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Requirements for Adult and Professional Admissions

Required credits

To apply for admission to an accelerated degree program, you will first need to show proof of prior completion of 58 credit hours. If you don’t have the 58 credits required for admission, it’s no problem. There are various ways to accumulate credit toward the required 58 credits.

First, you can pick up the extra credits at either a local community college or right here at Spring Arbor University. If you have already attended college, obtain your college transcripts and count up the number of college credits you have. If you have graduated from an accredited university, or one that works with the MACRAO agreement, you may be able to transfer the college credits you already have.

In addition to courses you have taken previously, we also accept the credits earned from various academic tests you’ve taken that prove your proficiency in a particular academic area. You can arrange to take a test, which might help you gain college credit.

Once enrolled in a program…

Once you have been accepted and enrolled in your program of choice, it is possible you could earn credit for prior learning experiences you have had. Credit can be earned by writing life-learning papers demonstrating appropriate college-level learning. Documented learning from professional training, seminars and licenses can also be evaluated. Please ask your admissions representative about the prior learning credit option available to enrolled students.

How To Enroll

It’s simple and easy to enroll at SAU. You’ll find our enrollment process clear and you’ll get quick results from your face-to-face instruction. Be sure to review the general admission requirements for adult and professional programs. We’ll guide you through three easy steps:

We’ll guide you through three easy steps:

  1. The Application Process

    You can apply online for free. Click the link and follow the instructions in the application. To assist you, we’ve also provided an application checklist for you to get specific information prior to filling out the application:
    Submit your autobiographical outline: Once you submit your online application, you can complete your autobiographical outline.
    Send us your college transcripts: Contact each school you have attended and ask them to send us your transcripts. You can also download the transcript request form, follow the instructions and send them to your nearest regional site.
    Submit a writing sample: The writing sample guide is included in the application packet.

    We want to get you ready to start class as soon as possible, so make sure you send your materials to the regional site nearest you. If you are unsure of where to send your materials, you may mail them to our main campus and specify it is for the bachelor’s degree completion program.106 E. Main St.
    Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799

  2. Apply for Financial Aid

    Financial aid at SAU is simple and easy. It boils down to three easy steps:
    Financial aid is even easier. Just fill out the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the government’s means of determining what aid is available for you. It usually takes about 55 minutes to fill out, but it is the essential first step to getting aid. We provide a FAFSA worksheet to shorten your time filling it out. After completing the FAFSA, our financial aid office will put together a custom financial aid package which will include federal and state grants and federal loan options.
    Apply for loans: We will be able to provide you options for low-interest federal loans for higher education after you complete your FAFSA. Contact your admissions representative or the Financial Aid Office.
    Apply for Grants: Every year there is over one billion dollars of unclaimed grant money for college students.

  3. Register For Class

    Once you have received an acceptance letter and financial aid package, the next step is to register for class. You can do this at your regional face-to-face with your academic advisor. They will work with you to put together a timeline and class schedule that will fit your busy schedule. Best of all, you’ll be able to see the entire process, including your graduation date.

Schedule a Learning Site Visit

To assist in the decision-making process, students are invited to schedule a visit at any one of our graduate-studies locations.  To schedule a visit or to meet with an admissions representative, select the learning site where you’re interested in attending on our learning sites page. Each site location provides general contact information, directions, the contact names and information for each of the admissions representatives at each site.

Program admission requirements

In addition to having the required 58 credits, there may be program-specific admission requirements you may have to satisfy before you are accepted into the program of your choice. Click on the link below that will take you to a list of the Adult and Professional programs.

View Adult and Professional Programs