Guaranteed Admission vs. Articulation Agreement

What is the difference between a Guaranteed Admission and Articulation Agreement?

Guaranteed Admissions Agreements mean as a NOVA student, you are offered Guaranteed Admissions to a variety of four-year colleges and universities when you meet the requirements of the written Agreement between NOVA and that college. These Agreements guarantee admission to a college or university; but most do not guarantee admission to a specific program.

NOVA and the VCCS also have special articulation agreements with several four-year colleges and universities. These articulation agreements define the way courses, programs or entire categories of programs transfer to another institution and may include admission guarantees.

In order to be considered for guaranteed admission, a student must:

  • Complete a transfer degree (A.A. or A.S.).
  • Meet the minimum G.P.A. requirement.
  • Obtain a “C” or better in all applicable courses for their degree.
  • Take a minimum number of credits at NOVA (can be up to 15 credits).
  • Some institutions require specific courses.
  • Complete a letter of intent, if needed.

You can view the list of GAAs and AAs via NOVA’s transfer webpage. It is important to read the agreements carefully, so you know what specific requirements you will need to meet. NOVA also has developed a great webpage that is all about Guaranteed Admission Agreements! Check out the four-minute video.

Want more information on transfer planning? Request a recording of the Transfer Planning Webinar!

This blog post was written by Kim Burkle, NOVA Online Counselor/Instructor.

Do you have any questions about transferring? Contact a NOVA Online Counselor at elicounselors@nvcc.edu or 703.323.2425. transferThinking about a 4-year and want to hear about the transfer process from NOVA Alumni? Join us tonight!

Transfer Planning: Alumni Transfer Panel: Are you interested in transferring to a Bachelor’s degree program after NOVA? It’s never too early to begin your planning. This one-hour webinar will host a panel of NOVA/NOVA Online alumni students who have transferred to 4-year institutions. Register for a live webinar on Tuesday, October 27, 6:00pm – 7:30pm!

This week at NOVA Online

October is Transfer Month at NOVA Online! Check the NOVA Online Webinar page and blog for webinars and virtual transfer fairs to speak with transfer representatives from several colleges and universities.

Transfer Planning: Alumni Transfer Panel: Are you interested in transferring to a Bachelor’s degree program after NOVA? It’s never too early to begin your planning. This one-hour webinar will host a panel of NOVA/NOVA Online alumni students who have transferred to 4-year institutions. Register for a live webinar on Tuesday, October 27, 6:00pm – 7:30pm!

Join the NOVA Online Librarians for a webinar on Wednesday, October 28, 6:30-7:15pm to explore – Beyond Google – Basic Library Skills for Online Learners: Have you ever been assigned a paper or project and don’t know where to start? This 45 minute webinar will give you a brief introduction to what library resources are available to you as an online learner. There might be more than you expect!

Plan ahead for Spring Registration! Advising Week and Spring Registration will be here soon! Look for upcoming webinars to help you plan and register for your spring semester. Follow this tutorial to find your priority registration date.516356269

Have a great week!

Upcoming Transfer Planning Webinars

October is Transfer Awareness Month at the Extended Learning Institute! All NOVA student are invited to attend any of the following virtual events. Visit the Transfer Planning Section of NOVA Online’s Webinar Page for more information and to register for any individual sessions.

Transfer Planning:

Friday, 10/9/15 from 12-1pm or Monday, 10/12/15 from 6:30-7:30pm

It’s never too early to begin your planning to transfer another institution. This one-hour webinar will discuss the basics of transfer planning; information about Guaranteed Admission Agreements, Articulation Agreements, and Transfer Guides; and a web tour of NOVA’s transfer website.

American Public University System Transfer Information Session:

Wednesday, 10/14/15 at 12pm

The George Washington University, College of Professional Studies Transfer Information Session:

Monday, 10/19/15 at 1pm

The George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Guaranteed Admission Agreement Information Session:

Tuesday, 10/20/15 at 12:30 PM or at 6:00 PM

George Mason University Transfer Information Session:

Wednesday, 10/21/15 from 3-5pm or Friday, 10/30/15 from 11am-1pm

Excelsior College Transfer Information Session:

Monday, 10/26/15 from 9-10am or 6-7pm

Alumni Transfer Panel:

Tuesday, 10/27/15 from 7-8:30pm

This one-hour webinar will host a panel of NOVA/NOVA Online alumni students who have transferred to 4-year institutions. Learn more regarding the transfer process and have your questions answered about their varied experiences. Information will be discussed around transfer topics such as Guaranteed Admission Agreements, understanding transfer requirements, and NOVA’s transfer resources.

Planning Ahead for Next Semester

The end of the semester will be here before you know it and there is no time like the present to start prepping for next semester. The longer you wait, the likelihood of you encountering roadblocks increasing drastically, so resist the urge to put it off. When you start thinking about the courses you want to take next semester, keep these tips and tidbits of information in mind to avoid missing out on the courses you need.

Plan ahead. Speak to an advisor (elicounselors@nvcc.edu) to make sure you are taking the necessary courses toward degree/certificate completion. Read over NOVA’s course repeat policy and speak with an advisor if you are taking a course for the 3rd time. Make sure your finances are in order to pay your tuition on time. If you are using Financial Aid, call 1-855-323-3199 to check on your status.

Register for classes early. Please make note of NOVA’s On-Time Registration policy that does not allow enrollment into a class after 11:59pm the day before the class is scheduled to begin. Enrolling in the course early will help you avoid many unnecessary headaches, i.e. courses being closed, full, or unavailable (huge migraines!).

Be aware of your course start and end dates. NOVA offers courses that vary in length (16, 12, 8, and 4 week sessions) and that start at different times during the semester. You wouldn’t want to think the course starts and ends at the wrong time (disaster!). Also pay attention to the course’s critical dates that inform you of deadlines for refunds and withdrawals.

 Getting into a closed course. If the course you want is closed, and it is before the start date you may still be able to get into the course by emailing the instructor to request permission to be allowed into the course. The instructor has authority to grant or deny such a request. Once granted permission, have the instructor forward that email to elireg@nvcc.edu, or you can forward it yourself, and NOVA Online Registration will enroll you in the course.

If you miss the registration deadline. NOVA offers students different sessions throughout the semester with different start dates. If you are unable to get into a course because you missed the registration deadline, search for a later starting session for the same course and enroll in that session, if available. However, if taking a later starting session is not an option for you, you can complete and send a Permission to Enroll During the First Week form to NOVA Online Registration (elireg@nvcc.edu) to try to get in that session. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can get into the class after the start date so registering early is highly encouraged!

If you have any questions about the enrollment process, call NOVA Online Registration at 703-323-3368 or elireg@nvcc.edu.

This week at NOVA Online!

Transfer Sessions – Transfer Counselor, Kim Burkle has scheduled several schools to give presentations on the transfer policies. If you are interested in Excelsior College, University of Mary Washington, or Troy University, check out the calendar and join in to learn more. It’s never too early to start thinking about your transfer plans.

Also, plan to play the virtual Game of Transfer on Thursday, October 30 from noon – 1:00 pm. This game will require knowledge of transfer planning.

Did you miss the Transfer Planning webinar? You can access a recording to get a better understanding of transfer guides and policies! Email NOVA Online Counselor, Kim Burkle, for more information.

Take Back the Night – Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Loudoun Campus!

Marcus EngelMEC_Speaker will speak on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from noon – 1:00 pm. MEC room 152. This presentation will be recorded and made available to you! After being blinded and suffering catastrophic injuries at the hands of a drunk driver, Marcus Engel witnessed health care form the other end of the stethoscope. Through 300 hours of reconstructive facial surgery and years of hospitalization, rehab and recover, Marcus witness first hand the good, the bad and the ugly of patient care.

Have a great week, NOVA Online!

