Admission to the USG Colleges & Universities
Information for Future Students
Whether you are a current high school student interested in enrolling in college courses prior to your high school graduation, a soon-to-be high school graduate wishing to continue your education after high school, a current college student planning to transfer to a University System of Georgia (USG) college or university, or a student wanting to enter or return to college after some time out of school, the colleges and universities of the University System of Georgia can help you achieve your educational goals.
The USG undergraduate admission requirements have been established to ensure students have the preparation to succeed in college. The Board of Regents (BOR) undergraduate admission policies set the minimum admission requirements for the different sectors, or types, of USG institutions (State Colleges, State Universities, Comprehensive Universities, and Research Universities). In addition to the minimum requirements established by the BOR, the USG colleges and universities may have additional requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for their college or university of interest to learn more about their admission requirements, necessary documentation, and pertinent deadlines.
All students applying to pay at the in-state tuition rate or applying for admission to an institution which, for the two most recent academic years, did not admit all academically qualified applicants (except for cases in which applicants were rejected for non-academic reasons), must be verified to be lawfully present in the United States.
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.
The USG colleges and universities provide opportunities for high school students to enrich their high school experience and to get a jump start on college by enrolling in college while still in high school. Learn more about the opportunities, requirements, and deadlines to enroll as a Dual Enrollment student.
Freshman Admission Requirements
A freshman is a student who has not attended a college or university after high school graduation. Students who have completed less than 30 transferrable hours after high school graduation must also meet freshman admission requirements. Students applying for freshman admission are expected to have completed a rigorous high school curriculum and to have at least a minimum high school grade point average (HSGPA). In addition, students applying to a research, comprehensive, or state university, as well as to some of the state colleges, must meet minimum SAT/ACT and Freshman Index requirements.
Transfer Admission Requirements
A transfer student is any student seeking admission as a degree-seeking student and who has completed transferable coursework. Students with 30 or more transferable hours must meet transfer admission requirements. Students with fewer than 30 transferable hours are required to meet freshman admission requirements. Students interested in transferring should contact the Office of Admissions for their college or university of interest to learn more about the transfer admission requirements.
In order to make the University System of Georgia (USG) 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, the USG colleges and universities 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.
Non-traditional freshmen are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:
- Have been out of high school at least five years and whose high school class graduated at least five years ago;
- Hold a high school diploma from an accredited or approved high school as specified in Section 18.104.22.168 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual or have satisfactorily completed the GED; and,
- Have earned fewer than thirty transferable semester credit hours as defined in Section 22.214.171.124 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual.
Non-traditional transfer students are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:
- Have been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five (5) years ago; and,
- Have earned thirty or more transferable hours of college credit, as defined in Section 126.96.36.199 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual.
Non-traditional freshmen and non-traditional transfer applicants are evaluated for Learning Support placement.
A transient student is a student who is enrolled in one college or university (their home institution) and takes courses temporarily in another college or university (their host institution) with the intention of transferring the course credit back to their home institution. Students interested in attending a USG college or university as a transient student should first discuss the option with their advisor, department chair, registrar, or other appropriate official at their home institution to ensure the transfer credit will be accepted. Transient students are approved and admitted for one academic term at a time. Students seeking transient admission must apply to the host college or university and must submit a permission letter or form from the appropriate official from their home institution. The letter must indicate that the student has permission to enroll in the USG college or university for the term the student is applying.
Students considering transient enrollment should be aware that transient admission does not guarantee course availability. In addition, transient students may be required to provide proof (typically by submitting a transcript from their home institution) that they meet any prerequisites for the course or courses they wish to take at the host institution.
Students should contact the Admission Office for their desired host institution to learn more about their transient admission procedures and documentation requirements.