I. Norfolk State University Policy on Transfer
The following is Norfolk State University's policy on transfers which carries out the states recommendations on transfer of students from VCCS and Richard Bland College to NSU.
- The transfer student may be admitted to Norfolk State University when the application, application fee, and official transcripts have been received in the Admissions Office. With a grade point average of 2.0 or above the transfer student is admitted in good standing.
- Students completing a transfer degree program (AAS,AS,AA) will be admitted to the University. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a particular degree granting program or major as they may require a minimum GPA or specific prerequisite for courses.
II. Requirement for Admission to Specific Programs
III. Acceptance and Application of Credits
- Students who have earned an associate degree are considered to have met the lower division general education requirements. Whether through an articulation agreement or the associate degree, these students will be considered to have attained junior standing.
- Transfer students shall receive credits earned through articulation agreements and/or the transfer module.
Communication and Information
It may take longer than two years to complete the baccalaureate because of prerequisites in the major or other requirements or circumstances.
Transfer from the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) may be worked out through articulation agreements and on a case by case basis.
Norfolk State University believes that good communication is a most important factor in successful student transfer. Therefore, information will be shared with all transfer students as well as with other community colleges in the Virginia Community College System.
Central Source for Transfer Information
- Norfolk State University faculty meet regularly with their community college counterparts to discuss academic issues.
- Transfer Days are held each year for potential transfer students.
- Norfolk State University provides transfer students with a formal evaluation of their transfer credit prior to registration. This assessment leads to the issuance of a document listing transfer courses approved by the University. In addition a Record of Academic Progress sheet is provided to each student so that he/she will not only know what courses have been accepted but also what courses need to be taken in order to fulfill their degree requirements.
- Articulated transfer agreements have been developed in many academic areas and both the VCCS and NSU meet regularly to discuss any program changes.
- A Transfer Guide is published and updated each year and is available to transfer students, faculty, and counselors.
- The Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfer Students serves as the chief transfer officer.
The Admissions Office serves as the central source for information on transfers. Appeals of specific incoming transfer credits may be made to the The Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfer Students. The ability to transfer courses in the major may be appealed to the department head within each school and then to the dean's office.Transfer Student Services
Transfer students are afforded the following:
- The same opportunities as all students in regard to admission to the University. Course selection will depend on the program of the student.
- Access to campus housing
- Access to financial aid
- Special orientation and registration
- Admissions Office staff assigned to work with transfers
- Contacts at both VCCS campuses and NSU in the Admissions and Counseling areas.
Transfer Student Responsibilities
For transfer success students must take responsibility for the following:
- Determine your area or areas of interest and seek information and advice regarding that area or areas.
- Plan a course of study at the community college that is compatible with degree programs at NSU.
- Understand that changes in plans of study such as a change of major may reduce the applicability of transfer credit to a degree program at NSU.
Transfer Student Tracking
Norfolk State University has and will continue to report community college transfer student progress to the community colleges in a consistent and identifiable form. The tracking continues until the student graduates or withdraws from the University whichever comes first. The tracking documents performance, retention, race, and graduation rates of students from community colleges.
Transfer Module (Parallel Program)
- The Transfer Module is a core of courses that will transfer either in part or in its entirety (35 hours) from the community college to Norfolk State University.
- These courses will apply at NSU toward meeting the general education requirements. (may be used as electives also)
- All courses in the Transfer Module must be completed within the VCCS and students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in each course if they wish to transfer.
- All courses in the module will complete or partially fulfill the general education requirement.
(Two plus Two)
The Transfer Module supplements the many articulation agreements already formed with the community colleges within the VCCS. Deadlines
While NSU has a rolling admissions policy for housing, scholarship, and registration purposes it is always best to apply early spring for the best results.Requirements for Degree Programs
Requirements for specific degree programs are listed under Academics and in the University catalog which all students receive free during orientation. Catalogs and Transfer Guides are kept on each community college campus as well. In addition, special course requirements for all majors are computerized and can be run on the TCC campuses showing the first two years required for the A.A., A.S., A.A.S. and the final two years at NSU.