2017-2018 Georgia Gwinnett Catalog 
    Oct 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Georgia Gwinnett Catalog [ARCHIVED COPY]

Admission Policies

Application Deadlines

The application for admission must be submitted by the dates below for each semester.

  Fall Semester May 1  
  Spring Semester November 1  
  Summer Semester April 3  

All documents must be submitted by the dates below for each semester.

  Fall Semester May 8  
  Spring Semester November 8  
  Summer Semester April 10  

Admission Policy

It is the policy of Georgia Gwinnett College to create admissions requirements that fulfill the stated mission of the college, by encouraging students of diverse levels of preparation, ethnicity and age to attend this institution and develop their full potential as individuals and members of the community. These guidelines are in keeping with Georgia Gwinnett College’s strong commitment to student success, a process that begins when students first apply to the college and continues through graduation and job placement. Georgia Gwinnett College complies with the access mission institution admission standards established under University System of Georgia Board of Regents policies and is committed to ensuring that the admissions procedures implement these standards.

Application Procedures

All students applying for admission to Georgia Gwinnett College must complete the following procedures:

  1. Complete an electronic Application for Admission. To complete an application, you may apply here. Students who are unable to complete the electronic application should contact the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office at 678-407-5313.
  2. Submit the required $20 application fee electronically with the application.
  3. Freshmen and applicants with fewer than 30 transfer hours must request that their most recently-attended high school submit an official high school transcript to Georgia Gwinnett College.
  4. Applicants who have attended any college (as a transfer student or as a HOPE-MOWR student) must request official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended. These official transcripts must be sent directly to Georgia Gwinnett College.
  5. Students must submit the Georgia Gwinnett College Immunization Form completed and signed by a physician.

    For more details on the specific immunizations required for admission to Georgia Gwinnett College, consult the Georgia Gwinnett College Immunization Form available on the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions website.
  6. Applicants who indicate that they have a criminal conviction or criminal charges pending will be asked to provide supplemental information in consideration of the applicant’s eligibility for admission to Georgia Gwinnett College. Failure to provide this information may impact the applicant’s eligibility for admission.
  7. Admission of students with disabilities follows Board of Regents policy. Because the core curriculum of each institution requires students to complete college-level courses in English, mathematics, social science and science, all students must complete the Required High School Curriculum in these areas. Students with disabilities that preclude the acquisition of a foreign language may petition for admission without this requirement according to procedures established by the System. Students with disabilities are expected to meet the sector’s minimum SAT or ACT score requirements but should request the appropriate testing accommodations from the agencies administering the SAT or ACT.
  8. The mailing address for submission of all documents (except the electronic admissions application) is:

Georgia Gwinnett College
Office of Admissions
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Applicants will create a Grizzly Profile Account which allows the student to check their application status. A final decision on your acceptance into the College will be made after all application materials have been received.

Admission Requirements for Programs Leading to the Baccalaureate Degree

Freshman Requirements

Applicants who have never attended other colleges or who have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester hours from previous colleges are classified as freshman. The following requirements are in effect for freshman applicants:

High School Diploma/Required High School Curriculum

Freshmen must have a high school diploma from a high school accredited by a regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), or the Georgia Accrediting Commission or from a public school regulated by a school system and state department of education. Certificates of attendance or special education diplomas are not acceptable. High school students with a general diploma must have a minimum 2.00 grade point average based on the grades in the 16 (if graduation was before 2012) or 17 units (if graduation was in 2012 or later) of Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) as defined by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.


As part of the admission process and in compliance with Board of Regents Policy, each student will be evaluated to determine satisfactory completion of the following 16 or 17 units of the University System of Georgia RHSC. Following is information on courses that satisfy these requirements. More specific information on this requirement and courses that satisfy these requirements may be found here.

  1. MATHEMATICS: Four (4) units of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. For students who graduate from a Georgia Public School in 2012 or later, the 4 units of Mathematics must include a course at the level of Math 3 or higher.
  2. ENGLISH: Four (4) units of English which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills.
  3. SCIENCE: Three (3) units of science, with at least one laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences. Students who graduate in 2012 or later must have four (4) units of science. Georgia Public High School graduates must have at least one (1) unit of biology, one (1) unit of physical science or physics, and one (1) unit of chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement course.
  4. SOCIAL SCIENCE: Three (3) units of social science, with at least one (1) course focusing on United States studies and one (1) course focusing on world studies.
  5. FOREIGN LANGUAGE/ AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/ COMPUTER SCIENCE: Two (2) units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Two (2) units of American Sign Language or two (2) units of Computer Science emphasizing coding and programming may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Addressing RHSC Deficiencies

Students with RHSC deficiencies shall be required to satisfy those deficiencies using one of the following methods:

Address Deficiency Prior to Enrollment
Applicants, including those coming from other states, who have Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) deficiencies but can demonstrate competency in the deficient area(s) will be deemed as meeting the RHSC requirements. Provided these students meet all other requirements for regular admission, GGC will not be required to admit them under the Limited Admissions category.
A student can satisfy an RHSC deficiency by demonstrating competency in the subject matter area(s) considered deficient or by addressing the deficiency through an appropriate course successfully completed prior to enrollment at another institution.

