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3.6 Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs Not Leading to the Baccalaureate Degree


3.6.1 Admission to Career Programs

Last reviewed: January 2010

The following are the two types of admission to career programs:

  • Those with a Core-based general education component allowing more than 12 semester hours of Core Curriculum coursework.
  • Those with non-Core general education components allowing 12 or fewer semester hours of Core Curriculum coursework.
  1. Programs with More than 12 Semester Hours of Core Curriculum
    All applicants must have a high school diploma. At research, regional and state universities and some state colleges, applicants must achieve the institutional sector’s Freshman Index (FI) for Limited Admission and must have the sector’s minimum SAT scores. Applicants are not held to RHSC requirements, and they will not be counted among the students in the Limited Admission category.

  2. Programs with 12 or Fewer Semester Hours of Core Curriculum
    Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

    • Graduate from an accredited high school as specified in Section 3.2.1 with a minimum GPA of 1.8
    • Meet the beginning freshman RHSC criteria for the institutional sector
    • Earn a GED

    They must also meet any other requirements specified by the institution.

    For placement purposes, students admitted to career degree or certificate programs must take the USG’s College Placement Examination (CPE) in Reading, English, and Mathematics, or the comparable three sections of COMPASS administered by a USG institution.

    Comparable scores from Commission on College (COC) accredited institutions that are part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) may be used.

    Students whose scores do not exceed the institution’s minimum cutoff scores for LS placement in the areas of Reading, English, or Mathematics will be required to enroll in LS courses as follows:

    • For students who take any course that has an LS prerequisite in an area or areas, all LS requirements in that area or areas must be met.
    • For students who take no course with an LS prerequisite, the LS requirements in that area or areas are not mandatory.

    Students who meet the institution’s regular admission standards for programs leading to baccalaureate degrees are exempted from taking the CPE or COMPASS. Students may take only those Core Curriculum courses that are specified in their approved career program.

    Students who have earned an Associate of Science (AS) degree in an allied health area or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree may apply for admission to a program leading to the baccalaureate degree according to the institution’s criteria for admission. These students will not be held to RHSC requirements.

    Students admitted in the career degree or certificate category or who have not completed a career degree may be considered for admission into a baccalaureate degree program if either of the following conditions is met:

    • The student meets the requirements for Regular or Limited Admission.
    • The student shows exceptional promise and is admitted as a Presidential Exception.

    Students admitted in this category must fulfill all LS and RHSC requirements.

3.6.2 Admission of Students to Certificate Programs at Designated Vocational Divisions

Last reviewed: January 2010

Students without a high school diploma or GED equivalent who apply for admission to a vocational-technical program at one of the three USG institutions with a TCSG unit (Dalton State University, Clayton State University or Bainbridge College) may be required to meet the Ability-to-Benefit Examination requirements. Institutions may use tests that are on the United States Department of Education’s approved list or take appropriate steps to get that agency’s approval for tests not on the list. Bainbridge College and Dalton State College use Ability-to-Benefit requirements.

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