Transfer Credit & Waivers
Students who can demonstrate that their knowledge and skills are equivalent to those gained by courses offered at Southern Virginia University—whether they were gained by formal education or exam—may apply for academic credit or course waivers. Credit or waivers may be granted through a number of means: transfer credit from other post-secondary institutions, Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, or portfolio. The university does not grant academic credit for coursework taken on a noncredit basis.
College credits earned elsewhere will be evaluated by the registrar with respect to curricular requirements at Southern Virginia University. Transfer credit may be granted for academic classes appearing on official transcripts of post-secondary institutions in which students earn a grade of “C-” or better. Transfer credit is not granted for developmental classes, orientation classes, or for classes other than physical activity courses in which a student receives a “Pass.” Current Southern Virginia students are advised to confer with the registrar prior to enrolling in course work at other institutions if they intend that the credit be applied toward graduation from Southern Virginia. Class standing of transfer students will be based on the number of credits accepted for transfer. Hours earned and courses waived are entered on students’ transcripts, but no grades or quality points are awarded. Admissions Advisors will refer transfer credit questions to academic advisors. Transferability of Southern Virginia University credit to another institution of higher learning is at the sole discretion of the receiving institution.
Credit for Foreign Language Experience
Students who come to Southern Virginia University with substantial previous experience in a foreign language (whether through classroom experience or contact with the language by living in a foreign language culture) may receive up to twelve hours of foreign language course credit after a language skill assessment (requiring a nominal fee). The assessment exam should be taken in the student’s first semester at Southern Virginia University, or in the first semester after having lived in a foreign-language culture. No credit will be granted below the level of a course for which a student already has earned credit. Native speakers of a language other than English may receive twelve hours of credit after taking a language skill assessment of English (requiring a nominal fee. For languages where no exam exists, students may receive twelve credit hours by providing proof of proficiency with a letter from an appropriate authority stating that the person does indeed speak the language at or above the intermediate level, plus completion of a portfolio. To make arrangements for assessment, contact the Registrar’s Office. Only pass/fail credit will be awarded.
Advanced Placement Scores
Credit or course waivers may be granted for satisfactory attainment on Advanced Placement Exams. Credit will be given only in those areas in which comparable courses are offered at the university and will be determined by evaluation procedures set forth by the academic divisions. No grades will be assigned to the courses, nor will they be figured into a student’s grade point average. Official results must be sent to the registrar for analysis before credit is granted.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
Credit and advanced placement may be awarded to students on the basis of results on the International Baccalaureate transcript of grades but subject in every instance to the recommendation of the academic department concerned and approved by the Provost. An IB course at the subsidiary level will normally be given three hours of general credit. An IB course at the higher level may receive 6 hours of general credit and possibly fill a general education requirement. IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 will be awarded credit according to Southern Virginia standards.
LDS Institute Courses
Up to 14 credit hours of Institute of Religion coursework accepted by Southern Virginia University and taught by qualified faculty may count towards the Southern Virginia University bachelor’s degree. A student may count no more than two credit hours of institute coursework per semester or term toward the degree. The University awards pass/fail credit for institute coursework.