VCU Bulletins

Undergraduate study

Evaluation of transfer credit

An evaluation of transferable credits for applicants to both Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus programs is made by the Transfer Center (or appropriate program) after the accepted applicant’s final transcript has been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Accepted transfer credit contributes to hours earned and toward fulfillment of degree requirements at VCU. The grades of accepted transfer courses are recorded as TR on the student’s VCU transcript, and hours attempted and quality points earned are not recorded. Accepted transfer credits are not included in the transfer student’s overall GPA at VCU. However, calculation of the GPA requirement for admittance into the School of Business advanced program considers grades earned at all institutions attended. The GPA for fulfillment of VCU degree requirements is computed only from courses taken at VCU. The grades and quality points of transfer courses are evaluated in the computation determining graduation honors. Accepted quarter-hour credits recorded on the VCU transcript are converted to semester-hour credits.

Credits earned at other institutions carrying a grade of “D” are not accepted for transfer

Courses taken on the “pass/fail” or “pass/no pass” systems or courses taken for grades of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” that receive earned credits and a “satisfactory” grade (or comparable passing grade) from the transfer institution receive equivalent semester credit. Transfer credits graded as “pass/fail” will not be included in the computation for determination of academic honors at VCU.

Degree candidates must complete 30 of the last 45 credit semester hours required for their bachelor’s degree program at this institution.

Attainment of the college/school or department minimum GPA and any other standard requirements is required of all students, including, in the case of the School of the Arts, a portfolio evaluation for visual arts applicants and an audition for performing arts applicants. Applicants to degree programs that are competitive are not guaranteed admission but will be evaluated on the same basis as currently enrolled VCU students.

Students who have earned the A.A., A.S. or A.A.&S. degree from a VCCS institution or Richard Bland College should refer to the articulation agreement information in this bulletin.

Students from VCCS institutions, Richard Bland College or other two-year institutions who have not completed the college parallel A.A., A.S. or A.A.&S. degree will have the exact designation of their status determined after an evaluation of acceptable credits. This evaluation is determined by the equivalencies shown in the VCU Transfer Guide for Virginia Community Colleges and Richard Bland College that may be accepted, including not more than 50 percent in the major field of study. However, the applicant should realize that more than two additional years may be necessary to complete the degree requirements in certain curricula.

Credits earned in community college occupational or technical programs will be judged on their own merits to determine their applicability toward VCU degree requirements. In addition, many accredited institutions offer correspondence courses, which may be considered for transfer credit.


Comments/feedback about this site   |   Bulletin (catalog) archives/printer-friendly bulletins   |   About these bulletins

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Contact us:

Last update: 5/25/2010

Created by VCU University Relations

The VCU Bulletin is in transition! As we move from this first iteration of our online Bulletin to a new product and process, what you find on this website is information for the 2014-15 academic year.

While much of the curricular information remains the same, changes that were approved with the effective date of fall 2015 will not be reflected on this website. Prospective students may wish to contact the school or department that administers their program of interest in order to discuss the most current curriculum and concentration options.

Enrolled students who are completing their studies under an effective Bulletin may continue to access the archives at, where past Bulletins are available to reference or download.

Our anticipated launch of the new VCU Bulletin is July 2015. To follow our progress, visit the new Bulletin blog.