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 bachelor’s 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 Services 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 ( 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
  Teacher Education Specialization
  Biotechnology Specialization
  Mathematics Specialization
  Semiconductor Laboratory Processes Specialization

1Fine 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.
4Computer Science
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:

Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Veterinary Medicine

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 Services Center 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
James Monroe Center of Mary Washington College
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
Sweet Briar College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University of Phoenix
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
University of Rochester
University of Toledo



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