UNVA welcomes transfer students. Students who wish to continue their college education at UNVA are asked to submit a completed application to the Admissions Office. Transfer students must arrange for required materials, including official transcripts, to be forwarded to the Admissions Office. Until all records are made available to the Admissions Office, the transfer student will be enrolled under a conditional admission agreement.
Students may transfer up to nine credits for course work with a "B" or better for graduate admissions, and up to sixty credits for course work with a "C" or better for undergraduate work, provided that the courses are deemed similar or equivalent to courses offered at the university. Credits should have been earned in recent years when possible.
More specifically, university policy permits a student to transfer up to a maximum of:
- nine credit hours (with a grade of B or better) from other accredited institutions at the graduate degree level, or
- thirty credits from other accredited institutions (with a grade of C or better) at the undergraduate level.
However, for those students who already hold an Associate's degree from an accredited institution, or for whom the dean accepts credits as a "block transfer" in the absence of an Associate's degree, sixty credits may be transferred and applied toward a bachelor's degree at UNVA. See Special Academic Options for Undergraduate Transfer Students (Block Transfer), which follows below.
If the University of Northern Virginia has signed a specific articulation agreement with the accredited school from which the student is transferring, a maximum of ninety credits may be transferred. This occurs infrequently.
All course selections or substitutions must have the approval of the academic advisor.
The dean of the school is the final arbiter in deciding whether the university will accept proposed transfer credits for a student and how these credits will be used in the student's academic program. All requests must be made on the form furnished by the university.
Once an applicant is accepted and all documents and transcripts have been received, the appropriate academic department evaluates the transcripts on behalf of the dean of the school in order to determine the number of credits that may be transferred. Each course proposed for credit from another institution will be individually weighed.
Explanatory example: A transfer student has completed four courses of three credits each with the grade of B or better. Three of the courses transfer with credit. The fourth course on the transcript taken is also parallel to a required course in the UNVA curriculum. Rather than forcing the student to repeat a course, the university may allow a course substitution to be given to the student. The student may then take a specific elective within the UNVA program to enhance knowledge. This process obviates the necessity of retaking a course that has already been successfully completed.
Finally, since credits earned at any UNVA campuses worldwide are granted by the university, they are not considered as transfer credits. Students should feel free to move among the various UNVA campuses, secure in the knowledge that credits earned at one campus will be utilized at another campus with no transfer issues raised.