Mission Statement

Shepherd University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) have collaborated to offer you the Bachelor's Degree Transfer Admission Program which guarantees your admission to Shepherd upon meeting the eligibility requirements. This program affords you all of the educational opportunities provided by both institutions.

What Does This Mean For You, The NOVA Student?

  • You can benefit from a world-class education at two of the lowest-cost educational institutions in our region.
  • You can continue your education close to home, taking advantage of on-campus living, study abroad, athletic, and leadership programs.
  • You will receive academic advising to assist you in transferring your coursework to Shepherd and ensuring a timely graduation.
  • You will receive a tuition discount when you transfer to Shepherd if you meet the Program requirements. (See below):

What Are the Requirements?

  1. You have completed and submitted the Program application prior to enrolling at Shepherd indicating your intended start date. The application is available online at, at, or at Shepherd's Office of Admissions. While Shepherd offers rolling application reviews, students are strongly encouraged to apply a semester prior to their intended start date.
  2. You have completed, or will complete prior to transfer, an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, or Associate of Applied Arts degree from NOVA.
  3. You have achieved at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA from NOVA and all prior colleges.
  4. Your official, final NOVA transcript indicating your grad date must be received at Shepherd by September 15 for the fall semester and February 15 for the spring semester. Your discount will be awarded once your official, final transcript is received.
  5. You transfer directly from NOVA to Shepherd and enroll at Shepherd at full-time status (12 credits or more) and as a non-West Virginia resident. Please note that should you be awarded Academic Common Market status, you will not be eligible for the Transfer Program discount.

What Other Opportunities Will You Have?

  • In addition to this tuition discount, students can apply for merit and need-based financial aid and scholarships. Students with a 3.5 GPA can apply for Shepherd's Scholars Program, with benefits that may include honors housing and honors scholarships. For more information, go to
  • Shepherd offers on-campus housing options in traditional, suite-style, and apartment-style residence halls. Students are guaranteed housing if they apply by July 1. Students can take advantage of our new state-of-the-art Wellness Center, our award-winning Dining Hall, and free laundry facilities, among other on-campus benefits. Also, all students are permitted vehicles on campus.

What Else Should You Know?

  • Acceptance for this program occurs only for the spring and fall semesters.
  • The tuition discount is available for up to four consecutive semesters after completion of an associate's degree.
  • To maintain this tuition discount while enrolled at Shepherd, you must begin each fall and spring semester at full-time status (12 credits or more), you must earn at least 24 credit hours by the end of each spring semester, and you must enroll continuously each semester, excluding summer, as the discount does not apply to summer semesters.
  • Students who being this program in the spring semester need to earn at least 12 credit hours at the end of the spring semester to maintain the discount.
  • To maintain the tuition discount while enrolled at Shepherd, you must maintain a minimum Shepherd University GPA of 2.8.
  • Admission in this program applies only to general admission to the University and does not guarantee admission to a specific major or academic program. Admission to certain majors and academic programs may require additional qualifications, and guidelines can be found in the academic catalog (

Shepherd University Transfer Policy
Students who transfer from a regionally accredited junior or community college are allowed a maximum of 72 semester hours toward the 120 credit hour minimum for graduation from Shepherd University. In compliance with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, students who have completed more than 72 hours of course work may select the courses they wish to have evaluated as part of their semester hours of credit counted toward graduation. The total number of credit hours earned will be calculated in the student's overall grade point average.

All grades and credits transferred to Shepherd University are posted on the student's permanent record exactly as received from all other colleges and/or universities with the following provisions: 1) plus and minus signs will be ignored, 2) D and F grades can be replaced only if earned within the first 60 hours attempted, and 3) for admission purposes, all grades on the student's transcript(s) will be used in computing the grade point average.

More Information
If you would like to speak to a NOVA academic advisor or Shepherd University admissions counselor regarding this program, please contact:

Northern Virginia Community College
Student Service Center
of the NOVA Campus of Your Choice
Annadale, VA 22003

Shepherd University
Ikenberry Hall
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000

NOVA Application

NOVA Brochure

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