Friday, September 26, 2014

Let's Review One Important Detail from the GAA

If you are applying from a Virginia Community College, you may be considering the Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA).  There are many important details on the GAA including the fact that you cannot use it to apply for spring semester.  That's right.  See the detail below clipped from Section 1.  Now, if you are not admitted for spring and want to try again for fall, then we'll consider you for the GAA. But again, it is not open to applicants for spring admission.

The Spring Application Deadline is...

...Just around the corner!

There are a number of procedures that will occur once you submit the application.  You'll receive confirmation from Common App, but it's very important that you receive confirmation from our institution as well.  It will take 48-72 hours for your application to go through the system.

After this, you'll receive a SIS ID and password.  These are attributes you'll use to check your decision come December 1.  More importantly, it's where you'll find your to-do list. 

Your to-do list will tell you when we are looking for and when we've received required materials.  After you apply, please allow 10-14 days for your materials to be matched to your application.  This is a human and manual process and our staff works very hard to keep on top of the hundreds of documents that we receive.

Good luck everyone!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Order those High School Transcripts Now

We have a little over a month until the deadline for spring admission, October 1. If you are applying, you will be required to submit a high school transcript or GED score report.

This document is required for every applicant, no matter how old you are and no matter how many college courses you've taken, no matter how many associates' degrees you have.  Even if you're planning on getting an associates, or maybe you already have one... the high school transcript is required.  Squash those rumors.  We have seen diligent applicants who graduated from high school 20, 30 years ago get their transcripts. It's more possible than you might think.  But, it does take time, so start early.

If you attended high school outside of the U.S., we require a translated transcript.  Most applicants use WES or the World Education Service. Again, this can take a long time, so start working on it as soon as possible, be you a spring or fall applicant.

If you graduated high school recently, we are still closely looking at your high school record.  Typically, the longer you've been in college, the less we'll look at your high school record.

Order those transcripts now. Check it off of your mental to-do list early. You can send them even if you have yet to apply.  We will hold onto it until your application is submitted.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Taking a Foreign Language

Did you know that foreign language is a requirement to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Commerce School?

Most transfers we meet with are surprised to hear this.  And unfortunately, this means that they are already behind in their pre-requisite course requirements

When putting the final touches on your fall course schedule this year, make sure to sign up for those foreign language courses.  The McIntire School of Commerce requires coursework or exemptions (through the SAT II/AP) through the 202 level of a language.  If you are a Virginia community college student interested in the Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA), these courses are also required to be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall in which you want to enter.

If you are not applying under the GAA, you are strongly, strongly encouraged to get started on this coursework before you apply.  The more core courses you have while transferring, the more competitive you'll be in the admissions process. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Common App is Now Live!

Well, summer is far from over, but the CA people have been hard at work preparing to launch this year's application. It went live last Friday.  As transfers, you have the first deadline. That would be October 1, 2014.   If you are interested in applying to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Urban Planning program and the Architectural History, program, then you can apply at this time.  Remember that to be an eligible transfer, you must be going into at least your second year or second semester of college this fall.  If you graduated high school this past school year, you are not eligible and must wait for the fall semester deadline of March 1.  AP, IB scores nor dual enrollment will make you a transfer at this time. 

If you are in a bachelor's degree seeking program and you are a rising junior applying to the College of Arts and Sciences, this is your last chance to apply.  After the fall semester, you will be ineligible.

To start your common application, go to
Note: If you created an account last year, you'll need to create a new one for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Wait List has closed

We've come to a point where the transfer class is full. Regrettably, we can't offer admission to everyone. In due time, you should receive an email notifying you of the closure. 

We know that the wait can be long and tedious, so we appreciate your patience and cooperation in sending your final transcripts.

We'll use this summer to make posts about preparing for the spring application.  This will be available on Common App's website around August 1. Look out for summer tips and guidance.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Second Wave of Wait List Offers

This weekend, we will offer to about 30 more students.  Most come from Arts and Sciences, but there is one from Commerce and a few from Engineering.  I believe this will be the final wave, but the wait list isn't formally closed.  When it closes, we will post it on the blog and everyone remaining will receive an email with the announcement. We will do our best to close the wait list by the end of June.