Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university are responsible for determining the transfer admission policies and requirements of the department or program at the intended institution. These policies and requirements should guide a student in choosing a course of study and appropriate electives at Germanna. Catalogs and transfer guides for other colleges and universities are available in the Counseling Center and the College library. Counselors and faculty advisors will provide assistance to students in designing an appropriate program of study. A College Tour, which features representatives from four-year institutions, is held on campus each year during the fall semester. This provides an opportunity for students to speak directly with college representatives and obtain additional information.
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A State Policy on Transfer has been adopted by the Virginia Community College System and the State Council of Higher Education. The State Policy on Transfer was developed to facilitate transfer between State-supported community colleges and senior colleges and universities. While admission to the four-year institutions remains competitive, preference will be given to VCCS students transferring to the BA/BS degree programs who complete an Associate of Arts & Sciences degree, including course work constituting a complete "transfer module," and a foreign language through the intermediate level.
Students who want to change their program or course of study while at Germanna Community College should discuss their intentions with an academic advisor. Once a decision to transfer to another curriculum has been finalized, the student should contact the Admissions and Records Office to complete a Curriculum Change Form. Students using Veterans Benefits must see the Veterans Affairs Coordinator prior to initiating a curriculum change.
Germanna Community College believes that a student's prior college-level learning and experience can be recognized and applied to their program of study, potentially saving time and money. Credit awarded through Advanced Standing is only applicable towards curriculum requirements at Germanna Community College and does not fulfill the College's residency requirement. If a student plans to transfer, it is critical that the student work with their faculty advisor and/or counselor with regard to the transfer policies at the destination school.