Admissions Requirements

We are excited you're interested in Southern! Southern exists because we believe in the power of academic excellence coupled with the values of the Seventh-day Adventist church. The following information is for general admissions. You can view additional requirements for transfer, international, and homeschool students as well.

Admissions to Southern starts with an application. You can apply online to get started. Part of the application process is evaluating what education you've already received to ensure you start well at Southern. Here are the two simple admission requirements to start at Southern:

ACT OR SAT SCORE

Students must have a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT or a minimum score of 1290 on the SAT.

  • For 2017 applicants, Southern will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT.  We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. 
  • Sending your scores each time you take the SAT can benefit you by allowing Southern to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities.

Applicants for admission as new or transfer students must meet the criteria listed above. Homeschool students and international students have a few extra steps to qualify for admission.

HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT OR GED

Submit an official transcript indicating graduation from an approved secondary school (accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education or by the Canadian Education Ministry; Home Study International is approved) with a GPA of at least 2.50 in major subjects.

 

Required High School Subjects

  • English: 3 units, excluding journalism and communication.
  • Mathematics: 2 units. If Algebra 1 has not been taken, MATH 080 is required.
  • Natural Science: 2 units. If two units of science are not completed at the high-school level, a college class in biology, chemistry, or physics must be taken in addition to general education science requirements.
  • Social Science: 2 units. If one of these units is not world history, HIST 175, 175, 364, 365, 374, 375, 386, 387, or 388 must be taken as part of the general education requirements.
  • Foreign Language: 2 units are required for a Bachelor of Arts degree. If two units are not completed at the high-school level, two years of a foreign language at the college level are required.
  • Computer competency is strongly recommended.

If your high-school transcript doesn’t indicate successful completion of the require subjects, you’ll have some college-level courses to take in addition to the general education requirements

GED Requirements

If applicable, submit a GED test minimum score of 410 on each section and an average of 450 overall (or 2250 total standard score points). GED applicants must submit an official transcript from the high school most recently attended.

If applicable, submit a GED test minimum score of 410 on each section and an average of 450 overall (or 2250 total standard score points). GED applicants must submit an official transcript from the high school most recently attended.

Important Dates

Freshmen - For priority processing and scholarship consideration, applications of incoming freshmen should be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester. There is no priority deadline for the winter or summer semesters.

Transfer - For priority processing and scholarship consideration, applications of transfer students should be submitted by June 1 for the fall semester. There is no priority deadline for the winter or summer semesters.

International - The application deadline for international students is June 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the winter semester. An international student must also complete the acceptance process no later than July 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the winter semester otherwise an I-20 will not be processed for that semester.

Commitment Deposit - After acceptance, the $250 commitment deposit should be paid before May 1 to guarantee placement for the fall semester (November 1 for the winter semester). If it is paid after May 1, placement will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commitment Deposit becomes non-refundable after May 1. The full policy can be found in our catalog.

For priority processing and scholarship consideration, applications of incoming freshmen should be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester. There is no priority deadline for the winter or summer semesters. Applications will no longer be accepted for the fall, winter, or summer semesters upon the first day of classes.

Those planning to enter professions such as business and management, computing, education, journalism and communication, nursing, music education, or religion should also consult the respective school for any additional admission requirements.

VISIT US!

While not officially part of the admissions process, we'd love to have you come to campus, show you around, answer your questions, and provide you with any guidance you need as you're applying. You can find out more about visiting us here.

Conditional Acceptance

  1. If either the high school GPA, GED, or ACT/SAT composite score is below the minimum requirements as stated above, the student must appeal to the Admissions Committee.
  2. Conditionally accepted students must attend JumpStart, a five-week summer session that begins before the fall semester. This session will include a free three-hour course (SmartStart) as well as a special Academic Power Tools (APT) class. The following criteria will be used to place conditional standing students for the fall semester:
    • Those who earn at least a “C” in both the three-hour SmartStart class and the APT class will be allowed to enroll in the fall semester as a student in good academic standing.
    • Those who receive a grade lower than a “C” in either the three-hour SmartStart class or the APT class will have their enrollment status for the fall 2015 semester reviewed by the Academic Review Committee for a final admissions decision.
    • Those who receive an “F” in the three-hour SmartStart class or the APT class will be academically dismissed prior to the fall semester.

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION

In addition to the general requirements for admission, transfer students must submit an official transcript from an accredited college or university showing a minimum GPA of 2.0 in major subjects. Find out more about transferring to Southern.

Freshman - For priority processing and scholarship

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION

consideration, applications of incoming freshmen should be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester. There is no priority deadline for the winter or summer semesters.

Transfer - For priority processing and scholarship consideration, applications of transfer students should be submitted by June 1 for the fall semester. There is no priority deadline for the winter or summer semesters.

International - The application deadline for international students is June 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the winter semester. An international student must also complete the acceptance process no later than July 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the winter semester otherwise an I-20 will not be processed for that semester.

Commitment Deposit - After acceptance, the $250 commitment deposit should be paid before June 1 to guarantee placement for the fall semester (November 1 for the winter semester). If it is paid after June 1, placement will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commitment Deposit becomes non-refundable after June 1. The full policy can be found in our catalog.

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