Admission - BIS

Students apply to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree program and to the University through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Standardized exams, such as the SAT, are not required. There is no foreign language requirement.

Please note: Individuals who have already earned a baccalaureate degree are not eligible to apply for admission to BIS. Individuals may not apply to more than one undergraduate transfer program at UVA at the same time. Individuals who have been denied admission to another undergraduate program at UVA must wait one year before applying to BIS.  

Admission Requirements

High School Diploma
A high school diploma, or equivalency, awarded at least 4 years prior to admission to BIS is required.

60 Transferable Credit Hours
The BIS Program requires 60 transferable credit hours, with a grade of C (2.0) or better, eligible to transfer to UVA, from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities (to include prerequisites). Some examples of courses that normally transfer to UVA may be found in the UVA Domestic Transfer of Credit Analyzer.

36 of the 60 transferable credit hours must satisfy the requirements of the Liberal Studies Core. Courses presented for the Liberal Studies Core generally must be eligible to satisfy an area requirement of the UVA College of Arts and Sciences. Details about area requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Record. 
  • 6 credit hours of English composition
  • 6 credit hours of humanities
  • 6 credit hours of social sciences
  • 12 credit hours of math and/or natural science
  • 6 additional credit hours in liberal arts course work (i.e., some combination of humanities, social sciences, math, or natural science)
Applicants for the off-Grounds programs offered with the Northern Virginia and Tidewater community colleges need to have earned at least 15 transferable credits from the host community college.

2.0 GPA
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 from the institution attended most recently with good academic and social standing at that institution. 

Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with Virginia Community College System
Under a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), applicants who have completed 60 transferable credits and a transferable associate’s degree from a VCCS college, with 45 or more credits earned from VCCS, and have earned a GPA in VCCS coursework of 3.5 or better, will be eligible for guaranteed admission. Those applying under the GAA must submit a Letter of Intent and official transcripts to Admission Services by February 15. A completed online application for admission must be submitted by May 15.

Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with Richard Bland College of William and Mary
Under a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with the Richard Bland College (RBC), applicants who have completed 60 transferable credits and a transferable associate’s degree from a RBC, with 45 or more credits earned from RBC, and have earned a GPA in RBC coursework of 3.5 or better, will be eligible for guaranteed admission. Those applying under the GAA must submit a Letter of Intent and official transcripts to Admission Services by February 15. A completed online application for admission must be submitted by May 15.

Academic, Social & Financial Standing at UVA
Good academic, social, and financial standing at the University of Virginia

Admission Prerequisites

Business Concentration: 4 courses (micro- and macroeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics) (not business statistics)