- The Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS), formerly the General Education Certificate, is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year public college or university in Virginia.
- When completed, the UCGS will satisfy lower-division general education requirements at all four-year public colleges and universities in Virginia.
- Courses in this Academy may satisfy many home school or public school requirements needed for high school graduation.
- The program can be completed through on-line classes; on campus; or a combination of on-line and on-campus.
- The program offers great flexibility to meet the needs of the students
- This is a two year program. Current high school aged 10th & 11th graders are encouraged to apply
Benefits to Students
- Earn college credits while in high school
- Courses are transferable to most 4-year colleges
- Engage with and learn from seasoned faculty with significant experience
- Interact with Virginia Western and other high school students
- Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the college
- Students must complete the Academy Application and submit all supporting documentation noted in the application.
- Students must meet the program admission requirements
- Students must have completed at least 1 full year of high school credits (5); have a current high school GPA of 3.0 or higher; have completed Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry with grades of “C” (2.0) or higher.
Students may select from a wide choice of classes and should refer to the on-line VWCC Course Catalog linked here.
A sample curriculum is posted below, but can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the student based on the courses listed in the required blocks for the UCGS.
- SDV 101*: Orientation to Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Transfer (2 CR)
- ENG 111 and 112: College Composition I and II (6 CR)
- ENG 245: British Literature (3 CR) – or ENG 246 American Literature (3 CR)
- REL 230: Religions of the World (3 CR), MUS 121: Music in Society, or another approved arts or humanities course.
- PLS 135: US Government and Politics (3CR)
- BIO 101 General Biology I (4 CR)
- MTH 154, MTH 155, MTH 161, or MTH 167 (3-5 CR)
- HIS 121 or HIS 122: US History (3 CR)
- Another approved course (3 credits)
*Please note: SDV 101 is required in the curriculum but does not transfer and will not fulfill general education transfer course requirements
Dr. Kathryn H. Beard
Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Fishburn Hall F125C
3093 Colonial Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
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