Application Requirements


 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

  • Submit the completed application form with attached $75 USD application fee and mail to the Admissions Office.
  • 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® /IELTSTM/TOEIC® exam.

Notice: SVU does not provide visa services nor does it vouch for the status of students for purposes of a visa. The only language of instruction is English.

Additional Instructions for Applicants Whose Degree is from a Non-US Institution

Applicants must also provide:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Instructions for Applicants Whose Native Language is not English

Original IELTSTM 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: 3600) or in person. Information and applications for TOEFL® , IELTSTM, 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® TOEIC Service International
TOEIC Testing Program
Educational Testing Service
Rosedale Road
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.


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.

SVU has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university. SVU does not currently enroll any students pursuant to a transfer or articulation agreement with another institution, nor does it have any transfer or articulation agreements with other institutions to accept credits from SVU.