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COLL Curriculum Rules and Requirements for Incoming Transfer Students

These rules and requirements apply to all transfer students:

  1. COLL 100: The COLL 100 requirement will be waived for transfer students (not new freshmen) with at least two full-time college semesters post-high school, such that they are entering with the sophomore or junior social class.
  2. COLL 150: All students must take COLL 150 at W&M, regardless of transfer institution or credits transferred.
  3. COLL 200: The requirement, effective Fall 2021, is three COLL 200 courses at William & Mary, one in each domain, for a total of at least 9 credits.  Transferred courses may not be used to fulfill COLL 200 requirements.
  4. COLL 300: Transfer students may apply for COLL 300 “credit” if they completed a significant study-abroad or study-away experience that earned at least three transferrable (graded with “C” 2.0 or higher grade) credits at another higher education institution subsequent to high school graduation. This application will require documentation including, but not limited to, the college transcript and the course syllabus.
  5. COLL 350 and 400:  Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M.
  6. Courses (or exams) for which transfer credit is granted may be used to fulfill all proficiencies (foreign language, mathematics, arts) and the “credits in domain” requirements. If the incoming transfer student does not receive transfer credit for courses that satisfy the proficiencies or qualify for a waiver (below), then the student will fulfill them at W&M.
  7. Courses (or exams) for which transfer credit is granted may not be used to fulfill COLL 150, 200, 350, or 400 requirements.
  8. In accordance with Virginia’s State Policy on Transfer, junior standing (at least 54 credit hours) will also be granted to VCCS and RBC university-parallel associate degree holders, first through course-by-course transfer credit evaluation and then, if necessary, with the addition of sufficient academic elective credits to bring the incoming student to 54 total credits.
  9. Note that COLL 300, COLL 350, and COLL 400 are upper-division requirements and therefore are not subject to the State Policy on Transfer.
Transfer Student COLL Curriculum Requirements [download a pdf]
Transfers with VCCS Passport Designation on VCCS Transcript
Division
Curricular Requirement
Requirement
Action for Transfers with VCCS Passport Designation on VCCS Transcript
Lower Mathematics Proficiency (MATH) Course Credit or Exemption Waived
Lower Foreign Language Proficiency (FLP) Proficiency through 202/3 or 4 years in HS May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Arts Proficiency (ARTS) 2 credits (if 2 different courses, same instrument) May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower COLL 100 4-credit course Waived if two fulltime semesters post-HS in college are completed
Lower COLL 150 4-credit course Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Lower Credits in Domain ALV 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain CSI 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain NQR 3 credits Waived
Lower COLL 200 Three COLL 200 courses in residence at W&M, one in each domain (ALV, CSI, NQR) Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Upper COLL 300 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M (except in rare cases, under #4 above)
Upper COLL 350 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
Upper COLL 400 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
Transfers with VCCS Uniform Certificate of General Studies on VCCS Transcript
Division
Curricular Requirement
Requirement
Action for Transfers with VCCS Uniform Certificate of General Studies on VCCS Transcript
Lower Mathematics Proficiency (MATH) Course Credit or Exemption Waived
Lower Foreign Language Proficiency (FLP) Proficiency through 202/3 or 4 years in HS May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Arts Proficiency (ARTS) 2 credits (if 2 different courses, same instrument) May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower COLL 100 4-credit course Waived
Lower COLL 150 4-credit course Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Lower Credits in Domain ALV 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain CSI 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain NQR 3 credits Waived
Lower COLL 200 Three COLL 200 courses in residence at W&M, one in each domain (ALV, CSI, NQR) Two courses waived. Student must take one COLL 200 course (3- or 4- cr) in residence at W&M in any domain
Upper COLL 300 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M (except in rare cases, under #4 above)
Upper COLL 350 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
Upper COLL 400 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
VCCS or RBC AA, AFA, AS, AA&S-holders (earned post-HS graduation)
Division
Curricular Requirement
Requirement
Action for VCCS or RBC AA, AS, AA&S-holders (earned post-HS graduation)
Lower Mathematics Proficiency (MATH) Course Credit or Exemption Waived
Lower Foreign Language Proficiency (FLP) Proficiency through 202/3 or 4 years in HS May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Arts Proficiency (ARTS) 2 credits (if 2 different courses, same instrument) May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower COLL 100 4-credit course Waived
Lower COLL 150 4-credit course Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Lower Credits in Domain ALV 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain CSI 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain NQR 3 credits Waived
Lower COLL 200 Three COLL 200 courses in residence at W&M, one in each domain (ALV, CSI, NQR) Two courses waived. Student must take one COLL 200 course (3- or 4-cr) in residence at W&M in any domain
Upper COLL 300 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M (except in rare cases, under #4 above)
Upper COLL 350 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
Upper COLL 400 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
Transfers with two or more semesters post-HS graduation (entering as social sophomore or junior)
Division
Curricular Requirement
Requirement
Action for Transfers with two or more semesters post-HS graduation (entering as social  sophomore or junior)
Lower Mathematics Proficiency (MATH) Course Credit or Exemption May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Foreign Language Proficiency (FLP) Proficiency through 202/3 or 4 years in HS May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Arts Proficiency (ARTS) 2 credits (if 2 different courses, same instrument) May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower COLL 100 4-credit course Waived
Lower COLL 150 4-credit course Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Lower Credits in Domain ALV 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain CSI 3 credits Waived
Lower Credits in Domain NQR 3 credits Waived
Lower COLL 200 Three COLL 200 courses in residence at W&M, one in each domain (ALV, CSI, NQR) One course waived. Student must take two COLL 200 courses (3- or 4-cr) in residence at W&M in any domain
Upper COLL 300 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M (except in rare cases, under #4 above)
Upper COLL 350 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
Upper COLL 400 3 credits Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M
Freshmen and Freshman Transfers
Division
Curricular Requirement
Requirement
Action for Freshmen and Freshman Transfers
Lower Mathematics Proficiency (MATH) Course Credit or Exemption May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Foreign Language Proficiency (FLP) Proficiency through 202/3 or 4 years in HS May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Arts Proficiency (ARTS) 2 credits (if 2 different courses, same instrument) May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower COLL 100 4-credit course Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Lower COLL 150 4-credit course Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Lower Credits in Domain ALV 3 credits May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Credits in Domain CSI 3 credits May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower Credits in Domain NQR 3 credits May be fulfilled through test or transfer credit or in residence at W&M
Lower COLL 200 Three COLL 200 courses in residence at W&M, one in each domain (ALV, CSI, NQR) Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Upper COLL 300 3 credits Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Upper COLL 350 3 credits Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)
Upper COLL 400 3 credits Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

 Effective Fall 2015; approved by the Educational Policy Committee September 30, 2015; amended in Spring 2022.