Admission Requirements and Procedures
As a Christian institution providing higher education in the liberal arts and selected professional areas, Southwestern Adventist University offers admission to qualified applicants of good moral character, personal maturity, and intellectual ability. Preference is given to those who share the vision, values, and ideals of the University and whose desire for a successful education experience will enable them to commit to the total program of learning, development, and service. The University is a vital institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the southwestern United States and fosters an academic program in keeping with the teachings and practices of the SDA Church. The university welcomes students who are not members of the SDA Church and are willing to respect and to support the academic and social program. The University maintains a policy of non-discrimination in the admission of students and endeavors to have a diverse academic community -- religiously, economically, ethnically, and culturally. Currently, students come from various states of the nation and from other countries.
The Admissions Committee has the responsibility for admission and readmission to the University. Admission to the University does not in itself assure the student of housing, financial aid, medical clearance, registration in classes, or other necessary arrangements. It is the responsibility of the accepted student to make such arrangements with the appropriate office.
The Office of Admissions and Records will provide further admission information upon request. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Southwestern Adventist University and to take advantage of one of several options to learn more about the University. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services for more information.
Numerous financial assistance opportunities are available to make it possible for applicants to be considered for admission without regard to their ability to meet the full cost of tuition. For further information and assistance, a prospective student should see the financial assistance section of this Bulletin and contact the Office of Student Financial Services.
Students are advised that admission is contingent upon the integrity of the information submitted to the University and contained in the application file. Discovery of false information subsequent to the offer of admission is, at the University’s discretion, grounds for withdrawal of the offer of admission or for immediate dismissal at any point in the student’s course of study. Such dismissal shall result in forfeiture of all charges paid and academic credits earned.
Admission to Regular Freshman Standing
Students may apply as early as the fall semester of their senior year in high school. First year freshman applicants may apply for early or regular acceptance. The priority date for early acceptance is March 15 and requires submission of all admission materials, including partial (six or seven semesters) high school transcripts, and test scores. Students with an early acceptance status assume the responsibility for submitting final official transcripts after high school graduation. Applicants for regular acceptance must submit all admission materials, including a final transcript by June 30.
All application materials must be received by August 15 for an admission decision to be made prior to Fall Semester. Students requesting a late admission decision will be assessed a late application fee of $25.
Students applying for admission to the University must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions and Records:
|1.||A formal application for admission|
|2.||An official high school transcript or|
|Official GED test results or|
|A home school transcript with courses, grades, and dates of completion and a state-issued certificate of secondary school completion if applicable|
|3.||Official SAT or|
|ACT score report|
Students will be accepted in good and regular standing if they meet the following criteria:
|1.||A high school grade point average of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in major subjects or|
|GE minimum test results of 400 on each of 5 tests or 450 average on all 5 tests|
|2.||Minimum SAT scores of 500 in mathematics and 430 in Critical Reading or|
|minimum ACT scores of 21 in mathematics, 17 in English and a composite score of 18|
The University expects applicants for admission to follow a standard college preparatory course of study during high school.
The minimum high school curriculum for a diploma includes
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of mathematics to include Algebra I and Geometry
- 2 units in physical science and biology
- 4 units of social studies
The University recommends a more rigorous high school program that will increase a student's opportunities for scholarships and academic success.
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of mathematics, especially an advanced unit during the senior year
- 4 units of science to include both physical and natural science
- 4 units of social studies
- 2 units of one foreign (non-English) language
Applicants taking Advanced Placement classes should consult the AP examination program in the Academic section of this Bulletin. Other questions about admission can be directed to the Office of Admissions and Records or your admission counselor.
Admission to Conditional Freshman Standing
Applicants who do not meet the published criteria may be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee. The Committee will require the applicant to meet specific conditions before gaining regular student status. These conditions will be specified in the student’s letter of acceptance and may include remedial course work, limited course load, restriction on extra-curricular activities, and dormitory residency.
Applicants may be granted a conditional acceptance for one semester in order for official transcripts to be received.
