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Application Process: Transfer Students

Students Not Enrolled at UVA (Transfer Applicants)

The McIntire School of Commerce acknowledges and values students' different paths toward a college degree. Transfer students bring a wealth of knowledge and professional and personal experience, greatly contributing to the McIntire community. The McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission works with students enrolled at two-year and four-year colleges and universities considering applying to the B.S. in Commerce Program.


Transfer Application Process

Students interested in transferring to McIntire are encouraged to complete two years, including the prerequisites, at their current school of enrollment. Applicants enrolled at schools other than the University of Virginia must apply to the University through the UVA Office of Undergraduate Admission as a transfer student and should indicate McIntire as their intended school of enrollment on their application. Visit UVA's Office of Undergraduate Admission website for more information about this process. Because of McIntire's curriculum, McIntire admits students for the fall semester only and cannot accommodate mid-year transfers.

It is strongly recommended that prospective transfer students complete all prerequisites at the current institution prior to enrolling at McIntire; they need not be completed upon application to UVA. Prospective transfer students may use the College of Arts & Sciences' Transfer Credit Equivalencies to identify comparable courses at their current institution. In addition, SAT or ACT  scores are required for all applicants. It is recommended that non-native English speakers take the TOEFL or IELTS to be competitive for admission.


A Commitment to VCCS

UVA is committed to admitting qualified students from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS); more than half of McIntire’s incoming transfer students are historically from the VCCS. Students currently enrolled in the VCCS who are interested in applying to McIntire should complete the suggested courses listed as Prerequisite Equivalents at Virginia Community Colleges. Currently, there is no VCCS Guaranteed Transfer Agreement for the McIntire School of Commerce.  


Admissions Statistics

The following admission statistics are an outcome of the holistic review process. You will notice that the McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission has a historically low offer rate for transfer applicants. Successful applicants in the transfer pool have completed or are in the process of completing the necessary prerequisite courses, will complete 54-60 credits at their current institution prior to enrolling, and demonstrate competitive academic performance. 

Transfer Student Applicants 2017 2016 2015 ​2014 2013​
Applications 186 185 230 ​239 ​251
Offers 31 29 28 ​28 ​43
Offer Rate 17% 16% 12% ​12% ​17%
Incoming 26 25 24 ​26 ​36
Yield 84% 86% 89% ​93% ​84%
Mean GPA 3.84 3.86 3.9 ​3.86 ​3.8
Mean SAT 1220 1209 1233 ​1217 ​1270

Admissions Considerations

Important factors considered by the Admission Committee include overall academic performance to date; work and co-curricular experiences; and personal characteristics such as leadership, communication, and teamwork. 

Some of the evaluative criteria used in the review process include:

Academic Performance

  • Course load per semester
  • Rigor of courses
  • Trend in performance
  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Quantitative grade point average as calculated from grades in prerequisite courses, including COMM  2010 and 2020; ECON 2010 and 2020; math; statistics; or UVA equivalents of any of these courses

Co-Curricular Activities & Engagement

  • Activities and leadership within organizations
  • Work experiences
  • Volunteer experiences

Personal Characteristics & Skills

  • Leadership
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Appreciation of diversity and inclusion
  • Global mindset
  • Maturity
  • Self-awareness
Advising Appointments

We highly recommend that students enrolled at other colleges and universities who wish to apply for transfer admission to the McIntire School contact McIntire's Office of Undergraduate Admission at 434-924-3865 or CommerceAdmissions@virginia.edu to schedule an advising appointment.