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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 user name 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. Enrollment fees received after the uniform reply date of May 1, 2016 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, 2016 for students starting Fall 2016 and December 1, 2015 for students starting Spring 2016.

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 212.592.2415 or studentaccounts@sva.edu.

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 (Verbal) 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 (Verbal) 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov

The Financial Aid office can be contacted at 212.592.2030 or fa@sva.edu

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

Proof of Graduation from High School

Students who will be completing high school during the 2015-2016 academic year must confirm graduation by having an official, final transcript forwarded to Admissions prior to the start of classes.

Housing

Submit an $800 housing deposit ($300 nonrefundable placement fee and $500 security deposit) along with your enrollment fee to the Office of Admissions.

Residence Life will e-mail instructions for completing the online housing application to your SVA e-mail address accessible via MySVA.


Residence Life can be contacted at 212.592.2140 or reslife@sva.edu.

International Applicants

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

Because of the time needed to issue and process the I-20 paperwork required for your student visa, we recommend you submit the enrollment fee as soon as possible upon receipt of your decision letter. Please note that the I-20 will not be issued until all financial documentation (DOF & VOF) has been submitted and deemed sufficient.

Please note that your Declaration of Finances (DOF) and Verification of Finances (VOF) letter from your bank must be dated within one year of initial enrollment (start date of classes) at SVA in order to receive I-20 paperwork.

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

The International Student Office can be contacted at 212.592.2236 or iso@sva.edu.

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 Services can be contacted at 212.592.2281 or disabilityservices@sva.edu.

Orientation

New Student Orientation for the fall begins on Sunday, August 30, 2015 and runs through Friday, September 4, 2015. 

New Student Orientation for the spring begins on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

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 www.sva.edu/orientation.

Student Affairs can be contacted at 212.592.2214 or studentaffairs@sva.edu.

Registration

Once you submit the nonrefundable enrollment fee, you will receive a registration packet which includes details on how to register online. The 2015-2016 Registration Book is available at sva.edu/regbook. Registration will begin in early March for fall 2016 students and early November for spring 2016 students.

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 health@sva.edu

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

Scholarship Awards

For Fall 2016, complete the admission process by February 1, 2016 if you are a first-time freshman applicant. Award notification will be sent by March 15, 2016. Complete the admission process by March 1, 2016 if you are a transfer applicant. Award notification will be sent by April 15, 2016.

For Spring 2016 applicants, applicants must complete the admission process by November 1, 2015.

Scholarship recipients must submit the nonrefundable $500 enrollment fee by May 1, 2016 in order to secure their awards.

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

Start of Classes

The Fall 2015 semester begins on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

The Spring 2016 semester begins on Monday, January 11, 2016.

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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