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Academic & Student Affairs Handbook

3.2 Freshman Requirements

SOURCE:
BoR POLICY 4.2.1.1, FRESHMAN REQUIREMENTS

Students seeking admission to a USG institution as a freshman must meet the following criteria:

3.2.1 High School Graduation

Last reviewed: January 2010 The student must be a graduate from a public school regulated by a school system and state department of education or be a graduate from a high school accredited by one of the following: A regional accrediting association such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools The Georgia Accrediting Commission The Georgia Private School Accrediting Council

A student graduating from a non-accredited high school or a non-accredited homeschool program can be considered for admission as a freshman under the provision for alternative requirements for home-schooled students and graduates of non-accredited high schools. See Section 3.2.6, Alternative Requirements for Homeschooled Students and Graduates of Non-accredited High Schools.

General Education Diploma (GED)
Students who earn the GED may be considered for admission at a two-year or state college. A student who presents the GED is expected to be at least 18 years of age and for his/her high school class to have graduated. However, should the student in possession of the GED be younger than 18 or from a class not graduated, the institution is permitted to make an exception on a case-by-case basis. See Appendix A, Admitting GED Students, for more information.

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3.2.2 High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA)

Last reviewed: January 2010

The High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA) is calculated on an alpha four point scale. Numerical grades indicated on transcripts should be converted to letter grades based on the conversion table provided by the high school. Institutions must obtain these tables. The letter grades should be converted to quality points as follows:

  • A = 4
  • B = 3
  • C = 2
  • D = 1
  • F = 0

The HSGPA is calculated only on the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units required for all students. If a student takes more than the required number of courses in any one area, the best grades may be used in the calculation of the HSGPA (instead of the first courses taken that satisfy the requirement). If a student takes two years each of two foreign languages, the language in which the student had the best grades would be counted.

Students graduating from high school before 2012 must have the following HSGPA:

  • Students graduating with a College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) Diploma must have a 2.00 HSGPA calculated on the grades in the 16 required units of the CPC.
  • Students graduating with a Technical/Career Program (TCP) Diploma must have a 2.20 HSGPA calculated on the grades in the 12 academic units of the TCP.

Students graduating from high school 2012 or later must have 2.00 HSGPA calculated on the grades in the required 17 units of the RHSC.

Institutions are required to use a standard procedure to calculate the HSGPA for reporting to the BoR, which includes not adding weights to particular courses. However, institutions may use other methods of HSGPA calculation for determining admission eligibility.

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3.2.3 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC)

Last reviewed: January 2010

(Formerly called College Preparatory Curriculum)

Students are expected to meet the USG’s RHSC requirements. In addition to these course requirements, students are encouraged to take additional academic units in high school to improve their probability for admission and success.

Students graduating from high school in 2012 must present 17 specified RHSC units of credit. Students graduating from high school prior to 2012 must present 16 CPC units.

  • 4 units of mathematics
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of science (Students who graduate in 2012 or later must have 4 units.)
  • 3 units of social science, including one course focusing on world studies.
  • 2 units in the same foreign language (2 units of American Sign Language may be used to satisfy this requirement.)

The Office of Student Affairs maintains a complete list of courses that can be used to satisfy the RHSC requirements. See Staying on Course

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3.2.4 Test Scores

Last reviewed: September 2011

Students seeking regular admission as a first time student or transfer student with fewer than 30 hours to a college or university must have a minimum SAT Verbal/Critical Reading score of 430 and Mathematics score of 400 or must have an ACT English score of 17 and ACT Mathematics score of 17. However, with approval, institutions may set higher SAT/ACT requirements. Students who do not meet the SAT/ACT scores required for exemption from Learning Support, must take the COMPASS placement test.

In Fall 2010, the BoR approved a change in policy which allows two-year and state colleges to choose between requiring the SAT/ACT/FI or using the High School grade point average (HSGPA) for admission. Students seeking admission to a two-year or state college that does not require submission of SAT or ACT test scores as part of the admission requirements will be required to take the COMPASS exam to determine their eligibility for admission. Students whose COMPASS scores fall below the System minimums (32 – English (writing), 62 – Reading, and 20 – Math (algebra) in any one of the three areas will not be eligible for admission. (Two-year and State Colleges requiring SAT or ACT for admission.)

