University of Mary Washington and VCCS Sign Agreement

Published: January 22, 2007

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) today signed an agreement guaranteeing admission to UMW to students at any of Virginia’s community colleges who have earned a transfer-oriented associate degree and who meet certain other eligibility requirements. The intent of the agreement is to ease the transfer process for students who wish to complete a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of liberal studies or bachelor of professional studies degree at UMW. “I am so pleased that we have been able to develop this agreement,” said Dr. William J. Frawley, president of the University of Mary Washington. “It shows how UMW and the community colleges can be close partners in addressing regional and state educational needs in a direct and consequential way.”

“Our agreement with the University of Mary Washington is one more example of our commitment to ease transfer for students across the Commonwealth, providing them a gateway to the future through guaranteed admission agreements,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “The University of Mary Washington is an important partner in providing this benefit statewide, and we look forward to working with them to boost opportunity for all Virginians and their families.”

To be eligible for the program, community college students must have earned an associate degree with a 3.25 grade-point average or higher, as well as a grade of a C or higher in all courses that apply toward the transfer program. Students also must declare an intent to transfer to UMW after completing 15 credits at the community college, but before applying for graduation.

As part of the agreement, students who declare an intent to transfer to UMW will receive academic advising from the community college regarding the courses required to complete the transfer-oriented associate degree program. The community colleges also will make information available to prospective students about UMW and the agreement. Those students who do not meet the requirements are still encouraged to apply for admission to UMW through the traditional transfer process.

Under the agreement, those students who meet the requirements do not have to pay the UMW application fee, and their associate degree program will fulfill the lower-level general education requirements at UMW. Once admitted to UMW, these students will be considered for admission to competitive programs, registration, financial aid, scholarships, student housing, parking and any other opportunities open to students of junior standing on the same basis as those students who are native to UMW.

The agreement between UMW and VCCS emerged after the passage of the Virginia Higher Education Restructuring Act, which specifies that state four-year colleges and universities should adopt system-wide transfer agreements with Virginia’s community colleges. The University of Mary Washington already has individual transfer agreements for its Bachelor of Professional Studies program in place with Germanna Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Rappahannock Community College and Northern Virginia Community College. The terms of these agreements, which are different from the new transfer-oriented associate degree program, will remain in effect.

The University of Mary Washington is a coeducational public institution with its residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., and a second graduate and professional studies campus in nearby Stafford, Va. The university, with a total enrollment of nearly 5,000 students, is known for its commitment to academic excellence, strong undergraduate liberal arts program and dedication to life-long learning and professional development.

The Virginia Community College System includes 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the Commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s community colleges serve more than a quarter million credit students each year.

The guaranteed admission agreement is one of several statewide agreements adopted over the past two years with various public and private four-year institutions. Additional agreements with four-year colleges are nearing completion and will be completed over the next few weeks, according to Dr. Monty Sullivan, vice chancellor for academic services for the VCCS. The statewide agreements are detailed on the VCCS website at .

For more information about the Guaranteed Admission Agreement, contact John Morello, associate vice president for academic affairs at UMW, at (540) 654-1052, or Monty Sullivan, vice chancellor for academic services and research at the VCCS, at (804) 819-4972. 

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