recent study and/or renewed college success before they will be able to present a competitive application.   
  • Although there is no minimum GPA required for admission, 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.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not considered as part of the transfer admissions process and are therefore not required.
  • Being in good standing at your current or most recent institution. Virginia Tech reserves the right to deny admission to students who have been suspended, dismissed, or subject to disciplinary action from any school, or those convicted of a felony. Per university policy, all applicants and currently enrolled students must report arrest, conviction, and protective orders. Disciplinary records are considered in determining eligibility for admission.
  • Completion of all aspects of the transfer application process by the appropriate deadlines, as outlined on the Transfer Application Checklist.

Transfer Entry Terms

In most cycles, transfer applications are accepted for three separate entry terms: Spring, Summer, and Fall. The vast majority of transfer students begin in the Fall term. Below is some additional information regarding entry terms and transferring:

  • Some majors accept applications for multiple terms but recommend a specific term of entry. The competitive nature of each term and cycle can vary based on the applicant pool and space availability in the program and the transfer class. To view a full list of major availability by entry term for the current cycle, and learn more about each program, please visit our Transfer Majors Page
  • Spring term admission is offered for select programs and on a limited, space-availability basis. Admission for the Spring term, therefore, may be especially competitive.
  • Students may apply for Spring term admission and subsequently for Summer OR Fall term admission in the same cycle, but should not apply for both Summer and Fall. These applications are reviewed together under the same criteria and draw from the same capacities, with applicants also notified at the same time. Students who apply to both Summer and Fall will have their Fall application reviewed only.

Foreign Language Requirement

There is no admissions requirement for prior foreign language study. All students are expected to complete language study as part of their degree program at Virginia Tech or may satisfy this requirement with prior language study in high school. For further details, please see Advising's Foreign Langauge Requirement page.