Option 1: Demonstrate Subject Matter Proficiency through Approved Standardized Tests

A student may demonstrate competency through standardized examinations such as the SAT, ACT, CLEP, DSST, Accuplacer, COMPASS or other comparable examinations approved by the BOR.

Students must complete four Board of Regents-approved science units, including two units with a laboratory component, as outlined in the Staying on Course document. Additionally, Georgia public high school students are required to complete coursework in four areas of science (see “Required High School Curriculum” for science in the previous section). Students with a science deficiency may address the deficiency prior to enrollment through a standardized examination provided the examination demonstrates competency in an area not already reflected in their high school coursework.

1. A student whose SAT or ACT score in the deficient area is at or above the average SAT or ACT score of the previous year’s fall semester first-time freshmen admitted to GGC indicates competency in the area.

2. A student may use the following SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate competency in a deficient area: English, Writing, Literature, Foreign Languages, Math Level 1 or Math Level 2, American History & Social Studies, World History, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students may use SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate exposure and competencies for areas not reflected in their course work.

3. A student may use the CLEP and DSST subject examination to demonstrate competency in a deficient area.

4. Students with an English deficiency and who are required to have an English Placement Index (EPI) calculated may satisfy the deficiency by earning an EPI sufficient to exempt Learning Support English. Students with a mathematics deficiency and who are required to have a Math Placement Index (MPI) calculated may satisfy the deficiency by earning an MPI sufficient to exempt Learning Support mathematics.

5. Students with an English deficiency and placed into Learning Support English will satisfy the deficiency upon successfully exiting Learning Support English. Students with a mathematics deficiency and placed into Learning Support mathematics will satisfy the deficiency upon successfully exiting Learning Support mathematics.

Option 2: Demonstrate Subject Matter Proficiency Through Approved Coursework.

A student may address the deficiency prior to enrollment by taking a USG-approved high school course in the deficiency area(s) or a three credit collegiate course (with a course grade of “C” or better) in the appropriate subject area(s). A student who has taken a terminal course in a subject area (for example, a student who has completed calculus in the 11th grade) will be deemed as meeting the RHSC requirement in that subject area.

Address Deficiency After Enrollment

Students who have RHSC deficiencies, which are addressed after enrollment, can be admitted under the Limited Admissions category.
Students who have RHSC deficiencies and who successfully complete collegiate courses addressing all of their deficiencies within their first 30 credit hours will be considered as having satisfied the deficiency or deficiencies. These students will receive collegiate credit that can count towards the student’s degree program. If a student does not address the deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours, then the student may not register for other courses, unless they also register for the appropriate deficiency course or courses. Successful completion (“C” or better) of a three credit collegiate course in the appropriate subject area demonstrates collegiate-level preparedness and is sufficient for satisfying an RHSC deficiency in that subject area.

Admission Decision Process

Test scores will be required for all freshman applicants. Students must meet testing requirements before an admissions decision can be made. The testing requirement can be satisfied by meeting the minimum scores on 1 of 4 tests:

Minimum SAT Scores:

For Fall 2016 and Spring 2017:

Critical Reading 480 (26 on the Reading Test if taken March 26 or after)
Math 460 (500 on the Math Section if taken March 2016 or after)

For Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018:

Critical Reading 430 (24 on the Reading Test if taken March 2016 or after
Math 400 (440 on the Math Section/22 on the Math Test if taken March 2016 or after)

Minimum ACT Scores:

For Fall 2016 and Spring 2017:

English 21
Math 19

For Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018:

English 17
Math 17

3. Required Minimum COMPASS* scores (effective summer 2017, COMPASS exam must have been taken August 2016 or later):

Ewrite 6
Reading 62
Math 20

4. Required Minimum Accuplacer* scores:

WritePlacer 4
Critical Reading 46
Elementary Algebra 32

*Effective with spring 2017 admission, if a student does not meet the minimum SAT/ACT scores, they are required to take the Accuplacer test. COMPASS scores will still be accepted as well. Effective with Summer 2017 admission, for students who do not meet the minimum SAT and ACT scores, a Mathematics Placement Index (MPI) and an English Placement Index (EPI) will be calculated based on High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA) and the respective SAT/ ACT/ COMPASS/ Accuplacer test scores. Students will be admitted based on EPI and MPI indices. Minimum EPI and MPI scores for admission will be as follows:

EPI Minimum Score MPI Minimum Score
3032 928

Applicants will be denied regular admission if they score below the minimum scores. If students are below the minimum on one of the index scores, they must have an “offset” score on the other index greater than the following to be considered for admission:

EPI Offset Minimum Score MPI Offset Minimum Score
3905 1028

Beginning freshmen must also meet the minimum 2.00 high school GPA.

