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COLL Curriculum Rules and Requirements for Incoming Transfer Students as of Fall 2021

These rules and requirements apply to all transfer students:

  1. COLL 100: The COLL 100 requirement (and the online Information Literacy course) 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, active learning, 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.

Division

Curricular Requirements

Requirement

Action for VCCS or
RBC AA, AS, AA&S-holder
(earned post-HS graduation)

Action for Transfers with at least two semesters post-HS graduation
(entering as social sophomore or junior)

Action for Freshmen and Freshman-Transfers

Lower

Mathematics Proficiency

Course Credit or Exemption

Waived

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

Lower

Foreign Language Proficiency

Proficiency through 202 or
4 years in HS

May be fulfilled through high school, test or transfer credit

May be fulfilled through high school, test or transfer credit

May be fulfilled through high school, test or transfer credit

Lower

Arts Proficiency

2 credits (if 2 different
courses, same instrument)

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

Lower

COLL 100

4-credit course

Waived

Waived

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Lower

COLL 150

4-credit course

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Lower

Credits in Domain ALV

3 credits

Waived

Waived

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

Lower

Credits in Domain CSI

3 credits

Waived

Waived

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

Lower

Credits in Domain NQR

3 credits

Waived

Waived

May be satisfied by test or transfer credit

Lower

COLL 200

9 total credits:

At least one 3-cr course rooted 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 be in any domain.

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

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)

Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M (except in rare cases, under #4 above)

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Upper

COLL 350

3 credits

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

 Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Upper

COLL 400

3 credits

Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M

Must be fulfilled after matriculation at W&M

Must be fulfilled at W&M (no transfer credit)

Effective Fall 2015; approved by the Educational Policy Committee September 30, 2015; amended in Fall 2020.