Students should be aware that there are some academic majors and programs within the university that have strict entrance requirements or are in such high demand that they cannot accommodate all who wish to enter them. Administrators of these restricted programs must be selective in allowing students to transfer in from other majors within the university and in permitting second majors or minors. Students seeking entrance into such restricted programs should consult the appropriate department.

Restricted programs for internal transfers are as follows:




Effective Through

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

1.       Internal Transfers:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (2.5 or higher for: Dietetics option; double major; double option)
  2. Grade of “C” or better in CHEM 1035

2.       External Transfers:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. “Completion or progress toward completing prerequisites, particularly Freshmen English, math, and science for the intended major with B’s or better; cumulative GPA of 2.5 but competitive applicants will have a 3.0 or better.” (Office of Undergraduate Admissions)
  3. Completion of one semester of general chemistry equivalent at the time of application, and completion of both semesters by the time of enrollment.

3.       HNFE students

  1. Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (2.5 or higher for: Dietetics option; double major; double option)
  2. In-major GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Grade of “C” or better in CHEM 1035,1036, CHEM 2514 or 2535, HNFE 1004
  4. Students who do not meet above requirements have one semester of departmental probation. If they do not meet the quality restrictions at the end of one semester they are asked to leave HNFE and are not allowed to return.


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College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture

Incoming Freshmen and External Transfers:

SA+D’s undergraduate programs are among the most selective at Virginia Tech. In a typical year, the university receives well over 1,000 applicants to the school's undergraduate programs, and we are able to accommodate less than one-third. While our criteria does not differ from the university’s admission criteria, average SAT scores and high school GPA's for students offered admission to the school's programs are among the highest in the university.


Internal Transfers:

The university offers students not accepted as freshmen into the school's undergraduate majors (Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture) the option of entering University Studies as their second choice. In this program, freshmen begin their university education with the opportunity to transfer into the SA+D upon completion of two semesters through a process delineated in the Internal Transfer Policy for the following five steps.


1.       Annual Information Session: In mid-October, the four undergraduate program chairs of SA+D hold a meeting coordinated with the University Studies program. It is open to all students, but is directed specifically toward University Studies students. The objectives are to explain the difference and opportunities between the school's various majors and curricula, to communicate the process for applying to the Summer Qualifying Design Lab (Summer Studio), and the requirements for change of major to Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture. The application form, which outlines requirements and conditions, is also provided at the University Studies office in Femoyer Hall and the School of Architecture + Design office in Cowgill Hall. The school's Internal Transfer Policy and the Internal Transfer applications for each of the undergraduate programs are posted on the school's website (


2.       Application Deadline: The application deadline is published each year on the school's website and is generally scheduled sometime in mid-February. Portfolios or other examples of design work are not required, but are allowed to be included with the application.


3.       Faculty Screening of Applications: The four program chairs review the applications and interview all of those that meet the minimum academic requirements for acceptance.


4.       Notification of Acceptance. By mid-March, the program chairs rank the applicants by degree of academic qualification indicative of an ability to succeed in undergraduate-level study in the design disciplines of Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture acceptance. Admission of internal transfers is conditional upon successful completion of the Summer Studio.


5.       Successful Completion of Summer Studio: Summer I and II seek to introduce students to the studio learning environment of the school, and to assess the level of competency of each student to enable appropriate placement in either the first year or second year of their desired major. Successful completion of the Summer Studio ensures acceptance to the SA+D degree program. The restriction on Internal Transfers is viewed as an integral part of the school's overall enrollment management strategy. It is a proven way to regulate the school's overall enrollment of approximately 1200 students (all academic programs within the school, graduate and undergraduate), consistent with capacity constraints, to ensure that the school continues to offer the highest possible quality of education to its students and maintain Its professional accreditation, as well as its high national rankings among undergraduate professional degree programs.





Art (Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Visual Communications Design)

All students seeking admission into the ARTF BFA degree program are admitted provisionally, either during the summer studio program (designed mainly for transfer students) or in the Fall semester. There is a two-stage process for final student admission into the ARTF program: Successful completion of the Foundations program and Portfolio Review.


1.    Foundations of Art and Design Program

All students aspiring to declare a major in either concentration of the ARTF program must first enter the Foundation of Art and Design program, which is open to all VT students. Students complete the Foundations program by successfully completing all three of the following courses:


•   ART 1204 Principles of Art and Design I

•   ART 1404 Drawing I

•   ART 1604 Principles of New Media


While students from any department (including University Studies) may enroll in the Foundations program courses, priority is given to students who will have all three Foundation classes completed/in progress for the purpose of applying to annual Portfolio Review at the end of the Fall semester.


2.    Portfolio Review

Only students who have successfully passed all three Foundations of Art and Design classes are eligible to apply for Portfolio Review. Students develop their portfolios from coordinated curriculum of these three courses. Students must pass the annual Portfolio Review at the end of the fall semester in order to advance as ARTF majors in the Studio Art, Visual Communications Design or Creative Technologies BFA concentrations.


ARTF courses are restricted to ARTF majors. Due to limited space and instructional resources, our capacity to effectively conduct the Foundations of Art and Design Program requires that we admit no more than 80 students in the Fall term, and then select a maximum of 60 students to continue as majors in the ARTF/BFA degree program.


Hence, succession into the ARTF BFA program for the Spring semester depends on the student’s successful performance at the annual Portfolio Review in the Fall semester. The spring ARTF courses are open only to those students who have successfully passed Portfolio Review and have been accepted into the BFA program in Studio Art, Visual Communications Design or Creative Technologies concentrations. Please note that we offer multiple sections of the required courses in the first year to accommodate all students seeking admission into the ARTF/BFA program (Table 2.1.).


Table 2.1 Required Course Sequence for Admission





Max Students

ART1204 Principles of Design I





ART1404 Drawing I





ART1601 Principles of New Media





Portfolio Review





ART1214 Principles of Design II




45 (Studio + Creative Technologies)

ART1414 Drawing II







Pamphin College of Business

Accounting and Information Systems, Business Information Technology, Finance,  Hospitality and Tourism Management,  Management, and Marketing


Internal transfer requirements

1.        Successful completion of ACIS 1504, ECON 2005, and MATH 1526.

2.       Minimum Overall GPA of 2.0

3.       Successful completion of a "key course" specific to desired major:


ACIS:  ACIS 2115

BIT:  CS 1054 or CS 1114

FIN:  FIN 2114

HTM:  MGT 1104

MGT:  MGT 1104



4.       Combined minimum GPA of 2.5 in MATH 1526 (or equivalent), and all ACIS, ECON, BIT, lower division courses attempted

5.       Optional 400-word essay on an assigned topic related to major selection

6.       Competitive Composite Score and space available


Applicants are grouped per major and ranked by their individual Composite Scores.  Actual scores of students accepted into the various majors are typically much higher than the minimums. The actual average scores will be communicated via written materials and online. Essays are considered when available.


Composite Score calculation: Overall GPA (25%), Key Course grade (25%), and Overall GPA in Math and Business classes (50%).


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Business Minor

1.       Completion of MATH 1526 (or equivalent)

2.       Minimum GPA of 2.0 in at least 24 credit hours at VT

3.       Minimum grade C- in any ACIS, BIT, FIN, HTM, MGT, MKTG, or key course attempted


Admission is offered upon completion of the above requirements and not competitively base among students.


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College of Engineering

All  Engineering Majors

1.       General Engineering Students to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors

2.       Non-Engineering Students to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors:

3.       Degree-Granting Engineering Majors to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors:

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