Admission Requirements

Application Procedures

South College operates on a quarter system with terms beginning in September/October, January, April, and June. Additionally, the college offers selected courses during mid-quarter sessions utilizing accelerated class calendars. Actual class start dates throughout the academic year are available in the Admissions Department and via the academic calendar.

To accommodate the experiential requirements of some programs, quarters may begin and end at alternate times. If so, the program will communicate this information to each admitted student on a timely basis.

An application fee of $50 must accompany the application. This fee is not refundable except as provided under the Financial Information section of the catalog.  Applicants for the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, MHS in Physician Assistant Studies, MEd in Teacher as Instructional Leader and Elementary Education (K-5) Initial Licensure, or the MS in Criminal Justice programs should visit the section of the catalog/addendum and/or the associated webpage dedicated to these programs for information regarding all admission and application procedures.


General Undergraduate Admission Requirements 

In order to be considered for general undergraduate admittance to South College, the prospec­tive student must be a high school graduate or have earned the equivalent (GED) and achieve a satisfactory score on the entrance examination administered by the college, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the American College Testing exam (ACT), or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student. Applicants (other than those admitted as transfer students) must meet one of the following requirements.

  1. Obtain the specified score on the college-administered entrance exami­nation. Score requirements for admission can be obtained from the admis­sions office.
  2. Submit a minimum SAT I combined score of 830.
  3. Submit a minimum ACT Assessment composite score of 17.
  4. Provide evidence of completion of a high school diploma with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.

Applicants who have completed their high school education through home schooling are required to submit proof of a minimum SAT or ACT score as indicated above, or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student.

Note: The college administered entrance examination is required at the dis­cretion of the college if test scores submitted are older than seven years.

Admission in good standing is granted when all general requirements are met. Where required, all documents submitted to the college become its property and will not be returned. Conditional acceptance may be granted pending the receipt of official documents required by the college. If conditional acceptance is given, the student will be allowed to register for classes for one quarter, unless an exten­sion is granted by the Executive Vice President/Provost. The college does not admit stu­dents on a probationary basis.

In order for VA students to qualify for veteran related financial aid, South College must receive all official transcripts from previous post-secondary/training institutions by no later than the end of the second quarter of enrollment.

Students who are citizens of countries other than the United States should refer to the section entitled Admission of International Students.

General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to specif­ic programs. Please see the section of the catalog pertaining to the declared major for information relating to specific program acceptance.

Students wishing to enter a program leading to a field that requires a license or certification should be aware that a prior misdemeanor or felony conviction may restrict the individual's ability to obtain professional licensure or certification. Acceptance into a South College program does not imply or guarantee that a stu­dent will be able to obtain licensure or certification. Difficulties may also arise dur­ing the program in relation to clinical/internship/student teaching placements that may affect the student's ability to progress in the program.

Admission of Non-Degree/Certificate Seeking Students (Undergraduate Only)

Enrollment in selected subjects is available, with special permission from the Executive Vice President/Provost, to adults who wish to complete these courses for the purpose of personal enrichment. These students are classified as special subject students and can register for classes for no more than two quarters. If a special subject student wishes to change his/her status at any time during these two quarters, for example to pursue a degree or certificate, the student must see the Registrar.

Individuals participating in a specially constructed training workshop, seminar, or course that is not part of the pursuit of a degree or certificate are not required to meet any admission requirements.

Admission of Visiting Students (Undergraduate Only)

Visiting status means that students are admitted only for a specified period of time, normally one quarter. Applicants for visiting status must file a regular application form and submit a statement from their dean or registrar that they are in good standing and have permission to take specific courses at South College for transfer to their own institution when satisfactorily completed. Since visiting students are not admitted as regular students, transcripts of college work completed elsewhere are not usually required of such applicants. Visiting students who wish to remain at South College longer than one quarter must meet all requirements for regular admission as transfer students.

Admission of Transfer Students

To be eligible for undergraduate general admission, transfer students must be a high school graduate or have earned the equivalent (GED) and meet the following stipulations:

  1. Transfer from an accredited collegiate institution.
  2. Have earned 27 quarter/18 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5 (only college level academic courses are applicable).

Students applying to graduate programs must meet the admissions and application procedures and requirements indicated for the associated program.

