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, exam, work experience, or life experience—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.

Transfer Credits

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

Southern Virginia University students can transfer up to eight (8) hours of elective credit from any LDS Church Educational System Institute of Religion (CES Institute) toward graduation by successfully completing many of the classes that are offered for transfer credit. The Buena Vista Church Educational System Institute of Religion is located adjacent to the Southern Virginia University campus, but it operates independently of Southern Virginia University.

All CES Institute “Ancient Scripture” courses, and all upper-division CES Institute “Church History and Doctrine Courses” that are accepted for transfer credit at any of the regionally-accredited universities operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be transferred into Southern Virginia University consistent with Southern Virginia University’s transfer of credit policy. These courses must also be taught by institute instructors with a graduate degree. Students must provide the Registrar’s Office with an official transcript from the CES Institute showing that such transfer credit has been earned.

Students are cautioned to consult with the CES Institute upon registration for any CES Institute class about what procedures they must follow in order to earn transfer credit on an official CES Institute transcript.