Apr 08, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Admissions



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.

Application Procedure for Admission

  • Prospective students should request application forms from the Admissions Office or can apply on the Internet at apply.southern.edu.
  • Completed paper applications should be returned to the Admissions Office with an application fee of $40. Online application fee is $25.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to request any former schools (high school and college) to forward transcripts to the university 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 university. 
  • Upon receipt and evaluation of the application, transcripts of credits and test scores, the Admissions Office will notify the applicant of the admission decision.

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

Admission of Freshman Students*

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 semester upon the first day of classes.

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

Regular Acceptance

  1. Graduate from an approved secondary school with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in major subjects,** and have a minimum composite ACT (American College Test) of 18 or an SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) of 960 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math).
  2. Pass the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 150 on each section and a total score of at least 650 overall, and have a minimum composite ACT (American College Test) of 18 or an SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) of 960 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math). Each GED applicant must have an official transcript of his or her grades and credits sent to the Admissions Office from the high school most recently attended.

  3. Pass the HiSET test with a minimum score of eight in each subtest, two on the essay, and a total scaled score of 62, and have a minimum composite ACT (American College Test) of 18 or an SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) of 960 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math).

  4. Applicants who have completed their high school education in a home school setting must have an ACT (American College Test) minimum composite test score of 18 or an SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) of 960 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math), 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, 2013, 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, 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.

Probationary Acceptance

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular acceptance will be considered for admission on academic probation as outlined below.

  1. Grade point average (GPA) not lower than 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale).
  2. Minimum composite ACT (American College Test) not less than 16 or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) not less than 880 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math).
  3. GED minimum score of 145 on each section and total score of at least 580 overall.
  4. HiSET minimum score of eight in each subtest, two on the essay and total scaled score not less than 45.

Applicants admitted on academic probation are expected to attend a one-week summer intensive followed by an approved SmartStart class. Alternative options are offered on a case-by-case basis for fall and winter semesters. Academic probation allows a maximum enrollment of 13 credit hours.

Students will be reviewed by the Academic Review Committee at the end of the semester at which time they will either be placed on regular standing, remain on probation, or be academically dismissed.

Applicants wishing to request additional consideration of their admission decision may appeal to the Admissions Committee. Appeal should be made in writing to applications@southern.edu

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 081  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.
  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

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

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 960 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math) 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 I or S (see Catalog under General Education ), may be exempt from the ACT/SAT requirement unless required by individual department or school.

Probationary Acceptance

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular acceptance will be considered for admission on academic probation as outlined below.

  1. Transfer grade point average for all schools attended not lower than a 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  2. Minimum composite ACT (American College Test) not less than 16 or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) no less than 880 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Math).

Academic probation continues for the entire first semester and allows a maximum enrollment of 13 credit hours, one of which must be NOND 105 The University Enrichment , for the semester.

Students will be reviewed by the Academic Review Committee at the end of the semester at which time they will either be placed on regular standing, remain on probation, or be academically dismissed.

Applicants wishing to request additional consideration of their admission decision may appeal to the Admissions Committee. Appeal should be made in writing to applications@southern.edu.

Transfer Credits

Southern accepts credits from all regionally accredited institutions and verifiable credit from international and non-accredited institutions. 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.

The criteria for evaluating transfer work from an accredited school is based on guidelines given in Transfer Credit Practices AACRAO 2015 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-” or higher. 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 international institution credit is usually 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 Management Office before being allowed to continue registering for classes.

Admission of Non-Degree Students

Individuals who do not meet the above University admission requirements or 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

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.

In addition to meeting the freshman or transfer acceptance criteria, an international student must send official records of all credits, degrees, diplomas and other credentials. Since certificates and records filed for examination are not ordinarily returned, applicants should send certified copies if the documents in question cannot be easily replaced. These documents must be submitted through one of the following credential evaluation service before an admission decision is determined*:

Proficiency in English, both written and oral, must be determined as part of the admission process. This may be done by one of the following:

  Regular Admit Regular Admit + ESL Non-Admit
TOEFL IBT (Internet-Based) >79 45-78 <45
TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based) >550 450-549 <450
iTEP >4.0 3.0-3.9 <3.0
IELTS >6.5 5.5-6 <5.5
Duolingo English Test >115 80-114 <80

Completing four years of secondary education within the United States with a GPA of 2.50 and scoring a Composite, English, and Reading score of 18 or above on the ACT also meets the English Proficiency Test requirement for regular admit.

*Documents from institutions located in Bermuda and the Bahamas are exempt from using the evaluation services. Students entering from Canada should have their official high school transcript evaluated if no cumulative GPA is issued by their school.

F1 Visa_I-20 Process and Status Maintenance

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 first year 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

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.)

