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  • January 11 -  Spring 2016 undergraduate and graduate classes begin
  • January 13 - 26 - Course adjustment period
  • January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; college closed
  • January 26 - last day to register for spring independent study courses
  • March 7 - 13 - spring break
  • March 14 - online registration begins for fall 2016 and spring 2017 courses
  • May 2 - spring 2016 classes end

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 212.592.2200 or registrar@sva.edu.
REGISTERED UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS: Remember to pick up your Spring 2016 ID sticker in the Registrar's Office prior to the start of classes!

To search a public listing of current course offerings at SVA, click here and select the Search the Course Catalog link. Course details, such as date, time, location, and required textbooks are all viewable through the WebAdvisor portal.


- Requests must be in writing and include a signature. Download the form here.
- Transcripts are free of charge.
- Allow up to 5 days for processing.
- Transcripts cannot be emailed or faxed.
- The student's account must be free of any holds.

- Requests must be in writing and include a signature. Download the form here.
- Enrollment letters are free of charge.
- Allow up to 5 days for processing.
- Letters can be emailed or faxed.

The request form is located in the Downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage, or by clicking here.

-In Person: 205 East 23rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves)
-Fax: 212-592-2069
-Mail: Registrar, 209 East 23rd Street, NYC 10010
-Email: registrar@sva.edu
-Online: Log in to MySVA and click on the “Academic Profile” link under the WebAdvisor menu. If you need assistance with your MySVA account, visit myaccount.sva.edu or contact the HelpDesk at 212.592.2400 or helpdesk@sva.edu.

The request form is located in the Downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage, or by clicking here.

If you are not a current or former student at SVA and you would like to obtain verification of a student’s enrollment or any degree(s) received, please submit your request to the National Student Clearinghouse at www.degreeverify.org or by mail at the following address:

National Student Clearinghouse
2300 Dulles Station Boulevard, Suite 300
Herndon, VA 20171

WebAdvisor is an online portal that provides up-to-date academic information.
  • Use your login credentials to access my.sva.edu 
  • Look for the WebAdvisor heading on the right side of the page
  • Click on Academic Profile Menu.  You will reach a menu that will include links to your schedule, grades, transcript request and other options.
  • To search for open classes, click here and select the Search the Course Catalog link.

The GoSVA mobile application also provides current information on your class schedule and rosters. You can download the app to your mobile device via the App Store or the Google Play Store.  

If you forget your MySVA username and/or password, visit myaccount.sva.edu to reset your credentials.

If you experience other technical problems, contact the IT Helpdesk at 212-592-2400 or helpdesk@sva.edu.



Known by its acronym, FERPA, this important legislation guarantees students certain rights regarding their education records (records that include, but are not limited to, grades, financial records, and other personal information). FERPA applies to all students attending SVA, regardless of age.

Student FERPA Rights

  • The right to inspect and review your educational records. You may submit a written request to the Registrar that specifies the record(s) you wish to inspect. SVA will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected.
  • The right to request the amendment of your education records that you believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights under FERPA. To do this, simply write the SVA office responsible for the record, make clear which part you want changed, and specify what you feel is inaccurate or misleading. If SVA decides not to amend the record, the College will notify you in writing of the decision and advise you of your right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
  • The right to agree to disclosures of personally identifiable information (PII) contained in educational records (information that would make identity easily traceable—e.g., your Social Security number), except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. An example of disclosure without consent would be the opening of your records to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by SVA in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of SVA who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for SVA.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of SVA to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory Information
SVA may disclose Directory Information to third-party organizations without a student’s consent. Such outside organizations may include, but are not limited to, federal and state agencies offering jobs and educational benefits, potential employers, insurance agencies and financial institutions.

“Directory Information” is defined by SVA as: student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, major field of study, enrollment status (undergraduate or graduate, full- or part-time), dates of attendance, and degree(s) conferred. 

If students wish to restrict the disclosure of directory information, they should complete a FERPA Disclosure Form, which is available at the Registrar’s Office and online by clicking here.

The College honors requests to withhold directory information but cannot assume responsibility for contacting a student for subsequent permission to release informa­tion. Regardless of the effect, the College assumes no liability for honoring instructions that such information be withheld.

