What Courses can be transferred back to Virginia Tech?

Almost any course can be transferred back to Virginia Tech if an equivalent course can be found elsewhere, as long as the student does not exceed the limits for transfer credits:

  • No more than 65 credits from a 2 year college can be applied to the 130 credits required for a BSME degree.
  • Of the last 45 credits before graduation, a maximum of 18 credits can be transfer credits.

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Finding Equivalent Transfer Courses

The Registrar maintains a Transfer Equivalency Database showing courses from other colleges in Virginia and throughout the United States that have been evaluated in the past. You can select a state, a college, then a department, to see the other school’s course number and title and the equivalent course and title at VT.

If no equivalent was found at VT, you may see a VT course number with X’s (example – ME 2XXX means a sophomore-level ME course with no exact equivalent). If the course you are interested in does not appear in the list, it means that the course has not yet been evaluated.

Note that the Transfer Equivalency Database is a historical list to be used as tool to help you find equivalent courses. It is NOT a guarantee that the course is still equivalent. Please see below for instructions on how to ensure that the transfer course equivalency is still valid.

For students interested in taking courses at Virginia Community Colleges, please see the VCCS Course Listings page, which lists schedules for all of the VCCS schools. Consider online courses to satisfy CLE electives (like PSYC 2004 for Area 3 or MUS 1104 for Area 2, offered online by many of the VCCS schools over the summer) that will not interfere with summer jobs or internships.

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What if my Course is NOT in the Transfer Equivalency Database?

If the course you are interested in is not in the Transfer Equivalency Database, that means that the course has not been evaluated for transfer equivalency. Engineering students should contact the transfer school and obtain a copy of a recent syllabus for the course they would like to take.

The course syllabus should be attached to a completed transfer credit request form and returned to the Dean of Academic Affairs Office in 212 Hancock. The Dean’s Office recommends allowing at least 3 weeks for approval of courses taught by US institutions and 3 months for study abroad courses.

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Pre-Approval of Transfer Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to fill out a transfer credit request form to have courses pre-approved before taking them, even if the course is listed in the Transfer Equivalency Database. This form guarantees that the student will receive the credits they expect.

This form is not a contract saying that the student must take the course, nor is it needed for the student to receive “permission” to take the course. It is a way of letting the student know ahead of time what courses they will receive credit for before they invest the time and money into taking the course.

Special note to students taking courses to fulfill Curriculum for Liberal Education requirements: Please be sure that the course you intend to take transfers exactly as a course on the appropriate list in the Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE) guide or that the Dean’s Office has pre-approved the course for the CLE area you need. An “XXX” in the course number is NOT a wildcard!

(You may send syllabi for transfer course(s) you have already taken to Vicki Langford in the Dean’s Office to have them evaluated for possible CLE elective credit if the course(s) do not match existing VT courses.)

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Transferring Credits back to Virginia Tech

Upon completion of the course, have an official copy of your transcript showing final grade(s) mailed directly to:

Virginia Tech Registrar

250 Student Services Building 0134

Blacksburg, VA 24061

After 4-6 weeks after the transcript has been mailed to Virginia Tech, you should be able to view your transfer credits on Hokie SPA on the Transfer Credit screen (under the Grades Menu).

Until the transfer credits show up on your unofficial transcript, they will not be recognized by the VT registration software as satisfying prerequisite requirements. If you are unable to register for a class that requires your transfer course as a prerequisite, please contact the department offering the course and be prepared to send them a copy of your approved transfer credit request form and an unofficial copy of your grades for the transfer course.

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Studying Abroad

Please see the Education Abroad website for valuable information about studying abroad. Included is an extensive checklist of tasks to do before you depart.

Study abroad courses are evaluated for transfer equivalency the same way as courses from US colleges are evaluated, but you should allow more time to have these courses evaluated. The Dean’s Office recommends that you allow a minimum of 3 months for courses to be evaluated after you have submitted the form with complete syllabi for the courses you plan to take.

Depending on the school and country in which you plan to take classes, it may be difficult to obtain sufficient information about the courses before you actually take (or complete) them – some schools do not use syllabi and you will need to bring a copy of your class notes and graded work with you to have the courses evaluated. Please be aware that you are taking these courses at your own risk.

The only way to guarantee that you will receive the credits you expect is to have your courses pre-approved through a transfer credit request form. A verbal okay from a faculty member is not a guarantee that courses will be equivalent!

Some programs, such as the Summer School at Technische Universitat Darmstadt TU Darmstadt” and “Senior Year at TU Darmstadt” in Germany are formal programs developed in cooperation with Virginia Tech, and transfer credit equivalencies (and even financial aid opportunities) have already been arranged.

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Information on this website is unofficial. University catalogs and other official documents take precedence over the information that is available here. The material presented here is to aid you in planning your academic program to best fit your interests. Ultimately you are responsible for making sure that you fulfill the graduation requirements. We present these aids to help you achieve your goal of a degree in mechanical engineering.