Admission to The University
SVU is an equal opportunity institution. Graduation from high school or its equivalent is necessary for enrollment. Students are admitted on the basis of their projected ability to meet academic standards. The university evaluates both objective and subjective data to select its students. The factors that are taken into consideration during the selection process include, but are not limited to: the potential of the candidate to successfully complete the desired program, the candidate’s past academic performance record, and the amount and quality of the candidate’s prior experience and training.
The university’s application and selection procedures for its programs include the following requirements:
Admission Directly from High School
Exceptionally qualified high school graduates who have fewer than 40 credit hours of college credit may be granted admission. These students must submit the high school official transcript showing a minimum GPA of 1.75 (or its equivalent such as GED), and copy of the diploma for admission.
Maximum Transfer Requirements
The maximum number of 72 credit hours can be transferred prior to enrollment at SVU from another accredited institution towards a Bachelor degree at SVU.
Lower Division Requirements
Applicants who have not met all of the lower division requirements upon application (see section on Undergraduate Programs) may be accepted pending completion of those requirements before graduation. An individual evaluation of accepted transfer credits as well as general education deficiencies will be provided by the university at the time admission is offered.
Lower division courses that are not yet taught at the university must be taken at local community colleges or otherwise approved accredited institutions in order to successfully meet the program requirement.
All applicants to a Master’s degree program must hold a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent degree from an accredited or approved college or university to be admitted to a Master’s program at SVU. An official transcript with the student’s baccalaureate degree must be submitted to the university. Students must also demonstrate adequate proficiency in mathematics and English. Students lacking this proficiency may still be admitted as conditional students; however, students must take the appropriate courses required to achieve the proficiency.
All applicants to a Master’s degree program must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
All applicants to a Master’s degree program must submit previous transcripts for evaluation.
Students who completed a program or degree at Silicon Valley University and plan to obtain a second or higher degree at SVU will be treated with new admission status. A new student ID will be issued and the student will have to submit all the required credentials and documents (e.g. all official transcripts previously obtained, diploma copy, etc.; for more information please refer to General Admission on page 3) in order to be accepted in the program.
SVU will evaluate undergraduate academic credit for course equivalencies from four-year institutions and community colleges accredited by agencies recognized by CHEA. Students must request that transcripts from the accredited institutions in which they have previously attended be sent to the Student Office for evaluation. The procedure for course equivalence is defined in the Evaluation of Transfer Credits. SVU will accept a maximum of 72 credits transferred for the BSCS, BSCE and BBA programs. All transfer course work requires an overall grade point average of “C”, 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The letter grades and GPA are not transferrable.
SVU will evaluate graduate academic credit for course equivalences from institutions of higher learning and accredited by agencies recognized by CHEA. Students must request that transcripts from the accredited institutions in which they have previously attended be sent to the Student Office for evaluation. The procedure for course equivalence is defined in the Evaluation of Transfer Credits. SVU will accept a maximum of 9 credits transferred for the MSCS, MSCE, and MBA programs. All transfer course work require an overall grade point average of “B-“, 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Letter grades and GPA are not transferrable.
Evaluation of Transfer Credits
The evaluation of academic credits will be performed by the Dean or Program Administrator. The Dean will use the syllabi from the transferring institution and the SVU syllabi to determine course equivalency. The Dean or Program Administrator will:
- Compare the course description of the syllabus of the transfer course with the course description of the syllabus of an equivalent course in SVU.
- Allow the maximum of 3 credits for a lecture course.
- Allow a lab course to be transferred only if the lab course has a lecture course that is transferred. The maximum number of credit is 1 for a lab course.
- After course equivalence is determined, only the credit is transferred. The grade from the transferred class is not used in the student’s cumulative GPA.
The student has the option to petition the transfer of credits by meeting with the Dean or Program Administrator during the student’s first trimester at SVU. The student must bring documentation (course syllabus) to support the challenge. After the first trimester SVU will not accept petitions for re-evaluation of the transfer of credits.
Credit for Prior Experiential Learning
SVU does not recognize credit for prior experiential learning.
Applicants of Silicon Valley University (SVU) whose native language is not English have to demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through one of the following tests: the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the academic format of the IELTS™ (International English Language Testing System), or the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication), etc.
The following table explains the TOEFL®, IELTS™, and TOEIC® requirements at SVU. Note that there is no separate essay score on the internet-based TOEFL® as essay scores are included in the writing score. Although the internet-based TOEFL® includes a speaking component, a minimum score on the speaking section is not required.
The following table explains the TOEFL®, IELTSTM, and TOEIC® requirements at SVU. Note that there is no separate essay score on the internet-based TOEFL® as essay scores are included in the writing score. Although the internet-based TOEFL® includes a speaking component, a minimum score on the speaking section is not required.
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Applicants who have not taken the TOEFL®, IELTS™, or TOEIC® test, or those who have not passed the proficiency requirements stated above, will be required to take the English Placement Test during the first week at SVU.
If an applicant does not qualify for provisional admission as indicated above, the applicant will have to arrange to have an English language evaluation upon arrival and will be recommended, if necessary, any required steps for remediation. This may include passing one or more English classes or retaking the TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® or equivalent proficiency test. Also note that the applicant has the option to retake the TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® prior to arriving at SVU and if the new scores exceed the minimum required, the applicant will not have his/her English evaluated upon admission.
International applicants who have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees from English-speaking accredited institutions in the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not have to submit TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® scores.
The TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis for students who have earned a degree from a foreign institution where the language of instruction was English. Documentation that the school’s language of instruction was English must be provided.
English Placement Test
Instructions for Local/Resident Applicants
- Submit the completed application form with attached $75 USD application fee and mail to the Admissions Office.
- Request that one official transcript from each institution attended be sent to the Admissions Office. Applicants should allow those institutions about six weeks to process their request. This material may be sent either separately or with the entire application package. To expedite the application, the admission office recommends that all materials should be sent together.
Instructions for International Applicants
- Same as the instructions for local/resident applicants (above).
- In addition to the instructions for local/resident applicants, international applicants must:
- Submit a Financial Support Statement to the Admissions Office. Recommendation for admission cannot be certified without this information.
- Submit official transcripts of records from all universities attended to the Admissions Office.
- Meet the minimum standards of the English proficiency requirement by taking the TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC®
Notice: SVU does not provide visa services nor does it vouch for the status of students for purposes of a visa.
Additional Instructions for Applicants Whose Degree is from a Non-US Institution
Applicants must also provide:
- Official certification of degrees and dates awarded, issued in the original language. Academic transcripts of records must have a seal and signature in ink from the institution’s authorized official, such as a registrar.
- Official documentation of all courses taken and grades received (transcripts of records) from each secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate institution attended. Transcripts of records should be issued in English or must be accompanied by notarized English translations.
Instructions for Submitting English Test Result
Original IELTS™ scores must be submitted by mail or in person to Silicon Valley University. TOEFL®/ TOEIC® scores may be sent directly to Silicon Valley University (TOEFL®/SAT institution code: 6591) or in person. Information and applications for TOEFL®, IELTS™, or TOEIC® tests may be obtained by contacting:
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90041
TOEIC Service International
TOEIC Testing Program
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
The Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student will be prepared for and issued to the student after the application and all necessary documents have been received and thoroughly reviewed and the Office of Admissions has made a decision to accept the applicant as an SVU student.
Notice concerning transferability of credits and credentials earned at silicon Valley University
The transferability of credits you earn at SVU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of degree(s) you earn in SVU is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the educational program that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending SVU to determine if your degree(s) will transfer.