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Recommended Courses for Prospective Transfer Students

The Admissions Committee looks for well-rounded and rigorous college-level courses when reviewing transfer applications. Competitive transfer applicants typically have completed the following courses: 

Mathematics such as Quantitative Reasoning, Statistics, or Calculus

Natural Sciences (with the associated laboratory) such as Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics

Social Sciences such as Economics, Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science 

World Cultures and History 

Literature and History of the Arts 

Intensive Writing or Advanced Composition/Rhetoric courses

Creative and Performing Arts  

Philosophical, Religious, and Social Thought 

Note: Unless students have completed the fourth level in high school of a single foreign language, or demonstrated proficiency through SAT II subject tests by achieving the minimum score required to grant college credit, they must satisfactorily complete a fourth-semester course (202 level) to meet the graduation requirements at William & Mary (however, this is not an admission requirement).  

Here are some examples of strong semester curricula. This is not an exhaustive list; however, it will give you an idea as to the type of curriculum or semester schedule the committee considers favorably.

Example A:
Calculus I
General Biology with Lab
Principles of Microeconomics
British Literature
Introduction to Philosophy

Example B:
Calculus II
General Chemistry with Lab
College Composition/Rhetoric
African-American History 
Intermediate French I

Example C:
Quantitative Reasoning
General Physics with Lab
Introduction to Psychology
History of Western Civilization
Introduction to Creative Writing

Example D:
Probability and Statistics
Physical Geology with Lab
Principles of Sociology
Ethics (Philosophy)
Intermediate Spanish II

Example E:
Calculus I
Introductory Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Public Speaking
Elementary German I