Work

According to current immigration laws and university policy, 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 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 from the first day of school through Monday after spring graduation. Such employment may be full time (up to 38 hours per week) during summer vacation 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 more than permitted during the week. If a student’s work exceeds the allowed weekly amount, 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.

Full Course of Study

To maintain active I-20 status, international undergraduate students must be enrolled in a full course of study of at least 12 semester credit hours of classes each fall and winter semester in attendance. According to current immigration law, a maximum of three semester credit hours of online or distance learning classes can count toward the student’s full course of study each fall and winter semester in attendance. Therefore, international undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least nine semester credit hours of courses taught using traditional face-to-face or hybrid course delivery modes each fall and winter semester in attendance.

For each semester credit hour, a face-to-face (F2F) or hybrid course must include at least eight seat-time hours of F2F classroom instruction during the semester. Directed study and supplemental instructional activities such as tutoring or office-hour interactions do not count toward fulfillment of designated classroom instruction hours.

During F2F classroom instruction, faculty must provide course content using direct instructional methods and related activities (e.g., peer-to-peer engagement, group projects, class discussions, case study analysis) that fulfill course goals, objectives and student learning outcomes.

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:

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 may be members of the junior/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.

Commitment Deposit

All Undergraduate Degree seeking students must pay or have on account the $250 Commitment Deposit in order to register for classes. This deposit is required regardless of whether the student is a commuter student* or residence hall/university housing student**. Priority deadlines for the Commitment Deposit are May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the winter semester. Commitment Deposits are accepted after these dates, but all deposits become non-refundable after May 1 and November 1.

The Commitment Deposit must be kept on account in order for a student to register each semester. The deposit will be refunded after graduation or notification from the student on the intent to discontinue enrollment starting one month after the end of the last semester in attendance. If the student has an outstanding balance, the deposit will be used to cover the remaining balance before any credit is returned. In addition, for returning residence hall/university housing students, upon checkout of the student’s housing assignment this deposit can be used, as necessary, to cover damage to the rental unit.

The deposit must also be on the student’s account for residence hall/university housing students and allows students to reserve a room or apartment each succeeding year. The residence halls hold a Housing Fair each spring in order to facilitate room reservations for the following academic year. However, if a student changes his/her mind after reserving a room or apartment for the following year, and decides not to return, the Commitment Deposit is no longer refundable if notification occurs after June 1.

*Commuter students: Students who do not live in university housing.

**Residence hall/university housing students: Students who live in university housing, including Talge Hall, Thatcher Hall, Thatcher South, Southern Village, Virginia Apartments, Stateside Apartments, Spalding Cove Apartments, Winding Creek Apartments, and other apartments and houses owned by the university.

Admission to Graduate Programs

For information on graduate programs see Graduate Catalog.

The degrees offered are:

School of Business

  Master of Business Administration
    Accounting
    Computer Information Systems
    Finance
    Healthcare Administration
    Management
    Marketing Management
  Dual Degree - DNP-MBA, MSN-MBA, MSW-MBA

School of Computing

  Master of Science in Computer Science

School of Education and Psychology

  Master of Science in Counseling
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    School Counseling
  Master of Science in Education
    Instructional Leadership
    Literacy Education
    Outdoor Education
  Post-Master’s Certificate
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    School Counseling

School of Nursing

  Doctor of Nursing Practice    
    Acute Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Acute Care - Specialization  
    Lifestyle Medicine  
    Nurse Educator  
    Primary Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Family Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  
  Doctor of Nursing Practice, BS/DNP  
           Acute Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, BS/DNP      
           Lifestyle Medicine, BS/DNP    
           Nurse Educator, BS/DNP    
           Primary Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, BS/DNP    
           Primary Care - Family Nurse Practitioner, BS/DNP    
           Primary Care - Psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner, BS/DNP    
              
  Master of Science in Nursing    
    Acute Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Family Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  
    Nurse Educator  
  Accelerated RN to MSN    
    Acute Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Family Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  
    Nurse Educator  
  Dual Degree - MSN and MBA Healthcare Administration    
  Dual Degree - MBA and DNP Healthcare Administration, BS/DNP, DNP/MBA    
  Post Master’s Certificate    
    Acute Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Family Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  
    Nurse Educator  
  DNP Specialist Certificate  
    Acute Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
    Primary Care - Family Nurse Practitioner    
    Primary Care - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner    
    Lifestyle Medicine    
    Nurse Educator    

School of Religion

  Master of Arts
    New Testament Studies
    Old Testament Studies
    Religious Studies
  Master of Ministry
    Biblical Counseling
    Church Leadership and Management
    Evangelism and Ministry

School of Social Work

  Master of Social Work
  Mental Health Practice in Social Work
  School Social Work
  Trauma and Emergency Management
Dual Degree - MSW and MBA