May 11, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Southern Adventist University welcomes applications from students who seek a university career that unites spirituality and academic integrity and who commit themselves to an educational program designed according to Christian principles as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The University does not discriminate in admissions on the basis of age, gender, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, or handicap.

Admission of Freshman Students*

Applicants for regular admission as freshmen (less than 24 college credits) must satisfy one of the following three conditions at the time of enrollment:

Regular Acceptance

  1. Graduate from an approved secondary school, including Griggs University and International Academy, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) in major subjects,** and have a minimum composite score of 18 on the American College Test (ACT) or a minimum of 870 (excluding the writing section) on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). 
  2. Pass the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 410 on each section and an average of 450 overall (or 2250 total standard score points) and have a composite score of 18 on the ACT or a minimum of 870 (excluding the writing section) on the SAT. Each GED applicant must have an official transcript of his or her grades and credits sent to the Enrollment Services Office from the high school most recently attended.
  3. Applicants who have completed their high school education in a home school setting must have an ACT minimum composite test score of 18, or an SAT score of 870 (excluding the writing section), and submit a portfolio, which must include the following documents:
    • If the student participated in or completed a course of study through a correspondence school, the student must submit an official transcript from that school. If the student was taught partially or completely within the home, then it will be necessary to create a transcript of class work of the entire high school experience. Include course description, when the course was taken, as well as grade achieved. For example, “Algebra I: Fall, 2006, B+, 1 unit”. The home school transcript must show the graduation date and be signed and dated by one of the parents.
    • A written statement reflecting on the value the student received from his or her home school experience.

*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.

**Major subjects: English, mathematics, natural science, religion, social science, and foreign language.

Conditional Acceptance

  1. If either the high school GPA 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 July 19, 2010. 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 in placing conditional standing students for the fall 2010 semester:
    • Those that receive an earned grade of at least a “C” in both the three-hour SmartStart class and the APT class will be allowed to enroll in the fall 2010 semester as a student in good academic standing.
    • Those that receive an earned grade lower than a “C” in either the three-hour SmartStart class or the APT class will have their enrollment status for the fall 2010 semester reviewed by the Academic Review Committee for a final admissions decision.
    • Those that receive an “F” in the three-hour SmartStart class or the APT class will be academically dismissed prior to the fall 2010 semester.

Subjects Required for Admission

Applicants to freshman standing must have, at the minimum, the following subjects in their secondary program:

  1. Three units of English, excluding journalism and communication.
  2. Two units of mathematics, one of which must be algebra. If Algebra 1 has not been taken, MATH 080  must be taken to make up for this deficiency.
  3. Two units of science. A college class in biology, chemistry, or physics must be taken in addition to general education science requirements if this condition is not met.
  4. Two units of social studies. If one of these two units is not World History, HIST 174 , HIST 175 , HIST 364 , HIST 365 , HIST 374 , HIST 375 , HIST 386 , HIST 387  or HIST 388  must be taken as part of the General Education requirements.
  5. Two units in a foreign language are required for a B.A. degree. If deficient, one year of a foreign language at the college level will be required.
  6. Computer competency is strongly recommended.

Admission of Transfer Students

Regular Acceptance

Transfer students must submit a transcript from an officially accredited college or university, with evidence of a GPA of 2.00 in major subjects, as well as a minimum composite ACT (American College Test) of 18 or an SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) of 870 prior to registration. Students who have a transfer GPA of 2.50 or above in 12 hours of major subjects such as general education courses offered at Southern in general education areas A, C, D, E (see Catalog under Academic Policies, General Education ), may be exempt from the ACT/SAT requirement unless required by individual department or school.

Conditional Acceptance

  1. 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.
  2. Conditionally accepted students may take no more than 13 semester hours during the first semester.
  3. 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). A maximum of 72 semester hours may be accepted from a college where the highest degree offered is the associate degree. Background deficiencies revealed by transcripts and entrance examinations will be given individual attention.

The criteria for evaluating transfer work from an accredited school is based on guidelines given in Transfer Credit Practices AACRAO 2010 guide. The ACE recommendation guide is used for evaluating transcripts for the veterans of the armed forces. 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 Adventist University with a 2.00 or better average. Transfer courses that are comparable to Southern Adventist University courses may be recorded with an earned grade of “C-“. All college transfer work from Tennessee will be recorded to meet the requirements of the HOPE scholarship. Transfer credit from international foreign schools must be evaluated by a credentialed foreign evaluator. As a general rule, accredited institution credit is issued with pass/fail grades.

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.

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 of Non-Degree Students

Individuals who do not meet the above University admission requirements and who do not wish to become degree candidates, but who may desire limited credit for transfer to another institution of higher learning, may be allowed to register as non-degree students. A non-degree student may enroll for a maximum of five semester hours per term.

Admission of International Students

In addition to meeting the freshman or transfer acceptance criteria, an international student must send official copies of all credits, degrees, diplomas and other credentials, with validation by school or national officials. These should be in the original language, accompanied by a translation (not an interpretation) in English, and certified by an American Embassy official if possible. 

The deadline for international student applications to be received by the Enrollment Services Office is June 30 for the fall registration, and October 30 for the winter registration.

Students from countries which administer the G.C.E. (General Certificate of Education) examinations must have earned five (5) or more “0” level academic subject passes (generally at one sitting, with marks 1 through 6 or A through D). Subjects must include English, a natural science, and three others selected from a second language, mathematics, science, and social studies. Proficiency in English, both written and oral, must be proven before admission. This may be done by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (IBT) or the TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT). Students whose TOEFL (IBT) score is 79 (PBT 550) or higher meet the official admission level. 

All students desiring an I-20 must meet the following criteria.

