Transfer to the College

Transfer to the College from Another UVA School

This page contains information for current UVA students who are enrolled in another school of UVA and who want to transfer to the College of Arts & Sciences. Non-UVA students must apply to the University of Virginia Office of Admission. BIS students in UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies should click here for information on eligibility and application requirements.

Eligibility Criteria  

You should apply for transfer into the College in your first or second year. (Note: If you entered UVA as a "second-year transfer student", you should apply for transfer to the College in your first year at UVA. Please see special instructions for transfer students below.)  It is rare for a third year student to apply successfully to the College because of strictly enforced policies. These include:

  • College students must complete over 30 credits to fulfill their "general education" requirements.
  • College students must declare or defer their major by the end of their 4th semester. 
  • College students must earn 120 credits, at least 102 of which must be from courses that count as "inside the College".
  • College students are limited to a total of 8 full-time semesters and 2 part-time semesters. Semesters completed in other schools count toward this total.

Because of these and other strictly enforced College requirements, it is generally not possible for students to transfer after their second year.  If you do wish to apply in your third year, you must declare a major at the time of application and you should consult with the Association Dean in charge of Intra-University Transfers, Erin Eaker (ele3a@virginia.edu) to assess your eligibility. The College will not accept applications after a student has completed more than 6 full-time semesters at UVA or elsewhere.

Other eligibility criteria: In the semester prior to transfer, you must satisfy all of the College's criteria for Good Standing:

  • Your semester GPA must be at least 1.8.
  • You must pass at least 12 graded credits.
  • You may not have more than one grade below a C-.

You must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and you must have earned the minimum number of College credit hours required:

  • 24 credit hours prior to the 3rd semester
  • 54 credit hours prior to the 5th semester
  • 84 credit hours prior to the 7th semester

You must also have a viable plan to complete your degree requirements, including general education requirements and major requirements, within the semesters remaining to you, while adhering to all College policies regarding deadlines, etc.

Application Process

Applications are accepted November 15th through December 15th for transfer for the upcoming spring semester and May 1st through June 1st for transfer for the upcoming fall semester. Applications are not accepted outside of these dates. Your first step as a prospective transfer to the College is to familiarize yourself with College rules, policies and requirements and ascertain whether you meet the Eligibility Requirements listed above. If so, please proceed to the section below that describes you for further instructions:

Students who Started at UVA as First-Year Students Prior to Fall 2020

To apply to the College please fill out the following two forms completely, save them as PDF forms, and email them to the College Registrar.

Link to IUT Application Form
Link to IUT Worksheet A

If you are applying for transfer to the College in your fourth semester or beyond, you must also declare a major in the College at the time of application. The Declaration of Major Form can be filled out and submitted through DocuSign here. Instructions for declaring a major in the College are included on IUT worksheet A. Application materials are accepted November 15 through December 15 for transfer for the upcoming spring semester and May 1 through June 1 for transfer for the upcoming fall semester. Application materials are not accepted outside of these dates. However, Dean Eaker will be happy to answer questions related to your completion of these forms at any time.

Students who Started at UVA as First-Year Students in Fall 2020 or Later

To apply to the College please fill out the following two forms completely, save them as PDF forms, and send them to the College Registrar at clasregistrar@virginia.edu.

Link to IUT Application Form
Link to IUT Worksheet B

Please note that IUT Worksheet B also contains a link to a “Disciplines Plus Pathway Checklist” which you must also complete and include with your application. If you are applying for transfer to the College in your fourth semester or beyond, you must also declare a major in the College at the time of application. The Declaration of Major Form can be filled out and submitted through DocuSign here. Instructions for declaring a major in the College are included on IUT worksheet B. Application materials are accepted November 15 through December 15 for transfer for the upcoming spring semester and May 1 through June 1 for transfer for the upcoming fall semester. Application materials are not accepted outside of these dates. However, Dean Eaker will be happy to answer questions related to your completion of these forms at any time.

Students who Started at UVA as Transfer Students Prior to Fall 2023

To apply to the College please fill out the following two forms completely, save them as PDF forms, and send them to the College Registrar at clasregistrar@virginia.edu.

Link to IUT Application Form
Link to IUT Worksheet C

If you are applying for transfer to the College in your fourth semester or beyond, you must also declare a major in the College at the time of application. The Declaration of Major Form can be filled out and submitted through DocuSign here. Instructions for declaring a major in the College are included on IUT worksheet C. Application materials are accepted November 15 through December 15 for transfer for the upcoming spring semester and May 1 through June 1 for transfer for the upcoming fall semester. Application materials are not accepted outside of these dates. However, Dean Eaker will be happy to answer questions related to your completion of these forms at any time.

Learn About the College

All prospective Intra-University Transfer Students should familiarize themselves with the College's academic policies, procedures, and contacts by consulting the following resources in addition to those contained above:

If you have specific questions about your intended major, such as adding into restricted classes, you must consult with the appropriate Director of the Undergraduate Program.

Students currently in the schools of Architecture, Education, Engineering, Commerce and Nursing may enroll in College classes for the upcoming semester in anticipation of their transfer to the College. Students seeking to transfer into the College should be aware that a number of departments require that students must be in the College before adding into College classes. Successful applicants for transfer in December will be officially transferred to the College in mid-January. Successful applicants for transfer in June will be officially transferred to the College in mid-July.

Returning to the College

Students who have been accepted for transfer from the College to another school at the University but wish to reverse the process and return to the College, may do so before the beginning of the new semester. Once the semester starts, they remain enrolled as students in the other school and must apply as an Intra-University transfer student. Accordingly, a student who completes one or more semesters in another school of the University and then wishes to return to the College must also apply as an Intra-University transfer student.