Thursday, March 17, 2016

APRIL 1 Financial Aid Deadline!

Need-based financial aid (which is an option for Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens) is just as available for transfers as it is for first-year applicants. 

This serves as your reminder for the April 1 deadline.  Student Financial Services (SFS) is very strict about this deadline. They require TWO forms in order to properly apply for aid.  Please don't fill out the FAFSA and assume you have completed the task.  We also require something called the CSS Profile.  So again, we require both the FASFA and the CSS Profile.  If you don't comply by this deadline, you may miss out on some great state and UVa aid.  For more information, please check out the SFS website at  If you have questions about aid, please contact Student Financial Services. We are a need-blind institution and thus we do not handle financial aid inquiries here in the admissions office.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Deadline Time

Deadline day is upon us.  You guys are lucky with the leap year.  You have that extra day to work on the application.  We hope you'll use it wisely.  We hope many of you are putting the finishing touches on your applications this weekend.  How terrible would it be if your internet went out, or your computer crashed, or you became sick and you couldn't apply the evening of March 1.  Don't delay.  Let's leave Super Tuesday to politics and not to applicant meltdowns. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you submit.

-Read the application instructions. There's a whole section specific to transfers about "Accessing the Student Information System" and so many of the questions we get on the phone or over email are answered here (or on the sidebar to the right). 

-A few days after your file is pulled into our system, UVA's Student Information System will send an email with login information to the email account you used on your Common App. On the main screen, you'll see a "to do" list of items that need to be checked into your file. The first time you log in, you might see items that are in our system, but just haven't been matched up to your file yet. Please be patient. It takes a few weeks for our staff to match all those transcripts to newly submitted applications.

-You don't have to "rush" your standardized test scores. As long as you have submitted your request for the ACT, SAT, TOEFL or IELTS, we can work with you. In an ideal world, you'd have submitted those requests earlier in the month, but we'll have plenty of things to work on if the scores aren't here on deadline day.

-This is probably what's most important.  Paying the fee doesn't submit your application. Every year, there are people who submit a payment, but don't submit their actual application.  Please watch out for this. Please be thorough.

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Your journey as a transfer applicant

We are full of application tips these days.

Oftentimes we come to an application and the student has not take a traditional route --matriculating to college a few months after high school graduation.  We have a number of students who have taken time off, or attended two or more colleges, stopped school to raise a family, to earn money, to serve in the military.  This is time away from school and we would love to have you fill in the blanks for us.

If this is your situation, please make sure you address any interruptions or delays in your college education in your essays.  If you don't, you'll leave us to guess and make assumptions and unfortunately, we tend to believe the situation is worse than it actually is.  So, tell us all you can about your personal journey and that will help us make an informed decision.

Less than a month until the March 1 deadline!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Listing Test Scores on the Common App

We noticed last year that many transfer applicants chose to skip the TESTING section on the Common App (see below).  After all, it asks "do you wish?" The standard common app verbiage isn't very encouraging, but we would encourage you to use the space.  It's true that a small sliver of you, because you've been out of high school for five years, may not have SAT or ACT scores. But skipping this section does create a problem if you want us to consider strong AP scores that you may have earned a some point in your past. You can get credit for these! We remember one case in particular where it was the difference between a deny and an offer. Maybe you took International Baccalaureate HL exams.  You should list these scores. If you are admitted, we'll then ask you to send the official scores in order to get official credit. If you would like to see what sort of credit an AP or IB score might give you, click here. If you've already submitted your application, and you left this part out, you can send us an update to

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Come join us for the Spring Semester Transfer Open House!

While it certainly does not feel like spring out there, for most of us, it's the spring semester.
We are hosting our transfer open house and we'd like you to join us.

We'll be hosting it here on grounds on Friday, February 5th from 10am-2pm.

Please go here to register.

The day will include a general admissions talk, a student panel Q&A, a tour of grounds and session with a faculty member from your school of interest (commerce, engineering, nursing, arts and sciences etc.). 

Stay warm!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Finalizing your Spring Courses?

Many of you started classes last week, or you're getting into it this week. As you are putting the final touches on your course schedule for spring, keep an eye on the pre-requisite courses we've listed on our website.  Remember that if you're applying to the College of Arts and Sciences, the math, science and foreign language pre-requisites are extensive.  If you haven't taken any of these courses, we suggest you sign up and start taking off a bite off of them this spring.

To find these pre-requisites, go to this site and click on your school of interest:

Happy first week of classes!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Gathering application materials while home for the holidays

Hopefully, final exams are over for you and you can rest easy. If you are applying for fall 2016, you'll remember that one of the required documents is your high school transcript.

Just a quick tip: while you are home over the break, or taking some downtime away from home, take the time to contact your high school when it's back in session in January.  You can order your high school transcript and have it sent to our office even before you've applied. This will give you a nice start in submitting your entire application.

Have a great holiday everyone!