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Successful Transfer Planning

The following information provides a general timeline. Be sure to start your math (based on your program of study), and writing (composition) sequences as early as possible, as they are common requirements across most programs.

All of the Guaranteed Admissions Agreements require that students complete a transfer Associate’s degree in order to be eligible for the benefits that the Agreement provides.

To ensure a successful transfer:

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4 Semesters Before Transferring

  1. Speak to a transfer counselor as soon as possible to assist you with choosing your major.
  2. Review all of the Guaranteed Admissions Agreements. Note: Students must complete a transfer Associate’s degree to be eligible for the benefits that the Agreement provides.
  3. View special Articulation Agreements NOVA has with several four-year colleges and universities.
  4. Investigate Transfer Guides offering your intended program.
  5. Learn about general education requirements and lower-division components in the curriculum at institutions you are considering.
  6. Begin looking for scholarships, discounts and other ways to meet costs. Check out Virginia's Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  7. Start your math (based on your program of study), and writing (composition) sequences as early as possible, as they are common requirements across most programs.
  8. Familiarize yourself with the list of frequently used college terms.

The SCHEV Transfer Tool enables students to research options for transferring from a Virginia Community College to a 4-year institution in Virginia. Click on button below to get started.

schev transfer guide

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3 Semesters Before Transferring

  1. Continue working with your NOVA transfer counselor or academic advisor.
  2. Decide which transfer institution best suits your needs and visit. If George Mason University is your choice, be sure to check out the Transferring to GMU page on this site. 
  3. If required, complete a Letter of Intent for your chosen institution.
  4. Use four-year institution’s transfer guides to assist you with course selection.
  5. Familiarize yourself with your future institution’s academic calendars and deadlines.
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2 Semesters Before Transferring

  1. Continue selecting courses that transfer appropriately within program of study.
  2. Submit your admission application, financial aid application and all official transcripts to the colleges to which you hope to transfer. Click here to request a NOVA transcript.
  3. Once admitted, complete any specific scholarship and housing applications as appropriate.
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1 Semesters Before Transferring

  1. Complete transferable coursework in your program and apply for graduation.
  2. Check your My NOVA account to verify that there are no financial/administrative holds on your student record

After Graduation From NOVA

  • Send final official NOVA transcript after graduation.

For answers to the most commonly asked transfer questions, visit the Transfer FAQ page.