Academic Planning
























I have chosen a major, but I have not decided on a college for transfer.

  1. Confused?Try to make your decision as soon as possible, or at least get your list down to 3 choices since different colleges can sometimes have slightly different requirements even for the same major (e.g. some schools do not require a foreign language, but other schools do have a foreign language requirement).
  2. Check the NOVA catalog for a complete listing and description of all the transfer-oriented programs. Follow the appropriate NOVA degree program for your major:
    1. Business Admin. for 4-yr. majors in accounting, finance, decision sciences, etc.
    2. Engineering for 4-yr. majors in chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, etc.
    3. Liberal Arts for 4-yr. humanities majors (e.g. philosophy, speech, communications, English, etc.)
    4. Social Science for 4-yr. majors (e.g. history, economics, psychology, sociology, political science, etc.).
    5. Science for 4-yr. majors in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Med, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Physics, etc.
  3. Students officially placed in NOVA degree programs should be working closely with their faculty advisors. Advisors can help with NOVA graduation requirements and in choosing electives that will be good transfer choices.  Click on this link to learn more about Tips for Communicating With Your Faculty Advisor.
  4. Make use of the many transfer resources (books, magazines, computer programs, web sites, etc.) in the Transfer Resources Center, Counseling Center and Library to assist you in selecting a college that's right for you.
  5. Consider taking the SDV 100: College Success Skills (1 credit) which is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.  Often these classes cover topics with a transfer emphasis.
  6. Watch for the transfer events scheduled at NOVA campuses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Check with the Transfer Resource Center and Counseling Center for current information.
  7. Contact the colleges you're most interested in to schedule campus visits and tours. Check if they have any up-coming Open Houses that you can attend. Remember to have a list of questions prepared ahead of time to make sure you get all the information you need.