If the student has taken the SAT or ACT more than once, the highest scores may be used for determining eligibility for admission. Students must use verbal/critical reading and math scores from the SAT, OR English and math scores from the ACT; students may not use a combination of SAT and ACT scores to meet minimum requirements. SAT or ACT test scores submitted toward satisfying Learning Support requirements must have been earned prior to enrollment.

Individuals with less than 30 transferable semester hours of post-secondary credit applying to USG institutions that require SAT or ACT must submit scores from the SAT or ACT. Institutions that require only COMPASS will accept SAT/ACT as an alternate. In order to avoid additional testing, individuals applying to institutions which require SAT or ACT scores must submit scores no lower that the system minimums: SAT Verbal/Critical Reading score of 430 and Mathematics score of 400 or must have an ACT English score of 17 and ACT Mathematics score of 17. Institutions may be approved to use higher minimums. Applicants who score below the listed minimums must report COMPASS scores as outlined below.

Applicants who have been out of high school for at least five years who apply to institutions which require SAT or ACT scores are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores. However, in order to avoid additional testing, such applicants may submit SAT/ACT scores that are no older than seven years and which are at least 500 in both Verbal/Critical Reading and Mathematics or ACT scores of at least 21 on both English and Mathematics. Such applicants who do not report SAT/ACT scores at least that high must report COMPASS scores as outlined below.

Individuals applying to institutions that require only COMPASS are encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores but are not required to do so. Those who apply to these institutions and who submit SAT/ACT scores at least as high as the system minimums (SAT Verbal/Critical Reading score of 430 and Mathematics score of 400 or must have an ACT English score of 17 and ACT Mathematics score of 17) may exempt the COMPASS exam (some institutions require higher SAT or ACT scores than the system minimums). Those who submit lower SAT/ACT scores or who do not report SAT/ACT scores must take COMPASS as outlined below.

Applicants who must submit COMPASS scores as described above must score at least the following minimums in order to be admitted into any USG institution.

Those scoring below the SAT-CR or ACT English minimums are required to take the COMPASS writing/English section and must score at least 32. Those scoring below the SAT-CR or ACT English minimums are required to take the COMPASS reading section must score at least 62. Those scoring below the SAT-M or ACT Math minimums are required to take the COMPASS algebra section must score at least 20.

Applicants scoring below any of these COMPASS minimums regardless of performance on any other test or test section will not be admitted. In addition, any applicant whose test scores indicate that a Learning Support requirement would be mandated (by system or institutional exempt scores, if higher) in all three Learning Support areas (Writing/English, Reading, Math) will not be admitted to any USG institution (refer to the section on Learning Support for the minimums to avoid Learning Support).

Required Placement Testing
All students enrolling in programs that lead to a baccalaureate degree, applied associate degree or certificate programs with Learning Support prerequisites, or in courses that have Learning Support prerequisites, must take the COMPASS placement test in English, reading, and/or mathematics unless they exempt by the appropriate scores on SAT/ACT or the Georgia High School Graduation Test in English/Language Arts (HSGT-ELA). The COMPASS exam will be used as the placement test (Alternative tests to the COMPASS placement tests may be allowed with authorization of the Chief Academic Officer or designee.). The minimum COMPASS scores for admission are English (writing) – 32, reading – 62, and math (algebra) – 20. In all cases, students should be encouraged to submit test scores that can be used to exempt placement testing.

Students who test into all three areas of Learning Support (English, reading, and math) are not eligible for admission. Students who score below the minimum COMPASS scores (stated above) in any area are not eligible for admission.

Students seeking admission to a two-year or state college not requiring the SAT or ACT who submit SAT test scores of 430/400 or higher or ACT test scores of 17 or higher are exempt from Learning Support unless that institution sets higher minimum scores for regular freshman admission.

