SCU’s Application Process
Please use this checklist to collect your application components. Applicants should apply approximately one year prior to their anticipated entry date, and only completed application files will be reviewed. Applicants are required to participate in a final interview prior to matriculation. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision on admission to Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). A $250 non-refundable deposit for each program is required upon acceptance to the University.
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Make check or money order payable to: SCU. Credit card payments are accepted through the online application for admission.
All essays must be typed with correct spelling and grammar, one-page single-spaced or two-page double-spaced (minimum) length, and include the following areas:
- A personal history and indication of why you are pursuing the selected degree program
- Your understanding of the field
- A summary of your academic background and strengths and how they have prepared you for the acupuncture and oriental medicine or chiropractic degree
One must be from a chiropractor, acupuncture/oriental medicine practitioner, or other health care professional.
Request that your official high school transcript or equivalent be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. An official certification of the California High School Proficiency Examination will also satisfy this requirement. SCU recognizes home schooling as a viable educational alternative; however, home schooled applicants will be required to submit a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). High school equivalency diplomas are issued by states to eligible applicants who pass the qualifying examinations. Specific age eligibility and required proof thereof are required. SCU adheres to the regulations governing eligibility established by the California State Education Department and will accept a GED from qualified applicants.
Request that each college or university you have attended send transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions. All applicants who have attended foreign institutions must submit official college and university transcripts accompanied by notarized English translations AND must submit course by course equivalency information and translations through the World Education Service (WES), (212) 966-6311.
In compliance with federal, state and local government requirements, Southern California University of Health Sciences does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition (as determined under California employment laws), or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or qualified disabled veteran in the administration of its educational programs, school-administered programs, publications or in its employment practices.
Currently enrolled SCU students seeking to enter a new program of study must apply formally by means of a written application for admission. The application fee is waived for all current students. The admissions interview is required for all current students. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.
Formerly enrolled SCU students who are not on an active leave of absence and who plan to apply for readmission must submit a written application for admission.
The application fee is required for all returning students.
The admissions interview is required for all returning students.
If another institution of higher learning was attended after leaving SCU, official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.
The Office of Admissions reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.
The SCU statute of limitations policy limits the amount of time allowed to elapse between a student’s original enrollment in a program of study and completion of that program (see Academic Catalog).
SCU seeks to facilitate the full participation of disabled applicants in the application and admissions interview process. SCU makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
SCU will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the application and admissions interview process must notify the Office of Admissions in writing to the address below. All information will be kept strictly confidential.