Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF

General Enrollment Policies

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Registration is available to all students using the web portal.  Official registration dates are published in the academic calendar of the Bulletin.  Registration is not finalized until all procedures required by the University are completed and financial arrangements finished. Students who do not receive financial clearance by the end of the first week of classes will have their class registration cancelled. Faculty advisors are available to assist students with registration and in planning an academic schedule.  The chair of a department is considered the primary advisor for students majoring in programs offered by the department.  Other faculty may be assigned as advisors by the department chair.  Advisor and advisee assignments are maintained by the Office of Admissions and Records and displayed on the web portal.  With the assistance of a faculty advisor, it is important that a student becomes familiar with all degree requirements and understand the responsibility for completing them.

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Selected Topics

Most departments of the University list selected topics and courses in the Bulletin and class schedule. These courses offer opportunities for departments to schedule directed reading and research for credit. Students desiring to enroll in a selected topics course must have written approval of the instructor, department chair, the Vice President for Academic Administration. The form is available in the Office of Admissions and Records.

Generally, students in selected topics courses take the class individually and are required to read widely, follow approved research methods, and present a paper or project showing competence in the area of study. Three clock hours of academic work per week are required for one semester credit hour.  Questions regarding selected topics studies in a particular area should be directed to the department chair.

Academic Progression

A student may register for upper-division classes (numbered 300 and above) provided that she/he has completed a general education mathematics courses, ENGL 121, has completed or is currently registered for ENGL 220, and has completed 30 credit hours of university course work.


Students wishing to attend a class for personal enrichment, without completing course requirements, may register for the class on an audit basis with the following provisions:

  1. Some courses are not available for audit.
  2. The signatures of both the teacher for the class and the registrar are required.
  3. Registration to audit a class occurs during registration, if space is available. Priority for class registration is given to regularly enrolled students.
  4. Students auditing a class must have the appropriate background and meet all prerequisites.
  5. Tuition to audit is one-half of the regular tuition, unless it is part of the tuition package.
  6. Course and lab fees that are part of an audited class are not waived.
  7. The level of participation in class requirements and activities is determined by the instructor.
  8. Audited classes do not receive university credits and will not fulfill any departmental or university graduation requirements.


Repeating a Course

A course in the major or minor in which a student has earned a D must be repeated or, with the consent of the major advisor, may be replaced by another course in the same area. If a student takes a course and then repeats it, the highest grade earned will be used in calculating the GPA. Though all grades remain on the permanent record. Students may not receive credit for a course more than once with the exception of music performance and selected topics, unless specified in the course description.  A course may not be repeated for credit by examination, but may be taken at another school.

Semester Credit Hour

One semester hour equals one 50-minute class period per week or three clock hours a week in supervised laboratory work. For each semester hour of academic work earned, a student is expected to spend two clock hours a week in outside preparation.

Independent Class

In certain unusual circumstances which jeopardize a student’s academic progress, a course may be offered on an independent basis.  An independent class consists of course work done outside the classroom under faculty supervision.  Weekly conferences will be held with the instructor.  Distance education course work and conferences may be used if available and appropriate.  Consequently, a course fee for private instruction will be charged in addition to tuition for the course.  Generally, an independent class will be offered only if there are irreconcilable class schedule conflicts and alternatives like a class substitution and/ or waiver is not possible.  The faculty advisor submits a request in behalf of the student to the instructor of the course and his or her department chair.  A form for this purpose is available in the Office of Admissions and Records.  The course fee is listed in the finance section of this Bulletin.


An internship is an on-the-job, career-oriented course for training in the student's major field. The student must make arrangements with his or her major department prior to starting the internship. The student must sign a contract outlining the number of hours they are expected to complete, the written and oral assignments involved, evaluations required, etc. Registration must be completed within one academic year of the completion of the internship.


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