A transfer student is 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.
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. This transfer policy meets the requirements of the Virginia State Policy on Transfer for students from the Virginia Community College System and other institutions. Transfer Policy
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 of Students
- Freshmen - Less than 30 credit hours
- Sophomores - 30 to 59 credit hours
- Juniors - 60 to 89 credit hours
- Seniors - 90 or more credit hours
- Full-time - Min 12 credit hours
- Part-time - < 12 credit hours
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.
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. A $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit required.
Transfer Student Guidelines
The admission staff will evaluate courses taken at other institutions. Transfer credit is accepted for course work with a grade of "C" or above from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning. Academic departments make the final determination of credits accepted toward the chosen curriculum. All transfer credit is evaluated at the time of initial enrollment. A Certificate of Advanced Standing listing all credits accepted by the University will be sent to the student, and academic department head.
Courses numbered 100-299 are considered lower level elective (LL EL), and 300-599 are considered upper level elective (UP EL). Additional transfer credit may be obtained through Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), American College Testing Proficiency Examination Program (ACT-PEP), Norfolk State University Subject Examinations, DANTES, Credit for Military Service and Schools.
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.
Declaring a Major
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.
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.