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 online through NovaConnect or to an NVCC Student Serviced Center 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
  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 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:

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. 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  In addition, the VCCS has additional agreements that may be viewed on their website at



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