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 HOW TO APPLY!

SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary has always been committed to providing a powerful, Spirit-filled undergraduate experience.  Our primary aim is to assist students in responding to and being equipped for Jesus' commission.

SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary admits students in the Fall, Winter and Spring trimesters. In order to be officially admitted, each applicant must complete an application packet and receive a letter of admission. Applicants meeting admission requirements are considered without regard to race, color, creed, sex, or physical limitations. A high value is placed upon applicants who express a call to ministry.

Below is our application process. Each prospective student must complete the following before and entrance interview can be scheduled.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: Undergraduate

  1. A completed SUM General Application  (Undergraduate application) (International Cohorts Undergraduate Application)
  2. Pastor Reference Form (download) (electronic submission)
  3. General Reference Form (download) (electronic submission)
  4. Official School Records
    • Freshman - If you have never attended college, submit your Official High School Transcripts or proof of GED
    • Transfer - If you have attended college, submit both your Official High School Transcript or GED and your previous college's Official College Transcript
  5. Essay (email to admissions@sum.edu, please attach as a separate document and include your name and desired cohort at the top.)
    The essay should be a 1-page typed, 12-type, and double spaced testimony answering three questions:
            a) How did I become a Christian?
            b) How am I currently serving in my home church?
            c) And upon graduating from SUM, where do I feel the Lord is leading me?

  6. One time non-refundable Application Fee (to pay by card, call 510.567.6174, or mail a check to SUM)
  7. Community Covenant
    (Read and agree to the SUM Statement of FaithCourse Catalog, and Student Handbook)
  8. Student Record Release Authorization (FERPA) (download
  9. Admissions Interview
     

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: Graduate

  1. A completed SUM General Application (U.S. Graduate Application(International Cohorts  Graduate Application)
  2. Pastor Reference Form (download) (electronic submission)
  3. General Reference Form (download) (electronic submission)
  4. Educator Reference Form (download) (electronic submission)
  5. Official College Transcripts 
  6. Essay (email to admissions@sum.edu)
    The essay should be a 1-page typed testimony answering three questions: 
            a) How did I become a Christian? 
            b) How am I currently serving in my home church? 
            c) And upon graduating from SUM, where do I feel the Lord is leading me? 
  7. One time non-refundable Application Fee (to pay by card, call 510.567.6174, or mail a check to SUM)
  8. Community Covenant
    (Read and agree to the SUM Statement of FaithCourse Catalog, and Student Handbook)
  9. Student Record Release Authorization (FERPA) (download)    
  10. Admissions Interview

 

Admissions Decision

Upon being admitted to attend SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary, an admissions letter sent via e-mail will include list of additional steps to take. The admitted applicant will also be required to return their signed agreement to the Student Handbook (which should have been reviewed during the Admissions Process) to the Dean of Student Life.

If SUM is not able to accept an applicant’s request for admission, the College will advise the applicant of the steps recommended to be taken in order to be considered for a future semester.  

Our goal is to send written notification of our admission decision within two weeks of the file being completed. Applicants are welcome to contact the Admissions Office to inquire about the status of their application. 

IMPORTANT DATES (2017-18)

Student applicants can expect these significant dates:

Event Fall Winter Spring
Application Deadline Jul 14, 2017 Oct 27, 2017 Feb 23, 2018
Classes Begin Aug 28, 2017 Nov 27, 2017 Mar 26, 2018
Add / Drop Deadline Sep 8, 2017 Dec 8, 2017 Apr 6, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline Oct 20, 2017 Feb 2, 2018 May 18, 2018
Classes End Nov 10, 2017 Mar 19, 2018 Jun 8, 2018

IMPORTANT DATES (2018-19)

Student applicants can expect these significant dates:

Event Fall Winter Spring
Application Deadline Jul 6, 2018 Oct 26, 2018 Feb 22, 2019
Classes Begin Aug 27, 2018 Nov 26, 2018 Mar 18, 2019
Add / Drop Deadline Sep 7, 2018 Dec 7, 2018 Mar 29, 2019
Withdrawal Deadline Oct 19, 2018 Feb 1, 2019 May 10, 2019
Classes End Nov 9, 2018 Feb 22, 2019 May 31, 2019

GPA Requirements

Estimated chance of acceptance based on Student Applicant's GPA

GPA Estimated chance of acceptance
3.76 to 4.0 Good
3.26 to 3.75 Good
3.0 to 3.25 Average
2.5 to 2.99 Average
Below 2.5 Poor / Provisional Acceptance

GRE Requirements (Graduate Students)

Applicants to Graduate Programs whose GPA is below 2.5 can take the GRE for admissions consideration. The applicant's GRE score will be reviewed and taken into consideration for admissions.

GRE Minimum Score
GRE Verbal 150
GRE Writing 3.5

Financial Aid

  • Have you completed Financial Aid for SUM? If not, be sure to immediately start the
    Financial Aid Process   ( SUM's Official Federal School Code: 037524 )