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College Preparatory Curriculum

Policy

In 1984, the University System of Georgia adopted the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) policy to be implemented in Fall 1988. In passing the CPC policy, the Board of Regents emphasized that success in college was dependent on strong academic preparation in high school. Board of Regents' policy requires the completion of the college preparatory curriculum for admission to any institution of the University System of Georgia. The CPC course requirements have been approved by the Board of Regents and endorsed by the State Board of Education.

The following courses are required of students graduating from high school in the last five years who plan to enroll in college programs leading to the baccalaureate degree in University System institutions. The courses outlined represent the minimum standards required by the Board of Regents. Beginning Summer 2001, a fourth math unit is required. Each institution may set higher standards than those listed.


Course (Units)     Instructional Emphasis
English (4)
  • Grammar and Usage
  • Literature (American, English, and world)
  • Advanced composition skills
Science (3)
  • Physical Science
  • At least two laboratory courses from Biology, Chemisty, Physics, or related areas of science
  • At least one laboratory course from life sciences
  • At least one laboratory course from the physical sciences
Mathematics (4)
  • Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
  • One additional math course
Social Science (3)
  • American History
  • World History
  • Economics and Government
Foreign Language (2)
  • Two courses in one language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing

Source: The Policy Manual; Academic Affairs Handbook

System Calendar

The Board of Regents approved the conversion from a quarter calendar to a semester calendar in December 1995, with actual conversion in effect in Fall 1998. All of the System institutions, with the exception of Georgia Institute of Technology, converted at that time.

The Core Curriculum at each institution has been redesigned to facilitate transfer among System institutions. Most courses are three semester hours. The full-time load for an undergraduate is 12 semester hours. The full-time load for a graduate student is 9 semester hours.

Each System institution will begin and end classes during the same week each year.

Academic YearEarliest Starting
Date Allowable
Latest Ending
Date Allowable
Spring 2001January 2 - 8, 2001April 24 - 30, 2001
Fall 2001August 14 - 20, 2001December 5 - 11, 2001
Spring 2002January 2 - 8, 2002April 14 - 30, 2002
Fall 2002August 19 - 27, 2002December 6 - 13, 2002
Spring 2003January 6 - 13, 2003April 28 - May 6, 2003
Fall 2003August 18 - 26, 2003December 5 - 12, 2003
Spring 2004January 5 - 12, 2004April 27 - May 5, 2004
Fall 2004August 16 - 24, 2004December 3 - 10, 2004
Spring 2005January 5 - 13, 2005April 27 - May 6, 2005
Fall 2005August 15 - 23, 2005December 2 - 9, 2005
Spring 2006January 5 - 13, 2006April 27 - May 5, 2006
Fall 2006August 14 - 22, 2006December 1 - 8, 2006
Spring 2007January 4 - 12, 2007April 26 - May 4, 2007
Fall 2007August 13 - 21, 2007November 20, 2007
Spring 2008January 4 - 11, 2008April 25 - May 7, 2008

Source: Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Services

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