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Virginia Highlands Community College offers transfer programs that lead to an Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree. These programs are designed for students interested in completing the first half of a bachelor’s degree at VHCC and then transferring to a four-year institution.

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Tips for Successful Transferring

  • Decide on a major and a college/university as soon as possible. Each college/university has their own transfer policies and desired transfer classes – the earlier you align your classes at VHCC with your transfer college/university the less chance you will take a class you don’t need.
  • Once you have chosen a major and a college/university to transfer to make sure you work with your academic counselor and faculty advisor at VHCC as well as the advising staff at your intended 4-year college. This will allow you to choose classes at VHCC that work towards your A.A.&S. degree, as well as your intended 4 year degree.
  • Make sure you take advantage of Guaranteed Admission Agreements and Articulation Agreements (see below).
  • General Education Core Curroculum for Transfer - Many transfer degrees require a General Core for Transfer elective, this handout will help you differentiate appropriate classes that will successfully transfer and fulfill the requirement. This is an opportunity to choose classes towards the degree that you plan to transfer into at the 4 year college of your choice that may not already be required within your current degree plan at VHCC.

Types of Agreements

Articulation Agreements
An articulation agreement is a formal statement describing how specific courses within a degree will transfer into a senior institution. Articulation does not guarantee admission to a senior institution.

Guaranteed Admission Agreements
Guaranteed Admission Agreements further facilitate transfer to four year schools. Students will be guaranteed entrance to specific institutions providing they meet the criteria as established in each institution's agreement for:

  • minimum grade criteria (GPA);
  • prerequisite course requirements in specific programs; and
  • proper application for admission procedures

The Virginia Community College System has Guaranteed Admission Agreements with a number of four-year Virginia colleges and universities.

Admission to a college or university does not guarantee admission to a program, major, minor, or concentration. Students should work closely with their transfer institution of choice while working towards the A.A.&S. degree.

Transfer Grants
Students who entered a Virginia community college in 2007 or in subsequent years may be eligible to receive up to receive up to $2,000 annually when transferring to a four-year institution. To qualify, students must complete an Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree with a 3.0 grade point average and meet financial eligibility requirements. The grant will be applied to tuition expenses at a public or private four-year Virginia college or university. The grant provides $1,000 for all eligible students, with an extra $1,000 for students who pursue undergraduate work in engineering, math, technology, teaching or science.

Transfer Tools

College Resources

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Last updated: 3/26/2014 1:38:17 PM