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3.2.5 Freshman Index (FI)

The BoR has set minimum scores for each sector. With permission, institutions can require higher FI requirements; or they can use a combination of test scores, HSGPA, and FI as their admission standards. Following are the FI requirements for regular freshman admissions and limited freshman admissions by sector.

Freshman Index (FI) Combination of High School GPA and SAT or ACT Scores
Sector Requirements for Regular Freshman Admissions Requirements for Limited Freshman Admissions
Research Universities FI must be greater than or equal to 2500
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math ACT must be 17 on English and Math
FI must be greater than or equal to 2020
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
Regional Universities FI must be greater than or equal to 2040
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
FI must be greater than or equal to 1830
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
State Universities FI must be greater than or equal to 1940
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
FI must be greater than or equal to 1790
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
State Colleges (baccalaureate programs only) FI must be greater than or equal to 1830
SAT I must be at least 330 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 310 on Math
ACT must be 12 on English and 14 on Math
SAT I must be at least 330 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 310 on Math
ACT must be 12 on English and 14 on Math
All LS requirements apply, and any RHSC deficiencies must be made up.

FI for Two-year Institutions
As part of the Pilot Admissions Project, the FI was waived for students seeking admission to two-year institutions. The FI is required for State Colleges that reinstate test scores as an admissions requirement for baccalaureate programs.

Calculation of Freshman Index
The FI report is calculated only on the high school curriculum units required for all students. If a student takes more than the required number of courses in any one area, the best grades may be used in the calculation of the HSGPA (instead of the first courses taken that satisfy the requirement). If a student takes two years each of two foreign languages, the language in which the student had the best grades would be counted.

The HSGPA for the FI report is the sum of all quality points divided by the number of courses, rounded to two decimal places, and with a maximum value not to exceed 4.0.

If the student has taken the SAT or ACT more than once, the highest verbal/critical reading and highest mathematics scores may be used to calculate the FI. Students must use verbal/critical reading and math scores from the SAT, OR verbal/critical reading and math scores from the ACT; students may not use a combination of SAT and ACT scores to meet minimum requirements.

The comparable score tables from a joint study by ACT, ETS, and the College Board should be used for institutional admissions criteria above the USG minimum scores. See Appendix C, ACT/SAT Concordance Tables.

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3.2.6 Special Admissions

Students may also be admitted as freshmen based on other evidence of college readiness. Following are modified or additional requirements for specific groups of applicants.

  1. Limited Admissions
    In recognition of the fact that a limited group of students does not meet established standards but does demonstrate special potential for success, the BoR has created other categories of admission that institutions can use. Institutions are expected to adhere to requirements prescribed and the admissions percentages allotted for their sectors.

    Limited Admissions Restrictions
    Institutions are restricted by sector to a maximum number of students who may be admitted in this category. The number of traditional freshmen students who can be granted Limited Admissions for the entire academic year will be no more than the following percentages of the institution’s annual first-time freshman headcount enrollment.

    Research Universities Up to 7 percent
    Regional Universities Up to 15 percent
    State Universities Up to 20 percent
    State Colleges* Up to 33 percent

    *State Colleges that elect to require test scores for admission are required to adhere to the limited admit percentage.

    Non-traditional freshmen and transfer students are not to be included in the Limited Admissions percentage allowed for each institution, nor will these groups be included in determining the base.

    Presidential Exceptions
    Under the limited admissions provision, presidents of USG institutions may grant exceptions to the BoR minimum freshman admission requirements if the student shows promise for academic success in college. Institutions can use multiple measures, such as interviews, portfolios, and records of experiential achievements for considering students in this category.

    Students who are admitted under the Presidential Exception option should be included in the maximum number of Limited Admissions allowed for an institution.

    Even under very special and rare circumstances when institutions have extensive evidence that a student has potential for success despite not meeting USG requirements, institutions must demonstrate that the student meets at least one of the following:

    Addressing RHSC Deficiencies
    Students admitted in the Limited Admission category, including Presidential Exceptions, who have RHSC deficiencies shall be required to satisfy those deficiencies by subject area in the following manner:

    • English and Mathematics
      Students with fewer than the four required units of English or mathematics are required to take the comparable COMPASS (computer-adaptive college placement test) sections administered by a USG institution or a comparable placement examination approved by the BoR. Based on his or her scores, the student will exempt Learning Support (LS) or be placed in the appropriate LS course in English and/or reading and/or mathematics.

      Institutions may use comparable scores for students transferring from Commission on Colleges (COC) accredited Technical College System of Georgia institutions. See BoR Policy 3.3.5, Collaboration Between the USG and the Technical College System of Georgia.

    • Science, Social Science, and Foreign Language
      Students with fewer than the required number of units in an area are required to take additional for-credit courses selected from the appropriate area of the USG Core Curriculum. The course(s) must be in the specific content area in which the student is deficient. Students who have completed only one year of American Sign Language are considered deficient and are required to take courses in a foreign language to satisfy the deficiency.

    The college credit courses used to satisfy RHSC deficiencies will count as degree credit, but the hours earned will not count toward a student’s degree program. The student must earn a “C” or better in each of these courses.

    Students who accumulate 30 or more semester hours of college-level credit in the institution before completing all RHSC requirements may not register for other courses, unless they also register for the appropriate deficiency course or courses.

    Institutions may petition the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the USG for permission to offer a Learning Support (LS) course for students admitted with RHSC deficiencies in the sciences and social sciences that would serve as an option to taking additional college-level courses in science and social science for no degree credit. This might be a co-requisite LS experience when science and social science courses are taken in the core.

    Summary of Regular and Limited Freshman Admissions Standards

    Summary of Minimum System Admissions Requirements by Sector for Freshman Applicants
    Sector Regular Admission Limited Admission
    Research Universities 16 CPC or 17 RHSC units
    FI of 2500
    Minimum testing scores:
    430 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 400 SAT I Math or 17 ACT English and Math
    16 CPC or 17 RHSC units
    FI of 2020
    Minimum testing scores:
    430 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 400 SAT I Math or 17 ACT English and Math
    Regional Universities 16 CPC or 17 RHSC units
    FI of 2040 or more
    Minimum testing scores:
    430 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 400 on the SAT I Math or 17 on ACT English and Math
    16 CPC or 17 RHSC units
    FI of 1830 or more
    Minimum testing scores:
    430 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 400 SAT I Math test or 17 on ACT English and Math
    State Universities 16 CPC or 17 RHSC units
    FI of 1940 or more
    Minimum testing scores:
    430 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 400 SAT I Math or 17 on ACT English and Math
    16 CPC or 17 RHSC units
    FI of 1790 or more
    Minimum testing scores:
    430 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 400 on the SAT I Math or 17 on ACT English and Math
    State Colleges 16 CPC or 17 RHSC units
    FI of 1830 or more
    Minimum testing scores:
    330 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading 310 SAT I Math or 12 on ACT English and 14 on Math
    High School diploma or
    Minimum testing scores:
    330 SAT Verbal/Critical Reading
    310 SAT I Math or 12 on ACT English and 14 on Math
    Two-Year College 16 CPC or 17 RHSC units High school diploma or GED
  2. Alternative Requirements for Students Graduating from Non-Accredited High Schools or Non-Accredited Home School Programs
    Applicants who have graduated from a non-accredited high school or a non-accredited homeschool program may be considered for admission at any USG institution. BoR Policy 4.2.1.1, Freshman Requirements, establishes guidelines for institutions to determine a homeschooled/non accredited high school student’s probability of success in college.

    Institutions wishing to use SAT II tests to validate a student’s college preparatory requirements are expected to establish required scores for students seeking admission to the institution.

    Each institution may establish additional admission requirements above those set by the BoR. Institutions are encouraged to list requirements for homeschooled and graduates of non-accredited high schools in the catalog and on the institution’s website.

    Homeschooled students or graduates of non-accredited high schools must submit SAT or ACT equivalent scores and satisfactory documentation of equivalent competence in each of the RHSC areas at the college preparatory level in lieu of the Freshman Index and Carnegie unit requirements of the RHSC.

    For the period of time the Pilot Admission Project is in effect, homeschooled students or students from non-accredited high schools seeking admission to a two-year institution will be expected to present test scores at or above the average test scores for the institution’s Fall 2005 freshman class. Homeschooled students seeking admission to a state college that has reinstated the test score requirement must meet the test score requirement for the institution.

  3. Admission of Students with Outstanding Scores
    BoR Policy 4.2.1.1 permits institutions to consider those few students who, through test scores and personal achievement, have demonstrated their potential for success in college. However, institutions are advised to assess the student’s readiness to do college work. Factors that should be considered include academic experience, historical attendance patterns, and level of maturity. Students under the age of 18 are at greater risk for failure, and institutions are advised to admit only those students who show the greatest potential for success. Institutions seeking to enroll students under the age of 16 should consult federal guidelines for compliance rules before offering letters of acceptance. For requirements for students who have not yet graduated from high school but who wish to enroll in USG core courses, see Opportunities for High School Students in this same section.

  4. Admission of Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials/ Admission of Students Whose First Language Is Not English

    Freshman Students
    Freshman international students may be considered for admission in any category or in this special category. International students may also be admitted as Presidential Exceptions.

    Students whose secondary education was completed outside the United States system of education may be admitted with acceptable foreign credentials and English language proficiency as described below:

    • Foreign Credentials
      Academic performance described by a certificate, diploma, or other document deemed generally equivalent to a U.S. required high school curriculum by a reputable credential evaluator (internal or external to the institution) is acceptable.

    • English Language Proficiency Requirements
      The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or some other USG-approved evaluation of English proficiency is required.

    The minimum and recommended scores acceptable for admission follow:

      Minimum Score for Admission Recommended Score for Admission
    Paper TOEFL 523 550
    Computer TOEFL 193 213
    Internet TOEFL 69 79
    IELTS 6 6.5
    SAT Critical Reading 430  
    ACT English 17  

    Institutions and departmental programs within the institution may set higher minimum test scores for admission.

    Institutions may develop procedures to determine whether there is a need for placement in LS reading and English and/or ESL courses for students who meet the minimum English Proficiency requirements.

    Math admissions criteria, including the SAT or ACT, and placement criteria are required for international students.

    An academically admissible applicant with credentials from another country who needs supplemental English language instruction (as indicated by an approved method for determining English Proficiency described above) may be admitted to a degree program on the condition that the student will receive the supplemental English language instruction in a System-approved program. This conditional admission is possible only at those institutions approved to provide English language instruction for non-native speakers of English. Programs of English-as-a Second Language used under this provision must be approved by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer.

    English Proficiency and Transfer Students
    Students who are non-native speakers of English, who transfer from an institution of higher education outside the U.S. where English was not the language of instruction, are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score or some other recognized evaluation of English along with their foreign credentials.

    The minimum and recommended scores acceptable for admission follows:

      Minimum Score for Admission Recommended Score for Admission
    Paper TOEFL 523 550
    Computer TOEFL 193 213
    Internet TOEFL 69 79
    IELTS 6 6.5
  5. Institutions and departmental programs within the institution may set higher minimum test scores for admission.
    Students who are non-native speakers of English and who are transferring from an accredited institution of higher education inside the U.S. may be required to retake the TOEFL if their English proficiency cannot be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the admitting institution.

    U.S. Immigration Regulations
    Federal regulations place significant responsibilities on students and universities in the administration of the U.S. laws pertaining to F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant students. Institutions are required to follow certain record-keeping and reporting requirements of the U.S. government.

    Institutions enrolling international students are required to determine the academic admissibility and the financial resources of applicants prior to the issuance of the immigration document I-20 A-B or IAP-66.

    Only a Designated School Official appointed by the institution’s president and registered with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) may sign forms I-20 A-B, I-538, and other F-1 student immigration-related documents. Only a Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer approved by the U.S. Department of State may sign forms IAP-66. For more information, see http://www.immigrationdirect.com/?gclid=CK3qo_zM85oCFQJ-xgodwmDydA and http://www.ice.gov/sevis/.

    Admission of Students with Disabilities
    Students who meet regular admission requirements should be admitted without regard to disabilities. Students with documented disabilities seeking admission to a USG institution are required to meet the RHSC requirements and achieve the institution’s SAT or ACT score requirements with testing accommodations. Students who are unable to meet the foreign language requirement due to a documented disability may petition for a course substitution following the procedures described in Section 3.11.3. See Section 3.11 for additional information regarding students with disabilities.

  6. Opportunities for High School Students
    The USG is committed to providing opportunities to high school students allowing for the enhancement of their high school curriculum through the availability of college offerings prior to high school graduation.

    The USG has approved the following three opportunities for academically talented high school students to earn college credit before graduating from high school:

    Dual enrollment A student, while continuing his/her enrollment in high school, enrolls in a course for both high school and college credit.
    Joint enrollment A student, while continuing his/her enrollment in high school as a junior or senior, enrolls in courses for college credit.
    Early admissions The student enrolls as a full-time college student following completion of the junior year in high school.

    To participate in one of these options a student must be enrolled in a public or private secondary high school that is regulated by a school system and state department of education or accredited by one of the following:

    • A regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)
    • The Georgia Accrediting Commission
    • The Georgia Private School Accrediting Council (GAPSAC)

    Homeschooled Students
    Homeschooled students may be considered for joint enrollment if they are enrolled in Non-traditional Educational Centers that are recognized by GAPSAC or by state departments of education. Students attending non-accredited home school programs or non-accredited high schools may also be eligible to participate in joint enrollment opportunities if they meet all general admission requirements for dual enrollment and have validated their on-track Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units according to the policy of the institution to which they are applying. Institutions are encouraged to include information about joint enrollment requirements for students from non-accredited home school programs or non-accredited high schools in their catalog and on their web sites.

    General Admission Requirements
    The BoR has established the following admission standards for accelerated learning; however, each institution has the authority to establish higher and additional admission requirements.

    • Minimum SAT score of 970 (combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Mathematics sections) or ACT composite of 20. Institutions seeking to use alternative placement test(s) must seek prior approval from the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the USG.
    • Minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 as calculated by the institution for admission purposes
    • Exemption of all LS requirements
    • Written consent of parent or guardian if the student is a minor
    • Evidence in the transcript that student is on track towards the completion of the USG RHSC requirements and high school graduation.

    Institutions may have more restrictive requirements for high school juniors; however, establishing such higher requirements may not preclude high school juniors from participating in these programs.

Exceptions for Outstanding Scores
Students who do not necessarily meet all of the above admission criteria but who demonstrate very high academic abilities through their SAT or ACT scores may be permitted to enroll in college courses at the discretion of the institution. Institutions may set additional requirements but may permit students with scores of at least the following:

  • 700 on the SAT I Mathematics test (or 31 on ACT Mathematics) to enroll in college courses that require advanced mathematical ability
  • 700 on the SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading test (or 31 on ACT English) to enroll in college courses that require advanced verbal ability

Certificate Programs
Students who do not meet the admission requirements for Dual Enrollment, Joint Enrollment or Early Admission but who wish to enroll in courses leading to a certificate program should contact the Director of Admissions at the institution. High school students who enroll in certificate programs may be eligible to apply for the HOPE Grant. For more information on the HOPE Grant program, students should contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit for Dual Enrollment, Joint Enrollment and Early Admission Students
Freshman seeking admission to a USG institution can expect that the college credit earned at a COC-accredited institution prior to high school graduation will be considered as transfer credit if the prospective student meets the USG institution’s regular admission requirements.

7. Residential Programs
The Advanced Academy of Georgia on the campus of the University of West Georgia and the Georgia Academy of Mathematics, Engineering and Science at Middle Georgia College offer on-campus residential programs for gifted, talented, and motivated high school student. Admission and program requirements are established by the individual institutions.

8. Early College
Early College represents an approved partnership between a Georgia public school system and a USG college or university. For more information and a complete list of Early College programs and their partner institutions, see http://www.gaearlycollege.org/earlysites/.

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