College Transfer

Transfer Degrees

Thomas Nelson has agreements with the four-year colleges and universities in the state of Virginia. Developed jointly by representatives from the Virginia Community College System and the four-year institutions, these agreements allow the community college student to complete the equivalent of the first two years of an undergraduate degree by completing an approved transfer degree at Thomas Nelson.

Thomas Nelson offers the following transfer degrees:

Associates of Arts

Associates of Science

These degrees allow students to complete their first two years at Thomas Nelson, earn an associate's degree, and transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree.

Transfer Made Easy Brochure

Guaranteed Admission

Virginia’s community colleges offer students more than the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate; they provide a gateway to the Commonwealth’s four-year colleges. Through system-wide negotiated agreements, students who graduate from a Virginia community college with an associate’s degree and the minimum grade point average required by the four-year college are guaranteed admission to many of the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities.

Institutions with Guaranteed Admission Agreements with Thomas Nelson

Articulation Agreements

Old Dominion University

Things to consider when transferring to a four-year college or university

  • What is your chosen career
  • Which colleges/universities offer that degree
  • What degree at Thomas Nelson matches that degree
  • Is there an articulation agreement with the school of your choice
  • What courses need to be taken at Thomas Nelson and in what semester

Steps to transfer to a four-year college

  1. Meet with an Academic Advisor during your first semester to discuss transferable degree options.
  2. Review the four-year college admission website to obtain transfer related information to include articulation agreements, guaranteed admission agreements, and co-enrollment agreements with Thomas Nelson and the VCCS.
  3. Review the transfer guide and college catalog for the institution of your choice. Become familiar with the minimum transfer GPA, minimum credit hour requirements to be considered a transfer student, transferable courses, application deadline dates, and letter of intent.
  4. Attend an Open House/Transfer Day for the four-year institution you are considering.
  5. Inquire about the application deadline dates for the semester you are planning on transferring in advance.
  6. Complete the application and any supporting forms (mid-term reports, instructor evaluations/recommendations, college official’s report, etc.) for submission to the four-year institution by appropriate identified deadline date. (Most colleges prefer online applications.) Remember that most colleges require an application fee and official transcripts from previously attended institutions. Request your official Thomas Nelson transcript from the Admissions, Records and Registration Office in Griffin Hall, room 208. Some institutions require high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, too.

Articulation within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is a dynamic process. The most reliable source of transfer information is the admission office at a four-year college. Students are encouraged to take a proactive role in confirming transfer information. For college-specific transfer information contact a Thomas Nelson Academic Advisor or admission office of any Virginia community college or four-year university & ask for a transfer guide.

The Virginia state policy on transfer aims to enhance cooperation and consistency among institutions of higher education in Virginia. For comprehensive information on transfer opportunities for Virginia Community College students, please visit the myfuture.vccs.edu/transfer website.

Transfer Guides

Transfer requirements and transfer course equivalencies for four-year institutions with Thomas Nelson.

A Letter of Intent is an application requirement for some four-year institutions that participate in a Guaranteed Admissions Agreement. It is a signed agreement to provide evidence of your interest and intent to transfer to a specific institution. It gives the four-year institution an opportunity to establish a relationship with a prospective student to facilitate a smooth transfer process. Refer to the Guaranteed Admission Agreement for the school of your choice to determine whether the Letter of Intent is required.

Schools that require a Letter of Intent for Guaranteed Admission