COMPASS or Accuplacer along with MPI and EPI scores will also be used for course placement.

Students who attend a high school outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES-approved evaluation service such as Joseph Silny & Associates; World Education Services; or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or other BOR-approved services. The student must submit transcripts to an evaluation service and request that an appropriate evaluation be submitted directly to the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office.

Students with Fewer than 30 Transfer Hours of College Credit

The college transcripts of students who have attended other colleges (but earned fewer than 30 semester hours of eligible transfer credit) will be considered as part of the admissions process. If a student meets the freshman requirements listed above and their combined GPA from previous college work is at or above a 2.00, the candidate will be admitted without condition; those who fail to meet both these requirements will be denied admission.

A student who has fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit will be admitted on Academic Probation, if one of the following two conditions occur: a) the student meets the freshman admission requirements listed above but has a combined GPA from previous college work below a 2.00 or b) the student does not meet the freshman admission requirements listed above but has a combined GPA from previous college work above a 2.00. Furthermore, students will be required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by their academic classification in order to be placed in good academic standing at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Admission Decision Appeal Process

A student who is denied admission can submit a letter of appeal to the Admissions Committee. The letter must be typed and include the student’s electronic or handwritten signature, and it should be mailed (or hand delivered) to the Office of Admissions.
The letter should provide details that will help the Committee make an informed decision to help the student achieve success at the College. Such information may include:

  • reasons why the student’s previous academic work may have suffered
  • how the student intends to perform better academically
  • the student’s weekly work and/or family commitments
  • any other information the student would like the committee to consider EXCEPTIONS TO FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL GROUPS OF STUDENTS
Reviewed February 10, 2017

See Board of Regents Policy Manual Section Additionally, the following conditions apply:

Limited Admissions Category

In recognition of the fact that a limited number of students do not meet established standards but do demonstrate special potential for success, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is authorized by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to grant admission to a limited number of such students. GGC will use multiple measures whenever possible, such as interviews, portfolios, and records of experiential achievements, for students being considered for Limited Admission. The number of students who may be granted Limited Admissions is restricted and cannot exceed 33%.

Presidential Exceptions

The President of GGC is authorized by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to grant Presidential Exceptions to the Required High School Curriculum units and requirements for Limited Admissions if the student shows promise for academic success in college and has at least a high school diploma or GED credential. GGC is required to report to the University System of Georgia chief academic officer on those students granted Presidential Exceptions. Presidential Exceptions must be included as part of the GGC’s maximum percentage for Limited Admissions.
Students who enter under the Limited Admissions category (including Presidential Exceptions) must make up any Required High School Curriculum units deficiencies in accordance with University System of Georgia procedures. They must also be screened, as applicable, for placement in Learning Support courses based on their EPI/MPI score(s) and must meet University System of Georgia criteria for exemption or exit of learning support in reading, English, and mathematics.

Home School Applicants

Applicants from home school or graduates of non-accredited high schools may be considered for admission to GGC upon submission of a portfolio of the student’s academic work and official SAT/ACT scores. Students who have completed each of the 17-unit RHSC areas as documented in the portfolio (or as documented by the SAT II Subject Tests) and have achieved the minimum SAT scores described in Student Placement Test Scores Relative to Course Placement. All applicants in this category must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and an interview with the candidate may be required.

Required High School Curriculum Requirements (RHSC) - Home School and Non-Accredited High School Applicants

All home school and non-accredited high school applicants must demonstrate equivalent RHSC competence as required by Board of Regents policy. Home school applicants who receive credit from accredited institutions and curriculum providers can demonstrate compliance by submitting official transcripts from these providers. These transcripts will be evaluated for RHSC competence based on the general RHSC requirements detailed in Freshman Requirements.
Home school applicants who have credits from non-accredited institutions and curriculum providers, as well as applicants from non-accredited high schools, will submit a Home School/Non-Accredited High School College Preparatory Credit Evaluation Form (or a transcript in similar form) and one of the following:

  • SAT II or CLEP scores in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, American History and World History, and a foreign language. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office for the minimum score criteria
  • A detailed description of course work completed in each subject area that includes the subject title, course description, texts or program used, and primary teacher as well as writing samples, reading lists, major projects and assignments, exceptional learning experiences, and additional standardized test scores such as the Iowa Basic Skills that can be used to evaluate RHSC compliance. Each subject should be representative of one Carnegie Unit (or academic year) of study. The Admissions Committee will review the portfolio for RHSC compliance, and at its sole discretion can recommend that an applicant has met some, all or none of the RHSC requirements.
  • Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may still be admitted, but will be required to enroll in the appropriate courses (outlined in Freshman Requirements under Addressing RHSC Deficiencies.

