Admissions

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:

  • Applicants must submit a completed University Application for Admission and pay a nonrefundable application fee in the form of a check or money order payable to “Silicon Valley University.”
  • All applicants must arrange to submit original transcripts from previously attended institutions. Students holding foreign degrees must make arrangements with SVU administration to have prior credit hours evaluated for equivalency. Contact SVU for further information regarding this process.
  • Students planning to attend SVU must submit their application material and associated documents before the deadlines posted in the academic calendar. Each trimester has a separate deadline.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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.

Master’s Degree Programs

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.

Doctor of Computer Engineering (DCE)

  • All applicants to the DCE degree program must hold either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. The minimum GPA accepted for students entering the DCE program are: 2.75 for students entering the program with a Bachelor’s degree, and 3.0 for students entering the program with a Master’s degree.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide an official GRE score taken within the five years prior to applying to SVU. The GRE score is used as one of the admission conditions for SVU’s admission committee to assess the student’s likelihood of successfully completing the DCE studies.
  • All international applicants must show proof of financial resources adequate to provide for all expenses while attending SVU.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by providing an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®), the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTSTM), or Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®).
  • Applicants who have earned a degree from an institute where the language of instruction is English, (e.g. Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand) are exempt from submitting a TOEFL®, IELTSTM, or TOEIC® score.These applicants may be required to have their English proficiency evaluated when they arrive on campus.

Silicon Valley University operates on a trimester basis that is divided in to

  • Spring Trimester – January
  • Summer Trimester – May
  • Fall Trimester – September

 

Admission Deadline

  • Spring Trimester – November 15
  • Summer Trimester – March 15
  • Fall Trimester – July 15

 

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General Admission Requirements

  • All international applicants must certify that they have adequate financial resources to pay for all expenses while attending Silicon Valley University.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by providing an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® ), International English Language Testing System (IELTSTM), or the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC® ).
  • Applicants who have earned a degree from an institute where the language of instruction is English, (e.g. U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) are exempt from submitting a TOEFL®/IELTSTM/TOEIC® score. Depending on a case-by-case basis, applicants may be required to have their English proficiency evaluated when they arrive on campus.

English Proficiency

All applicants of Silicon Valley University (SVU) whose native language is not English must demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through either the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the academic format of the IELTSTM (International English Language Testing System), or the TOEIC® (Test of Communication).

  • The TOEFL® Test – Test of English as a Foreign Language. The TOEFL® test is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world.
  • IELTSTM is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) for individuals who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
  • The TOEIC® Test – Test of English for International Communication. The TOEIC® test provides reliable measurement of English proficiency and is used by hundreds of companies, government agencies, and English language learning programs.

The test must have been taken within two years of the first trimester of enrollment. The original test scores are required to be submitted to SVU by applicants, either in person or by mail.

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.

Degree Institutional TOEFL® Internet- based TOEFL® IELTSTM TOEIC®
Bachelor 500 61 5.5 550
Master 525 71 6.0 680
Doctoral 550 80 6.5 790

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the test prior to coming to SVU. Those applicants who did not take the TOEFL® , IELTSTM, or TOEIC® test, or those who did not pass the proficiency requirements stated above, will be required to take the English Placement Test during the first week at SVU. The students can either take the official TOEFL® , IELTSTM, or TOEIC® at certain test centers or the Institutional TOEFL® administered by SVU. Applicants will be on conditional admission until English proficiency is demonstrated.

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® /IELTSTM/TOEIC® or equivalent proficiency test. Also note that the applicant has the option to retake the TOEFL® /IELTSTM/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.

Waiving the TOEFL® /IELTS/TOEIC® Requirements

International applicants who have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees from English-speaking accredited institutions in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand do not have to submit TOEFL® /IELTSTM/TOEIC® scores.

The TOEFL® /IELTSTM/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

  • Students who do not have a TOEFL® score of 61 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or 71 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs or 80 for the DCE degree program; or IELTSTM score of 5.5 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or 6.0 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs or 6.5 for the DCE degree programs; or a TOEIC® score of 550 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or 680 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs or 790 for the DCE degree program, are required to take an English Placement Test upon arrival to the University.
  • A student who achieves a passing score in all skill areas, including Listening & Speaking, Reading & Writing and Conversation & Pronunciation are recommended for regular academic coursework.
  • A student scoring below designated cutoff points for Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced level in one or more skill area on the placement test will be required to enroll in ESL courses at the appropriate level. Depending upon a student’s placement test score, the student may test out of a particular skill and/or score high in one skill area but low in another, and as a result, it is possible that the student is enrolled in different levels of skill area.
  • Students may take the Institutional TOEFL® examination at the end of the academic trimester at SVU. Students who get the minimum score on the examination have the option of not taking ESL courses and will be recommended to take regular degree courses at SVU.