Academic & Student Affairs Handbook

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2.11 Regents’ Engineering Transfer Program

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The Regents’ Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) is based upon the concept of students successfully completing two or more years of pre-engineering education at designated units of the USG and then finishing their engineering degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The following institutions participate in the program:

  • Albany State University
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Columbus State University
  • Gainesville State College
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Dalton State College
  • Macon State College
  • Middle Georgia College
  • North Georgia College & State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Valdosta State University
  • University of West Georgia

Admissions Policies
To be admitted to the RETP at GIT, students must have achieved at least:

  1. Minimum of 560 on the mathematics portion of the SAT or 24 on ACT Mathematics
  2. Minimum of 440 on the verbal portion of the SAT or 17 on ACT English
  3. Minimum of 1090 SAT Total score or ACT Composite score of 24
  4. 3.0 high school grade point average

The program is open only to Georgia residents.

Exception Policy at Initial RETP Entry
Any student admitted to an Engineering Program at GIT solely on his/her academic record, who matriculates at an RETP college but does not satisfy the RETP entrance requirements, should be admitted to the RETP. If an RETP Coordinator is of the opinion that a student would have been accepted for admission to an Engineering Program at Georgia Tech, based on his/her academic record, he/she may be considered for admission to the RETP.

Additional RETP Access Point
For students at RETP colleges who did not qualify for the RETP initially, but wish to join the RETP after the end of their Freshman Year, the following acceptance criteria apply:

  • completion of Calculus I and Calculus II, with grades of at least “B” (3.0)
  • completion of the first required physics and chemistry courses (first two required chemistry courses for Chemical Engineering), with grades of at least “B” (3.0)
  • an overall college GPA of 3.0
  • Finally, students who complete all of the courses included in the first two years of the desired Georgia Tech engineering program with a GPA of at least 2.7 in those courses may be admitted to the RETP at the discretion of the Georgia Tech RETP Coordinator.

Additional Transfer Agreements
Participating institutions will be encouraged to develop transfer agreements with senior engineering institutions other than GIT. These agreements will ensure students a wide access to various types of engineering education.

Approved Catalog Statement
On December 12, 1986, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs sent to presidents of institutions participating in the RETP the following statement to be used in catalogs and other publications of the institutions related to the RETP:

Qualified students seeking a bachelor of engineering degree may begin their college studies at ______________________ College through the Regents Engineering Transfer Program. Upon successful completion of the pre-engineering curriculum, students may transfer to the Georgia Institute of Technology to complete the degree requirements. It is expected that students in this program, like other Georgia Tech graduates, will normally require four to five and one-half years to complete the degree requirements, depending on their pre-college preparation, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and engineering major.

This institution’s faculty members have worked closely with Georgia Tech’s faculty to assure a curriculum which is well- coordinated with that of Georgia Tech. Specific times each year have been established for students to visit the Georgia Tech campus and meet with representatives of their anticipated major.

Regents Engineering Transfer Program students who satisfactorily complete the pre-engineering curriculum and apply for transfer will be accepted to Georgia Tech.

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