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 and November 1 for the winter semester. Applications will no longer be accepted for the fall, winter, or summer semester upon the first day of classes.


  • 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 a regionally accredited college or university, with a GPA of 2.00 in major subjects.
  • Students must have a minimum composite ACT of 18 or an SAT of 950 (EBRW 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 an 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 Admissions Counselor at or 423.236.2532.


  • 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 The University Enrichment (NOND 105)—a class designed for students who want to learn to be successful in college. 


Students enrolling at Southern Adventist University may transfer previously earned 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 regionally 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.

For more information on transfer credits, please review the Transfer Equivalencies page.

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

Admission to 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.


Transfer Academic Scholarship

The Transfer Academic Scholarship is awarded to those students who have earned more than 10 hours of college credit and will be taking a full-time load (12 or more undergraduate hours) through the duration of the scholarship. This scholarship is based on a combination of the student’s ACT score* and cumulative college GPA. This scholarship will automatically be awarded once all college transcripts and test scores are received.

Transfer students can receive this scholarship each year by maintaining the combined point total from their cumulative GPA and ACT score. The cumulative GPA is determined after their first semester at Southern and then yearly after the fall semester. Southern does not round up numbers for this scholarship.

*To convert an SAT score to an ACT score, call 1.800.SOUTHERN for an Admissions Counselor.

Use this Points Formula to calculate eligibility for the Transfer Academic Scholarship:

Step One. Take cumulative college GPA and multiply by 1,000   _______ Points (4,000 max)
Step Two. Take ACT* test score and multiply by 100              +_______ Points
Step Three. Add all points from Steps One and Two                 =_______ Total Points



Yearly Amount


Bronze+ Scholarship



Silver+ Scholarship


6,601 and up

Gold+ Scholarship


Transfer Students who do not have an ACT score can qualify for a scholarship based on their cumulative GPA only. Transfer students can receive this scholarship each year by maintaining a cumulative GPA as listed below. The cumulative GPA is determined after their first semester at Southern and then yearly after the fall semester. Southern does not round up numbers for this scholarship.



Bronze Circle

$1,000 with maintenance of 3.00-3.39 GPA

Silver Circle

$2,000 with maintenance of 3.40-3.79 GPA

Gold Circle

$3,000 with maintenance of 3.80 and above GPA

Student Missionary/Task Force Scholarship

If you choose to serve an as a student missionary or task force worker for an academic year, you’ll receive a $1,500 scholarship upon returning to Southern. For more information, call the Chaplain's Office at 423.236.2787.

Summer Ministries Scholarships

Spend your summer working in ministry, either as a literature evangelist or at an Adventist conference-sponsored summer camp, and you’ll be rewarded with a scholarship when you return to Southern.

Literature Evangelism Scholarship

Summer earnings are matched 50 percent, with a scholarship cap of $2,000.

Summer Camp Scholarship

$170 per full week worked, with a scholarship cap of $2000 (Your camp director must submit the number of weeks you will work based on your camp contract to Enrollment Services.)

At the end of each summer, Southern will verify that you met your contractual obligations with your employing organization. If you participate in multiple summer ministries, you’re eligible to receive only one of the summer ministry scholarships—whichever is larger.

Departmental Grant

The Departmental Grant includes funds that have been provided to Southern from various friends and donors of the university. At the beginning of the fall semester recipients will be notified of the donor that has made a particular departmental grant possible. For more information please contact your student finance counselor.

Performance Scholarships

Each year, performance scholarships are awarded by Gym-Masters, Engage Ministries, and the School of Music (for the orchestra, wind symphony, and choirs). Some performance scholarships are by audition only. The scholarships may be renewable each year you’re in college as long as you continue participating in the performing group. For more information, call the School of Music at 423.236.2880, the Gym-Masters director at 423.236.2673.

Endowment Fund Scholarships

Southern Adventist University is blessed with a growing endowment fund created by donors interested in helping students like you achieve your educational goals.

Eligibility for scholarships from the Southern endowment fund is determined by filling out the FAFSA, which uses a nationally recognized formula to determine a family's ability to pay for college.

Southern Scholars Honors Program Scholarships

Are you an academically motivated student who wants to take your college experience to the next level through rigorous course work? Consider enrolling in the Southern Scholars Honors Program. Students who participate in Southern Scholars are eligible for scholarships of $1,500, $2,500 and $3,500 during their second, third, and fourth years, respectively. For more information, call Mark Peach at 423.236.2743 or email him at

Other Scholarship Sources

You may qualify for scholarships from national and community organizations like the YMCA and Rotary Club, from your parent's employers, or even from your local church. Check out resources in your hometown by contacting the public library, the local Chamber of Commerce, and your pastor. You can also access scholarship and financial aid information online at There are several searchable databases of more than 180,000 private scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.



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