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College Transfer Programs & VCCS Requirements

Transfer to Other Institutions

SWCC has established articulation agreements with various four-year colleges and universities that allow SWCC students who graduate from the appropriate program to transfer easily to these four-year institutions. To learn more about these articulation opportunities, please see a counselor in the Student Services area.

Guaranteed Admissions Agreements

The Virginia Community College System has established guaranteed admission agreements with various colleges and universities that allow students who graduate from the appropriate SWCC transfer program to transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate degree program at the four-year institution. Below is a representative sample of Guaranteed Admissions agreements. For a complete list of transfer opportunities, please visit the VCCS website at

Bluefield College (VA)
Christopher Newport University (VA)
College of William and Mary (VA)
ECPI University (VA)
Emory and Henry College (VA)
Ferrum College (VA)
George Mason University (VA)
Liberty University (VA)
Longwood University (VA)
Lynchburg College (VA)
Mary Baldwin College (VA)
Norfolk State University (VA)
Old Dominion University (VA)
Radford University (VA)
Randolph College (VA)
Regent University (VA)
Regis University (CO)
Shenandoah University (VA)
Strayer University (DC)
Sweet Briar College (VA)
Troy University (AL)
University of Mary Washington (VA)
University of Virginia (VA)
University of Virginia’s College at Wise (VA)
Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
Virginia Polytechnic and State University (VA)
Virginia State University (VA)
Virginia Union University (VA)
Virginia Wesleyan College (VA)

College Transfer

The demand for education beyond the high school has resulted in ever-increasing numbers of students seeking admission to colleges and universities throughout the nation. To help meet the needs of these students, community colleges, which offer the first two years of college work, have been established in all sections of the country. Southwest Virginia Community College, one of the 23 community colleges in the Virginia system, is dedicated to the task of assisting students toward their goal of achieving a college education.

The Virginia State policy on Transfer is designed to improve collaboration among Virginia’s institutions of higher education and to promote efficiency in the transfer process. Students can access transfer information through the following sites:

• SCHEV Transfer Tool
• VA Wizard
• VCCS Transfer Made Easy Brochure

SWCC provides opportunities for students to meet with representatives from senior institutions. Advisors and counselors assist students in course selection. It is the responsibility of the student to determine transfer requirements at the senior institution.

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.

Minimum Requirements for
Associate Degrees in the VCCS

Minimum Number of Semester Hour Credits

General Education(1)(2)(3)(4)
Communication (a)6663
Humanities/Fine Arts6663
Foreign Language (Intermediate Level)6000
Social/Behavioral Sciences99(b)93(c)
Natural Sciences7770-3(c)
Personal Development (e)2222
Other Requirements for Associate Degrees:
Major Field Courses and Electives (Columns 1-3)18-2124-2724-2749-53(f)
Career/Technical Courses (Column 4)----
Total for Degree (g) =60-6360-63(h)60-63(h)65-69(h)

Notes: The VCCS Policy Manual, Section 2-IV-C, defines general education within the VCCS. Sections 2.7.3, 3.4.10, and 3.5.1 of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Principles of Accreditation specify general education requirements. Colleges must address all SACS requirements, the SCHEV Core Competencies, and the general education goal areas listed in the VCCS Policy Manual.

(a) Must include at least one course in English composition.
(b) Only 6 semester hours of social/behavioral sciences are required for engineering majors who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree engineering program that requires 6 or fewer hours in this category, provided that the college/university publishes such requirements in its transfer guide.
(c) While general education courses other than those designed for transfer may be used to meet portions of these requirements, SACS principles require that general education courses be general in nature and must not “…narrowly focused on those skills, techniques, and procedures peculiar to a particular occupation or profession.”
(d) Only 3 semester hours of mathematics are required for the General Studies major.
(e) Personal development includes health, physical education, or recreation courses that promote physical and emotional well being and student development courses. Must include at least one student development course.
(f) AAA/AAS degrees must contain a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education. Students should plan to take at least 30 hours in the major; the remaining hours will be appropriate to the major.
(g) All college-level course prerequisites must be included in the total credits required for each program.
(h) Credit range for engineering programs is 60-72 semester hours credits. Credit range for AAA/AAS programs is 65-69, including nursing. For other programs in the Health Technologies, the range is 65-72 semester hour credits.