What We’re Looking For

Transfer admission to the UMW BA/BS degree program is competitive. We look for students who have taken a strong college program in the liberal arts and sciences, including courses in the natural sciences, mathematics, foreign languages, social sciences, and humanities. While we consider all aspects of a student’s academic record, the greatest emphasis is placed on a candidate’s most recent college course work. The Admissions Committee considers the individual strengths and talents of each applicant as well as the availability of curricular offerings in an applicant’s area of academic interest.

To be a candidate for transfer admission to the BA/BS program, you must have earned a high-school diploma, GED, or the equivalent prior to applying to UMW. You may apply to transfer at any point in your college or university career. However, the most competitive applicants will have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and completed at least 15 semester hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences, including transferable courses that will satisfy the UMW General Education requirements in laboratory science, mathematics, and foreign language.

The University of Mary Washington, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and Richard Bland College, recognizing the need to facilitate the transfer of students from the community college to UMW, have established a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA). If you meet the requirements and choose this option when transferring, please include the GAA Student Letter of Intent form with your application.

If you are an adult student, you may be interested in transferring into the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), a daytime program on the Fredericksburg campus. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for admission as well as other criteria.