  1. Be academically accepted
  2. Submit legible copy of passport
  3. Submit Declaration of Finances form to document available funding sufficient to pay all expenses at Southern
  4. Submit bank statements that gives evidence of support to the financial claims on the Declaration of Finances
  5. Pay the $3,000 International Student Deposit required of all non-U.S. citizens, except for citizens of Canada, Bermuda, and the Bahamas

All F1 visa status students are required by current immigration laws to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of 12 hours) for each semester in attendance. NOND 080 , Academic Power Tools, may count as part of the international student’s load.

According to current immigration laws, international students with student visas may work on campus provided that employment is available, and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study (minimum of 12 hours) for each semester in attendance and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited up to 20 hours per week when there are regular classes held. Such employment may be full time (up to 40 hours per week) during school vacation periods provided that the student intends to register for the subsequent academic semester. The Human Resources Office monitors hours worked and notifies the student and the campus employer when a student works in excess of 20 hours per week. If a student’s work exceeds 20 hours per week, the student will become out of status with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Spouses may work only if they have a student visa (or other eligible visa) of their own.

International students on non-immigrant visas are required by law to secure permission before accepting any off-campus employment.

International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession: 

  1. An admissions letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University
  2. Form I-20 (from Southern Adventist University)
  3. A valid passport
  4. A valid visa to travel to the United States

In addition to regular University expenses, there are other expenses for an international student. (Please refer to the Financing Your Education section of the Catalog.)

Admission of English as a Second Language (EESL) Students

Students that meet the admission criteria of an international student except for the TOEFL requirements can be accepted as an English as a Second Language (EESL) student if they have a TOEFL IBT score between 45 and 78 (PBT 450-549). EESL students must enroll as special advisees of the English Department which administers the language classes. Students whose TOEFL IBT scores are below 45 (PBT 450) are not eligible for admission to the University. See English as a Second Language Program (EESL)  in the English Department section of the Catalog for additional EESL information.

Admission to the Schools

Students majoring in a specific School should refer to that section of the Catalog for requirements pertaining to the admission into that School. The following Schools are:

  • Business and Management
  • Computing
  • Education and Psychology
  • Journalism and Communication
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Physical Education, Health and Wellness
  • Social Work
  • Visual Art and Design 

Extension Classes

Extension classes are university classes offered on the campuses of Southern Union academies as an opportunity for seniors to earn university credit in skills areas that will fulfill part of the General Education requirements at Southern Adventist University. Instructors are academy teachers who are qualified with appropriate credentials and experience.

To enroll in an extension class, students must be members of the senior class with a grade point average of 3.00 or above during the years of their secondary education.

The extension classes must duplicate their university counterparts in content, degree of difficulty, testing and grading. The use of formal Advanced Placement (AP) courses may be used where such are available.

Academies that would like to participate in this program must contact the Vice President of Academic Administration to make application.

Application Procedure for Admission

  • Prospective students should request application forms from the Enrollment Services Office or can apply on the Internet at
  • Completed applications should be returned to the Enrollment Services Office with an application fee of $25.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to request any former schools (high school and college) to forward transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office in support of the application. These will become the property of the University. 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to forward the ACT or SAT test scores to the Enrollment Services Office. 
  • Upon receipt and evaluation of the application, transcripts of credits and test scores, the Enrollment Services Office will notify the applicant of the action taken.

Southern Adventist University must have received a final official high school transcript or GED scores from each new student before he or she will be allowed to proceed to registration.

Commitment Deposit

All new and transfer students who have received academic acceptance will be mailed a Commitment Deposit Card. This card must be completed and returned to the Enrollment Services Office with a $250 Commitment Deposit. Deadlines are June 1 for the fall semester and November 16 for the winter semester. The $250 is not an additional fee, it will be used as the housing deposit unless the student will not be in university housing. For those not in university housing, the $250 will be applied to the student’s account. The Commitment Deposit is refundable until the deadlines. After that date, the student will forfeit the deposit. The Commitment Deposit is required of any new or transfer student seeking enrollment regardless of housing status (residence hall or community).

Admission to Graduate Programs

For information on graduate programs or a copy of the Graduate Catalog, please contact the Director of Graduate Marketing and Enrollment Services at 423.236.2585.

The degrees offered are:

School of Business and Management

  Master of Business Administration
    Church and Nonprofit Leadership
    Healthcare Administration (Southern campus, online)
    Management (Southern campus, online)
    Marketing Management
  Dual Degree—MSN and MBA (available online)
  Master of Financial Management
  Master of Science in Administration
    Church Administration
    Outdoor Education

School of Education and Psychology

  Master of Science
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    School Counseling
  Master of Science in Education
    Inclusive Education (hybrid)
    Instructional Leadership
    Literacy Education
    Outdoor Education (hybrid)

School of Nursing

  Master of Science in Nursing
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Adult Nurse Practitioner
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Nurse Educator
  Accelerated RN to MSN
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Adult Nurse Practitioner
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Nurse Educator
  Accelerated RN to MSN and MBA 
  Dual Degree—MSN and MBA (available online)
  Post Master’s Certificate 
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Adult Nurse Practitioner
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Nurse Educator

School of Religion

  Master of Arts
    Biblical and Theological Studies
    Religious Studies
  Master of Ministry
    Church Leadership and Management
    Church Ministry and Homiletics
    Evangelism and World Mission

School of Social Work

  *Master of Social Work
    Child and Family Advocacy and Treatment
    International Social Work
    Marital Therapy and Stability
    Older Adult Enrichment
    Trauma and Emergency Response

*Pending approval. A program prospectus has been submitted to SACS for degree approval for Fall 2010.