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Transfer Waitlist FAQs | Summer/Fall 2021

The content below reflects the transfer waitlist process for Summer/Fall 2020 applicants. Check back for updates on the Spring and Summer/Fall transfer waitlist processes soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does being on the waitlist mean for a transfer student?
    When a transfer student is waitlisted, it means that we likely need additional information to make the final decision, such as final in-progress grades or possible enrollment in summer coursework. To be considered from the waitlist, you must select to remain on the waitlist on your Application Status Page as soon as possible and no later than June 1, 2020. Please reach out to a member of the transfer team in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions so we can talk with you about this process, what is needed to support your candidacy, and potential timelines. Students on the waitlist will be notified of their final admission status no later than July 15, 2020.
  2. What are my chances for selection from the waitlist?
    You are understandably eager to have a final decision on your application. By following the steps outlined in your online decision letter, you can put yourself in the best position to receive an offer. But, please note the response of transfer applicants who received an offer of admission and individual program capacities will also be factors in accommodating additional applicants from the transfer waitlist. Given the uncertain nature of these variables, it is impossible to know at this time how many students could be offered from the waitlist.
  3. What is Virginia Tech’s history of selecting students from the waitlist?
    This is the second year the transfer waitlist has operated with these procedures, so the sample size is very limited. Last year, we were unable to accommodate any applicants from the transfer waitlist. Each admissions cycle can be very different, so it is impossible to know at this time how many students could be offered from the waitlist this year.
  4. Can I do anything to increase my chances of being offered admission from the waitlist?
    Yes! Your application was put on the waitlist because we think you could be a successful student at Virginia Tech. However, in the review process, we noticed that you either were missing coursework required for entry into your planned major or we need to see final grades for your in-progress coursework before making a final decision. By contacting a member of the transfer team in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you can learn which situation applies to your candidacy and how best to proceed. Applicants who are missing required coursework for admission to their program may be able to provide proof of summer registration for transferable equivalents, which could allow for an offer. Applicants for whom in-progress grades are requested should provide documentation of final grades as soon as they are available (typically in early May). Unofficial and web transcripts will suffice and should be emailed to a member of the transfer team. You will also be asked to update and resubmit your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) with this information.
  5. 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, either because we were unable to reconcile the additional information needed, or due to a lack of space availability in your intended program, please consider reapplying for a subsequent transfer term. Most waitlisted applicants can present more competitive applications with continued and targeted study, and members of our transfer team are happy to help you design an individualized action plan towards future admission. The resources accessible via our Transfer Admissions Homepage, such as our Transfer Roadmaps and the credit equivalency tools within our Transfer Guide, can also help with creating a future transfer plan.