Advice for Transfer Students

While there is no set program of study to transfer into the BA/BS degree program at UMW, we do have a few recommended courses. Completing these courses will not guarantee you admission to the University. Furthermore, the courses we mention are not required for admission. Yet, if taken, they satisfy several UMW BA/BS degree requirements and prepare you for UMW’s demanding program of study.

1. Take a college composition or writing course.

This course helps develop the writing skills necessary to be successful with UMW’s writing intensive program of study. It also completes Goal 1 of the General Education Program.

2. Take at least Finite Math or Calculus.

Pre-calculus mathematics courses will not complete the math requirement at UMW! Take Math for Liberal Arts, Finite Math, or Calculus courses to complete the math requirement. Some Statistics courses will also count toward the math requirement.

3. Start a lab science sequence.

In order to complete the science requirement at UMW, you need to take a lab science course in sequence. Part 1 of the course must be taken before Part 2 (for example, Biology I before Biology II). Furthermore, you must take the same discipline. You cannot split the sequence and take two disciplines (for example, Biology I then Chemistry I – is not allowed).
UMW will accept Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.

4. Start a foreign language.

All students at UMW in the BA or BS programs must show intermediate-level foreign language competence by completing course work up to the 202-level of a language or passing the department’s entrance exam or with AP or IB credit. You may take any non-English and spoken foreign language to complete the requirement. (American Sign Language does complete the requirement.) Once you have passed the 202-level of the language the requirement is complete.