Home School Portfolio Review Procedures

The committee will review the student portfolio with the primary goal of determining the applicant’s potential for success at the college level. If the committee is not satisfied with the material submitted in the portfolio, it will seek additional information from the applicant as a condition for admission. If the committee’s request is not satisfied, the applicant will be denied admission. Information regarding how applicants can satisfy the portfolio requirement and guidance in preparing their portfolio is contained on the GGC website. The form is included

Home School/Non-Accredited High School College Preparatory Credit Evaluation Form

Student Name:___________________________________________    Year Graduated:_______________________

Subject Year Completed Grade Earned *Source
ENGLISH (4 Units)      
Grammar and usage      
American English      
World Literature/British Literature      
Advanced Composition      
MATH (4 Units)      
Algebra I      
Algebra II      
Advanced Mathematics      
NATURAL SCIENCE (4 Units)      
Physical Science      
Biology (with Lab)      
Chemistry (with Lab)      
SOCIAL SCIENCE (3 Units)      
American History      
World History      
Economics and Government      
FOREIGN LANGUAGE (2 Units)      
Language Studies      
First Year      
Second Year      

Completed by: _____________________________________________         Date: ___________________________________

Source Legend:  1. Public School   2. Private School   3.  Correspondence   4.  Home Curriculum

General Educational Development (GED)

Persons over 18 years of age (or whose class has already graduated from high school) whose secondary schooling was interrupted may be admitted by presenting General Educational Development (GED) equivalency. Official GED test score reports must be mailed directly from the Technical College System of Georgia Office of Adult Literacy/GED Testing Service to the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office. GED applicants are strongly suggested (but not required) to take either the College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), the results of which will be made part of the applicant’s portfolio. All GED applications must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and an interview with the candidate may be required.

Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office. GED applicants are strongly suggested (but not required) to take either the College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), the results of which will be made part of the applicant’s portfolio. All GED applications must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and an interview with the candidate may be required.

MOWR-Dual Enrollment

Move On When Ready (MOWR) program provides eligible high school students with the opportunity to take college courses to satisfy their high school graduation or home study completion requirements while earning college credit.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a high school student entering the junior or senior year
  • If you took the SAT prior to March 2016: A minimum of 480 Critical Reading and 460 Mathematics scores on the SAT and a combined SAT score of 970. If you took the New SAT during or after March 2016: A minimum of 26 Reading Test and 500 Math Section scores. If you took the ACT: A minimum of 21 English and 19 mathematics scores on the ACT and at least a composite score of 20. ACCUPLACER test scores cannot be used to satisfy this requirement
  • A high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in courses taken from the required College Preparatory Curriculum unit
  • Submit a MOWR Student Participation Agreement
  • A plan to complete the University System of Georgia College Preparatory Curriculum requirement on schedule
  • You must take courses from the approved courses list

Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Applicants who have attended other colleges and have earned more than 30 semester hours are classified as transfer students. Students admitted from other colleges are required to meet all general requirements regarding examinations and application deadlines. Students planning to transfer from other colleges must request that the Registrar’s Office at each college previously attended forward an official transcript to the Admissions Office at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Official transcripts are required whether or not the applicant receives transfer credit. Documents must be mailed directly from the other college to the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office.

Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants must present a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above (based on a 4.00 scale) on all work attempted and must be in good academic standing at the last institution attended in order to be admitted to Georgia Gwinnett College in good academic standing. Transfer students with a GPA of 1.99 or below will be denied with the option to appeal their decision.

Transfer of Credit

Evaluations of transfer credit are available for student viewing on their account on Banner Web upon completion of the admissions process and attendance at a Georgia Gwinnett College Bear Essentials session. Georgia Gwinnett College stands behind and assumes responsibility for all credits recorded on official student transcripts.

