Starting at Tyler helps you build a strong educational foundation for transferring to a four-year college or university, while also keeping more money in your pocket.

We also make transferring easy with guaranteed admissions agreements, transfer grants and faculty advisors in your major who can help you choose the right Tyler courses to set you up for success.

Tyler is also a smart choice for students who want to take courses to transfer back to their home school. Before registering, make sure you have a Transient Form on file with Tyler’s Admissions and Records Office.

Transfer Planning

Students who want to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college work at Tyler and then transfer to a four-year college or university typically pursue one of three types of degrees:

  • Associate of Arts (AA)
  • Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
  • Associate of Science (AS)

Tyler’s applied degrees – the Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - are not designed to transfer; however, in some cases, students in these programs may be able to transfer. You can use our major finder to see your options and consult with the Advising Center to choose the right degree for you.

You’ll also want to work with your advisor to ensure you stay on track with your degree path. Use the VCCS transfer planning guide in consultation with your advisor to plan out your coursework and take the necessary steps for transfer.

Guaranteed Admissions Agreements

Tyler graduates are guaranteed admission to over 35 colleges and universities provided they meet course, GPA and other requirements.

Transfer Grants

Tyler graduates can receive up to $3,000 annually through the Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant.

Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA, transfer to a participating four-year school, meet certain financial criteria and be enrolled as a full-time student.

Mellon Pathways Program

Through a partnership with Reynolds and VCU and with support from the Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Pathways program offers resources and support to Tyler students who plan to transfer to VCU to complete their bachelor’s degree in the arts or humanities.

Alumni Advice Series

Hear from Tyler alums who have gone on to success at four-year colleges about their experience transferring.

Longwood University, with Alicia Alvarez

James Madison University, with Jordan Nurney

Virginia Commonwealth University, with Casey Zapata, Alexandria Ritchie, Ben Brooks, and Khiem Tran