Academic & Student Affairs Handbook

Procedural guide for implementing BoR policies related to Academic Affairs

3.4 Non-traditional Students

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In order to make the University System of Georgia 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 institution mission, academic programs, and success in retaining and graduating non-traditional students.

Non-Traditional Freshmen

The number of non-traditional freshmen an institution enrolls will not be counted against the percent of Freshman Limited Admissions allowed each institution.

All non-traditional freshmen must be screened for Learning Support placement.

For students transferring from a Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredited TCSG college, comparable scores from the TCSG college may be used according to guidelines issued by the USG Chief Academic Officer.

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 Critical Reading and Mathematics on an SAT administered prior to March 2016, or equivalent on the new SAT, or ACT scores of at least 21 on both English and Mathematics to exempt the placement test.

Non-traditional freshmen must hold a high school diploma from an accredited or approved high school as specified in Section of Board Policy or have a state-issued high school equivalency certificate or diploma earned through the successful completion of a high school equivalency test approved by the Board of Regents. The following high school equivalency tests are approved:

  • GED
  • HiSET
  • TASC

Students admitted as non-traditional are not subject to the RHSC requirements.

Students who were previously enrolled at a USG institution and who now can be considered as non-traditional are not subject to previous RHSC requirements.

Institutions may set additional criteria for non-traditional students.

Non-Traditional Transfers

The number of non-traditional transfers an institution enrolls will not be counted against the percent of Transfer Limited Admissions allowed each institution.

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.

Institutions should require placement evaluation as appropriate.

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