Academic Catalog

Virginia State Policy on Transfer

Admission Criteria

The University of Mary Washington is committed to enrolling transfer students from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Richard Bland College. Admission priority is extended to students who have completed specific Associate of Arts, of Science, or of Arts and Science degrees. Preference is also given to students from the local area. Admission to Mary Washington is competitive and the availability of transfer spaces varies from semester to semester. Admission criteria for applicants to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are different from those for the B.A. and B.S. degree; however, such applicants also are encouraged to complete an associate degree.

Acceptance and Application of Credits

Students who have earned a transfer associate degree (to include the General Studies degree only at certain approved VCCS campuses) will be considered to have attained junior status (60 or more credit hours) and usually to have met lower-division general education requirements, although additional speaking intensive, writing intensive, and foreign language courses may be required to meet the University’s complete general education program. The UMW Transfer Credit Guide, available on the University website, describes in detail the Virginia State Policy on Transfer and the University’s implementation of that policy.

Additional details about transfer credits are available in the section on AP, IB, and Cambridge credits, and also in the section about Dual Enrollment.

Transfer Virginia

Transfer Virginia is an initiative to provide transparency and access throughout the college transfer process. Through the Transfer Virginia portal, we strive to provide you consistent and current information from all partner institutions. You can research, plan, and organize your transfer journey using the information and resources available within this portal from Virginia's institutions. The information in this portal is updated twice a year.