NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
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Transfer Information

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    Since admission policies and program requirements vary among four-year colleges, all students need to be acquainted with the specific requirements of the college or university of their choice. Students should consult and work closely with counselors and/or faculty advisors in transfer planning and for designing an appropriate NVCC program of study.

Transferring To Other Colleges
    NVCC offers transfer programs that lead to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree or the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. These programs are designed for students who plan to complete the freshman and sophomore years of college work at the community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the junior and senior years of a bachelorís degree. Some four-year colleges will accept certain Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate in Applied Arts (A.A.A.) programs, but each institution has a different policy.
    The Counseling Center on each campus maintains a collection of college catalogs from Virginia and neighboring states. Many Virginia colleges publish transfer guides that indicate the community college courses to be completed for transfer and their equivalencies at the four-year college; most of these are available in print and online. The Counseling Centers and libraries also have a variety of college guides, specialty books, computer software, etc. to assist students in all aspects of transfer planning. The NVCC Web site has additional transfer resources (http://www.nvcc.edu/transfer). Most of the Virginia colleges have Web sites on the Internet that can also provide students with valuable information.
    A course with a grade of less than C is usually not accepted for transfer even if the student has an A.S. or A.A. degree. Students must submit a completed transcript request form to an NVCC admissions office to have an official copy of their transcript forwarded to the intended transfer college or university.
    Northern Virginia Community College offers the following specific programs of study leading to the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees:

Associate in Arts Degrees  

1Fine Arts

2Liberal Arts
    Art History Specialization
    International Studies Specialization
    Music Specialization
    Psychology Specialization

    Speech Communication Specialization


Associate in Science Degrees

3Business Administration

4Computer Science


    Electrical Engineering Specialization

6General Studies
    Psychology Specialization

    Biotechnology Specialization
    Mathematics Specialization

    Semiconductor Laboratory Processes Specialization

Fine Arts

    A foundation program for the Baccalaureate in Arts Degree in Fine Arts or for transfer to a professional school for the arts.

2Liberal Arts

A foundation program for Baccalaureate in Arts Degrees for any other humanities or social science program not listed as a specialization, e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, etc.

3Business Administration

    A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Business with majors in Accounting, Business Management, Finance, Decision Science and Management Information Systems, Marketing, etc.


    A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degree in Computer Science.


    A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Engineering with majors in Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, etc.

6General Studies

    A foundation program which can be tailored to meet the requirements of a specific Baccalaureate Degree at a specific four-year institution.


    A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Science with majors in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Forestry, Geology, Home Economics, Oceanography, Physics, etc.

    The foundation courses are also available (through the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees) for advanced professional degree programs in many fields, including:

Dentistry Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy
Law Optometry Veterinary Medicine
Medicine Pharmacy  

    For your information, the Virginia State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) and the State Board for Community Colleges have endorsed a State Policy on Transfer. This policy gives guidELInes for Virginia community colleges and state-supported senior institutions on admission of transfer students, acceptance and application of transfer credits, services for and responsibilities of transfer students, and guidELInes for students who transfer without an A.A. or an A.S. degree. For more information, go to the SCHEV Web site at

Transfer Articulation Agreements
    NVCC has formal transfer articulation agreements with many institutions. These agreements detail the terms of transfer for NVCC students completing associate degree programs. They define the way courses, programs, or entire categories of programs transfer to another institution and may include admission guarantees. For instance, NVCC has a special agreement with George Mason University that states that an NVCC student who graduates with an A.A. or A.S. degree, who earns at least 24 semester hours of transferable work at NVCC, and who maintains a curriculum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 is guaranteed admission to George Mason. (This policy applies on a case-by-case basis to students who have earned an A.S. degree in General Studies.) Counselors can provide students with more specific information on the state transfer policy, the GMU/NVCC agreement, and how these relate to individual transfer plans.
    If you wish to transfer to any of the institutions listed below, please visit an NVCC Counseling Office for more detailed information on how the articulation agreements may help you transfer.

    American University

    Argosy University

    Averett College

    Capella University

    Catholic University's Metropolitan College
    Eastern Kentucky University
    Ferrum College
    Florida International University
    George Mason University
    Howard University
    James Madison University
    Longwood College
    Mary Washington College's James Monroe Center
    Marymount University
    Michigan State University
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Montreat-Anderson College
    Mount Vernon College
    National-Louis University
    Norfolk State University
    North Carolina Wesleyan College

    Nyack College

    Old Dominion University
    Radford University
    Regent University
    Saint Leo University
    Saint Paul's College
    Shenandoah University
    Sierra Nevada College - Lake Tahoe
    Southeastern University
    Strayer University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    University of Maryland, College Park
    University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
    University of Rochester
    University of Toledo

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