VIRGINIA BEACH — Tidewater Community College and Virginia Wesleyan have formalized a Fair Transfer Agreement guaranteeing that a TCC graduate will get junior class status at VWU.
The transfer agreement was announced at a recent signing ceremony at VWU where VWU President Scott D. Miller and TCC President Gregory T. DeCinque formalized the new admission agreement.
Beginning this fall, TCC graduates with an associates of arts or science will enter VWU with junior class status.
All lower-level general education requirements—including foreign language—will be deemed complete, allowing students to focus on courses for their major and upper-level elective credits necessary for their bachelor’s degree.
“We have been good neighbors and partners with TCC for many years, and we want their students to feel comfortable and confident making important decisions about their future,” Miller said during the signing ceremony. “There can be frustrations that come with transferring to a four-year institution—loss of credits can add years to the pursuit of a degree, which in turn can rack up student loan debt. With the new Fair Transfer Guarantee, TCC students will have the opportunity to come to Virginia Wesleyan on even footing with students who started here as freshmen.”
To make students’ transition to VWU even more seamless, VWU has created the Marlin Fast Pass concurrent enrollment program, acording to a news release.
TCC students who declare their intent to transfer to VWU will be assigned a VWU academic adviser and issued a VWU student ID.
They will have full access to the VWU campus — including use of the library and fitness center, and free admission to athletic and cultural events — before they even become students at VWU.
And, students who have attained a 3.0 GPA at the completion of their freshman year at TCC will be eligible to concurrently enroll in 200- and 300-level VWU courses during their sophomore year.