  1. Credit earned in regionally accredited colleges may be transferred at full value to Georgia Gwinnett College provided the course content is comparable to that of a course offered by Georgia Gwinnett College or, for non-comparable courses, those that satisfy the guidelines of the University System of Georgia.
  2. Transfer students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all Area A requirements (ENGL 1101  and ENGL 1102 , MATH 1001 , MATH 1111 , or equivalents) in order for those courses to transfer to Georgia Gwinnett College. In addition, a grade of “C” or better is required in all courses used in Area F and in the major.
  3. Other courses earned at regionally accredited institutions may be permitted to transfer with grades of “D,” to the extent that the grades on all credits accepted for transfer average to at least 2.50.
  4. The transfer grade-point-average (GPA) will not be included in the student’s institutional GPA at Georgia Gwinnett College but will be included in the total GPA used to determine academic honors and used by certain financial aid sources (i.e., HOPE scholarship).
  5. The total number of combined hours through military experiences shall not exceed 15 semester hours. In order to determine military credit, the student must submit discharge paperwork (DD-214) or a military course transcript (AARTS, SMART, CCAF, etc.).
  6. Transfer credit from colleges and universities outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service such as Joseph Silny & Associates; World Education Services; or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. The student must submit transcripts to an evaluation service and request that an appropriate evaluation be submitted to the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office.
  7. Transfer students must complete requirements in United States History and Constitution as well as Georgia History and Constitution prior to graduation. Completion of American History and American Government at a previous University System of Georgia institution will transfer to Georgia Gwinnett College. Completion of American History and American Government at a non-University System of Georgia institution (including out-of-state institutions) will satisfy the U.S. History and Constitution requirement upon transfer, but not the Georgia History and Constitution requirement. A proficiency examination in these legislative requirements is available for the student to complete prior to graduation. See the Testing Center for additional information.

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) with Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Gwinnett College has entered into an agreement with Georgia Perimeter College to admit students who have completed an Associate’s degree from Georgia Perimeter College. The goals of this agreement are:

  1. To minimize barriers to transfer and assist prospective transfer students at Georgia Perimeter College to progress toward their baccalaureate degree;
  2. To enable Georgia Perimeter College students to follow a course of study that allows them to begin upper division course work immediately upon transfer;
  3. To assure Georgia Perimeter College students that if they follow the terms of their approve transfer agreement, they are admitted to Georgia Gwinnett College in the term agreed upon;
  4. To facilitate cooperation between the counseling offices and the transfer centers at Georgia Gwinnett College and Georgia Perimeter College.

The agreement will guarantee general admission to Georgia Gwinnett College of Georgia Perimeter College students who fulfill the criteria listed below; it does not necessarily assure admission to a specific major. Georgia Gwinnett College and Georgia Perimeter College will form an oversight committee charged with evaluation and review of this agreement. This committee will meet on a biannual basis during March to review the agreement and reconfirm it for the next academic period. Either institution may terminate this agreement for any reason by providing written notice before August 1st of the academic year in which the transfer agreement shall terminate.

Conditions of the Agreement

To qualify for the Transfer Admission Guarantee, a student must:

  1. Complete the Intent to Transfer Form signed by both the student and a Georgia Perimeter College Transfer Admission Guarantee counselor.
  2. Submit a Georgia Gwinnett College Undergraduate Application for Admission during the application filing period the student wishes to transfer.
  3. Complete, with a grade of C grades or better, the English composition and mathematics courses required for admission at least two semesters preceding the term the student plans to transfer to Georgia Gwinnett College.
  4. Earn an Associate’s degree at Georgia Perimeter College by the end of the semester preceding transfer
  5. Complete the last 30 of their 60 or more Georgia Gwinnett College transferable units at Georgia Perimeter College
  6. Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.3 in all Georgia Gwinnett College transferable course work by the end of the current semester and maintain a 2.3 GPA or higher in all courses taken prior to transfer.
  7. Meet conditions of Georgia Gwinnett College Code of Student Conduct.

Terms of the Agreement

  • Apply for admission to GGC during the application filing period for the semester in which you wish to transfer.
  • Complete the required courses in English composition (ENGL 1101  and ENGL 1102 ) and one mathematics course (MATH 1001  or MATH 1111  or MATH 1113  (Pre-calculus) or Math 2431 (Calculus I)) NB: Math-based majors and future Science and Technology majors are required to take Math 2431.
  • Earn an Associate’s degree by the end of the semester preceding transfer.
  • Complete the last 30 of your 60 or more GGC transferable units at GPC; and
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.3 in all GGC transferable course work by the end of the current semester and maintain a 2.3 GPA or higher in all courses taken prior to transfer.
  • Meet conditions of Georgia Gwinnett College Code of Student Conduct.
  • You must earn a grade of C or better in each course of the core at GPC.

Required Course Pattern

Completion of the core curriculum at GPC is required. Once you have successfully completed the core curriculum at GPC and have met all of the terms of the agreement outlined above, the credits that you have earned successfully at GPC will be accepted as credits in the core at GGC.

