Admission to The University

General Admission

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.

Continuing Students

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.

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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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.

Bachelor’s Degree

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.

Master’s Degree

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.

English Proficiency

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 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 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.

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

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.

Waiving the TOEFL® /IELTS/TOEIC® Requirements

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

  • Students who do not have a TOEFL® iBT score of 61 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or 71 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs; or IELTS™ score of 5.5 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or 6.0 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs; or a TOEIC® score of 550 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or 680 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs, 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 areas 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 areas 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 a passing score on the examination have the option of not taking ESL courses and will be recommended to take regular degree courses at SVU.
  • Students are allowed to be enrolled in degree courses while attending the ESL program at the same time. Policy and restriction are stated under the ESL program description.

Instructions for Local/Resident Applicants

  1. Submit the completed application form with attached $75 USD application fee and mail to the Admissions Office.
  2. 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

  1. Same as the instructions for local/resident applicants (above).
  2. In addition to the instructions for local/resident applicants, international applicants must:
    1. Submit a Financial Support Statement to the Admissions Office. Recommendation for admission cannot be certified without this information.
    2. Submit official transcripts of records from all universities attended to the Admissions Office.
    3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

TOEFL®

Educational Testing Service

P.O. Box 6151

Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Website: www.ets.org/toefl

Email: TOEFL@ets.org

IELTS™ INTERNATIONAL

825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: www.ielts.org

Email: IELTS@IELTSintl.org

TOEIC®

TOEIC Service International
TOEIC Testing Program
Educational Testing Service
Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA

Website: www.ets.org/toeic

Email: TOEIC@ets.org

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.