New Transfer Student Guide: FAQ

The guide for enrolled transfer students contains advice on requirements and deadlines which are critical to completing your degree on time.



When can I enroll in classes?

If you attend Summer Orientation, you will enroll in classes at that time. If you do not attend Summer Orientation, you may enroll in classes through SIS beginning August 3. When it is time to enroll in classes for next spring semester (and subsequent semesters), you will need to see your advisor to have your advising "hold" released. If you are a second-year transfer student, we will assign you an advisor; if you enter as a third-year transfer student we expect you to declare a major upon arrival, at which point you will be assigned an advisor in your major.

What if I can’t get some of the courses I really want?

During the first semester, you may not get your first choice of classes; therefore, it is important to have alternate selections in mind. If you can’t get into a course during Summer Orientation because it's full, try adding the course though SIS when it reopens on August 3. Returning students frequently change their schedules, and departments occasionally create new courses or sections, near the start of the semester. Continue to check SIS and its Schedule of Courses, and add yourself to electronic wait-lists if they are available. You may add and/or drop courses until the deadlines via SIS. After your first semester, you will have much higher priority access to SIS and thus a better chance to get into the courses you most desire. Be assured, however, that we have never had a case where a student failed to graduate in a timely fashion because of the inability to get needed courses.

May I enroll in UVa Summer Session this year?

Yes. We encourage recently accepted transfer students to enroll in our summer session. Any credits earned during the summer will count toward your degree, including area, competency, and major requirements. You may also declare a major during the summer. And summer term does not count toward the number of full-time semesters you've been allotted. Students have not only made significant academic progress this way, but they also find that it is an excellent way to orient themselves to University life. Finally, enrolling in summer session will not interfere with meeting a faculty advisor and selecting fall courses during summer orientation. If you are interested, e-mail your full name and date of birth to the summer session e-mail account ( State your interest in attending summer session and that you are a new transfer student in the College. After Summer Session staff alert the Admission Office to your interest, you may register for summer courses using SIS. Summer Session staff is available to assist in the registration/enrollment process and to answer your questions. We hope that you will seriously consider summer enrollment. Click here to learn more about our summer session.

I’m a third-year transfer student and have not been assigned an advisor—why?

If you are entering U.Va. as a third-year transfer student, we expect you will declare a major during Summer OR Fall Orientation. At that time, you will be assigned an advisor in your major. Please note that marking an intended major on your admission application does not constitute declaring a major. Information on College majors may be found at the individual department web sitesUndergraduate program directors can provide useful advice prior to your declaring a major and having an advisor assigned.

When is the first academic meeting? When do I meet my Dean?

If you attend Summer Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet Dean Ozment.  Also during Fall Orientation, Ms. Ozment will meet with all new College transfer students. Don't forget to attend this important meeting; it will make your transition to the University of Virginia much smoother. Check the complete Fall Orientation program for details and changes in time or location; this program will be available when you arrive for Fall Orientation.

If I can’t complete all my course work in my allotted semesters, can I stay for an additional full-time semester?

Students entering as second-year transfers are alloted six full-time semesters, students entering as fourth-semester transfers are offered five full-time semesters, and students entering as third-year transfers have four full-time semesters available. Summer Session, however, does not count toward your allotted full-time semesters. In the next few weeks, you will receive an e-mail that shows the number of full-time semesters you have been allotted. Permission to enroll for an additional full-time semester is not automatic. Therefore, you should not assume that you will have more than the usual number of full-time allotted semesters. If you need additional time to complete your degree, you may do so through Summer Session, January-term or part-time enrollment during the fall or spring terms.(You may count a total of 16 credits of part-time work toward your degree.) If you feel you have mitigating circumstances, contact Dean Ozment during the fall.

Should I worry if I miss a College deadline?

Yes! The College takes its deadlines very seriously; they have all passed review by the Faculty. If you miss the deadline for dropping a course for any reason, you must withdraw. If you miss the deadline for withdrawing from a course that you attended all semester, you must remain in the course and will receive a grade. For more information, see Schedule Changes, We also strictly observe the deadline to request a change in your exam schedule (allowed when you have 3 exams in a two-day period without an intervening day), and the deadline to file for an extension of time. For more information see Academic Policies.

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