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate - Credit for transfer work may be given if it was taken at an accredited collegiate institution, if it is equivalent to courses offered at South College, and if it carries a grade of C or better. Any coursework older than seven years, regardless of the institution at which it was taken, may be denied transfer credit due to the material being determined outdated. This also applies to courses taken at South College/Knoxville Business College. Transfer credit will not be given for developmental courses such as basic mathematics or English, or for skills courses such as key­boarding and transcription. Other skill courses completed, such as computer courses and medical lab courses, will be reviewed on an individual basis. Stu­dents should consult with the Registrar about questions related to acceptance of transfer credits.

Credits earned at non-accredited colleges or vocational institutions will not be accepted. Students transferring from such institutions may attempt to earn credit through the credit by examination process. South College does not award credit for experiential learning or for professional certification.

Acceptance of credits earned at other institutions is limited to 60% of the total hours required for the particular degree or certificate program. No more than half the major area course requirements can be earned through transfer and/or exemp­tion credit. Credit for transfer work may not be awarded until the applicable offi­cial transcripts are received by South College.

The college reserves the right to reject any or all credits from other institutions regardless of their accreditation status. The college reserves the right to refuse transfer credit for courses if the student's subsequent grades in required courses in the same subject fall below a 2.0 average.

Graduate – Policies for the acceptance of any graduate level transfer credit are determined by the associated program faculty within guidelines determined by the institution. Please review information in the section of the catalog dedicated to the program.

Transfer Specifications and Timelimits (By Course)


Joint Enrollment for High School Students

Through this program for outstanding high school juniors and seniors, students may pursue collegiate coursework while completing their high school requirements. Students accepted into this program are allowed to enroll part-time or full-time at the college provided they meet course prerequisites and receive permission from their high school principal or counselor.

Students may forfeit the privilege of participating in the program if they receive a grade below a C in their collegiate coursework or their high school average falls below a B. To be considered for this program, a student must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  1. Provide a written recommendationfrom the principal or counselor.
  2. Have the written consent of the parent or guardian.
  3. Complete the eleventh grade prior to application.
  4. Meet general admission requirements.
  5. Achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in high school work completed.
  6. Further information about this program can be obtained through the Admissions Office.

Readmission of Former Students

Students who previously attended South College but who have withdrawn and not attended for two quarters must apply for readmission. Those not attending for one year or longer must also pay a $50 application fee. If enrolled at other colleges during their absence, students must have transcripts of coursework taken sent to South College. Applications for readmission should be submitted at least one month before the beginning of the quarter the student plans to return.

Returning students must either demonstrate that they already meet the entrance test requirements for admission in effect at the time of readmission or retest to achieve the minimum entrance score.

Students who withdraw from classes may experience difficulties in class scheduling when reenrolling. Most South College courses are offered on a rotation basis.

The college reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for reentry who has an unacceptable academic or conduct record. Students with outstanding financial obligations must make arrangements with the Business Office before they will be allowed to matriculate.

Admission of International Students

International students who are citizens of other countries and those students who are from U. S. territories whose native language in their secondary school system is not English must provide the additional documentation listed below for successful general undergraduate admission or for review of application to graduate level programs. Many undergraduate programs have additional requirements for admissions and undergraduate general admission does not guarantee admission to these programs.

All documentation must be submitted to the college 30 days prior to a term’s registration date in order for undergraduate general admission for that term to be considered. Dates relating to graduate program admission consideration are available annually via the institutional website and by contact with program personnel. The necessary documents are:

1. Completed South College application for undergraduate general admission or applicable application/process for graduate program.

2. $50.00 application fee for undergraduate general admission or $60 for graduate program application.

3. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

*International students must show a sufficient knowledge of English as demonstrated by a minimum score on the TOEFL (550 TOEFL PBT, 213 TOEFL CBT, or 80 TOEFL iBT) or satisfactory completion of related college courses in the United States. Score reports must be official and come to the institution directly from the testing service.

4. Official scores on SAT, ACT, or college administered entrance examination for those seeking undergraduate general admission (see Undergraduate General Admissions Requirements for minimum scores). Score requirements for graduate programs are listed in the admissions requirements for those programs.

5. Certified copies of examination results, diplomas, and transcripts. One copy must be in the native language and one copy must be a certified English translation and equivalency evaluation prepared by a member agency of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. It is the responsibility of the student to provide all necessary documents.

*Evidence of satisfactory completion of secondary school graduation is required - Secondary school records must list the subjects studied each year and the mark or grade of proficiency earned in each, a key to the marking system with information in the minimum passing mark, and examination results if an exit examination is administered.