Attendance at a Bear Essentials (BE) registration session or an orientation session the semester you sign this Intent to Transfer form. Call GGC to make an appointment. You will be assigned a GGC mentor.

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 (30) or more transferable hours of college credit, as defined in Section of this Policy Manual.

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. These students do not count against the number of Limited Admissions allowed for transfer students at that institution. Institutions should require placement criteria as appropriate.

Non-Traditional Students

In order to make the 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, institutions 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.

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

For non-traditional freshman requirements, refer to Freshman Requirements, Non-Traditional Freshman. For non-traditional transfer requirements, refer to Transfer Student Requirements, Non-Traditional Transfers.

Persons Aged 62 or Over

Pursuant to provisions of the Georgia Constitution, the University System of Georgia establishes the following rules with respect to enrollment of persons 62 years of age or older in programs of University System of Georgia schools. To be eligible for enrollment under this provision such persons:

  1. Must be residents of Georgia, 62 years of age or older at the time of registration and shall present a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation of age to enable the institution to determine eligibility May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses offered for resident credit on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees
  2. Shall meet all University System of Georgia and institution undergraduate requirements; however, institutions may exercise discretion in exceptional cases where circumstances indicate that certain requirements such as high school graduation and minimum test scores are inappropriate. In those instances involving discretionary admission institutions will provide diagnostic methods to determine whether or not participation in Learning Support will be required prior to enrollment in regular credit courses. Reasonable prerequisites may be required in certain courses.
  3. Shall have all usual student and institutional records maintained; however, institutions will not report such students for budgetary purposes.
  4. Must meet all University System of Georgia, institution and legislated degree requirements if they are degree- seeking students

Course Credits for International Baccalaureate Diploma Completion

System-wide Implementation Guidelines:

In recognition of the fact that a strong predictor of college success is a rigorous high school curriculum, USG institutions will award academic credit for appropriate courses in the USG core curriculum for corresponding subject areas in a completed International Baccalaureate (“IB”) Diploma Program in which the student obtained designated end of course assessment scores.

Both Standard Level (college preparatory) and Higher Level (college comparable) courses will be considered for credit in a completed Diploma Program, as the program does not allow students to take all Higher Level courses. Higher Level end- of-course assessment scores of four or more and Standard Level scores of five or better suggests that the IB Program work is comparable to a college course.

The course credit schema in the table below will be used system-wide, with allowances made for variable credits in each category to account for labs and on occasion, for depth of material covered in the IB Program subject area that may be comparable to more than one college level course.

Semester Credit Hours Granted
Score Standard Level Higher Level
4 0 3 - 4
5 0 - 4 3 - 8
6 - 7 3 - 8 3 - 12

The particular courses for which students receive college credit may vary from institution to institution, depending on what courses the institution offers. Determinations of course comparability will be made by the respective departments. Institutions shall, however, attempt to have consistency across the USG on common numbered core courses.

The total college course credits awarded for IB assessments may not exceed 24.

All institutions shall have a widely disseminated policy governing the award of course credits for IB assessments. The policy will apply to both resident and non-resident students.

Institutions will collect data on IB students, analyze the data and recommend revisions to the policy if warranted. A student may opt not to accept credits if he/she sees that acceptance of credits may disadvantage him/her. Further, if a student believes that the assessment of his/her work from the IB Diploma Program and subsequent awarding of credits for such is in error, he/she may file an appeal with the appropriate department chair and request a re-assessment. As with other academic matters, if the issue is not satisfactorily resolved at the department level, the student may then appeal to the dean of the respective college, with a final appeal to the vice president for academic affairs, whose decision in the matter will be final.

Individual Institution Implementation Guidelines: Along with the system-wide policy, individual institutions may choose to offer additional benefits. After the appropriate core courses are credited, if the student (diploma completer) has additional acceptable IB assessment scores (4 or better for HL, 5 or better for SL) that have not been awarded course credits, individual institutions may award credit for other lower-division courses outside of the core for up to a maximum of 24 credits (total).

Institutions may choose to award other benefits to diploma completers as well (e.g. early registration, parking pass, etc.). If that is the case, details will be available on the institution’s website.

Institutions may choose to award credit to students who did not complete the diploma program but were awarded a certificate for completion of a specific subject area for Higher Level courses with an assessment score of 4 or better.

