Transfer Information

Transfer Strudents

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.

Transfer Policy

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

General Requirements

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

Registration Process

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.

More 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.

NSU Transfer Grant

The NSU Transfer Student Grant is awarded on a first come first serve basis to registered transfer students based on demonstrated financial need and merit. Recipients must maintain a full-time status with a minimum course load of 12 credit hours per semester and be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA.  Applicants must also file the current 2017 - 2018 FASFA with the Department of Education.

Students admitted for the Fall 2017 semester must submit their application on July 3, 2017 by 5pm.

Please complete the below application, attach your registration statement and submit to the TransferMation Center. Applicant must be registered for 12 or more credit hours at the time of application.  

Transfer Grant Application

Two Year College Transfer Grant Program

SHEV - State Council of Higher Education for Virginia - Established in 2007, the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG) provides an incentive for students to first complete an associate degree at a Virginia public two-year college before transferring to a participating Virginia four-year college or university as a means to reduce the overall cost towards completing a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to paying lower tuition charges for their freshman and sophomore years while attending a two-year college, qualifying students may also receive a CTG award once they transfer to the participating four-year institution.

Please view qualifications on the below application.

Students admitted for the Fall 2017 semester must submit their application on August 28, 2017 by 5pm.
Students admitted for the Spring 2018 semester must submit their application on January 16, 2018 by 5pm.

Please complete the below application, attach your registration statement and submit to the TransferMation Center. Applicant must be registered for 12 or more credit hours at the time of application.   Official college transcript with Associates Degree must be on file in the Office of Admissions.

2017-18 Two-Year College Transfer Grant Fact Sheet and Application