University of Virginia's Engineering School Guarantees Admission to Students from Virginia Community Colleges

April 14, 2008 -- The University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has signed an agreement with the Virginia Community College System that guarantees admission to students who graduate from one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges and fulfill a series of requirements. The agreement is effective immediately.

To qualify for guaranteed admission to the Engineering School, a VCCS student must complete an associate of science or an associate of arts and sciences degree in engineering or science within a two-year period preceding application to the University while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or better and a grade of C or better in every VCCS course except for a B in introductory English courses and all calculus, physics and chemistry courses. Students must have a minimum of 54 transferable credit hours, 45 or more of which are from a VCCS institution.

In addition, students must satisfactorily complete a specific number of credits in various competency and area requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, including English composition and natural science and mathematics. The full agreement can be found at

“Qualified students who started their coursework in the Virginia Community College System will now be able to further their studies at a top 30 Engineering School at one of the country’s top public universities while remaining in the their community for the first part of their college experience,” said James H. Aylor, dean of U.Va.’s Engineering School. “This is greatly beneficial not only to these students, but also helps SEAS produce additional top-quality engineers for the commonwealth and nation.”

U.Va.’s Engineering School is committed to expanding the pipeline of engineering professionals. Through this agreement with VCCS and the school’s PRODUCED in Virginia distance learning program, which makes undergraduate engineering courses available in communities throughout Virginia, students can also receive a U.Va. Engineering School degree without leaving their home communities.

“We are anxious to make the University’s Engineering School more accessible to students who have not enrolled here immediately after completing high school but who still want to earn an engineering degree from the University of Virginia,” said Paxton Marshall, associate dean of undergraduate programs for U.Va.’s Engineering School. “This agreement and our PRODUCED in Virginia program are facilitating this, as well as providing the commonwealth with increased numbers of well-trained engineers.”

VCCS students are eligible for Access U.Va., the University's financial aid program which features caps on need-based loans, loan-free packages for low-income students and a commitment to meet 100 percent of every student’s need. In addition, any VCCS student who transfers under the guaranteed admission agreement will have an opportunity to apply for University housing and will receive assistance in course registration and access to other services.

In April 2006, U.Va. announced an agreement that guarantees graduates of VCCS colleges admission to the University’s College of Arts and Sciences based on a series of requirements.

About VCCS
The VCCS is composed of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s community colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit-earning students each year.

About the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science
Founded in 1836, the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science combines research and educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within the undergraduate programs, courses in engineering, ethics, mathematics, the sciences and the humanities are available to build a strong foundation for careers in engineering and other professions. Its abundant research opportunities complement the curriculum and educate young men and women to become thoughtful leaders in technology and society. At the graduate level, the Engineering School collaborates with the University's highly ranked medical and business schools on interdisciplinary research projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. With a distinguished faculty and a student body of 2,200 undergraduates and 700 graduate students, the Engineering School offers an array of engineering disciplines, including cutting-edge research programs in computer and information science and engineering, bioengineering and nanotechnology.

— By Andrea Arco