Admissions Policies

ADMISSIONS

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA

College Preparatory Curriculum

The following courses are required of students graduating from high school in the spring of 2000 or later who plan to enroll in regular University programs leading to the baccalaureate degree at institutions of the University System of Georgia. Students who graduated high school from spring 1988 through spring 1999 are required to meet the College Preparatory Curriculum requirements in effect at that time.

Course (Units)   Instructional Emphasis
English (4)   -Grammar and usage
   -Literature (American & World)
   -Advanced composition skills
Science (3)    -Physical Science
   -At least two laboratory courses from Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
Mathematics (4)   -Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one course higher than Geometry
Social Science (3)   -American History
   -World History
   -Economics and Government
Foreign Language (2)   -Skill-building courses emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the same language
Two additional courses from the following are also recommended:  -Humanities and Literature (Mythology- Greek, Roman, Norse; oral/written  communication)
   -Math-another unit higher than the fourth above
   -An additional laboratory course in science
   -A third course in a foreign language or study in a second foreign language
   -Fine Arts (art, dance, drama, music)
   -Social Science (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Business Law, World Geography, Asian or Latin American or Middle East Studies)
   -Advanced Placement Computer Science A or AB

ADMISSIONS GENERAL POLICIES

Georgia Southwestern seeks to enroll students with inquiring and creative minds who will profit from advanced educational programs in an atmosphere of freedom with responsibility. Admission standards at the University are designed to identify students who have potential for success in the educational programs of the University. Acceptance is based upon the applicant's previous academic record, entrance examination scores and, when necessary, upon results of personal interviews and psychological tests or other appropriate tests which help determine general fitness for admission to the University. Applicants are considered for admission without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex, veteran status, disability, or national origin.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Undergraduate admission forms may be obtained from high school and two-year college counseling offices, by writing directly to the Office of Admissions, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia 31709, or by e-mail to gswapps@canes.gsw.edu. The application may be obtained and completed on the Georgia Southwestern website at www.gsw.edu.

Applications should be accompanied by a $20 application fee and submitted for consideration at least 20 days prior to the date of registration. A medical history and proof of required immunizations are mandatory for all students who are accepted to the University. Health forms are mailed to accepted students along with housing information by the Office of Student Life.

An applicant who fails to enroll in the semester for which he or she is accepted must reapply for admission if he or she wishes to enter the University at a later time.

When the application forms, ACT/SAT scores, and other required records of the applicant are found to be complete, the applicant will be evaluated in terms of test scores, grades, scholastic aptitude, social and psychological adjustment, and the probability of completing the requirements for the desired degree. The University reserves the right to reject any applicant whose general records and aptitude do not indicate a probability of success in the University environment, notwithstanding the satisfaction of other requirements.

If it appears to the Director of Admissions for undergraduates that the educational needs of an applicant can best be met at some other institution within the University System of Georgia, the Director shall refer the applicant to that institution. In order that the appraisal of a student's ability and fitness for University work may be accurate as nearly as possible, officials of the University will study carefully all information that is submitted by the applicant and may require any applicant to furnish additional data. The officials of the University shall have the right to require each applicant for admission to appear for an interview before the application is finally accepted or rejected. The Director of Admissions for undergraduates will notify the applicant of the time and place at which the interview will be conducted.

The decision as to whether an applicant shall be accepted or rejected shall be made by the Director of Admissions for undergraduates. The decision is subject to the applicant's right of appeal, as provided by the bylaws of the University and the Board of Regents of the University System. The Director of Admissions for undergraduates will refer appeals to the Admissions Committee for review. The Committee will forward its recommendation to the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs for a decision. The applicant shall be informed of the action taken upon the application from the Director of Admissions for undergraduates.

Specific requirements for admission as a beginning freshman, transient, early admission, joint enrollment, or provisional student may be found as follows.

BEGINNING FRESHMEN

1. The applicant must complete and file with the Director of Admissions for undergraduates an application form accompanied by the applicant's photograph and $20 non-refundable application fee. The application must be filed at least twenty days before the beginning of the term in which the applicant wishes to enroll. An application cannot be considered until the application form has been properly executed and filed with the Admissions Office. No application will be processed unless it is accompanied by the $20 application fee.

