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Transfer Students - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out if and when I’ve been accepted?

  • An email will be sent to the preferred email address you listed on your admissions application (be sure to check your spam folder).
  • A hard copy of the decision letter with your transfer credit evaluation will be sent within 2-3 weeks.

Do you really need my final high school transcript?

  • Yes. As a university that grants federal financial aid, proof of high school completion (Final High School Transcript or GED diploma/transcript) is required for your record unless you already have earned a university degree (Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctoral, etc).  This will be verified upon receipt of your official college/university transcripts.

I’ve just been accepted for fall, but took a course this summer. Where do I send my transcript?

  • Please send official transcripts to the Admissions Office to update your transfer credits.

Is it too late to apply? What are the admission deadlines?

  • To ensure timely file completion and course registration, the Admissions Office will adhere to the following deadlines:

    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.

    Review of Transfer applications for the Fall term typically begin in February.
    The last day to apply for FALL 2018 Transfer admission is Monday August 13, 2018.
    The last day students will be admitted for the FALL 2018 term is Friday August 17, 2018.
    Fall classes begin on Tuesday August 28, 2018.

How can I reapply/re-matriculate?

  • If you have attended Southern in the past AND went to another institution completing 12+ credits, you must reapply through the Admissions Office as a Transfer Student.
  • If you attended Southern in the past and did NOT attend another institution or took less than 12 credits, you must submit the Registrar’s office application for readmission.
  • If you left Southern with a GPA below 2.0, you may reapply for admission through the Fresh Start Program, which offers an option for formerly matriculated students.  The purpose of Fresh Start is to retain and offer support to students who experience a poor start and dropped from matriculated status or withdrew from the university. This program allows them to be readmitted to the university and disregard their previous record in calculating their Grade Point Average (GPA).
    The option is available only once, only to students who are not Education majors, and only to students who have completed all of the following conditions:
    • Had a GPA at Southern below 2.0,
    • Have enrolled elsewhere or held non-matriculated status for at least one year,
    • Have not yet earned 60 credits at Southern,
    • Present evidence of changed work habits by completing 9-12 college credits with a 2.75 GPA or better;  or earned a college degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

 

How do transfer students apply?

  • Complete the online Application for Admission along with your $50 non-refundable application fee or official fee waiver.
  • Transfer applicants are not required to write an essay.  However, if you would like to share  information relevant to your application, e.g. how you have been spending your time if many years have passed since your last institution, you may submit an essay after you have applied.
  • ALL previously attended colleges/universities should be listed on your application form.  Transcripts are required from ALL colleges listed.  Omitting this information from your application may result in rescinding an offer of admission.
  • Transfer admission is based primarily on the GPA from your last attended school’s official transcript.
  • 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

General transfer credit information

  • Transfer credit is granted only for courses on an official transcript received in the Southern Admissions Office. Courses must be taken at a regionally-accredited institution.
  • We transfer credits and send equivalency sheets with your admission letter to show how your courses transferred once you have been accepted.
  • There is no limit on the number of eligible credits can be transferred.
  • Students must have completed at least 6 college credits to be considered a Transfer student.
  • Most Connecticut colleges'/universities' courses have already been evaluated, and you may see how those courses transfer in to Southern at this link:  Transfer Equivalency.
  • 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.
  • Courses that are non-remedial (college level only) will transfer with grades of a C- or better UNLESS from one of the other three CSU schools OR after receiving an Associate’s degree from a CT community college, where grades of D or better are accepted.

Can I schedule a campus tour?

  • Yes, we offer campus tours throughout the year. Schedule a campus tour now.
  • Information sessions are also provided by Admissions representatives. When booking a tour, it will be clear as to which tour slots will include the information session.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided at the time of registration.
  • If you do not have computer access, contact Admissions to register for a tour.

Can I request a catalog, course schedule, or application?

  • Requesting information about Southern can be done through our Request Information form.
  • The Undergraduate Catalog is no longer printed; the online version can be viewed at Catalogs and Schedules.
  • Course schedules are no longer printed. You can view course schedules in BannerWeb.
  • Paper applications for admission are no longer available. If you do not have a computer, we encourage you to contact your local library for computer access.

What is the advantage of having an Associate degree when transferring to Southern?

  • Consider the Transfer Ticket - start at a CT community college and finish at Southern without losing any credits.
  • 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
  • All grades of a D or better are accepted from CT community colleges when an Associate’s degree has been posted on the transcript.
  • An Associate's degree is not required in order to transfer to Southern.

Can I come in and talk to someone about my transfer transcript to see how my credits will come in?

  • Admission counselors cannot evaluate courses for students who have not yet applied, nor without official transcripts from your previous institutions.
  • Degree evaluations and questions regarding program requirements should be directed to staff in the Office of Academic and Career Advising.
  • Transfer students at most Connecticut institutions can view their transfer course equivalencies at this link: Transfer Equivalency.

What is the difference between a confirmation deposit and admission deposit and how can I pay it?

  • These terms mean the same thing.  Your $200 non-refundable confirmation deposit holds your spot in the incoming class at Southern and begins your enrollment process.
  • Once you are accepted, you will log into the admission portal and follow the “Next Steps Checklist”. Paying your confirmation deposit is the first Step.
  • You may pay over the phone by contacting the Bursar’s office at 203-392-6140 or by visiting this office in the Wintergreen Building.

What are the trustee scholarship criteria and process?

  • The Trustee scholarship is granted strictly on merit and is limited in funding.  Admissions Counselors identify candidates during application file review in the summer each year for Fall enrollees. 

I am not going to attend this semester, can my $200 deposit be applied to the following semester?

  • Yes, but you must submit a written request to the Admission's Office to have your admission status and deposit deferred to the following term. You may use this form to do so: Withdrawal/Deferral Form
  • Please note that you may defer your current admission only ONE time and up to one year.  For example, a Fall 2017 admission can be deferred to the Spring 2018 OR the Fall 2018 term.
  • If you continue taking college courses during this gap year, Transfer deferral will be honored as long as your college GPA remains above the 2.0 minimum required for Transfer admission.

When are confirmation deposits due?

  • Transfer admission is conducted on a rolling basis.  The sooner you apply, the sooner we can have a decision to you. Paying the non-refundable $200 confirmation deposit allows you to proceed with attending Orientation and registering for classes.