Transfer Student Enrollment
Approximately 40% of Southern’s student body consists of transfer students who already have some level of higher education experience prior to attending Southern. As a university, we are dedicated to making this transition a positive experience. Understanding the policies regarding admission and the transferring of credits is the first step. Please review the information below.
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Requirements
- Application Process
- Transfer Credits
- Transfer Equivalency (CT Colleges Only)
- Advanced Standing
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Liberal Education Program Requirements (LEP)
Whether you have 6, 12, or 90+ credits from an accredited college or university, admission to Southern is based on the following requirements:
- A minimum 2.0 GPA from the last institution you attended.
- A minimum 2.0 Southern GPA (for those who have a record at Southern)
Former Southern Students who attended Southern as a matriculated student, left the university in good standing, and completed fewer than 12 credits at another institution during their leave must submit a readmission form to the Registrar’s Office.
For previous Southern students who left the university with a GPA lower than a 2.0 - please see the options below. You will need to obtain a 2.0 at Southern to be considered for readmission as a matriculated student.
Transfer Student admission is general admission to the University. You will declare
or apply to your academic major once you are enrolled at Southern. Some academic
programs have additional admission requirements; for further details, please review
your intended major here: Undergraduate Majors
The following link details the newest Dual Admission agreement between SCSU and the CT Community College Nursing Programs: http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/nursing-agreement-scsu.pdf
Transfer applicants must submit the following items to complete an application for admission to Southern:
- Complete the Online Application by clicking the "Transfer Application" link above
- Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee (this is done within your online application)*
*Application Fee Waiver: A waiver of the admission application fee is authorized for any financially needy student who completes and submits to the admission office the Transfer Application Fee Waiver form.
- Official transcripts from ALL colleges & universities attended. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Southern Admissions from the issuing institutions.
- Academic credentials earned at a non-US institution must be evaluated (course-by-course) by an accredited service. The evaluation agency must be a member of NACES - List of acceptable evaluation agencies. For questions about the evaluation process, please contact the agency directly. If your transcripts are in English, the evaluation is still required to determine degree and grade equivalency.
- Official final high school transcript or GED certificate indicating your completion of a high school diploma
The Admissions Office will strictly enforce this checklist of required documents for Transfer application file completion. It is crucial for accurate academic advisement and course selection to have all transfer credits in Banner at the time of registration.
Therefore, proof of High School graduation* and official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities
must be received by the Southern Admissions office to complete an application file
for admission review and to render an admission decision.
*If you have earned a college degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, etc.) that is posted on your official transcript, the High School Transcript requirement will be waived.
Admission decisions are primarily based on the most recent college transcript (minimum 2.0 GPA).
- Submit your online application for admission with non-refundable $50 application fee or official fee waiver.
- Submit all required documents - final High School transcript indicating date of high school graduation, and official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
- Check your Admission Status in our online admission portal (you will be sent an email confirmation once you have applied).
- Spring 2018 application review is ongoing now. Fall 2018 Transfer application review will begin in February 2018.
- Allow 2-3 weeks once your application is complete for a decision to be made. An e-mail will be sent to you once the decision is made.
- Allow 2 weeks for a hard copy of your decision letter to arrive in the mail, along with the transfer equivalency forms, showing how your courses were transferred to Southern.
- If accepted, proceed with your Next Steps as outlined in your admission letter.
- If you plan to enroll as a full-time student, a $200 non-refundable confirmation deposit is required to reserve a spot at Southern.
- To ensure timely file completion and course registration, the Admissions Office will
adhere to the following deadlines for Spring 2018 admission:
The last day to apply for Spring 2018 Transfer admission is Monday January 8, 2018.
The last day students will be admitted for the Spring 2018 term is Thursday January 11, 2018.
Spring 2018 classes begin on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
- There is currently no limit to the number of eligible credits that can be transferred in to Southern.
- Eligible credits must be taken at regionally-accredited institutions.
- College-level courses that you have earned a minimum of a C- will be transferred as either equivalent courses or as elective credits.
- If you are transferring from one of our sister schools in CT - Central, Eastern, or Western - all college level courses with passing grades are transferable.
- If an Associate’s degree has been conferred at one of the CT community colleges, all
college-level courses with passing grades are transferable. See the CT State Colleges and Universities website for more information about Dual Admission and the Transfer Ticket.
The following link details the new Dual Admission program for RN candidates at CT community colleges:
- Please keep in mind that although there is a credit requirement for graduation, it is the completion of the degree program that dictates when you will graduate. a minimum of thirty (30) credits must be taken at Southern.
If a student does not agree with how a course was evaluated, the student is referred to the Chair of the department to challenge it and/or complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Inquiry form to request a review.
If you are transferring from a regionally-accredited institution within CT, you may see how your courses will transfer to Southern before applying. Visit the Transfer Articulation Request to look through our database of colleges and universities. If your school is listed, you will be able to search the courses you have taken and see the transfer course equivalency.
If you are interested in receiving credit for high school AP exams, please review this link: Advanced Placement. Official score reports must be sent directly from College Board to Southern Admissions.
To learn about Southern’s CLEP policy, please review this link: CLEP.
If you earned college credits while in high school through an Early College Experience program, please remember to submit official college transcripts for those credits earned.
Students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Gateway Community College with TAP-compliant Quantitative Reasoning and science courses since May 2011 are exempt from LEP requirements with the exception of Multilingual Communication, the Capstone, and any specific requirements associated with their chosen SCSU major.
Students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities/Behavioral and Social Sciences Concentration from Housatonic Community College with TAP-compliant Quantitative Reasoning and science courses since May 2012 are exempt from LEP requirements with the exception of Multilingual Communication, the Capstone, and any specific requirements associated with their chosen SCSU major. Visit Programs & Requirements for more information