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Restricted Majors

Students should be aware that there are some academic majors and programs within the university that have strict entrance requirements or are in such high demand that they cannot accommodate all who wish to enter them. Administrators of these restricted programs must be selective in allowing students to transfer in from other majors within the university and in permitting second majors or minors. Students seeking entrance into such restricted programs should consult the appropriate department.

Restricted programs for internal transfers are as follows:

College Program Criteria Effective Through
College of Agriculture and life Sciences Human, Foods, and Excercise
  1. Internal Transfers:
    • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (3.0 or higher for: Diettics option: double major; double option)
    • Grade of "C" or better in CHEM 1035 or BIOL 1105 or BIOL 1106
  2. External Transfers:
    • Competitive GPA (typically 2.5 or higher)
    • Completion or progress toward completion of prerequisite coursework for the major, as outlined on the Admissions Transfer Roadmap.
    • A special emphasis is placed on strong completion of an equivalent to Virginia Tech's  General Chemistry I (CHEM 1035/45 lecture + lab), with applicants highly encouraged to complete this and an equivalent to General Chemistry II (CHEM 1036/46 lecture + lab) prior to enrollment.
  3. HNFE students:
    • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (3.0 or higher for: Dietetics option; double major; double option)
    • In-major GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • Grade of "C" or better in CHEM 1035, 1036, CHEM 2514 or 2535, HNFE 1004
    • Stdents who do not meet above requirements have one semester of departmental probation. If they do not meethe quality restrictions at the end of one semester they are asked to leave HNFE and are not allowed to return.
Spring 2022
College of Architecture and Urban Studies Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture
  1. Incoming Freshmen and External Transfers:
    • SA+D’s undergraduate programs are among the most selective at Virginia Tech. In a typical year, the university receives well over 1,000 applicants to the school's undergraduate programs, and we are able to accommodate less than one-third. While our criteria does not differ from the university’s admission criteria, average SAT scores and high school GPA's for students offered admission to the school's programs are among the highest in the university.
  2. Internal Transfers:
    • The university offers students not accepted as freshmen into the school's undergraduate majors (Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture) the option of entering University Studies. In this program, freshmen begin their university education with the opportunity to transfer into the SA+D upon completion of two semesters through a process delineated in the Internal Transfer Policy for the following five steps.
    • Annual Information Session: In mid-October, the four undergraduate program chairs of SA+D hold a meeting coordinated with the University Studies program. It is open to all students, but is directed specifically toward University Studies students. The objectives are to explain the difference and opportunities between the school's various majors and curricula, to communicate the process for applying to the Summer Qualifying Design Lab (Summer Studio), and the requirements for change of major to Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture. The application form, which outlines requirements and conditions, is also provided at the University Studies office in Femoyer Hall and the School of Architecture + Design office in Cowgill Hall. The school's Internal Transfer Policy and the Internal Transfer applications for each of the undergraduate programs are posted on the school's website (
    •  Application Deadline: The application deadline is published each year on the school's website and is generally scheduled sometime in mid-February. Portfolios or other examples of design work are not required, but are allowed to be included with the application.
    • Faculty Screening of Applications: The four program chairs review the applications and interview all of those that meet the minimum academic requirements for acceptance.
    • Notification of Acceptance. By mid-March, the program chairs rank the applicants by degree of academic qualification indicative of an ability to succeed in undergraduate-level study in the design disciplines of Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture acceptance. Admission of internal transfers is conditional upon successful completion of the Summer Studio.
    • Successful Completion of Summer Studio: Summer I and II seek to introduce students to the studio learning environment of the school, and to assess the level of competency of each student to enable appropriate placement in either the first year or second year of their desired major. Successful completion of the Summer Studio ensures acceptance to the SA+D degree program. The restriction on Internal Transfers is viewed as an integral part of the school's overall enrollment management strategy. It is a proven way to regulate the school's overall enrollment of approximately 1200 students (all academic programs within the school, graduate and undergraduate), consistent with capacity constraints, to ensure that the school continues to offer the highest possible quality of education to its students and maintain Its professional accreditation, as well as its high national rankings among undergraduate professional degree programs.
   Art (Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Visual Communications Design)


All students seeking admission into the ARTF BFA degree program are admitted provisionally, either during the summer studio program (designed mainly for transfer students) or in the Fall semester. There is a two-stage process for final student admission into the ARTF program: Successful completion of the Foundations program and Portfolio Review.


  1. Foundations of Art and Design Program
    All students aspiring to declare a major in either concentration of the ARTF program must first enter the Foundation of Art and Design program, which is open to all VT students. Students complete the Foundations program by successfully completing all three of the following courses:
    • ART 1204 Principles of Art and Design
    • ART 1404 Drawing I
    • ART 1604 Principles of New Media
  2. While students from any department (including University Studies) may enroll in the Foundations program courses, priority is given to students who will have all three Foundation classes completed/in progress for the purpose of applying to annual Portfolio Review at the end of the Fall semester.

  3. Portfolio Review
    • Only students who have successfully passed all three Foundations of Art and Design classes are eligible to apply for Portfolio Review. Students develop their portfolios from coordinated curriculum of these three courses. Students must pass the annual Portfolio Review at the end of the fall semester in order to advance as ARTF majors in the Studio Art, Visual Communications Design or Creative Technologies BFA concentrations.
    • ARTF courses are restricted to ARTF majors. Due to limited space and instructional resources, our capacity to effectively conduct the Foundations of Art and Design Program requires that we admit no more than 80 students in the Fall term, and then select a maximum of 60 students to continue as majors in the ARTF/BFA degree program.
    • Hence, succession into the ARTF BFA program for the Spring semester depends on the student’s successful performance at the annual Portfolio Review in the Fall semester. The spring ARTF courses are open only to those students who have successfully passed Portfolio Review and have been accepted into the BFA program in Studio Art, Visual Communications Design or Creative Technologies concentrations. Please note that we offer multiple sections of the required courses in the first year to accommodate all students seeking admission into the ARTF/BFA program (Table 2.1.).

Table 2.1 


Pamplin College of Business Accounting and Information Systems, Business Information Technology, Finance,  Hospitality and Tourism Management,  Management, and Marketing
  1. New internal transfer requirements:

For students applying August 2019 and later.

  • Minimum in-major GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum overall GPA: 2.0
  • Completion of: ACIS 1504, MATH 1524, MGT 1104, ECON 2005
  • a. At least two of the above courses must be taken at VT (must earn a grade in at least two courses, cannot all be transferred)
  • b. No grade lower than C- earned in any of the above courses or any lower division business course attempted
  • All non-native Pamplin* students must re-apply when attempting to change or add a major. For example, a student from University Studies accepted into Finance would have to re-apply to change into BIT or add BIT as a second major
  • Acceptance based on competitive GPA and space availability in major
  • *Real Estate students are subject to internal transfer requirements to change into or add a restricted business major.
Spring 2022
  Business Minor
  1. Completion of MATH 1524 (or equivalent)
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0 in at least 24 credit hours at VT

Admission is offered upon completion of the above requirements and not competitively base among students

College of Engineering All  Engineering Majors
  1. General Engineering Students to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors
  2. Non-Engineering Students to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors
  3. Degree-Granting Engineering Majors to Degree-Granting Engineering Majors