Transfer Waitlist FAQs | Summer/Fall 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does being on the waitlist mean?
The transfer admissions process was especially competitive this year due to an increased number of strong applications. As such, many applicants with strong credentials and who meet or exceed minimum requirements were waitlisted. The waitlist process differs this year in that all applicants who are waitlisted have been deemed academically qualified for their intended program and display potentials for success at Virginia Tech based on the information already reviewed. Applicants will be offered from the waitlist if space becomes available for their intended program and will be notified of a final decision status no later than July 1, 2021.
- Can I do anything to increase my chances of being offered admission from the waitlist?
Your application was put on the waitlist because we know you can be a successful student at Virginia Tech. The only thing you need to do is elect to "Remain on the Waitlist" by completing the Response to Waitlist form within your Applicant Portal by June 1. Unfortunately, there is nothing else you can do at this time. All applicants on the waitlist have been deemed academically competitive for their intended program and the Admissions Committee will review the academic information submitted with the original application to make additional offers where possible. No additional letters of recommendation, statements of interest or intent to enroll, or academic record updates will be reviewed unless requested. If additional information is needed, it will be requested individually via email. Waitlisted applicants are strongly encouraged to successfully complete their academic plan for spring and summer as reported. A waitlist offer would be contingent upon successful completion of the academic plan reported at the time of application.
- What are my chances for selection from the waitlist?
You are understandably eager to have a final decision on your application. By electing to remain on the waitlist and continuing with your reported academic plan, as outlined above, you are putting yourself in the best position for a potential offer. The response of applicants who received an initial offer of admission and the remaining space in individual programs and overall will be the greatest determining factors on if, where, and when additional offers can be made. Given the uncertainty of these variables, it is impossible to know at this time how many applicants could be offered from the waitlist.
- What is Virginia Tech’s history of selecting students from the transfer waitlist?
Each transfer admissions cycle can be very different. As such, the waitlist process and outcomes can also vary significantly. For instance, in 2019 and 2020 waitlisted students did not necessarily meet minimum requirements for their program or may not have been deemed strong enough for an immediate offer based on their reported credentials. Therefore, additional actions were needed (such as providing updated spring grade outcomes or registering for a summer course, etc.) for a potential offer to be possible. Space, however, remained the greatest limiting factor, and in 2019 no additional offers were made from the waitlist. In 2020, around 120 additional offers were made after initial offers were extended. As noted, this year’s pool saw an increased number of strong applications, and all applicants currently on the waitlist have been deemed academically competitive and meet or exceed minimum admissions requirements. The response of offered students, therefore, will determine outcomes for this waitlist cycle.
- Can I change my intended program/major or entry term given the waitlist decision?
No. All majors were competitive and offers have been extended for all programs based on capacity. Therefore, it is not possible to change your intended major for additional review or consideration at this time. You will be considered for an offer from the waitlist for the major to which you applied. Indicating your intended entry term as Summer or Fall in the application process did not affect the decision outcome as all applications to both terms are reviewed at the same time, with the same criteria, and with the same program capacity in mind. As such, changing your intended term of entry now would not impact your waitlist decision or likelihood for an offer.
- What are my options if I am not selected from the waitlist and still wish to attend Virginia Tech?
If you do not receive an offer of admission from the waitlist, please consider reapplying for a subsequent transfer term. Most waitlisted applicants can present more competitive applications with continued and targeted study, or final outcomes in their currently in-progress or planned coursework. Applicants from Virginia Community College System (VCCS) institutions are especially encouraged to continue and complete the transferable associate degree program which best aligns with their intended major. The resources accessible via our Transfer Admissions Homepage, such as our Transfer Roadmaps and Transfer Guide, can also help with creating a future transfer plan. Members of our transfer team are happy to help you design an individualized action plan towards future admission. You can even schedule an appointment with our team.