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VCU Guaranteed Admission Agreement with Virginia Community College System

Successful transfer applicants should be good students overall with a very strong background in mathematics and the sciences. Applicants should display consistent performance in high school or college-level classes, which serve as indicators for the ability to manage time and the course work required for success at VCU.

If you are planning to transfer, your transfer credits will be evaluated after the application process. Transfer credit will only be accepted from colleges that are accredited by one of the seven regional accreditation bodies in the U.S., or on a case-by-case basis for institutions outside the U.S.

It may be necessary for students to provide course descriptions to gain transfer credit. It is possible for students to “challenge” courses with permission of the faculty and must be done within university guidelines. Official results from CLEP, AP or IB exams must be submitted for credit to be considered.

Students who transfer from a college in the Virginia Community Colleges System or Richard Bland College should be aware that transfer course equivalencies have been determined through an agreement between VCU and VCCS. Students are encouraged to contact the School of Engineering about transfer equivalencies of specific courses toward requirements in the engineering and computer science curricula.

Transfers with fewer than 30 college credits must submit a high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores (if under the age of 22) to complete their application for admission. Veterans of the Armed Forces who have military education credits should forward copies of documentation with their application for admission so that possible transfer credits can be identified.

Criteria for transfer applicants

  • Completed college courses in math to at least the pre-calculus level

    • Completing Calculus is very strongly recommended

  • One completed college course in a laboratory science

  • Minimum GPA of 3.1 on all college course work (with an emphasis on grades in math and science)

    • Biomedical Engineering transfer applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.5 for consideration.

Transfer applicants with an associate’s degree or higher education level do not need to send standardized test scores.

Cooperative and joint programs

The School of Engineering maintains several agreements with other institutions: