Virginia Guaranteed Admission Agreements
Virginia Guaranteed Admission Agreements
The Guaranteed Admission Agreement Advantage
Transferring to Mason via the GAA is one of the smartest decisions you can make. Graduating with a transfer associate’s degree before enrolling at the University allows you to:
- Transfer up to 75 credits from the community college
- Fulfill lower-level Mason Core requirements which allow you to begin your major coursework in your first semester
- Qualify for the Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant for admitted students with a 3.00+ gpa
Guaranteed Admission Agreement Frequently Asked Questions
The GAA, or Guaranteed Admission Agreement is a document that provides a clear transfer pathway for students earning AA, AS or AA&S degrees from VCCS colleges or Richard Bland College. Students who follow the GAA and meet all of the terms of the agreement are assured transfer admission to Mason effective fall 2014 forward. GAA admission is offered to students pursuing a first bachelor’s degree. Students with an earned bachelor’s degree may pursue a post-baccalaureate degree via regular admission.
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Applicants who meet all of the terms of the Guaranteed Admission Agreement and who select this option on the transfer application are considered for GAA admission. All other transfer applicants are considered for regular transfer admission. If you do not meet the requirements for GAA admission, do not request GAA admission on your transfer application.
Only those applicants who meet the March 1 or October 1 deadlines are considered for GAA admission. Applications for regular transfer admission are considered on a space-available basis after these dates.
The GAA Letter of Intent is mandatory and serves as an advising checklist for prospective GAA transfers who wish to be considered for GAA admission.
GAA admits receive an admission letter that states “you have been admitted on the basis of our Guaranteed Admission Agreement with your Virginia community college”.
The goal of our GAA is to provide you a clear pathway to success as a transfer. Just as admission requirements vary among the universities in Virginia, so do the GAA’s. We specify the degree required, the minimum cumulative GPA and three specific courses that must be completed with grades of C or better in our GAA. We also require applicants to earn no lower than a C in any VCCS course, or any previous institution used for admission consideration, that had not been repeated and replaced with a grade of A, B, or C.
- Graduate from a VCCS college or Richard Bland College with an AA, AS or AA&S degree.
- Meet the minimum 2.85 cumulative GPA requirement at time of application and upon graduation.
- Meet the March 1 or October 1 transfer application deadline and the March 10 or October 10 transcript(s) deadline.
- Take the three required courses (two English and one Math) at the VCCS college or RBC and earn grades of C or better in each course. There are alternative ways of meeting this requirement. Be sure to read the GAA for details.
- Earn at least 30 credit hours (including the English and Math courses) at the VCCS college or RBC.
- Earn no grade lower than a C in any VCCS course, or any previous institution used for admission consideration, that has not been repeated with a grade of A, B or C. D or F grades must be repeated before applying for GAA admission.
If you attended a college or university prior to attendance at your Virginia community college, the Admissions Committee will review your academic record for the five year period prior to application to Mason. Your cumulative grade point average at the non-GAA institution must be 2.85 or higher, to match the 2.85 required at your community college.
If you transferred to another institution after leaving your GAA community college you are ineligible for GAA admission. We will be happy to consider you for regular transfer admission.
YES. You are ineligible for GAA admission if you have been academically or non-academically suspended or dismissed from a college or university or have been convicted of a felony. Mason will consider on a case-by-case basis these applications for regular transfer admission. NOTE: The University honors academic actions from other institutions and does not enroll students who are actively suspended or dismissed.
If offered GAA admission, you are assured that you will transfer as a junior and will be awarded at least 60 transfer credits. You will also receive a waiver of lower-level general education requirements at Mason. All new transfers receive a course-by-course transfer credit evaluation. However, GAA students receive prioritized evaluations.
All transfer students with more than 45 earned hours are required to select a specific major for admission. Students with advanced standing benefit from academic advising from faculty within your intended major.
Mason has several selective admission majors that require a higher CGPA or additional course requirements. Applicants who meet the minimum requirement for GAA admission but not the criteria for admission to that selective admission major will be classified as Undeclared or may be deferred to the next semester. Admission to the School of Nursing or Volgenau School of Engineering are common examples of this situation.
New students may change their major with the Office of the University Registrar after submission of their enrollment deposit. Students who do not meet the criteria for entrance into a selective admission major will have their request denied.
Following this advice ensures the smoothest possible transition to Mason. It allows the Admissions Committee enough time to thoroughly review your application and offer you admission in a timely fashion such that you can take advantage of all of our exciting campus opportunities.
August or December graduates will be considered for spring admission only. We encourage you to plan your associate’s degree path EARLY and if you need additional time, complete summer school courses the year before you intend to transfer, such that you can graduate in May and enroll at Mason for the fall semester.
Admitted and deposited transfer students may defer their admission for one consecutive future semester, fall to spring or spring to fall. Contact the Office of Admissions no later than the first day of the semester to which you were admitted to request deferral to the next semester.