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VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreements

How Does Guaranteed Admission Work?

Virginia Tech maintains several agreements with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) which offer a guaranteed route to admission to students completing transferable associate degrees. There are also additional agreements for students outside of the VCCS or for special programs at certain VCCS sites. The most commonly followed agreements are included and detailed below. Note that all applicants, including those who believe they may qualify for guaranteed admission under any agreement, will apply in the standard transfer application process and must meet all associated deadlines. More information on this process is found on the Transfer Application Checklist. Admission to Virginia Tech is major-specific, and applicants are advised to make sure their associate degree pathway aligns with or includes at a minimum the “Required” prerequisite coursework for their intended program of study, as outlined on the Admissions Transfer Roadmaps. Transfers are no longer admitted to undecided or general programs, and if an applicant does not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the major indicated on the application, they will not be admitted to the university. Final eligibility for guaranteed admission is determined during the application review process.

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VCCS General Guaranteed Admission Agreement

VCCS students seeking guaranteed admission and planning to apply to majors not housed in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering (COE) or College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) should follow the General Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

Agreement Summary:

  • Complete a transferable VCCS associate degree.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in your degree program. GPA calculations, including in the case of repeated coursework, will follow VCCS policies.
  • Meet the minimum admissions requirements for your intended major by completing with a grade of "C" or higher any and all of the "Required" coursework for that program as outlined on its Admissions Transfer Roadmap. Note: This replaces the "B or better" in particular course categories (Mathematics, English, Science, Social Science) outlined in the agreement. Not all majors have specified admissions course requirements.
  • Meet all other requirements outlined in the agreement and apply through the standard transfer admissions process.

VCCS College of Engineering Guaranteed Admission Agreement

VCCS students seeking guaranteed admission and planning to apply to any major in the College of Engineering, including Computer Science and Computer Engineering, should follow the College of Engineering Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

Agreement Summary:

  • Complete the appropriate VCCS Engineering associate degree offered by your campus, as outlined in the agreement. 
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in your degree program. GPA calculations, including in the case of repeated coursework, will follow VCCS policies.
  • Meet all other requirements outlined in the agreement and apply through the standard transfer admissions process.

VCCS College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Guaranteed Admission Agreement

VCCS students seeking guaranteed admission and planning to apply to any major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences should follow the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

Agreement Summary:

  • Complete a VCCS Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Science degree.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in your degree program. GPA calculations, including in the case of repeated coursework, will follow VCCS policies.
  • Meet the minimum admissions requirements for your intended major by completing with a grade of "C" or higher any and all of the "Required" coursework for that program as outlined on its Admissions Transfer Roadmap. Note: This replaces the major-specific coursework outlined in Section II of the agreement.
  • The Letter of Intent for students pursuing admission under this agreement is no longer required or part of the admissions process.
  • Meet all other requirements outlined in the agreement and apply through the standard transfer admissions process.

Additional Admission Agreements


NOVA Business Information Technology Cybersecurity Management and Analytics (BIT-Cyber) Program in Northern Virginia Guaranteed Admission Agreement

Northern Virginia Community College students interested in the BIT-Cyber program in Northern Virginia are encouraged to follow the BIT-Cyber Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

Agreement Summary:

  • Complete the A.S. Information Technology or A.S. Business Administration degree at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).
    • Prospective students are encouraged to follow closely the curriculum map included in the agreement for their respective NOVA pre-transfer associate degree program (Appendix A or B). Following the correct curriculum map will ensure minimum admissions requirements are met as well as provide the maximum applicability of transfer credit. Further, this will help establish the best route to progression and success in the BIT-Cyber degree post-transfer.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in your degree program. GPA calculations, including in the case of repeated coursework, will follow NOVA policies.
  • Meet all other requirements outlined in the agreement and apply through the standard transfer admissions process.
    • Applicants will indicate BIT, BIT-Cyber, and the Northern Virginia Campus in the transfer admissions application and will be reviewed for that program and campus. 
  • Note: This agreement is applicable to students seeking admission to BIT-Cyber at Virginia Tech's campus in Northern Virginia only and does not apply to students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree-granting program, including BIT-Cyber, in Blacksburg. Students admitted to the BIT-Cyber program at the Northern Virginia campus will not have the option to change their Virginia Tech major or campus, or to pursue classes at the Blacksburg campus without departmental approval. 
  • Trying to decide if the BIT-Cyber degree program in Northern Virginia is right for you? Check out the BIT-Cyber website for more information and additional points of contact.

Richard Bland College Transfer Agreement

Richard Bland students pursuing guaranteed admission to any covered Virginia Tech major should follow the Richard Bland College Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

Agreement Summary:

  • Complete an RBC Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in your degree program. GPA calculations, including in the case of repeated coursework, will follow RBC policies.
  • Meet the minimum admissions requirements for your intended major by completing with a grade of “C” or higher any and all of the “Required” coursework for that program as outlined on its Admissions Transfer Roadmap. Note: This replaces the major-specific “mathematics and science” coursework referenced in Section 1 of the agreement.
  • Meet all other requirements outlined in the agreement and apply through the standard transfer admissions process.

For More Information

For more information or additional guidance regarding guaranteed admission, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and connect with a member of the Admissions Transfer Team.

Updated July 2021