Admissions & Enrollment
The University System of Georgia (USG) offers students many options for continuing their education. Whether you are a soon-to-be or recent high school graduate, a current college student wishing to transfer, or a student who has been out of school for some time, the colleges and universities of the University System of Georgia can help you achieve your educational goals. The information provided on this page is designed to provide you with information and resources that will help you take the next step towards continuing your education.
Admission requirements are established to ensure students are prepared to succeed in college. The Board of Regents sets admission requirements for the groups of colleges and universities comprising the University System of Georgia and the colleges and universities may have additional requirements beyond those set by the System.
The resources provided below can help prospective students learn more about the USG admission requirements. The college and university admission offices can provide more detailed information about the requirements for admission to their institution.
Admissions Information on GAcollege411
GAcollege411, Georgia’s web portal for planning and applying for college, makes exploring your college options easy.
Board of Regents Admission Policy
Section 4.2 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual provides the System Undergraduate Admission policy.
Staying on Course – High School Curriculum Requirements
Information on the USG’s Required High School Curriculum (RHSC), including Frequently Asked Questions and the lists of courses that can be used to satisfy the requirements.
State College Test Score Requirements
Effective Fall 2011, State and Two-Year Colleges may reinstate the SAT/ACT and Freshman Index (FI) requirement for regular freshman admission.
Learning Support Admission Requirements
On August 10, 2010, the Board of Regents revised Board Policy 188.8.131.52 Freshman Admission Requirements. Learn more about these new policies that become effective August 2011.
Verification of Lawful Presence
In October 2010, the Board of Regents passed Policy 4.1.6, Admission of Persons Not Lawfully in the United States, and Policy 4.3.4, Verification of Lawful Presence. Learn more about what these policies mean to prospective and current students.
College Credit Now: Opportunities for High School Students
High school students in Georgia have access to a number of opportunities for enhancing their high school curriculum and to earn college credit prior to their high school graduation.
Students participating in dual enrollment take college courses to simultaneously satisfy their high school graduation requirements while earning college credit. Dual enrollment students may qualify to participate in the Accel program, Move on When Ready or to receive the HOPE Grant.
- Accel Program
Georgia’s Accel program, administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, provides eligible students with an award for their tuition and approved fees, as well as a book allowance, for eligible college courses taken prior to their high school graduation.
- Move on When Ready
Move on When Ready provides eligible students the opportunity to enroll full-time in college or university prior to their high school graduation and to take courses which result in both college and high school credit. The tuition and eligible fees for students participating in Move on When Ready is provided through the high school full-time equivalent program count.
- Early College
Georgia Early Colleges are schools that partner with a local school system and a University System of Georgia institution to blend high school and the first two years of college. The schools bring high school juniors and seniors to USG institution campuses to immerse students in a college-going culture and connect them with postsecondary experiences including the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits. Early Colleges address the unique mission to raise the high school graduation and postsecondary success rates of minority, first generation college and low-income youth.
The Georgia Academy of Aviation, Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES)
The Georgia Academy of Aviation, Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES), established in 1997 is a very selective and elite educational program on the campus of Middle Georgia College (MGC), a member of the University System of Georgia and accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. Successful completion of this two year, residential program is designed to allow a student to complete a high school diploma and a college associate degree simultaneously (if entered the junior year), and transfer with junior status in most majors to four-year colleges and universities.
The Advanced Academy of Georgia
The Advanced Academy of Georgia, established in 1995, is a residential, early-entrance-to-college program for highly gifted and talented students. Located on the campus of the University of West Georgia, it is one of few programs of it’s kind in the nation that provide opportunities for students to earn concurrent high school and college credit in a full-time residential program. Academy students exclusively take regularly scheduled University classes, including Honors classes, taught by University professors. The University offers more than 20 different degree programs with more than 50 majors, including the 2-2 Regent’s Engineering Transfer Program with the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Accel Program
High school students may supplement and enhance their high school curriculum by enrolling in college courses as a joint enrollment student. Courses taken through joint enrollment result in college but not high school credit and students are responsible for their tuition and fees. Students wishing to attend as a joint enrollment student must meet the dual enrollment admission requirements of the college or university they plan to attend.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
USG colleges and universities will give college credits to a student who scores well on end-of-course assessments for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The credits allow USG freshmen to receive course credit for selected, basic college courses, and advanced level courses. High assessment scores on IB courses are a strong indicator of academic performance that is beyond that expected of typical high-school students.
The IB program originated in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, and it is currently offered in 2,122 schools in 125 countries. There are three levels of the program - primary years, middle years, and the diploma program for 16-19 year-olds. Students who complete the IB diploma program, which is currently being offered in 22 Georgia high schools can receive up to 24 hours of college credit. The amount of college credit awarded will vary among the USG’s colleges and universities, depending upon each institution’s course offerings.
- Advanced Placement
Many of the USG colleges and universities award college credit to a student who scores well on one or more of the Advanced Placement exams offered by the College Board. The credit awarded and the required score vary by college, so students should contact the college for additional information.
Board Policy 4.8.2 requires all new students wishing to enroll in a USG college or university meet immunization requirements. A certificate of immunization will need to be completed and signed by your health care provider and returned to the college or university.