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We’re excited that you are considering transferring to the College of Natural Resources and Environment! We encourage you to work closely with our Advising Center from the beginning of your community college experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions as you choose your classes and as you prepare to transfer to CNRE.

Important: Financial Aid Deadlines

Please note that there are two important financial aid deadlines that fall BEFORE the Transfer Application for Admission deadline of February 15th:

  • FAFSA priority filing deadline is JANUARY 15th
    • NOTE: The FAFSA becomes available for completion beginning on October 1st for the upcoming aid year.

We realize that both of these dates are much earlier than the Transfer Admissions Application deadline, so to ensure you are competitive for the maximum number of scholarships, grants, federal loans, and work-study funding, we recommend that you submit all three applications (Transfer Admissions Application, Scholarship Application, and FAFSA) by December 7th. You will need to have submitted your application for admission BEFORE you can apply for financial aid. Supporting documentation for your application for admission (transcripts, etc.) can still be submitted after December 7th.

If you miss the scholarship deadline of December 7th, still aim to complete your FAFSA by January 15th, as that will still make you eligible for grants, federal loans, and work-study funding.

We realize that you may have only discovered this page after these deadlines have passed, and we regret this unfortunate possibility. Please know that Transfer students who apply for admission after these deadlines will still be fully competitive for admission, but you may not be eligible for financial aid, or at least not as much.

What are Virginia Tech’s requirements for transferring from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS)?

For required and suggested courses needed to transfer to Virginia Tech, see the University Registrar’s transfer guide. The transfer guide covers most of the information you will need to prepare to transfer, including course recommendations by major, the Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE), transfer polices, and a list of how each VCCS class transfers to Virginia Tech.

What classes should I take at a community college?

VT Admissions will expect you to select your community college courses to fulfill the first year’s requirements of your intended major. For most CNRE majors, we suggest that students transfer to VT after one year, if they hope to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years. Major-specific courses needed during the sophomore year are rarely available at the community college.

In general, students should complete the full year of freshman English (ENG 111 and 112), at least 8 hours of the lab sciences required in your major, and two semesters of upper-level math (pre-calculus and above) before transferring. You will need to have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

What specific classes from my CNRE major should I take at a community college?

To help you visualize how VCCS courses can help meet requirements for your major, we have highlighted the classes you may be able to take at the community college on each CNRE major/option checksheet. We encourage you to save your free electives for your time at Virginia Tech, where you will be able to choose from a wide array of classes geared to your specific interests. The best thing you can do is complete as many specific requirements as possible at community college before taking free elective classes. Not sure which CNRE major or option to pursue? Learn more in Majors at a Glance.

I have already taken courses at a Virginia Community College. How will my credits transfer?

See the list of Virginia Tech Courses and Transferable VCCS Equivalents.

I plan to transfer to Virginia Tech from another school, but it isn’t in the Virginia Community College system. What courses should I take?

Students transferring to VT from a non-VCCS institution (either a 4-year program or another community college system) will need to use the transfer equivalency database to identify courses that may transfer to Virginia Tech.

I need more help choosing classes!

We know choosing classes to transfer can be confusing, so we encourage you to contact us to learn more. Call the Advising Center at (540) 231-5482 or email with questions or to plan a visit.

  •     Stephanie Lang
  • Stephanie Hart
  • Director, The Advising Center
  • (540) 231-3484
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment (0324)
    Cheatham Hall, RM 138, 310 West Campus Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
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  • Director of Recruitment
  • (540) 231-4909
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment (0324)
    Cheatham Hall, RM 138-D, Virginia Tech
    310 West Campus Dr.

    Blacksburg, VA 24061
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  • A.L. (Tom) Hammett
  • Associate Dean, The Advising Center; Professor
  • (540) 231-2716
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    Cheatham Hall, RM 230-E, Virginia Tech
    310 West Campus Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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