Admission of Transfer Students
Students seeking admission after attending another accredited university, college, or community college must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions and Records.
|1.||A formal application for admission|
|2.||Official transcripts of all college or university course work|
|3.||Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable semester credit hours must also submit|
|An official high school transcript or|
|Official GED test results or|
|A home school transcript with courses, grades, and dates of completion and a state-issued certificate of secondary school completion if applicable and|
|Official SAT or ACT score report|
Transfer students will be accepted in good and regular standing provided a GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) has been earned in all previous college course work. Academic credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be accepted as transfer credit subject to the following guidelines:
- Courses with grades of C- or higher will transfer
- Even though credit hours are transferable, the hours may not necessarily apply toward a particular degree program or general education requirements
- All courses taken at a community college transfer as lower-division hours only
- Courses considered technical, developmental/remedial, continuing education, co-operative education, extension, English as a Second Language, and non-credit classes will not transfer
- Transcripts submitted from non-accredited institutions are evaluated on a course by course basis
- Transcripts from universities outside the United States must be evaluated for the student by an independent evaluation service approved by Southwestern Adventist University.
The University is developing articulation agreements with local colleges and applicants are encouraged to request these materials.
Transfer students who have not completed the general education mathematics requirement and/or the freshman composition requirement prior to enrollment at the University must submit SAT or ACT scores for appropriate class placement prior to registration. These tests are available at the University Testing Center.
Applicants who do not meet the published requirements may be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee. A transfer student may be accepted on academic probation if the transfer GPA is less than 2.00. Transfer applicants may also be granted a conditional acceptance for one semester in order for official transcripts to be received
Admission of International Students
Southwestern Adventist University welcomes students from all over the world. Students for whom English is not the native language must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting one of the following:
- Minimum score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 520 on the paper based test, or 190 on the computer based exam, or 68 on the internet based test or
- Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan test or
- Minimum score of 430 on the SAT critical reading component or
- Minimum score of 17 on the ACT English section or
- Transfer of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours from a college or university where English is the language of instruction
International students seeking admission to the University must submit the following materials to the Office of Admission and Records.
- A formal application for admission
- Personal data form
- Official evaluated high school and college transcripts
- Official SAT or ACT scores if the student’s native language is English
- Official English proficiency assessment as described above
- A minimum equivalent GPA of 2.0 on high school and college transfer work
For additional information about requirements for obtaining a student visa for entry into the United States, financial costs, medical insurance, housing, campus employment, and other matters of international student orientation see the International Student section of this Bulletin or contact the International Student Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Records.
Admission of Non-Degree Students
Special permission to register is extended to a variety of students wishing to take classes at the University. Academic transcripts are not required. Tuition and fee charges for these students are provided in the Financial section of this Bulletin.
Non-degree students desiring to change to degree status must apply and meet all regular admission requirements.
Audit. Students who plan only to audit a class must submit an application and a request for registration.
Individual Distance Learning (IDL). Students taking on-line courses who do not wish to enroll for a degree program must submit an application and a request for registration.
High School Students. The University has several programs available to high school students to take University courses on-line, on-campus, and at an academy. Students interested in these programs should contact the Office of Admissions and Records and submit an application and a request for registration.
Teacher Certification. Individuals who need specific courses for certification must submit an application and a request for registration. Students interested in certification should consult the Department of Education section in this Bulletin.
Transient. Students enrolled at another college or university who wish to take a course must submit an application and a request for registration.
Readmission to the University
Students seeking readmission must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions and Records.
- A formal application for readmission
- Official transcripts of all subsequent college or university course work
Returning students will be accepted in good and regular standing provided there are no academic sanctions, disciplinary actions, or financial holds restricting enrollment. Students who are readmitted after two or more semesters of non-attendance must meet the degree requirements of the Bulletin in effect at the time of readmission.
Admission of Post-Baccalaureate Students
Southwestern Adventist University offers four-year graduates of any accredited college or university, including Southwestern, the opportunity to take additional undergraduate classes, to complete another undergraduate degree or to apply for graduate studies. Admission policies will apply to these students as follows.
- Additional classes only as a non-degree student
- Additional undergraduate degree as a transfer student
- Graduate study admission policies are described in the Graduate Bulletin
The tuition discount for post-baccalaureate students is described in the Finances section of this Bulletin.