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
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
online through NovaConnect or to an NVCC Student Serviced Center to have an official copy of
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
Art History Specialization
Associate in Science Degrees
Semiconductor Laboratory Processes Specialization
A foundation program for the Baccalaureate in Arts Degree in
Fine Arts or for transfer to a professional school for the 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.
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.
A foundation program that 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:
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 http://www.schev.edu/Students/transferPolicyAdmissions.asp.
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. Counselors can provide students with more specific information on how these agreements relate to individual transfer plans. For a current list of agreements, visit the Academic Services website at http://www.nvcc.edu/depts/academic/. In addition, the VCCS has additional agreements that may be viewed on their website at http://www.vccs.edu/vccsasr/agreements.htm.