*Post-secondary transcripts must include all subjects studied and the mark or grade earned in each subject and a key to the marking system with information in the minimum passing mark.

6. Official transcript from any US institution attended.

7. Completed Proof of Financial Ability Form. (Not required of U. S. Trust or Territories students.) (Required only for those entering the U.S.)

Admission is based on appropriate documentation of high school completion, as well as college or university transcripts, as applicable. Additional materials and testing may be required for graduate level programs. International students requesting undergraduate admission as a transfer student will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International students seeking undergraduate transfer credit from international institutions or who are seeking admission to a graduate program, must provide an evaluation of credit from an acceptable evaluation service.

A Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (Form I-20) will be mailed to accepted international students upon receipt of a completed Proof of Financial Ability Form and a $100 deposit who are coming to or staying in the United States to attend South College. Accepted students taking online classes from outside of the United States are not required to have an I-20.  Please note that international students on temporary visas or those taking online classes from outside the United States are not eligible for financial aid, and should expect to pay the full cost of attendance.

Distance Education

Due to Homeland Security requirements, international students in the United States are limited in the number of courses that they can take online each quarter. International students in the United States are limited to one online class, which is usually 4 credits.

If an international student in the United States needs only one course to finish his/her program of study, the course cannot be taken online. There must be a physical presence requirement for the course. If a student remains in the United States without reporting to any class, it becomes a security issue and is not allowed.

College Credit for Military Experience and Training

Veterans who will receive educational benefits from the Veterans Administration are required to have their military experience and training evaluated for college credit and must provide the Registrar’s office with a copy of their Form DD 214. Active duty military personnel should submit Form DD 295. Active duty Army personnel and soldiers discharged since October 1, 1986 should also provide the Registrar’s office with copies of the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcripts.

Credit by Examination (Challenge Exams) 

South College offers students an opportunity to obtain credit in areas of competency through college administered challenge examinations. The Executive Vice President, in consultation with the academic department, is the final authority on whether or not a course may be exempted through the examination process. Skill courses, such as computer and medical lab courses are reviewed on an individual basis. To be eligible to earn credit, the student must:

  1. Submit a completed Request for Challenge Examination form signed by all appropriate parties. All challenge examinations must be completed within the first two quarters of attendance unless permission is granted by the Dean/Department Chair.
  2. Verify that he or she has not previously taken the course at South College.
  3. Verify that he or she is not currently enrolled in the course at South College.
  4. Pay a $50 examination fee for computer-related courses and $150 for all other approved courses.

Students may attempt to earn credit by examination for a course only once, must score the appropriate score determined by their academic department to receive credit, and must complete all challenge exams within their first two quarters of attendance. Students who do not earn the minimum required score on any challenge exam must take the course as required in the curriculum. (Students attempting to exempt keyboarding courses must score a B or better on all sections of the examination to earn credit.)

Credits earned by examination are considered in the same way as transfer credits and are not used in the computation of the student's grade point average. Students may not earn more than 60% of their total credits or 50% of their major credits through credit by examination, transfer credit, or a combination thereof.

CLEPDSST, and AP exams can be submitted for evaluation for course credit. The guidelines for awarding credit are available from the Executive Vice President.

Transferability of Credits to Other Colleges

Similar to most colleges, the transfer of credit to and from South College can be uncertain for two important reasons. Every campus designs coursework to reflect the integrity and quality of its own degrees/credentials and will want to honor that design in the review and evaluation of transfer work. Moreover, South College students will many times begin work in their major and career field during the first academic year. Every attempt will be made to give students requesting credit transfer to South College a thorough appraisal related to their educational goals at the college. Students considering transfer to other colleges and universities should consult with the registrar at those institutions concerning the courses completed at South College. South College does not guarantee that credits earned at South College will be accepted by another college.

Transferability of Credit Disclosure Statement

Credits earned at South College may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by South College. You should obtain confirmation that SouthCollege will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at SouthCollege to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at South College prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from South College to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at South College if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of South College and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at South College before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Immunizations Requirements


All new on ground students enrolling in classes at South College are now required by the State of Tennessee to submit certain immunization documentation. Students new to South College in August 2011 or thereafter must minimally provide proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicellaa (chicken pox). Students may enroll with documentation of one dose of each required vaccine by the date specified for their enrollment period. The minimum immunization requirements and exemptions to the requirements are discussed in the admissions process.