Transfer Students

At Southern, we welcome an increasing number of students who are transferring from other colleges and universities. Since programs at other institutions vary widely, we will need to work with you to confirm which credits transfer to help ensure your academic success in our programs.

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. Applications will no longer be accepted for the fall, winter, or summer semester upon the first day of classes.

Regular Acceptance

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and submit a high school transcript or official equivalent GED exam.
  • Transfer students must submit a transcript from an officially accredited college or university, with evidence of a GPA of 2.00 in major subjects.
  • Students must have a minimum composite ACT of 18 or an SAT of 870 (Critical Reading and Math) or 1290 (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing) prior to registration.
  • Students who have a transfer GPA of 2.50 or above in 12 hours may be exempt from the ACT/SAT requirement unless required by individual department or school.
  • Transfer credit from international foreign schools must be evaluated by a credentialed foreign evaluator.
  • If English is not your first language, a TOEFL of 79 or higher (Internet-based) must be submitted.

Send all transcripts to:
Southern Adventist University
PO Box 542
Collegedale, TN 37315

For questions, please contact your Transfer Student Enrollment Counselor at or 423.236.2532.

Conditional Acceptance

  • If either the college GPA or ACT/SAT composite score is below the minimum requirements as stated above, the student must appeal to the Admissions Committee.
  • Conditionally accepted students may take no more than 13 semester hours during the first semester.
  • Conditionally accepted students are required to take Academic Power Tools—a class designed for students who want to learn to be successful in college. An additional fee for this class is required that is not included in tuition charges.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits may be applied toward the requirements for a degree when the student has satisfactorily completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in residence. Credit by examination taken at other colleges will be accepted according to Southern Adventist University standards (see “University Credit by Examination” in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog). Background deficiencies revealed by transcripts and entrance examinations will be given individual attention. All college transfer work from Tennessee will be recorded to meet the requirements of the HOPE scholarship.

Students enrolling at Southern Adventist University may transfer a maximum of 72 credits, if the following expectations are met:

  • Official college transcripts from each college attended are submitted.
  • The completed credits were for college level courses in which the student has earned a grade of C- or higher.
  • All completed credits come directly from accredited institutions.
  • Credit may be considered for courses taken at institutions which are not regionally accredited only after the student has completed at least 16 semester hours at Southern with a 2.00 or better average.

A student who has been dismissed from another institution because of poor scholarship or citizenship, or who is on probation from that institution, is not generally eligible for admission until s/he can qualify for readmission to the institution from which s/he has been dismissed.

Note:Transfer students must submit both their official college and high school transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office before being allowed to continue registering for classes.

Admission to one of the schools of Southern Adventist University does not guarantee admission to a specific department or program within a given school. Transfers from one school to another may be made when the student meets the admission requirements for that school.