Possible to transfer to another school after one semester of freshman year?

<p>This question doesn't pertain to me, but I'm asking more out of curiosity because a good friend of mine has come into this slight predicament.
Background:
He applied to William and Mary on early decision and was accepted. At the time, he thought it was his dream school, but soon realized what sort of degree he wanted to pursue: a Russian Studies minor. He's a total history buff, has basically read every book in Barnes and Noble on Russian history, and has discovered that William and Mary offers no such degree program.</p>

<p>Also, he found that Virginia Tech does have the history program, (not just a culture and language program that WM offers) he's looking for, and wants to transfer as soon as possible.</p>

<p>He's a brilliant guy, has stellar test scores, was fifth in a class of over 550 students, and would have no problem being admitted to Tech. </p>

<p>However, is it even possible to transfer after one semester of freshman year, as he wants to do?</p>

<p>Thanks for any help you can offer.</p>

<p>Just looking at the WM website, your friend could do a history major focusing on Russia and the minor in Russian culture or he could design his Russian studies major.</p>

<p>College websites are a valuable primary source for most questions:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.admiss.vt.edu/apply/transfer/spring.php%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.admiss.vt.edu/apply/transfer/spring.php&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

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Spring applications are accepted on a space-available basis only. As a general guideline, we do not encourage you to apply if classes that will help you toward your degree are available at your current college or university.</p>

<p>You should not apply if:</p>

<pre><code>* You are in your first semester of college. You must have completed at least two full semesters of classes before transferring to Virginia Tech.

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<p>Thanks for the help from both of you. He'd already resolved this, but I was just curious myself.</p>

<p>For anyone else reading this, Virginia Tech, according to their website, will not accept mid year transfers this year.</p>