Student Affairs

Academic Affairs Division

Non-Traditional Admission

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Information for Future Students

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. There are two types of non-traditional admission:

Non-Traditional Freshmen

Non-traditional freshmen are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years and whose high school class graduated at least five years ago;
  2. Hold a high school diploma from an accredited or approved high school as specified in Section 4.2.1.1 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual or have satisfactorily completed the GED; and,
  3. Have earned fewer than thirty transferable semester credit hours as defined in Section 4.2.1.3 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual.
Non-Traditional Transfers

Non-traditional transfer students are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five (5) years ago; and,
  2. Have earned thirty or more transferable hours of college credit, as defined in Section 4.2.1.3 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual.

Non-traditional freshmen and non-traditional transfer applicants are evaluated for Learning Support placement.

62 and Older Program

Georgia residents who are aged 62 and older may be eligible to take courses on a space available basis at little or no cost. Additional information can be found in Board of Regents Policy 4.2.1.5, Persons Aged 62 and Older. Students who are interested in this program should contact their college or university of interest for additional information.