2. The applicant must submit a transcript of his or her high school record. He or she should ask the guidance counselor of the high school(s) attended to send the transcript(s) directly to the Director of Admissions for undergraduates. The applicant should have a preliminary transcript submitted covering the work completed at the time the application is submitted and listing the courses in which currently enrolled. At the time of graduation, he or she should request the guidance counselor to submit to the Director of Admissions for undergraduates a final high school transcript showing the date of graduation.

High school credit in the following areas is required:

  Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Social Science   3
Natural Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Electives   2

The University reserves the right to refuse any of the credits from any high school or other institution, notwithstanding its accredited status. The judgment of the University on this question shall be final.

3. The applicant must submit an official record of minimum satisfactory scores obtained on either the ACT Assessment [English score of 18 and Math score of 17] or the College Board's SAT [Verbal score of 430 and Math score of 400]. Further information and application forms may be secured from a high school guidance counselor or the registrar of any institution in the University System of Georgia. One may also write directly to ACT Registration, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52243 or to the College Board, CN6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200.

4. All new students are required to submit proof of required immunizations prior to their enrollment.

5. The applicant shall be required to report to the University for freshman orientation prior to the beginning of the initial term of enrollment. Information will be mailed to the student regarding orientation by the Office of Admissions.

The following is a summary of the requirements a beginning freshman must satisfy prior to enrollment in the University:

1. Application with fee and photograph.
2. Official results of ACT or SAT.
3. Preliminary high school transcript.
4. Proof of required immunizations.
6. Personal interview (if deemed necessary by Director of Admissions for undergraduates).

NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS

Any applicant who satisfies the following may be admitted on a non-traditional student basis:

1. Has graduated from an accredited high school or satisfied requirements for the General Educational Development (GED) Equivalency Certificate.
2. Has been out of high school or previous college five years or longer or is 25 years or older.
3. Has earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours.

Any student admitted in Non-Traditional Student status will be required to complete a placement inventory at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment. The placement inventory will include placement testing (the University System-wide placement examination) to determine academic deficiencies and a conference with the academic advisor, during which a plan will be developed that will best meet the needs of the non-traditional student.

Students in this category will be required to enroll in Learning Support courses if test results on the placement examination identify a deficiency in reading, mathematics, or English. Once the student is placed in Learning Support courses, he or she will be classified as a Learning Support student and will be required to meet all Learning Support requirements for exit.

A non-traditional student may gain regular admission by meeting regular admission requirements or by completing Learning Support Program requirements, if applicable.

ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME-SCHOOLED STUDENTS AND GRADUATES OF NONACCREDITED HIGH SCHOOLS

Applicants from home schools or graduates of nonaccredited high schools may validate the CPC in an alternative way. SAT I scores and satisfactory documentation of equivalent competence in each of the CPC areas at the college preparatory level may be used in lieu of the Freshman Index and Carnegie unit requirements of the CPC. A student whose SAT I Composite (Verbal plus Mathematics) score is at or above the average SAT I score of the previous year's fall semester first-time freshman admitted to the USG institution to which he or she is applying and who has completed the equivalent of each of the CPC areas as documented by a portfolio of work and/or other evidence that substantiates CPC completion qualifies for consideration for admission. For students with ACT scores, the ACT composite score comparable (according to the tables from the joint study by ACT, ETS, and the College Board) to the average SAT I total score is required. Students in this category must also meet the minimum SAT I Verbal (or ACT English) requirement and the minimum SAT I Mathematics (or ACT Math) requirement for the sector to which they apply.

Applicants who achieve designated scores on each of the following SAT II Subject Tests in a CPC area will be considered to have demonstrated equivalent CPC competence and do not need to submit additional documentation in that area: English Writing, Literature, Math IC or Math IIC, American History & Social Studies, World History, Biology, and one of the following: Chemistry or Physics.

  • MATHEMATICS--To show equivalence with three required CPC mathematics courses (Algebra I and II, Geometry), students are required to achieve a score of 500 on the SAT II Math IC test or a score of 570 on the SAT II Math IIC test in order to satisfy the CPC mathematics requirement. A student not passing either test would have, if admitted as a Presidential Exception, three deficiencies and must be tested for placement into LS. A fourth CPC mathematics unit will be required in 2001.
  • ENGLISH--To show equivalence with four required CPC English courses, students are required to achieve a score of 520 on the SAT II English Writing test and a score of 530 on the SAT II Literature test in order to satisfy the CPC English requirement. Achievement of the indicated score on either test will provide credit for two years of CPC English, and achievement of the indicated scores on both tests will provide credit for all four years of CPC English. A student passing only one test would have, if admitted as a Presidential Exception, two deficiencies and must be tested for placement into LS.
  • SCIENCE--To show equivalence with three required CPC Science courses (including one laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences), students are required to achieve a score of 520 on the SAT II Biology test and a score of 540 on the SAT Chemistry test OR a score of 590 on the SAT II Physics test in order to satisfy the CPC Science requirement. A student passing only one of the two required tests would have, if admitted as a Presidential Exception, two deficiencies.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE--To show equivalence with three required CPC Social Science courses (including one course focusing on United States studies, one course focusing on world studies, and a third Carnegie unit in this area), students are required to achieve a score of 560 on the SAT II American History and Social Studies test and a score of 540 on the SAT II World History test. A student passing only one of the two required tests would have, if admitted as a Presidential Exception, two deficiencies.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE--To show equivalence with two years of high school study of a single foreign language, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written components. Depending on the level of proficiency, a student may have no, one, or two deficiencies.

JOINT ENROLLMENT/EARLY ADMISSION (Post-Secondary Option)

A program of joint enrollment and early admission is available at Georgia Southwestern State University for high school students who have completed their sophomore year.

A student admitted for joint enrollment may begin course study during the junior and/or senior year and during the summer following the junior year.

A student admitted for early admission would enroll as a regular beginning freshman, thereby omitting the senior year of high school.

Residence hall and dining hall facilities are available during the summer for students who do not live within commuting distance of the University.

Admission Standards: Joint Enrollment and Early Admission

  • 1. Minimum total Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) score of 970 or ACT Assessment composite score of 20;
    2. Minimum score of 480 on the verbal SAT and 440 on the mathematics SAT; or on ACT-E score of 20 and ACT-M score of 18.
    3. Minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 in college preparatory courses;
    4. Written approval (joint enrollment) or written recommendation (early admission) of high school principal;
    5. Written consent of parent or guardian (if the student is a minor);
    6. Completion of the University System of Georgia College Preparatory Curriculum requirements with the following exceptions:
  • a. Students with SAT verbal scores of at least 530 or ACT-E score of 23 who have not completed the final unit of high school English, Math, and/or social studies may be permitted to fulfill these high school requirements with the appropriate University courses taken through the joint enrollment or early admissions program.
  • b. Students who have not completed the College Preparatory Curriculum requirements may be admitted through the joint enrollment program if they are enrolled in the necessary high school courses and scheduled to complete the requirements by the end of their senior year.
  • In addition, students who elect to be jointly enrolled at their high schools and at Georgia Southwestern must satisfy the following conditions:
  • a. Continue to be carried on the official roll of their high school.
  • b. Minimum University enrollment of three hours per semester.
  • c. May enroll for 12 semester hours during the summer term preceding their senior year provided they are enrolled for no high school credit during that term.

Credit is validated for the student after receipt of the high school diploma.

A high school student who meets all the requirements above except the test scores and/or the grade average may enroll as a personal development student (see section entitled Auditors/Personal Development). A student in this category may enroll for the same number of courses as a joint enrollee but, as a personal development student, will receive no academic credit. Study on this basis is designed primarily as an enrichment experience for the student.

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students who apply for this joint degree program must meet the admissions requirements of the approved technical college. Students must also meet the regular admissions requirements at Georgia Southwestern State University.

The SAT or ACT scores necessary for admission to GSW are required of all students who graduated from high school within the last five years. Students who did not graduate in the last five years or who are 25 years or older must provide the required SAT or ACT scores or take the Compass Placement Test for possible placement in the Learning Support Program.

The sixteen-unit distribution of College Preparatory Curriculum in high school is also required of students who graduated from high school within the last two years.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Georgia Southwestern State University offers advanced placement for beginning students in several fields. Each academic division at the University determines how credit in that division shall be granted. Official copies of test scores must be received before credit can be awarded. Additional information about advanced placement may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

REGENTS’ TEST EXEMPTIONS

Upon admission to GSW, students with the appropriate minimum test scores listed below on nationally administered standardized tests will have satisfied the Regents Testing requirements. In order to exempt the Regents Reading Test Requirement, students must have one of the following scores:

  •  S.A.T. Verbal score of 510 or greater
  •  A.C.T. Reading score of 23 or greater

In order to exempt the Regents Essay Test Requirement, students must have one of the following scores:

  • Advanced Placement English score of 3 or greater
  • International Baccalaureate higher-level English score of 4 or greater
  • S.A.T. II English Writing score of 650 or greater

Students are not permitted to re-test after the point of admission. If a student exempts one part of the Regents Test Requirements, the student must satisfy the remaining part. Students can review their status on the GSW transcript that is available on RAIN. Students who were admitted to GSW through an Institutional administration of the S.A.T. exam will not be eligible for this exemption.

If a student is unsure of which test administration they attended, they should contact the Registrars Office, located in Sanford Hall.

Transfer students entering GSW from a University System of Georgia Institution will have their Regents Test Requirements updated based on the information from the official transcript of the prior school.

Transfer students from private institutions or out-of-state schools will be required to produce one of the following types of documents in order to exempt Regents:

  •  Official S.A.T. or A.C.T. scores
  • Official letter from the Registrar of the prior institution, including the school seal, verifying test scores were from a nationally >administered test.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

All regulations applying to newly admitted freshmen are applicable to students transferring from other colleges.

A student transferring from another college must have official transcripts from all colleges previously attended sent to the Director of Admissions for undergraduates of Georgia Southwestern State University. The Director of Admissions for undergraduates will determine the applicant's academic qualifications for admission on the basis of these college transcripts.

The Director of Admissions for undergraduates of Georgia Southwestern State University reserves the right to reject the application and all or any part of previously earned credits if there is reason to believe that the quality of the educational program of the institution that the applicant last attended is unsatisfactory.

Transfer Admission Requirements and Standards

  • Transfer students from another college must have official transcripts from all colleges previously attended sent to the Director of Admissions for undergraduates of Georgia Southwestern State University.
  • Transfer students should be in good standing at the last institution attended, having a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours of acceptable academic credit must submit an official record of scores obtained on the College Entrance Examination Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) and an official copy of the high school transcript.
  • Transfer students with fewer than 30 total semester hours of transfer credit must meet the admissions requirement for beginning students, and therefore, may be required to enroll in the Learning Support Program. The Director of Undergraduate Admissions should be contacted for details concerning Learning Support requirements.
  • Transfer students who have participated in and have successfully completed the Learning Support Program at another college in the University System of Georgia may be admitted as regular students provided all other entrance requirements are met. Students enrolled in Learning Support at another college in the University System of Georgia are required to exit the program before transferring to Georgia Southwestern.

Students who have completed a transferable associate degree at an accredited college or university will be admitted as regular students without any referral to Learning Support. Students who have completed an associate degree at a technical college accredited by the Commission on Colleges (COC) will also be admitted as a regular student without any referral to Learning Support.

Following are the requirements which the transfer student must satisfy prior to enrollment:

  1. Application with $20 fee and photograph.
  2. Official transcripts from each college attended.
  3. SAT/ACT scores and high school transcript if fewer than 30 semester hours of acceptable academic credit are transferred.
  4. Completed pre-entrance medical report and proof of required immunizations.
  5. Personal interview (if deemed necessary by Director of Admissions).
  6. Students who have registered in other colleges may not disregard their records at these institutions. Failure to report previous college attendance at the time of application is sufficient cause for cancellation of the student's enrollment and of any credit earned.
  7. An applicant will not be considered for admission unless the transcript of the college or university last attended shows honorable discharge or unless the officials of the institution last attended recommend the applicant's admission. However, if two or more calendar years have elapsed since the applicant's dismissal from the last college or university attended, the admitting institution may review the application through established procedures to determine whether or not admission should be granted. (BR Minutes, 1983-84, p. 35)

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY

Transfer credit is normally awarded for all college work earned through any college or university approved by its regional accrediting association, provided the courses presented reasonably parallel the curriculum of Georgia Southwestern State University. The following stipulations on the transfer of credit are upheld:

1. Transfer of D credit:

Only courses completed at accredited institutions will be accepted in transfer.

  • All credit earned in 1000 and 2000 level courses used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements will be accepted, except for English 1101 and English 1102, which require minimum grades of C.
  • Credit earned in upper level undergraduate courses requires a minimum grade of C.

2. Students who have only partially completed Core requirements at another unit of the University System of Georgia will receive credit in courses completed. Students who have completed one or more Core Area requirements at another unit of the University System of Georgia will receive full transfer credit for those Core Areas. Students who change their major upon transferring may be required to complete requirements in Areas D and F for the new major.

3. Coursework taken in two-year college technical programs is generally non-transferable. Technical courses may be considered as a component of a portfolio by the Prior Learning Portfolio Committee.

4. Coursework taken at two-year Technical Colleges which are accredited through the Commission on Colleges will be considered in transfer if the course numbering is 190 or above. Courses taken at Technical Colleges accredited through an agency other than the Commission on Colleges will not be accepted in transfer, regardless of the course numbering.

5. Students requesting credit for prior learning experiences in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management must submit the following documents to the BAS in Technology Management Advisor for consideration:

  • A narrative explaining how prior learning is related to technology management. The narrative must describe relative experience and evidence identifying the learning the student acquired and how the learning can be used to solve problems or generalized for use in other situations.
  • Documentation that the student has actually acquired the learning related to technology.
  • Documentation to show that the prior learning experience is equivalent to the number of credit hours requested.

6. Transfer students must meet residency requirements outlined in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

7. Credit earned through correspondence, credit by examination and extension work is accepted, but limited to 30 semester hours.

8. Credits accepted in transfer by Georgia Southwestern State University do not necessarily apply as hours toward graduation.

9. Credit hours only are transferred; grades are not.

A student transferring to GSW with a transferable Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a college or university within the University System of Georgia will have met the GSW core requirements as long as the student does not change majors. Core courses required by GSW but not by the student's previous institution may have to be taken to prepare the student for upper division course work. However, the student will not be required to complete more than a total of 120 semester credit hours, excluding physical education and orientation, to earn the degree. Students in this category who change majors may have additional core courses to complete, particularly in Core Areas D and F.

A student transferring to GSW with an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from a college or university within the University System of Georgia will be required to meet GSW core requirements. Core courses already completed at the previous institution will be considered on a course-by-course basis.

TRANSIENT STUDENTS

A student who has taken work in another college or university may apply for the privilege of temporary enrollment in Georgia Southwestern State University. Such a student will ordinarily be one who expects to return to the college or university in which previously enrolled.

The following policies shall govern the admission of students under transient status:

1. An applicant for admission as a transient student must present from the registrar of the institution last attended a statement recommending admission as a transient student. The statement should include the courses in which the student will be permitted to enroll.

2. The Director of Admissions for undergraduates at Georgia Southwestern State University must have evidence that the institution in which the student previously attended is an accredited or approved institution.

3. Even though the institution that the student last attended is an accredited institution, the Director of Admissions for undergraduates at Georgia Southwestern State University may reject the application if there is reason to believe that the quality of the educational program of that institution is unsatisfactory.

4. An applicant will be accepted as a transient student only when the applicant's previous academic work appears satisfactory. The Director of Admissions for undergraduates shall have the right to require the applicant to submit a transcript of previous college work.

5. Since the University is primarily obligated to its regularly enrolled students, Georgia Southwestern State University will consider the acceptance of transient students only when their acceptance will cause no hardship to the University or its regularly enrolled students.

6. Transient students must present proof of required immunizations prior to enrollment.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

In addition to requirements for admission listed elsewhere in this section, international students must also submit the following items:

1. An official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a statement from a school official indicating that the student has proficiency in the use of the English language sufficient to accomplish college work. A minimum computerized TOEFL score of 193 (523 on paper test) is required for regular admission.

  • a. TOEFL 193 and above
  • -required to write the compass math placement test for possible placement in Learning Support
  • -may enroll in regular credit English core course
  • -exempt from CPC

b. SAT/ACT scores without TOEFL

  • -with SAT/ACT English and math scores above cut-off for regular university admission, exempt from compass placement testing, ELI, CPC
  • -with SAT/ACT math score below cut-off for regular university admission, must write math placement test for possible placement in Learning Support
  • -with SAT/ACT English score below cut-off for regular university admission, must write placement English tests for possible placement in ELI

c. No TOEFL score or TOEFL less than 193: Admission to the English Language Institute

  • -required to enroll in ELI (institutional credit)
  • -required to write the compass math placement test when accepted into the regular university program by the Office of Admissions
  • -exempt from CPC

d. International graduate students are CPC and placement testing exempt.

e. International Rotary students are CPC and placement testing exempt.

NOTE: If international students are enrolled in a four-year degree program, they are required to meet the Regents' Test requirements at the local level (departmental Regents' Test or the Standard Regents' Test) after they have earned 30 academic hours. If international students fail to pass the Regents' Test or its equivalent test, they will be required to enroll in a Regents' remediation course.

2. A pre-entrance medical form (supplied by the University) must be completed by the student and a physician.

3. A certified statement from the student's family, bank, or government that finances are available to cover educational expenses. There is no available program for granting financial aid to foreign students.

4. Proof that the student is covered by a health and accident insurance plan annually.

5. All official international transcripts must have a foreign credential evaluation completed. Applications for this service can be obtained in the Registrar's Office.

MAINTAINING F-1 VISA STATUS

In order for international students to maintain a valid F-1 Visa status, the following conditions must be met:

  • Attend the school they are authorized to attend (i.e. the one listed on their currently valid I-20).
  • Pursue a full-course of study (12 credits for undergraduate students, 9 credits for graduate students).
  • Make normal progress towards completing the course of study by completing studies before the expiration date of the program completion date listed on the I-20.
  • Follow established procedures for transferring schools, changing education levels and extending the program.
  • Not work off-campus without special authorization.
  • Limit on-campus work to 20 hours a week or less while school is in session.
  • Maintain a valid passport.
  • Report any change of residence to the INS within ten days as well as to the Registrar's Office.
  • Not remain in the U.S. longer than the 60-day grace period upon completion of the program, unless student has followed timely procedures for applying for optional practical training or for starting a new program of study.

AUDITORS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENTS

Applicants wishing only to audit courses or take them for personal development are exempt from taking the ACT/SAT. Although no credit is earned, certain admission requirements must be met and regular fees paid. Auditors and Personal Development students will be required to submit the following items:

  • 1. Application with $20 non-refundable fee.
  • 2. A recent photograph.
  • 3. Proof of high school graduation or equivalency (GED).
  • 4. Proof of required immunizations.

STUDENTS AGE 62 OR OLDER

Georgia citizens who have reached the age of 62 may enroll at Georgia Southwestern State University under a special program authorized by the University System of Georgia. To be eligible for enrollment in this program such persons must meet the following requirements:

  • 1. Must be residents of Georgia, 62 years of age or older at the time of registration, and present a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation of age to enable the registrar to determine eligibility.
  • 2. May enroll as regular or auditing students in courses offered for resident credit on a "space available" basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory, or shop fees.
  • 3. Must in general meet all System and institution undergraduate or graduate admission requirements to include high school graduation, ACT/SAT scores, and Learning Support, if enrolling for credit. In exceptional cases where circumstances indicate that certain requirements such as high school graduation and SAT/ACT scores requirements are inappropriate, the University may waive one or more of these requirements. The University may provide diagnostic methods to determine whether or not participation in Learning Support will be required prior to enrollment in regular credit.
  • 4. Will have all usual student and institutional records maintained.
  • 5. Must meet all System, institution, and legislated degree requirements such as Regents' Test and History and Constitution Instruction or Exams, if they are degree-seeking students.
  • 6. Must submit proof of required immunizations.

READMISSION OF FORMER STUDENTS

Former students who have not been in attendance for a calendar year or more must reapply through the Registrar's Office. Students who were on academic suspension at the time of their withdrawal are required to obtain the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for readmission.

Students who have attended another college since last attending Georgia Southwestern must submit an official transcript from that institution.

Students readmitted or reinstated will be evaluated for graduation from the catalog in effect at the time of readmission or reinstatement or any catalog in effect during subsequent periods of continuous enrollment.

ACADEMIC RENEWAL

The Academic Renewal policy allows University System of Georgia degree-seeking students who have experienced academic difficulty at an institution to have one opportunity to make a fresh start at that same institution after an absence of five calendar years from any and all colleges or universities. See the Registrar for complete details.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

A student with senior standing at Georgia Southwestern State University with an overall academic grade point average of 3.0 or better may register for graduate courses during the final two terms of undergraduate work subject to the following regulations.

  • (1) No more than nine hours of graduate credit may be earned.
  • (2) The maximum course load when enrolled in one or more graduate courses is 15 hours per semester.
  • (3) Courses taken for graduate credit cannot be counted toward meeting undergraduate degree requirements.
  • (4) Permission to register for graduate courses must be granted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to registration.

Permission forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as on RAIN.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Students seeking admission to Graduate Studies should consult the Graduate Studies section of the Georgia Southwestern State University Bulletin for admission requirements.