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Transfer Students

Two Simple Admission Requirements

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College Transcript(s)

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In order to be admitted, students must provide a college transcript from each college attended and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  
If credits were taken in another country, the transcript must be sent to a foreign transcript evaluator like SpanTran to be evaluated on a 4.0 grade scale and translate it to English if needed.  
Transcripts can be emailed to transfer@southern.edu or mailed to the address below: 
Enrollment Services 
Southern Adventist University 
PO Box 542 
Collegedale, TN 37315 
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High school transcript or GED

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Transfer students are required to submit their official high school transcript as part of the admission process.  

Transcripts can be emailed to applications@southern.edu or mailed to the address below: 

Enrollment Services 
Southern Adventist University 
PO Box 542 
Collegedale, TN 37315 

Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline
For priority processing and scholarship consideration, a prospects application should be submitted by the following dates for the fall semester. There is no priority deadline for the winter or summer semesters.

  • Freshmen Priority Deadline March 1
  • Transfer Priority Deadline June 1
International Students
International students must apply and complete the acceptance process by the following deadlines. If the deadline has passed an I-20 will not be issued for that semester. For more information visit the International Admissions Page.

Fall Semester
  • Application Deadline: June 1
  • Acceptance Deadline: July 1
Winter Semester
  • Application Deadline: October 1
  • Acceptance Deadline: November 1
Commitment Deposit
After acceptance, the $250 commitment deposit should be paid before the following dates to guarantee placement for the upcoming semester. If it is paid after the stated date, 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.

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Winter Semester: November 1

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.


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.


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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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, email scholars@southern.edu.

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 www.finaid.org. There are several searchable databases of more than 180,000 private scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.