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Approximately 40% of Southern’s student body consists of Transfer Students who already had 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
Whether you have 3, 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)
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 reconsidered for admission as a matriculated student.
Students who once attended Southern as a matriculated student, left the university
in good standing, and did not complete 12 credits at another institution during their
leave will need to submit a readmission form to the Registrar’s Office.
For all new applicants, and those who left Southern and completed 12 or more credits elsewhere, please follow the Transfer application instructions here:
- Complete the Online Application by clicking Apply Now above
- An essay is NOT required for transfer applicants (you can simply write “I am a Transfer Student”)
- Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee (payable online by MC, Visa Debit or Discover)
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.
These remaining items must be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 131 Farnham Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515:
- All official Post-Secondary transcripts (omitting part of your academic history will affect admission to the university)
- Official final high school transcript or GED certificate indicating your completion of a high school diploma.
Please note that we review applications on a rolling basis, which means there is no set deadline to apply.
- Submit your online application for admission.
- Submit all required documents ( your most current college transcript is required for an admissions decision).
- Check your Admissions Status via BannerWeb any time after receiving your SCSU ID ( your decision will also be provided here).
- Allow 4-6 weeks for submitted documents to be received and processed by the Admissions Office.
- Allow 2-3 weeks once your application is complete for a decision to be made.
- A decision e-mail (with Next Step instructions) will be sent within a week of the decision being 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 the MySCSU BannerWeb “Next Steps”
- If you plan to enroll as a full-time student, a $200 confirmation deposit is required to reserve a spot at Southern.
- There is currently no limit to the amount of credits that can be transferred in to Southern.
- We only accept transfer credits from 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.
- 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. Thirty (30) credits must be taken at Southern.
- Students who wish to challenge how a course was transferred into Southern must contact the Office of Career and Academic Advising with course descriptions and possibly the syllabus for the course in question.
Transfer Equivalency (CT Colleges Only)
If you are transferring from an accredited institution within CT, you may be able to find out how your courses transfer 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 how they may transfer.
If you are interested in receiving credit for high school AP exams, please review this link: Advanced Placement. Official score reports must be sent to Undergraduate 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit Transfer Students - Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, please don't hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.