Notes about Admission

An applicant may be declared eligible for admission, registration, enrollment or re-enrollment at University System institution only after satisfying all requirements established by the University System of Georgia and the institution concerned. The institution shall have the right to examine and appraise the character, personality and qualifications of the applicant. In order that this examination and appraisal may be made, the applicant shall furnish to the institution such biographical and other information, including references, as may be required. Each unit of the University System reserves the right to refuse admission to a non-resident of Georgia, to an applicant whose admission would cause the institution to exceed its maximum capacity, to an applicant whose request for admission is only to a program that is already filled, to an applicant whose transcript(s) are from unaccredited institution or who is otherwise ineligible for admission. Applicants seeking additional information on referral of students to other institutions, right to limit admissions, limited admissions/Presidential exceptions, or the use of social security numbers, should refer to the Board of Regent’s manual: www.usg.edu.


Students who must apply for readmission include transients and students who have not been enrolled for 12 consecutive months (3 terms) as well as students changing classification. If the student does not enroll, the process must be repeated. The application for readmission is online at https://start.ggc.edu/Datatel.ERecruiting.Web.External/Pages/Welcome.aspx. The readmission application must be submitted along with the non-refundable processing fee and any required supporting credentials fees by the deadline for the term of the desired re-enrollment.

Advanced Placement, College Level Entrance Program, International Baccalaureate and Military Experience

Georgia Gwinnett College accepts college credit by examination through the United States Military, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB). For information regarding testing, please refer to Testing Service’s website. For additional information regarding experiential learning credit, please refer to the Registrar’s website. The following rules govern the awarding of credit by examination:

  1. The maximum credit that can be earned by any alternative credit is limited to 30 semester hours (15 military, 24 IB).
  2. A student who is currently enrolled in the course or has earned a grade other than a W in the course may not earn CLEP credit for the course.
  3. CLEP, IB and military credits carry no academic grade and are not computed into the grade point average (GPA).
  4. Credits earned through CLEP may be transferred from other institutions in the University System of Georgia upon verification that CLEP scores are equal to or higher than those required by Georgia Gwinnett College. Students are responsible for verifying the score by having the College Board send an official score to Georgia Gwinnett College.
  5. Students who failed to achieve the CLEP score necessary to receive credit must wait six months before being allowed to re-test.
  6. Information about specific test scores may be found on the website, at the testing center, or in the Registrar’s Office

The process for determining if credit should be awarded is:

  1. Faculty members in the academic discipline shall review the topic areas covered in the test and compare those with corresponding GGC courses. Based on this comparison they shall identify an appropriate test scores for which credit will be awarded and then recommend those test scores to the Dean of the School.
  2. The Dean will review the faculty recommendations and approve or disapprove the recommendation.
  3. If the courses impacted are General Education courses the General Education Committee will also review the recommendation.
  4. If approved by the Dean and the General Education Committee (if necessary), the recommended test scores will be forwarded to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA) for review and final decision.
  5. If approved by the VPASA the test scores will be forwarded to the Executive Director of Enrollment Management for inclusion in the policy for Alternative Credit Options and credit will be given.

The process of approving credit for military experience will include a review of the student’s Joint Service Transcript (JST) or the DD 214.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs Not Leading to the Baccalaureate Degree


Students who submit evidence of graduation from a high school or a GED certificate may register to audit a course as space in the course permits. Under extraordinary circumstances, the president may waive the requirement of high school diploma or equivalent. Students registered as auditors shall be required to pay the regular tuition and fees for enrollment.

Non-Degree Students

Students may enroll as non-degree students for a maximum of 12 semester credit hours (including institutional credit). Students may not enroll in any course for which there is a learning support prerequisite unless they have been screened for and have exempted the relevant learning support course.

Georgia Gwinnett College will not allow students to apply under this status, but will permit the Director of Admissions to allow students to be admitted under this category on an as needed basis.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Students who have earned the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution may enroll as non-degree students in courses with no limitation on the number of hours of undergraduate credit these students can earn.

Transient Students

Transient Students from Other Institutions

A student enrolled in a degree program at another accredited college or university may apply to Georgia Gwinnett College for transient status. Such a student is one who expects to return to the college or university where previously enrolled and must have the permission of the home institution to attend Georgia Gwinnett College. The applicant who desires transient status must submit an application and a transient letter from the home institution. Transient students are admitted on a semester basis only. Georgia Gwinnett College does not guarantee that a transient student will be able to secure the courses desired, nor is Georgia Gwinnett College responsible for advising a transient student of courses that are applicable to their program of study at the home institution. Transcripts are not automatically forwarded to the home institution. Transient students must submit a written request to have a transcript sent back to the home institution.

