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What's Next?
Once you've received an offer of admission, you may find it helpful to refer to this overview of next steps to take you from the point of admission to eventual enrollment.

For more detailed information, log in to MySVA, the School of Visual Art's online portal, using the username and password listed on your acceptance letter. From the Admissions tab on MySVA, you can view a list of next steps, download important documents and forms and access your SVA e-mail account.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Submit a nonrefundable enrollment fee of $500 to Admissions at Enrollment fees received after the uniform reply date of May 1, 2020 will be processed as space remains available in your chosen department.

Billing Information

Once you are registered, you will receive a bill for tuition and fees. Payment of this bill is due August 1, 2020 for students starting Fall 2020 and December 1, 2019 for students starting Spring 2020.

You will also be able to view and pay your bill online by visiting the Student Accounts section of our website. 

To discuss payment plan options, please contact the Student Accounts office at 212.592.2080 or

Credit by Examination

Students may receive exemptions and/or credit for successful completion of the following:

  • For the exam score of 5, SVA will award 3 elective credits in studio for AP Art, and for scores of 4 or 5 in selected Art History, and Humanities and Sciences courses. Neither credits, nor exemptions are given for the English Language AP examination.

  • For the score of 5, 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, higher-level (HL) examinations, SVA may award 3 credits per subject up to 12 credits. Exemptions from humanities requirements may also be granted for certain subjects provided that the subject area is compatible with SVA’s curriculum.

  • Minimum score of 60 on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations

  • A score of 700 or better on the SAT I (Critical Writing) exam is required for a student to be exempted from HCD-1020, Writing and Literature I. A score of 750 or better on the SAT I (Critical Writing) exam is required for a student to be exempted from both HCD-1020 and HCD-1025, Writing and Literature II.

  • For GCE A-Level exams with grades of C or better and CAPE exams with grades of 1, 2 or 3, exemptions and credit may be awarded. Students must have their examination certificates evaluated by an external evaluation agency.

Placement and exemption from humanities and studio course requirements will not be automatic. Credit awards and exemptions will be assessed on an individual, case-by-case basis. For exemption from studio requirements, students must submit a digital portfolio to be reviewed. Contact Admissions for further information. 

Deferral of Admission

Admitted students can request to defer their admission to a future term. Deferrals of admission are only granted for a maximum of one academic year. After one year, students must reapply to the college. Admissions must receive a deferral request form prior to the start of the semester in which the student was accepted.

Students who attend another institution prior to starting at SVA will be required to submit official updated transcripts and portfolio to aid in the transfer evaluation process. A student’s placement is contingent upon portfolio quality, credits earned, the department chair’s approval and the sequence of the current curriculum.

Re-entry applicants are not permitted to defer and must reapply to the College.

Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education, making sure to list SVA's Title IV code-007468 on the form. Once your FAFSA result is on file at SVA, you will receive a notification within 2 to 3 weeks to view your award letter on WebAdvisor accessible from MySVA. If you have not yet submitted the FAFSA, you can do so online at

The Financial Aid office can be contacted at 212.592.2030 or

Please note that only citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible for need-based financial aid.


Submit the nonrefundable $400 housing placement fee at along with your nonrefundable $500 enrollment fee to secure housing. New students will be placed in housing on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residence Life will email instructions for completing the online housing application to your SVA email address accessible via MySVATheir office can be contacted at 212.592.2140 or

International Applicants

After submitting the nonrefundable enrollment fee, you will gain access to a portal called Terra Dotta, accessible via MySVA. Through Terra Dotta, you will submit the required financial documentation and be issued an I-20. If you have questions, the International Student Office can be contacted at 212.592.2236 or

For information on student visas and other services, click here.

Language Learning Disabilities

If you have a language learning disability (LLD), contact SVA's LLD coordinator at 212.592.2098 prior to registration to discuss a recommended study plan.

Disability Resources can be contacted at 212.592.2281 or


Orientation for incoming Fall 2020 students will be Monday, August 31 - Friday, September 4, 2020. You will receive an orientation packet from Student Affairs with information on the events and schedule of the orientation program, along with information on student activities and organizations. Information will also be posted at

Student Affairs can be contacted at 212.592.2214 or

Proof of Graduation from High School

Students who will complete high school during the 2019-2020 academic year must confirm graduation by having an official, final transcript forwarded to Admissions prior to the start of classes.

Documents must include graduation date and be issued in or translated to English.

Home-schooled students are required to submit an official GED report.


Once you submit the nonrefundable enrollment fee, you will receive a registration packet which includes details on how to register online.

Registration will begin in early November for Spring 2020 students and early March for Fall 2020 students. The 2019-2020 Registration Book is currently available at

Submit the SVA Student Health form to Student Health and Counseling Services to gain clearance to register. This office can be contacted at 212.592.2246 or at

After the tuition billing deadline, you must contact Student Accounts at 212.592.2080 or to receive financial clearance before you will be able to register.

Scholarship Awards

For Spring 2020 applicants, applicants must complete the admission process by November 1, 2019.

For Fall 2020, complete the admission process by February 1, 2020 if you are a first-time freshman applicant. Award notification will be sent by March 15, 2020. Complete the admission process by March 1, 2020 if you are a transfer applicant. Award notification will be sent by April 15, 2020.

Scholarship recipients must submit the nonrefundable $500 enrollment fee by May 1, 2020 in order to secure their awards.

Please note: Only scholarship recipients are notified of an award.

Start of Classes

The Spring 2020 semester begins on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The Fall 2020 semester begins on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

Transfer Applicants

To receive additional art history or humanities credit, submit official transcripts for course work completed beyond that already on record with Admissions.

To receive additional studio credit, submit a digital portfolio, along with official transcripts for course work completed beyond that already on record with Admissions.

Transfer credit for course work completed prior to matriculation at SVA, that was not reviewed or awarded at the point of admission, will not be reviewed or awarded once a student completes their first semester of study at SVA.

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