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What Defines a Transfer Student?
An applicant who has graduated from high school, has attended another regionally accredited post- secondary institution, and has attempted one or more courses, is a transfer student, regardless of credit earned.
The following is Norfolk State University's policy on transfers that meets the requirements of the Virginia State Policy on Transfer for students from the Virginia Community College System and other institutions:
NSU will waive the general education requirements and grant junior-level status to admitted students who have completed an Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science or an Associate in Applied Science program at an accredited institution. Requirements for specific degree programs and special course requirements for all majors are listed under the Transfer Course Equivalencies and in the NSU Transfer Guide. Catalogs and Transfer Guides are available at each Virginia community college campus.
Classification of Students
Students who have earned college credits after high school graduation will be classified as transfer students. Classification of students depends on the number of hours of coursework earned. A minimum of 120 hours are required for graduation.
Classification Credit Hours
| ||Freshmen||Less than 30|
| ||Sophomores||30 to 59|
| ||Juniors||60 to 89|
| ||Seniors||90 or more|
| ||Full-time||Min 12 credit hours|
| ||Part-time||<12 credit hours|
Transfer Student Registration Process
The first step in the registration process is admission to the University.
In order to attend classes at Norfolk State University, all students must complete the registration process.
A registration booklet outlining registration policies and procedures, schedule of classes, final examination schedules, and other information pertaining to registration for a given semester or summer school is available in the Registrar's Office and is issued to each student prior to the scheduled registration period.
Registration dates are included in the University calendar shown in the Registration Information Booklet. Students are responsible for complying with all of the policies and procedures governing registration, changing class schedules, tuition payment, and other requirements outlined in the catalog, the current schedule booklet, and other official publications.
Each student must obtain the signature of the department head or the academic advisor on the Course Request card, indicating approval of the student's schedule of courses. The payment of tuition and fees is a part of the registration process. *Students should be prepared to satisfy current fees, room and real costs, through other direct payment, financial aid, and one of the approved payment plans.
- Registration Booklet - pdf
Prospective transfer students will be admitted to Norfolk State University if the following requirements have been met:
- The applicant has achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above, on a 4.0 grading scale.
- The applicant is in good academic, financial, and social standing with all previously attended institutions.
- A completed application along with the $45 non-refundable application fee has been submitted to the Office of Admissions
Official transcripts from all colleges attended have been submitted to the Office of Admissions. High school transcript/GED scores and official copy of standardized test results (SAT/ACT) are required if fewer than 12 college semester hours of credit are transferred.
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. For more information on admissions requirements for specific programs or majors, visit the Before Transferring to NSU page.
The Office of Admissions makes the final determination concerning acceptance after all transcripts from each college attended have been received and reviewed. Transfer Credit is accepted for coursework with a grade of “C” or above from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.
Admissions Criteria for First-Time Transfer Students
First-time transfer students should have 12 transferable credits with a "C" or better from a regionally accredited institution(s) of higher learning. The NSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions considers each transfer application individually and reviews all grades received in courses attempted.
Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted by the institution(s) to the NSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Prior to admissions consideration, transfer applicants should be in good standing with previously attended institution(s).
Students seeking to transfer to NSU with less than 12 transferable semester hours must also submit their high school transcripts or GED scores.
A medical history form must be submitted prior to the end of the first semester of enrollment.
NOTE: A $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit required.
Central Source for Transfer Information
The Admissions office serves as the central source for information on transfers. Appeals of specific incoming transfer credits may be made to 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. A final decision rests with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Contact the TransferMation Center at (757) 451-7745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admitted transfer students are invited to attend the University transfer orientation program prior to enrollment. This one-day program offered during the summer and fall introduces the student to the campus and allows for pre-registration to the University. Contact the New Student Orientation Office at (757) 823-8912 for upcoming orientation dates.
| Transferring to Norfolk State University|
Acceptance and Application of Credits
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.
Transfer students shall receive credits earned through articulation agreements and/or the transfer module.
Norfolk State University offers students who are unsure of a major, an opportunity to explore various academic programs and careers through a General Education track in the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Interdisciplinary General Education (BS.INT.GEN) track allows students an opportunity to take transferable general education classes while researching degree granting majors. Through intensive academic advisement by Spartan Success Center Advisors and the Interdisciplinary Studies faculty, students will declare a degree granting major prior to completing 30 credit hours.