Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF


General Academic Information and Policies (Click for more info)

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General Enrollment Policies (Click for more info)

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Grading, Recording & Qualifying Policies (Click for more info)

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Classification of Students

Class standing is calculated after each semester grading period.

  • Freshmen have completed 0-23 hours
  • Sophomores have completed 24-55 hours
  • Juniors have completed 56-89 hours
  • Seniors have completed 90+ hours


A student in residence is someone who is regularly and continuously enrolled for classes at the University. A student breaks residence by not registering for classes for two or more semesters. 


Academic Commendations & Sanctions (Click for more info)

Students who are not making satisfactory progress are subject to Academic Sanction Policies involving four increasingly serious steps: Academic Warning, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension, and Academic Dismissal.

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Examination/Credit Policies (Click for more info)

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Transfer Credit

Generally, college-level courses will transfer if completed with a C- grade or higher through a regionally accredited college.  Because of differences in degree requirements and course content, all credits may not apply toward specific graduation requirements.   Vocational credits may be accepted for transfer in areas of study  offered by the University. Developmental courses, including most English as a Second Language courses, will not be accepted for transfer credit. Although permission to register for off campus classes while enrolled at the University is not required, the  registrar will, upon  request, verify the  transferability of a course offered at another institution. The residency requirement for all baccalaureate degrees is that the last 36 credit hours earned prior to graduation must include 30 credit hours in residence.  This requirement limits transfer credit to 6 semester hours during this time period.  The residency requirement for all associate degrees is that the last 15 credit hours earned prior to graduation must include 12 credit hours in residence.  This requirement limits transfer credit to 3 semester hours during this time period.

Courses from a previously earned bachelor's degree will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine applicability to degree requirements. A student with a bachelor's degree from a United States, regionally accredited, post-secondary institution will be considered to have fulfilled the general education requirements with the exception of religion courses. This is also the case if a student has an associate of science degree which includes the baccalaureate general education core for a particular state higher education program.

Credit may be accepted from certain unaccredited post-secondary institutions.  Students requesting transfer credit from an unaccredited school must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average of at least 2.00 in residence at Southwestern Adventist University. Validating examinations may be required for such transfer credits at the discretion of the Registrar.


Credit for Military Service Schools

The University follows, with limitations, the recommendations of the American Council of Education as published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces in granting credit for military service schools. At a minimum, the following limitation applies. 

Courses must be in the baccalaureate/associate degree category as defined by the ACE Guide. This precludes acceptance of vocational, technical or certificate category courses, or military occupational specialties or job experience.

For consideration of credit from military service schools, the applicant may submit the following military records:

  1. A certified original of the DD Form 295, or
  2. A copy of the DD Form 214, or
  3. Course completion certificates.

The Assistant Director of Records will assist persons eligible for veterans educational assistance benefits.

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Southwestern Adventist University's Quality Enhancement Plan, "Whole-Person Wellness," is designed to strengthen student commitment to a healthy lifestyle by impacting knowledge, attitude and practice, which are transformative steps of change. 

QEP Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of whole-person wellness principles as exemplified in the CREATION Health model.
  2. Students will be able to apply the principles of whole-person wellness to their daily lives.

QEP Curriculum Four-Year Matrix


  • UNIV 111  Wellness for Life (2 credits)


  • One KINA activity course (1 credit, General Education)


  • One KINA activity course (1 credit, General Education)


Students will complete both quantitative and qualitative assessments throughout the QEP curriculum

Special Programs (Click for more info)

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Academic Integrity (Click for more info)

Southwestern Adventist University was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in order to educate its students academically and spiritually for Christian service. The ethical training of students is as important as their academic competence. Academic integrity rests on honesty, the first principle of the Christian life. Students must be honest in their dealings inside and outside the classroom.

Students must maintain a high ethical standard in their academic work. When a student turns in work for credit in the classroom, that work must be the student's own. Students have access to some forms of authorized assistance. Authorized assistance may come in the form of tutoring by official university tutors, help from the professor, or the legitimate use of outside sources which are cited according to standard form. Other forms of outside assistance are unauthorized, for example, having another person complete all or part of an assignment, taking material from the Internet or other sources without citing it, or bringing unauthorized materials into an examination. Unauthorized help, in these and other forms, constitutes academic dishonesty.

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Student Rights & Appeals Policies (Click for more info)

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Course Descriptions (Click for more info)

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Academic Programs (Click for more info)

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