Welcome to San Diego Christian!

Since its inception in 1970, San Diego Christian College (SDC) has had a diverse student population with many of our students coming from numerous countries around the world! The Admissions Department is here to help International students become acclimated to life not only on SDC’s campus, but also to life in Southern California. We are here to assist you, the student, with issues regarding immigration, the paperwork involved in obtaining a student visa, as well as any questions or concerns that you may have as they pertain to the application process.

We look forward to hearing from you!

To download a printable copy of our International Student Application Checklist click here


International Student Application Checklist

Please keep in mind the following deadlines:


Completed Application Due

Deposit Due

Payment Due


June 1st

June 15th

July 1st


October 1st

October 15th

December 1st



Application Requirements

Once the following documents have been submitted, your file will be complete and ready for an admission decision within approximately two weeks:

1.Application with Essays

·         Application available online here!

2.Spiritual Life Recommendation

·         Form available online at http://sdcc.edu/admissions/application-forms

·         To be completed by a pastor or someone unrelated to you in authority at the church.

3.High School Transcript

·         Must be translated to English by a member of NACES.org

·         Must have GPA translated into U.S. 4-point grading scale

·         Minimum GPA: 2.75

·         NOTE: Transcripts must be translated by an APPROVED company (see NACES.org) and sent to San Diego Christian College.

4.SAT or ACT Scores

·         Minimum SAT: 1350

·         Minimum ACT: 19

·         Test scores are not required if you have completed 15 or more college units.

5.ALL College Transcripts (Even if not planning to transfer credits.)

·         Must be translated to English by a member of NACES.org (if school was not in the U.S.) to show name of institution, dates of attendance, credentials received, individual courses taken and US equivalent credit/unit value and grade

·         Minimum GPA: 2.5

6.English Requirements (Applicants from countries whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways to ensure a successful experience at SDC.)

·         TOEFL Scores: A recent official test score report with a minimum of 61 on the internet based test, or 500 on the paper based test.

·         Completion of 30 transferable academic units from an accredited institution in the U.S. with a GPA of 2.5 or above.

7.Bank Statement

·         Official bank statement in English showing a student has the financial means to pay for one year of attendance ($44,112) at SDC. The cost of attendance for one year at SDC is as follows.

Tuition & Fees (2015-2016 amount)*


Room & Board


Books, supplies and personal expense






8.Affidavit of Financial Support

·         Form is available here.

9.Copy of Passport

10.Transfer Students

·         Copy of VISA

·         Request release of record in SEVIS from previous U.S. institution

  •  In order for your record to be released from SEVIS:

1.       Notify your current school’s international department that you will be transferring to San Diego Christian College.

2.       Email lauren.lee@sdcc.edu with your current school’s international department’s contact information. A copy of your acceptance letter will be sent to your current school’s international department so your record can be released in SEVIS.


I-20 Requirements


a.       Once a student receives notice of acceptance to San Diego Christian College, the next step is to pay a $500 tuition deposit before the I-20 will be processed. If the student does not have a U.S. bank, payment can be made by calling the Student Accounts Office to make payment over the phone. Students who are paying with a U.S. debit/credit card can make payment here.


Please note: There are no payment plans available to international students. Therefore, students must have all remaining balances paid in full for the year by the deadline listed above.



International students may qualify for

·         Academic Scholarship

·         Athletic Scholarship (at Coach’s discretion)

More information on scholarships can be found at http://sdcc.edu/student-accounts/sdc-grants-and-scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions