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Participants will get a head start on their degrees by completing two courses that will satisfy degree plan requirements (English Composition 1 and The World and its Peoples).

They will gain valuable knowledge about what it takes to be successful in college. Study skills workshops and tutoring during the Jumpstart Academy will provide a background for success throughout your academic career.

Students will have the opportunity to develop important connections with the University community. Working in small group settings through classes, workshops and service learning activities, participants will have the chance to get to know many faculty, support staff members, peer mentors and other students.


  • Complete two required courses (6 credit hours) with small group tutoring assistance
  • Academic skills workshops including time management, memory and concentration, how to read a textbook and how to talk to a professor
  • Peer mentoring
  • Academic coaching
  • Introduction to key faculty and staff
  • Individualized guidance and support from Financial Aid and other University offices
  • Service learning and community engagement activities Residential living-learning community (optional)
  • Fun on and off-campus co-curricular activities.


  • Be admitted to GSW
  • Fill out PDF Participation Form or online web form listed below
  • Complete FAFSA for 2016-2017 (Financial aid to be used toward tuition for the Bridge Program courses)
  • Complete FAFSA for 2017-2018 (Financial aid for the 2017-2018 academic year)
  • Attend STORM Day – June 2, 2017
  • Complete GSW Housing Application (optional)
  • Sign Commitment Statement to participate in all activities of Hurricane Jumpstart Academy (located on the bottom of Participation Form)



Tution and Fees: $1641.58
Books: $70
Housing (optional): $475
MealPlan (optional): $430 (with $40 flex in cash)
Total: $2,616.58


Lynda Lee Purvis
Interim Vice President for
Academic Affairs
(229) 928-1361

Kelly McCoy, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
(229) 931-2322


There’s nothing quite like visiting Georgia Southwestern State University firsthand! From walking down "Hello Walk" to attending a Student Organization Fair, our Preview Day will give you a one-day snapshot of the Southwestern community, including interacting with faculty and much more. Be Part of our Community. Be Part of Southwestern. Be Part of the Storm. #GoCanes!

Preview Day Features:

    • A tour of campus
    • Meeting faculty in your area of interest
    • Sessions about financial aid and university housing
    • A drawing for a $1000 scholarship*

Upcoming Preview Day

Preview Day 2017

Online Registration

Online Registration for Preview Day will begin in July.

If you would like to visit before the above scheduled Preview Days, please schedule a Daily Campus Tour.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Check-In
  • Student Success Center Lobby
  • An Admission Process & Freshman Experience Session is offered at 8:30 AM in the Student Success Center Conference Rooms for those arriving early
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Welcome
  • Student Success Center Storm Dome
  • Welcome from our University President
  • Only @ Southwestern Video
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Academic Sessions
  • Academic Buildings
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Computing and Mathematics
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Sciences and Pre-Professional Health
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Campus Tour
  • The tour of Southwestern will include the freshmen residence hall and our glass blowing lab
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Student Organization Fair, Student Success Center
  • Financial Aid Session, Student Success Center Storm Dome
  • Admission Process & Freshman Experience, Student Success Center Conference Rooms
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
  • Student Organization Fair, Student Success Center
  • Financial Aid Session, Student Success Center Storm Dome
  • Admission Process & Freshman Experience, Student Success Center Conference Rooms
12:30 PM
  • Closing Remarks and Drawing for $1000 Scholarship
  • Student Success Center Storm Dome
12:45 PM
  • Trolley Tour of the City of Americus (Optional, 30 minutes)
  • Leaving from Student Success Center Parking Lot

Please plan to eat lunch on campus following Preview Day or at one of Americus's great local restaurants. A list of local eateries will be provided at Preview Day. The campus dining hall accepts cash or credit and remains open until 2:00 PM on Saturdays.

*Only high school juniors and seniors who attend Preview Day are eligible to enter the drawing and/or receive the $1000 scholarship. Students must be present the entire day. The Preview Day Scholarship must be used during the academic year immediately following the recipient's high school graduation. The recipient will receive $500 for fall semester and $500 for spring semester. This award is for one year. Students may only win this scholarship once.


We are excited that you have been accepted to Georgia Southwestern State University! One of the final steps before starting classes is attending our S.T.O.R.M. Day or Registration Day. Students and staff will be here to help guide you through the first steps. This day is filled with activities so you can get familiar with your new home away from home. S.T.O.R.M. Day is your chance to SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER AND MORE!

Online Transfer Orientation

Transfer, Post Baccalaureate, and 2nd Degree Students have 2 ways to register.
Option 1 -
Complete the Online Transfer Orientation and then schedule an appointment to register with an advisor. Transfer students wanting to complete the online orientation may do so anytime by clicking here. After completing the online orientation, students will be directed to a page to schedule the advising appointment.
Option 2 - Students may sign up below to attend a STORM Registration Day and receive face-to-face orientation and advisor registration.


Freshman Programs
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 - Freshman Program - Session Full, Please Select Another Date
Friday, June 16th, 2017 - Freshman Program - Session Full, Please Select Another Date
Friday, July 7th, 2017 - Freshman Program - 25% Full
Thursday, July 20th, 2017 - Freshman Program - 10% Full 

Transfer Programs
Friday, June 16th, 2017 - Transfer Program
Thursday, July 20th, 2017 -Transfer Program

*Classes are held and placed into blocks specifically designed by major for entering freshmen. Attending a later STORM Day should not negatively impact your class schedule.
*Each STORM Day is limited to 125 freshmen.


We are excited that you are interested in bringing your group of students to learn more about Southwestern!  We love having the opportunity to showcase our excellent academics and wonderful campus atmosphere to prospective students. To be considered for a Group Tour, the group should consist of potential Southwestern students who fit into the following categories:

  • High school students (10th-12th grade)
  • Part of a college-bound associated program with a high school or university*
  • Students at an accredited college/university

The tour can be formatted to fit the needs of your particular group, although they usually consist of a welcome from the Office of Admissions, a tour of campus and finally, a meeting with an Admissions Counselor.  The tour will be led by student leaders. 

*Due to the availability of admissions staff and tour guides, reservations for group visits are limited to high school and college students only. If you have a group of students that includes elementary or middle school-aged students; or if the group is comprised of other non-secondary/post-secondary aged students, please see some of our recommendations for visit alternatives that might be a good fit for your group.  This information is located at the bottom of this page.

School group visit information:

Group tours can be scheduled Monday-Friday during our normal business hours.  To set up your visit, call our office at (229) 928-1273 or email  Our staff will put you in contact with your group’s assigned Admissions Counselor, who will work with you on scheduling the visit. 

Reservations are required and we ask that they be made as early as possible, preferably no less than 1 week in advance. Additionally, there must be one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Requests for a school group visit should be made by a chaperone who will be accompanying the group on the tour.

If you need to cancel your group’s visit, we ask that you notify our office at least 2 days in advance, if possible. 

Options for other groups:

Americus and Sumter County have many other learning opportunities for groups that do not fit our student group criteria.  We encourage groups with elementary/middle school students to consider the following options that would be more suitable for this age group.


The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville, located just 15 miles outside of Americus, was one of the largest military prisons during the Civil War. Andersonville National Historic Site is a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation's history.  Today, visitors can explore any of the three components of the Andersonville National Historic Site: the former site of Camp Sumter military prison, the Andersonville National Cemetery, and the National Prisoner of War Museum.

For more information or to plan your visit to Andersonville, contact them at (229) 924-0343 or visit their website:

Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm:

Located 10 miles outside of Americus, your group can tour the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm in Plains, GA.  Discover where Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, grew up and learn more about the way life before modern amenities.

(229) 824-4104

Habitat for Humanity-Global Village Discovery Center:

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that first began on the Koinonia Farm on the outskirts of Americus, GA. Habitat works in partnership with families and volunteers toward their vision, which is to achieve a world where everyone has acceptable housing.  The 6-acre village is a unique way to see life-size Habitat houses from countries around the world while staying in beautiful Southwest Georgia.

Learn more about the Global Village and information about visiting here:


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