Disclosure Policy

SVA typically will disclose personally identifiable information (PII) — such as a Social Security number, grades, or other private information — from a student’s education record only with the written consent of the student. However, FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within SVA whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions. 
  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer. SVA will make a reasonable attempt to inform the student before the disclosure, unless the student initiated the request.
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf.
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, SVA, in order to:  (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. 
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
  • To the parent(s) or guardian(s) of an eligible student who claimed the student as a dependent on their most recent income tax return, provided the parent(s) or guardian(s) provide adequate documentation of the dependent status, in writing. Disclosure may not be made without such written documentation.
  • To comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena. SVA will make a reasonable attempt to inform the student before the disclosure, unless ordered not to do so by the subpoena.
  • To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
  • To a victim of an alleged crime of violence, including a non-forcible sex offense.  The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding.
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against them.
  • To parents(s) or guardian(s) of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21.  
  • To Veterans Administration officials, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, military recruiters, or the Internal Revenue Service, under certain conditions.

Student Consent to Allow or Prevent Disclosure

The FERPA Disclosure Form allows students to instruct SVA to do the following: 

  • Allow or prevent disclosure of Directory Information to third parties, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • Allow or prevent disclosure of education records to parents, guardians, or other individuals of the student’s choosing. 

The FERPA Disclosure Form is available in the Registrar’s Office and online by clicking here.


SVA recognizes that many members of our community use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. Therefore, any student, staff, or faculty member may declare a chosen or preferred name to be used where possible across campus.

Use of the chosen or preferred name will be reflected on the following SVA records:

  • Grade rosters

  • Attendance rosters

  • SVA ID cards

  • Mid-term evaluations

  • SVA email display name*

A legal name is required for all other records, including student transcripts, financial aid documents and student invoices, payroll records, and tax documentation. Additionally, all official correspondence from the College will use the legal name.

Students, staff, and faculty members may complete a Chosen/Preferred Name Declaration Form with the Registrar. Changes to a chosen or preferred name will be made in the College’s main database system within 24 hours, but it may take additional time for the name to be reflected in other systems across campus. A preferred name may be changed only once per academic year.

Requests to change a legal name must be accompanied by appropriate documentation (such as a court order, marriage license, federal/state ID, etc.). Students may submit a Legal Name Change Form with the Registrar. Faculty and staff members may contact Human Resources to change their legal name.

* To change your SVA email display name, log in to your SVA email account and follow these instructions.



Online registration for continuing students has ended. Direct any registration questions to your Academic Advisor.

New First-Year and New Transfer Students may register online through November 30, 2015 (Admissions will notify new students when they may register online).

Log in to MyServices Student by clicking below and entering your SVA username and password (the same combination used to log in to MySVA).

Can't log in? Contact the IT Helpdesk at 212-592-2400 or helpdesk@sva.edu.

If you encounter difficulties, see our Troubleshooting Guide or view these instruction documents.

Need help registering? Contact your Academic Advisor directly by phone or email, or call 212.592.2540 or email acadadvis@sva.edu.

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Apostille is a French word which means a certification.  

It is commonly used in English to refer to the legalisation of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.  A document which has been certified with a conformant apostille is accepted for legal use in all the nations that have signed the Hague Convention.

If you require your document to be notarized, please include the exact details of your request on our Transcript & Enrollment Request Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar.

NOTE: Office of the Registrar staff cannot advise on the international apostille process, nor can staff perform steps in the apostille process beyond the production and notarization of a document.  It is your responsibility to follow the apostille procedures outlined by the Department of State Office of Authentications.  


The 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 mandates that institutions must distribute mail-in voter registration forms and make such forms are widely available to students in years when there are elections for federal office, governor or other chief executives within the state [HEA Section 487(a)(23)].

In an effort to comply with the National Voter Registration Act ((42 U.S.C. 1973gg-2(b)), SVA is supplying students with the links below to assist in student voter registration.

New York State Voter Registration Form

National Voter Registration Form

New York State Absentee Ballot Request Form

Hard copy New York State Voter Registration forms are available in the Registrar's office.

For more information, please visit the Student Voting Guide for New York


In the undergraduate program, SVA offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in eleven different disciplines; and in the graduate program we offer the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT), and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS). SVA is honored to welcome veterans to our campus. SVA is a Yellow Ribbon Program participating school.

Beginning in the spring 2016 semester, veterans are eligible for a 20% tuition discount on all continuing education courses. The veteran discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered through the Continuing Education division. To search continuing education courses, click here.

For more information on veteran affairs, contact Gemma Prosper-Brown, Assistant Registrar and Veterans Counselor, at veterans@sva.edu.

The School of Visual Arts has been designated as a Military Friendly School for 2016 by Victory Media Inc.

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