Admission Appeals

Any applicant denied admission to Georgia Gwinnett College may appeal the decision by submitting a written Request for Admissions Appeal to the Admissions Committee. The Committee will review an appeal to determine the student’s potential for college-level academic work; an interview with the student may also be required. If an appeal is approved the student will be admitted conditionally with a probationary status and must complete any prescribed conditions as specified by the Committee. Any exceptions to this policy must be appealed to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

Out-of-State Enrollment

See Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 4.3.1

Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes

See Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 4.3.2

Tuition Differential Waivers

See Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 4.3.3

Verification of Lawful Presence

Each University System institution shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted person applying for resident tuition status, as defined in Section 7.3 of this Policy Manual, and of every person admitted to an institution referenced in Section 4.1.6 of this Policy Manual.

See Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 4.3.4

International Students

At GGC, an international student is an individual who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Currently living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S.
  • Not a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident and is currently in the U.S. on an F-1 visa
  • Currently in the U.S. on another non-immigrant visa classification which permits part-time or full-time study

Degree Seeking International Students

Freshman Students:

Students whose secondary education was completed outside the United States system of education may be admitted with acceptable foreign credentials and English language proficiency as described below:

  • Foreign Credentials

    International students must demonstrate the required level of academic preparation as evidenced by a certificate, diploma, or other document deemed generally equivalent to a U.S. required high school curriculum by an independent evaluation service which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). In special circumstances, other reputable credential evaluators will be considered. Students must submit transcripts to an evaluation service and request that an appropriate evaluation be submitted to the Georgia Gwinnett College Office of Internationalization.
  • English Proficiency Requirement

    Students whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency. Generally, English proficiency is measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score acceptable for admission to GGC is 537 on the TOEFL paper test, 203 on the TOEFL computer test, or 74 on the TOEFL IBT. Non-native speakers of English who satisfy SAT Verbal or ACT English admission requirement do not need to take TOEFL for admission purposes. The recommended minimum score for the SAT Verbal is 480 and the recommended minimum score for the ACT English is 21. Students may also choose to submit IELTS with a minimum score of 6. [NOTE: The IELTS requirement of 6.0 has been GGC policy since we began admitting international students in 2012.]

    Students who submit their application from within the United States must meet testing requirements for freshman applicants. Please see GGC Administrative Policy Manual

Transfer Students:

Students who are non-native speakers of English, who transfer from an institution of higher education outside the U.S. where English was not the language of instruction, must submit a TOEFL score as well as the official translation of their foreign credentials.

Students who are non-native speakers of English and who are transferring from an accredited institution of higher education inside the U.S. may be required to retake the TOEFL if their English proficiency cannot be fully demonstrated. Official transcripts of course work taken from previously attended colleges must also be submitted.

Financial Requirements

International students must provide documentation showing sufficient resources to cover tuition, room and board, health insurance and other living expenses. In accordance with the payment policy of the College, students agree to pay all tuition and fees when due to Georgia Gwinnett College (including, but not limited to, tuition, mandatory student fees, and College Housing fees). Failure to pay a student account in full by the published deadline may result in a student being dropped from classes and will jeopardize a student’s ability to maintain valid immigration status.

International Non-Degree Seeking Students

J Visa Students:

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is a designated J-1 visa sponsor. As such, GGC may host J-1 visa students. In addition, students who have J-1 sponsorship through an outside agency such as the Institute of International Education (IIE) or International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) may enroll as non-degree-seeking students at GGC for the length of the program. Admission criteria and program length for these types of special programs will be established between the Office of Internationalization and the sponsoring agency.

Visa Classifications Other Than F-1or J-1

Individuals with certain visa classifications may enroll as full-time or part-time students. Individuals should contact the Office of Internationalization for verification of their eligibility to study in the United States.

Presidential Exceptions

International students may also be admitted as Presidential Exceptions. See Board of Regents Policy Manual and BoR Academic & Student Affairs Handbook Section 3.2.6.

Health Insurance

International students holding F or J visas are required to have student health insurance that meets the minimum standards set by the University System of Georgia. As a result, all students will initially be charged for coverage. Students who are already covered by an insurance policy (i.e., through parent plans, family plans or employer-sponsored plans) can easily opt out of the plan through a secure on-line process. Once the information has been verified, all charges will be waived. Students must apply for the waiver each academic year for which they are enrolled in classes, and this must be done during the waiver period. Students who do not apply for and receive the waivers during the enrollment period will be responsible for the insurance fees. Students who fail to submit creditable health insurance information by the waiver period will automatically be enrolled in the system-wide student health insurance plan.

Students should not purchase insurance from their home country until they have reviewed information on the insurance waiver policy and are sure they will qualify for a waiver. Students should verify that the insurance policy they are considering meets the waiver minimums before purchasing it. Additional information is available through this link: http://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/students/student_health_insurance_program_SHIP.

Housing for International Students

On-campus housing is not available year round. If students choose not to return home during semester breaks, they must arrange for alternative living arrangements off-campus.