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Transfer Student Admission


Non-Nursing Majors

Admission Requirements

Applicants from other accredited colleges/universities may be considered for admission to Saint Xavier University if they present evidence of at least a 2.0/4.0 grade-point average in all college-level coursework, unless noted below. Applicants with less than a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average in all college-level coursework will still be considered and have their application reviewed by the Admission Committee.

Transfer students are encouraged to call the Office of Admission to schedule an appointment for transfer evaluation and/or to request materials.

Application Procedures for Transfer Students

Applicants should submit the following to the Office of Admission:

  • A completed SXU application.
  • An official transcript sent from each institution attended where college courses have been attempted.
  • An official high school transcript or GED score report if fewer than 30 credit hours of college credit has been earned.
  • For transfer students under 23 years of age and with fewer than 30 credit hours of transfer credit, an ACT or SAT score report is also required if that information is not included on the high school transcript.
  • A personal statement may be required, discussing past academic experiences and future plans for success at Saint Xavier University. If planning to be a nursing major, an essay is required and should include reasons for choosing this major.

After notification of admission, the transfer student will receive an evaluation of his/her previous work from the Office of Records and Advising at Saint Xavier University. This evaluation will include the number of transfer credits accepted and the extent to which the student has satisfied Saint Xavier University core requirements.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants and applicants to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program as a post-baccalaureate student:

  • Minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative college grade-point average (30 college credits or more)

Education Majors

Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for full admission to the School of Education:

  • Minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative college grade-point average
    • Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 college credit hours completed must submit a final high school transcript or GED score report. High school transcripts must have the minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average requirement.
  • Meet the State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirements. Requirements can be met in one of seven ways:
    • A passing score on all four sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).
    • A passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (either the 096 or 300 exam), which was replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the combined English/writing -- for ACT tests taken prior to September 2015. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports.)
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in writing - for ACT tests taken between September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports.)
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 in writing - for ACT tests taken after September 1, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports.)
    • A composite score on the SAT of 1030 (Critical Reading + Mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on Writing -- For SAT tests taken prior to March 5, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different SAT score reports.)
    • A composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language - For SAT tests taken on or after March 5, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different SAT score reports.)

Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for conditional admission as a transfer education major:

  • Minimum 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative college grade-point average
    • Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 college credit hours completed must submit a final high school transcript or GED score report. High school transcripts must meet the minimum 2.5 cumulative grade-point average requirement.
  • Demonstrate progress toward passing the State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirements (progress can be demonstrated in one of four ways):
    • Minimum ACT composite score of 20
    • Minimum SAT combined score of 950 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT taken prior to March 5, 2016
    • A composite score of 1030 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1030 or higher) on the SAT taken on or after March 5, 2016
    • Passing 2 out of 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

Transfer applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for conditional admission to education can be considered for admission to other University programs.

Transfer applicants admitted conditionally as a transfer education major must meet the full admission criteria listed above by the end of the first semester in which the candidate is enrolled in coursework at SXU.

Nursing (Traditional BSN) Majors

Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for admission:

  • A 2.75/4.0 cumulative grade-point average is required in all college-level coursework for transfer students.
  • An in-depth essay on why the applicant wants to be a nurse and why he or she has chosen Saint Xavier University.
  • A proficient ATI TEAS test score is required for consideration of admission into the SXU School of Nursing. Only the first two ATI TEAS test attempts are allowed.
  • A college biology and a college chemistry class is required before applying.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours at Saint Xavier while maintaining a cumulative 2.75 grade-point average may be needed before he or she can begin the nursing curriculum.

Deadlines

Students must complete the entire application process by the deadline in order to be considered for admission. See transfer nursing deadline details.

Application Procedure for Transfer Nursing Students

In order to complete an application, all students must complete the following steps:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit an in-depth essay on why the applicant wants to be a nurse and why he or she has chosen Saint Xavier University.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Read and agree to a list of essential abilities and behaviors.
  • ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) scores. Only the first two ATI TEAS test attempts are allowed.

The ATI TEAS test, administered through ATI Testing is a requirement of all students interested in applying to Saint Xavier University's School of Nursing. Only the ATI TEAS will be accepted, any student who has taken a previous version must take the ATI TEAS exam. For more information, students should review the following information:

  • Exam information from ATI.
  • ATI TEAS testing information, including study guides and practice exams.
  • Registration for the ATI TEAS is available on our Saint Xavier University's testing registration page. Students may also contact their local community colleges to see if the ATI TEAS test is administered at those locations.

Nursing (Accelerated-BSN) Majors

Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the following requirement will be considered for admission:

  • A minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade-point average with an earned baccalaureate.

Application Procedure for Accelerated Nursing Students

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a current resume or brief curriculum vitae.
  • Submit an in-depth essay (300-500 words) describing reasons for career change and choosing nursing as a major. Explain any attributes or characteristics that demonstrate you are a good candidate for an Accelerated Nursing Program and your career goals as a nurse.
  • Complete an interview with the School of Nursing.

Nursing (RN-BSN Online Option) Majors

Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the following requirement will be considered for admission:

  • Diploma or associate degree in nursing from an accredited program (ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC).
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale.
  • Current, active RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). All students must maintain licensure throughout the program of study.
  • Completion of Penn State online learning readiness quiz (used with permission, obtained by Yue Ma of CIDAT, SXU).
  • TOEFL scores of 92 TOEFL iBtT, or 580 paper-based TOEFL or 7.0 IELTS.

Application Procedure for RN-BSN Nursing Students

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Submit proof of a current, active RN license in the US or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
  • Complete the Penn State online learning survey.

Additional Information

Students who are interested in finding out more information and have additional questions are encouraged to sign up for a Nursing Information Session held several times a month by the Office of Admission. You may also request more information.

Students are also encouraged to review the following links for more information: