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Academic Programs

Non-Traditional Freshmen and Non-Traditional Students

Print friendly Modified December 17, 2008

In order to make the University more accessible to citizens who are not of traditional college-going age and to encourage a higher proportion of Georgians to benefit from life-long learning, institutions may admit as many non-traditional students as is appropriate based on institutional mission, academic programs, and success in retaining and graduating non-traditional students. The number of non-traditional students an institution enrolls will not be counted against the percent of Limited Admissions allowed each institution. Institutions may set additional criteria for admission of non-traditional students.

Non-Traditional Freshmen

Non-traditional freshmen are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years and whose high school class graduated at least five years ago.
  2. Hold a high school diploma from an accredited or approved high school as specified in Section 402.0101 or have satisfactorily completed the GED.
  3. Have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours.

All non-traditional freshmen must be screened for placement in learning support courses using a placement test administered by a University System institution and must meet University System criteria for exemption or exit of learning support in reading, English, and mathematics. (For students transferring from a Commission on Colleges (COC)-accredited DTAE college, comparable scores from the DTAE college may be used according to guidelines issued by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academics and Fiscal Affairs.) As an alternative, an institution may allow non-traditional freshmen who have within the past seven years posted SAT scores of at least 500 in both Verbal/Critical Reading and Mathematics or ACT scores of at least 21 on both English and Mathematics to exempt the placement test.

Non-Traditional Transfers

Non-traditional transfer students are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five years ago.
  2. Have earned 30 or more transferable hours of college credit (as defined in section 402.0101).

A non-traditional transfer student can be admitted, according to the institution’s policy, if his/her transfer GPA is below the transfer standard for the institution’s sector. These students do not count against the number of Limited Admissions allowed for transfer students at that institution. Institutions should require placement criteria as appropriate.

Reference: Academic Affairs Handbook, Section 402.0103 – Non-traditional Freshmen