Admission Requirements

If you’re ready to start the admissions process, you’ve already taken the hardest step: deciding to further your education. We’re here to help with the process.

Our admissions requirements for specific degree programs can be found in our Academic Catalog, where you can also find information for international students, transient students, students with military experience, and joint enrollment for high school students. Or you can request more information here.

General Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

To be admitted to any of the programs at South University campuses, prospective students must provide:

  • Provide proof of high school graduation as recognized by the state of residence on the date the degree was earned or the equivalent (e.g., GED)
  • Submit a minimum combined SAT score of 900, a combined ACT score of 19, or a satisfactory score on the University-administered admissions examination (see the Admissions Office) or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student.
  • South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation.

To be admitted to any South University online program, prospective students must provide:

  • Provide proof of high school graduation as recognized by the state of residence on the date the degree was earned or the equivalent (e.g., GED) with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must also complete the university-administered placement test during the first session of attendance.
  • South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation

Students with less than the minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may meet admissions requirements by submitting a minimum combined SAT score of 900, a combined ACT score of 19, or a satisfactory score on the university-administered admissions examination (see the Admissions Office) or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student.

A student’s failure to provide proof of high school graduation within 10 weeks of his or her start date will result in the following:

  • Removal from class
  • Cancellation of enrollment
  • No final course grades
  • No transcript

NOTE: Students who do not provide proof of high school graduation within the 10-week period will not be responsible for any tuition and related fees. South University may grant exceptions to the 10-week period for unusual situations or circumstances. All exceptions must be submitted to the office of the University Registrar for approval.

Admission of Transfer Students

To be eligible for admission, transfer students must complete the application procedures and satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Submit a completed application for admission.
  2. Have earned 24 or more quarter credit hours, or the equivalent (e.g. 16 semester hours), with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 from an acceptable accredited collegiate institution.
  3. Submit official transcripts (including verifiable faxed transcripts) from all colleges and universities attended.
  4. Submit self-certification of high school graduation or GED completion. For transfer of credit practices refer to the applicable section under the Academic Information portion of this catalog. Transfer students accepted into South University who have earned 24 or more quarter credit hours or the equivalent (e.g. 16 semester hours), with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 from an acceptable accredited collegiate institution will be exempt from taking the UVC1000 Strategies for Success. Students will select another 4 credit course in consultation with their Academic Advisor or Academic Counselor to fulfill the degree requirements.

Students who are transferring from or to a school within the University of North Carolina or the North Carolina Community College System should be aware of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement approved by both governing Boards on March 1, 1996 and revised in September of 2008. This agreement may be found in its entirety at the following website: //www.northcarolina.edu/aa_ planning/licensure/Rules__Standards__ Master_Updated_1-08.pdf

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

The following undergraduate and graduate programs include additional admission requirements: