General Admissions Policies
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary considers all applicants, regardless of religious affiliation, race, ethnic heritage, gender, age, or physical ability. Students who have graduated from high school or the equivalent (General Education Development (GED) certificate holders), individuals whose high school class has graduated, as well as current high school students who meet the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program criteria or the Supplemental Enrollment criteria may apply for admission to SFBC&TS. Students will be charged a non-refundable registration/application fee.
Admission to the college does not automatically qualify a student for all courses and curricula of the college; some of the course offerings and programs have special prerequisites.
Degree Seeking Applicants
- Application. Complete the application form and return it to the Admissions Office.
- Submit your Personal Testimony and return it with your application.
- Application Fee $75.00. Non-refundable.
- Transcripts. Submit all official transcripts of high school, college, and/or graduate work.
- Letter of recommendation from your pastor.
- Set appointment for Interview
Priority will be given to applications received four (4) weeks or more before the first day of classes each term. All applicants must submit an application for admission, available from the Admissions Office. You may also Apply Now!
International students and students for whom English is their second language must satisfy additional requirements for admission. See International Admissions Policies and Procedures.
Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 at the end of any term will be placed on academic probation. Periodic meetings with the academic advisors are mandatory while remedying the situation. Tutorial services are available, upon request.
Standards of Progress
A student who has not maintained satisfactory progress (Undergraduate – 2.0 GPA or better, Graduate - 3.0 GPA of better) at the end of any quarter will be placed on Academic Probation for the next quarter. If the student has not attained satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period, the student’s educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.
Students who do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy are warned and placed on probation for one term. Students who do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy may appeal to the financial aid committee to have their aid reinstated by submitting a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form to the Office of Student Financial Aid along with supporting documentation of extenuating circumstance. This must be submitted in writing or electronically. This appeal must be completed within one week after the student has been denied Federal Assistance because of Standards of Progress violations. Common circumstances reviewed include:
Notification of action taken by the Office of Student Financial Aid will be made by mail or by email within 20 days of the request.
Financial aid will be awarded at the time of reinstatement provided funds are still available for the current academic year. All costs of attendance incurred during the period of time in which a student is not receiving financial aid are the sole responsibility of the student.
A student who has been dismissed and returns to the school may not receive federal assistance until the student has re-establish satisfactory academic progress.
Students will be provided a written progress or grade report at the end of each quarter. A copy of the report will be placed in the student’s permanent file maintained by the school.
Time Frame represents the maximum number of SFBC attempted credits for which the student may receive financial aid funding. For each student, Time Frame is computed individually according to the following formula:
(Published Program Length) x 150%
Students will be ineligible to receive financial aid funding for credits attempted beyond the Time Frame maximum
Students who receive an Incomplete ("I") grade or who repeat courses will be ineligible to receive aid beyond the time frame for completion of a degree regardless of whether they have completed the necessary course requirements for the degree.
Students who receive a failing grade ("F") in all of their courses will be required to submit documentation that they attended classes or be subject to repayment of their financial aid.
All new students will receive an advisor or counselor contact upon admission to the college. Academic advisors and counselors are available to provide information on skill prerequisites, help students plan class schedules, discuss curriculum choices, and provide academic personal support. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor or counselor prior to their first semester and at least annually thereafter. As student’s progress in their program of study, advisors or counselor can identify courses that remain to be completed.
Attendance (“Commuter”) only
Attendance will be taken at all class sessions. A substantial portion of student grades is participation in class discussion. South Florida Bible College believes class interaction is necessary to enrich student education. Prompt and consistent attendance is expected for all students enrolled at South Florida Bible College. Chapel attendance is mandatory. On chapel nights, attendance will be taken by the students’ teachers as part of the students’ grades.
- Unexcused Absence - When a student has four (4) unexcused absences from any one course, it will result in automatic withdrawal from that course, which may result in failure of that course.
- Excused Absence - To qualify as an “excused absence”, your absence must be approved by your instructor prior to the class. Excused absences are not cause for automatic withdrawal or reduction of final score.
- Tardiness - Classes start promptly at the scheduled time. “Tardy” is defined as being at least fifteen (15) minutes late to class. Three (3) “tardies” will be counted as one (1) unexcused absence
General Equivalency Diploma
Persons with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) from any state must achieve a minimum total SAT score of 960 or an ACT score of 20. Applicants with a GED should also submit high school transcripts from any school attended.
Non-traditional High School Program
Persons applying for admission who are participating in a non-traditional high school program must present credentials equivalent to those listed above. If the program is not measured in Carnegie Units, a minimum test score of 960 is required on the SAT (reading and math) or a 20 composite score on the ACT.
Transfer Admissions Requirements
SFBC&TS will accept credits for relevant subjects from other schools accredited either b the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE; formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges), or any other regionally accredited institution. The acceptance of credits from a non-accredited school will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students must complete at least 50% (fifty percent) of their major with SFBC&TS. A transfer student who has been a full-time student for at least one semester and who has earned 12 or more semester hours of credit acceptable by SFBC&TS will not be required to submit ACT/SAT scores or a high school transcript.
Transferring with fewer than 60 credits:
- Applicants must present a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (4.0=A) on all attempted college work.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
- Applicants must also meet all freshman admissions requirements as stated in the freshman admissions section.
Transferring with more than 60 credits
In order to consider an applicant as an incoming junior, the student must submit transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, cumulatively indicating the completion of 60 or more transferable credits by the application entry term. If you have received credit through examinations such as, but not exclusively, the College level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP), you must provide official exam results as well.
- Applicants must present a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on all attempted college work.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
Transferring with an Associate of Arts Degree from an accredited college:
- Students awarded an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college are admissible to SFBC&TS.
All undergraduate transfer and second baccalaureate students who have completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign credentials evaluated by an accredited independent evaluation service. For a list of accredited evaluations services please see the list of frequently used National Associate of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Members. The evaluation should contain a course-by-course description and a grade point average from each institution attended. Please do not send foreign credentials to SFBC&TS. Please send them directly to the evaluation agency.
Non-Degree Seeking Applicants
Check “Enrichment” on the application.
Students may apply for admission to credit courses on a non-credit basis as auditors. Students may change from audit to credit or credit to audit only during the official drop and add period.
Conditional Admission of Transfer Students
Transfer students who do not have on file official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, if required, and any additional documents required by SFBC&TS may be granted conditional admission. No transfer students are allowed to enroll for a second term unless all required admissions records have been received by SFBC&TS prior to registration for the second term. The responsibility for providing all required documents rests with the student.
If all required admission records are not received by SFBC&TS prior to issuance of first-term grades, the grades are reported on the transcript; however, the transcript will read CONTINUED ENROLLMENT DENIED PENDING RECEIPT OF ADMISSION RECORDS. This notation is removed from the transcript only on receipt of required admission records.
Initial Academic Status of Transfer Students
Transfer students whose cumulative grade point average at the transfer institution(s) is 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale are admitted on CLEAR academic status.
A transfer student whose cumulative grade point average at the transfer institution(s) is less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is admitted only on ACADEMIC PROBATION. The transcript will read ADMITTED ON ACADEMIC PROBATION.
Applicants who have been academically suspended from another postsecondary institution may be admitted as transfer students only after appeal to the Admissions and Academics Standards Committee. If transfer students are admitted on appeal, they will enter the College on Academic Probation. The transcript will read ADMITTED UPON APPEAL – ACADEMIC PROBATION.
Admission of Students Seeking Readmission
Students returning to SFBC&TS after two (2) or more terms of non-attendance, excluding summer term, are required to submit an application for readmission and official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended since the last date of attendance at SFBC&TS.
Dual Enrollment Program
This program is designed to provide an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit. High school credit may or may not be granted according to the discretion of the participating high school. Dual enrollment affords students educational enrichment in specific areas where unusual ability and interest are displayed, especially in courses and academic areas not available in the student’s high school. Please note: Students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program are not eligible for Title IV funding.
Qualifications for the Dual Enrollment Program
1. Be working toward high school graduation requirements.
2. Have attained junior or senior high school standing prior to applying for the program.
Application Procedures for the Dual Enrollment Program
1. Complete a College application.
2. Submit written approval from their authorized high school official each semester of attendance.
3. Mail or bring the application and letter of authorization to the SFBC&TS Admissions Office prior to enrolling in classes. Applicants may Apply Now!
4. Comply with basic skills assessment and any additional approvals or prerequisites established by the department for the course(s) in which the student wishes to enroll.
Appeal Process for Denial of College Admission
Applicants who meet minimum requirements and are denied admission to the college may appeal the denial. The decision to admit or uphold denial of admission will be based upon the individual merits of the appeal. Appeals submitted with insufficient time to complete the appeal process (eight working days) by the first day of class will be reviewed for the following semester. The appeal process shall consist of the following steps:
Step 1: Admissions Staff Member
If an Admissions staff member denies admission to the applicant, the Admissions staff member shall provide the applicant with a copy of the appeal process. If the applicant wishes to appeal the denial, the staff member shall arrange an appeal meeting with the Dean of Admissions within two (2) working days of the denial.
Step 2: The Board of Appeals
The Dean of Admissions shall convene the Board of Appeals within three (3) working days of the applicant’s appeal to the Board and advise the applicant of the date, time and location of the appeal meeting. The Board of Appeals Chairperson shall notify the applicant of the Board’s decision within three (3) working days from the date of the applicant’s appeal meeting and shall provide the applicant with a written copy of the decision. The Board of Appeals shall consist of the following members:
Dean of Student Relations
Member of the Faculty
Dean of Admissions
The decision of the Admissions Board of Appeals is final and will be reached by simple majority vote. A copy of the Board of Appeals decision shall be maintained in the Admissions Office for two (2) years.
Returning students are eligible for readmission only if they are in good standing for the last term of attendance. Students who are not in good standing or who have not served designated suspension periods may request readmission by appeal to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.
The College reserves the right to deny admission to an applicant because of past misconduct, regardless of location, that may adversely affect the college community. Therefore, it is important for all applicants to provide complete and accurate information on the admissions application in regard to disciplinary action for scholastic or any other type of misconduct.
Information contained in a student’s educational record becomes the property of the college and will not be released or copied to the student or a third party. A third party shall be defined as anyone other than the student but does not include, faculty, staff, and agents of the college having responsibility for working with the student in registration, counseling, financial aid or any other activity directly related to the student’s academic program. The student must provide written consent for any third party, other than the college staff, to access the student’s educational record.
Masters Degree Candidates
In addition to the General Procedures listed above, the student must:
1. Have earned a Baccalaureate degree from a recognized College or University (one hundred twenty (120) hours credit or more, including transfer and assessed credit).
2. Submit a full set of transcripts of all colleges and/or graduate schools attended. Catalogs may be requested from those schools listed on the transcripts.
3. Write a Masters Thesis. The Thesis must be typewritten, double spaced, and not less than fifty (50) pages, covering a topic in the student’s field of study. It must cite twenty (20) different sources. The Thesis is in addition to the program requirements. The Thesis is six (6) credit hours. There is a one (1) year time limit for the Thesis. After completion of their course of study, two (2) professionally bound copies are to be provided to SFBC&TS.
Distance Learning Policy
SFBC&TS’ goals, objectives, missions, statements of faith, program criteria, etc., are the same for all students. Distance learners must fulfill the same forty-hours-per-year Christian service requirement (usually performed weekly) as commuter students.
Many pastors, ministers, missionaries, church workers, and other professionals often desire a quality Christian education, but are unable to meet attendance requirements at a local college because of busy work schedules and personal constraints. SFBC&TS’ Distance Learning program permits students to pursue degrees or courses for personal enrichment in the comfort of their own homes, based on their own schedules.
Although convenient, distance learning is not a shortcut to earning a degree. All programs use the same curricula and courses taken by students who attend on-campus classes. There is no differentiation in the value of credits, awards, or degrees earned.
SFBC&TS classes are offered traditionally for local students and creatively for distance-learning students. CD-ROM based instructional media, non-Internet delivery, such as intensive weekend seminars, or in some combination of these methods, based upon the needs and the requirements of the individual academic program developed for the student. External courses must be completed within ninety days.
All courses, except the Ph.D. programs, are available via distance learning or external studies to anyone, anywhere. Requirements include the following:
*E-mail (Ability to send and receive attachments)
*Ability to meet financial requirements
*Ability to obtain required textbooks via SFBC&TS or other vendors from USA.
Degree program students must maintain at least twelve credits per year to remain active. Non-degree students must maintain at least six credits per year to remain active. Because traditional semesters do not exist for the distance learner, motivated students can complete programs in less time than on-campus students.
Upon completion of all requirements, distance learners may participate in the annual June commencement ceremony.
Various programs at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary have been approved by the Veteran’s Administration for benefits to VA students. Students who may be eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration program should contact the Student Financial Aid Office on campus well in advance of their first registration at the College and Seminary.
The following standards of progress are applicable to those students who receive VA educational benefits (VA Students):
· A VA student who has not maintained satisfactory progress (Undergraduate - 2.0 GPA or better, Graduate - 3.0 GPA of better) at the end of any quarter will be placed on Academic Probation for the next quarter. If the student has not attained satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period, the student’s VA educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.
· A VA student whose educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the school to be re-certified after one quarter has elapsed. The school may re-certify the student only if there is a reasonable likelihood the student will be able to attain and maintain satisfactory progress for the remainder of the program.
· VA students will be provided a written progress or grade report at the end of each quarter. A copy of the report will be placed in the student’s permanent file maintained by the school.