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 regular 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 spring of 1988 or later who plan to enroll in regular college programs leading to the baccalaureate degree in University System institutions. The courses outlined represent the minimum standards required by the Board of Regents. Each institution may set higher standards than those listed.

English (4)
  • Grammar and usage
  • Literature (American, English, and world)
  • Advanced composition skills
    Science (3)
  • Physical Science
  • At least two laboratory courses from Biology,
    Chemistry, Physics, or related areas of science
    Mathematics (3)
  • Two courses in Algebra and one in Geometry
    Social Science (3)
  • American History
  • World History
  • Economics and Government
    Foreign Language (2)
  • Two courses in one language emphasizing speaking,
    listening, reading, and writing


    Institutions may maintain a provisional admission category for those entering students graduating from high school in or after the spring of 1991 who do not meet the regular admission standards. Institutions may choose not to have a provisional admission category.

    In general, if a student did not complete the CPC in either English or math, he or she is required to take the Collegiate Placement Exam (CPE) or the COMPASS exam. Depending on the score on the CPE, the student would either exempt Learning Support or be placed in Learning Support at the appropriate level. A student who did not complete CPC science, social science, and/or foreign language is required to take additional college-level coursework. The student must remove each CPC deficiency by earning at least a "C" in a five quarter-hour course before completing 45 total credit hours. This must be a Core Curriculum Area II or III course respectively for science and social science deficiencies and one additional introductory course for foreign language deficiencies. Any course taken to satisfy a CPC deficiency is in addition to the standard requirements for the program and cannot be counted toward a degree. Institutions may set higher standards for completing the CPC in college or may have additional placement procedures.

    After 2001, the provisional admission category will no longer exist. The admissions policy approved by the Board of Regents in June 1996 raises admissions standards for CPC completion. The provisional admissions category will be phased out at some institutions before 2001.

    Source: The Policy Manual; Academic Affairs Handbook; "Preparing for College:Essential Courses and Skills," 1985

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