Learning, Doing, Growing

Southwestern Adventist University believes in the development of the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

Opportunities Abound

We are more concerned with the quality of our many small programs than the development of bigger ones. As such, the educational focus is personal, and students have many opportunities to flourish.

An International Flavor

With students from more than two dozen countries, Southwestern offers the young person an opportunity to meet and interact while learning how the rest of the world lives.

Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Southwestern’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy specifies the standards a student must maintain to be considered making progress in his/her course of study.  The policy also establishes the criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish his/her eligibility for federal/state financial assistance.

Qualitative and Quantitative Components

SWAU’s satisfactory progress policy contains a qualitative component which requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of each semester for undergraduate students and a 3.0 for graduate students.  The quantitative satisfactory progress policy requires completion of a specified percentage of the coursework attempted as well as a maximum number of credits that may be attempted for the completion of a degree.

Attempted HoursCompletion Percentage Required
at 2350%
at 5558%
at 8967%


Each credit hour completed has a percentage minimum completion rate, beginning at 50% and ending at a minimum of 67% for cumulative credits of 90 or greater.

Maximum Attempted Hours
Bachelor Degree192 (128 hour degree) 180 (120 hour degree)
Associate Degree96
  • Transfer hours are included in the qualitative and quantitative standards after the transcripts are evaluated and added to the Southwestern transcript.  At this time, total transfer hours accepted by Southwestern are included in the attempted hours.  
  • Southwestern’s satisfactory progress policy for graduate students contains a qualitative component which requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  The quantitative satisfactory progress policy requires completion of 67% of the coursework for the entire program with a maximum of 54 credit hours attempted.
  • Students who find that they have exceeded the maximum time allowed for completing a degree because of a change in majors, will need to go through the appeal process for a determination as to whether they may continue to receive federal student aid.  The degree audit will be reviewed as a part of the appeal process.

Treatment of Incompletes

Treatment of Incompletes, Withdrawals, Repetitions, Non-Credit Remedial Courses, Second Degrees, and First-time SAP Problems

  • Classes with incomplete grades or any other grade other than A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, P, or W are treated as a failing grade in the SAP GPA calculation. All courses on the student's transcript count as credit hours attempted toward both pace and maximum timeframe.
  • Only grades of D- or better are considered completed hours in the quantitative standards for progress.  Withdrawals and letter grades of ‘F’ are included in the attempted hours.  
  • A repeated class is counted in the quantitative standards each time hours are attempted and one for completed hours. The highest grade earned will be used in calculating the GPA.
  • A student may take six hours of non-credit remedial courses along with for-credit classes.  Remedial courses do not count as credit toward the student’s degree.  The remedial course GPA and credit hours are included in the semester totals on the student's transcript, but not in the cumulative totals. Non-credit remedial courses are included in the total attempted hours, total earned hours, and the cumulative GPA for Satisfactory Academic Progress purposes.
  • All remedial ESL classes are counted in the attempted hours and included in the cumulative GPA for SAP purposes.
  • Transfer credits that become a part of the student's Southwestern academic transcript are included in the SAP calculation for GPA, attempted hours, and earned hours.

Monitoring Satisfactory Academic Progress

Southwestern monitors satisfactory academic progress at the end of each fall, spring and summer semester.  Student Financial Services is responsible for monitoring progress and for notifying students when they don't meet satisfactory academic progress and what they must do to regain financial aid eligibility.