October is NOVA Online’s Transfer Awareness Month!

Did you miss the transfer planning webinars this month? If so, you can request a recording of this webinar at NOVA Online’s webinars page.

More events have been scheduled for this month. You can attend the Transfer Q&A this Thursday, October 16th from 12 to 1pm. You can also join us for the Game of Transfer and win a prize on October 30th from 12 to 1pm. Register via the webinars page.

Check out the transfer information sessions we have scheduled too! If you can show you attended three or more of these sessions, you will earn extra points at the Game of Transfer. Looks for upcoming sessions on NOVA Online’s calendar.

Questions? Email Kim Burkle at kburkle@nvcc.edu.

Transfer Awareness Month

October is Transfer Awareness Month at NOVA Online! Join NOVA Online Counselor, Kim Burkle, for some upcoming Transfer Events to help you prepare your transfer plan!

Transfer Planning Webinar: Thursday, October 9, at 6pm!

Learn about the basics of transfer planning, Guaranteed Admission Agreements, Articulation Agreements, and Transfer Guides. There will also be a web tour of NOVA’s transfer website.

Virtual Transfer Q&A: October 16, at 12pm

Do you have questions about transferring? Chat live with a transfer counselor.

Game of Transfer: October 30, at 12pm

Think you know everything there is about transfer planning? Test your knowledge with the Game of Transfer! Win prizes!

kim*If you have questions about any of the events, please contact Kim Burkle, kburkle@nvcc.edu.

*All events are approximately one hour in length.

*Click on the date/time for more information and to register for each specific event. We look forward to “seeing” you online!

Transfer Awareness Month

October is Transfer Awareness Month at NOVA Online! Join us for some Transfer Events to help you prepare your transfer plans! Visit NOVA Online’s Events Calendar or NOVA’s Events Calendar to register for any of the events!

Transfer Flyer*If you have questions about any of the events, please contact Kim Burkle, kburkle@nvcc.edu.

*All events are approximately one hour in length.

Transfer Planning 101

Kim Burkle, NOVA Online Counselor/InstructorToday’s NOVA Online blog post is provided by NOVA Online’s Transfer Counselor and Instructor, Kim Burkle.  Kim is available to work with you to help with transfer planning. She can be reached at 703.323.2425 or elicounselors@nvcc.edu.

Your time at NOVA will go by fast. It is never too early to begin transfer planning. The more research you do now, the smoother the transfer process will be later.

Start by considering the following:

Do you know where you want to go yet?

Do you know what major you will pursue when you transfer?

Do you intend to obtain a degree at NOVA?

Do you know if you are in a college-transfer track  program?

How will you pay for your education?

The Virginia Education Wizard offers a number of resources to assist you in obtaining your education goals. The Transfer Planner provides you a step-by-step guide, from assessing your preferred career through attending orientation at your new college or university.

NOVA has agreements with most of the 4-year institutions in Virginia, as well as several  outside of Virginia. Some agreements are called Guaranteed Admissions Agreements; which means as a NOVA student, you are offered guaranteed admissions to a variety of four-year colleges and universities when you meet the requirements of the written agreement between NOVA and that college. There are also  general Articulation Agreements that define the way courses, programs, or entire categories of programs transfer to another institution; and may include  admission guarantees. You can view the list of GAAs and AAs via NOVA’s transfer webpage.   It is important to read the  agreements carefully, so you know what specific requirements you will need to meet. NOVA also has a great webpage that is all about Guaranteed Admission Agreements!

Check out the four-minute video: NOVA Guaranteed  Admission Agreements.

Once you have identified potential transfer institutions, make time to visit them and speak with an admission representative, take a campus tour, attend an information session, etc. This will help you get a feel for the environment to see if it would be a good fit for you. If you are planning to transfer to an online program, attend an information webinar and test-drive a course, if available.

If you want to learn more, NOVA also hosts a variety of transfer events; such as college visits, transfer fairs, and webinars. The events calendar provides a list of upcoming events.