UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

  General Requirements
  Admission Procedures and Standards
  First-Year Admission
  Transfer Admission
  Applicants for Readmission


General Requirements

The University seeks to enroll students with superior academic credentials and strong personal character who will positively contribute to the diverse and rich cultural environment of campus life. Each applicant's academic and personal record should reflect promise of growth, seriousness of purpose, and a sense of responsibility. The University reserves the right to admit only those applicants whose records indicate potential for success in a university environment. The University also reserves the right to examine further any applicant by the use of psychological, achievement, and/or aptitude tests, and personal interview or to request additional information in order to assure that the applicant meets all university standards. The University of Georgia complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Additionally, the University is actively involved in affirmative action recruitment.

Philosophy Statement

As the state of Georgia's flagship institution of higher education, the University of Georgia recognizes in its mission "the University's integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the state's and nation's intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage." To this end, the University seeks to enroll undergraduate students from all parts of Georgia as well as other states and countries who have demonstrated the following:

To serve an undergraduate student body of highly qualified, intellectually curious, and actively involved students, the University is committed to providing excellence in its teaching/learning environment, to promoting high levels of student achievement, and to offering appropriate academic support services. By identifying students with outstanding potential and fostering continued personal development in the classroom and the community, the University of Georgia expects that future leaders of the state, the region, the nation, and the global community will emerge among its alumni.

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Admission Procedures and Standards

The University, through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, reserves the right to revise admissions criteria to any program, school, or college and/or to request additional information of applicants at any time during the academic year if deemed necessary.

How to Apply for Admission
Applications for undergraduate admission may be submitted electronically at our Web site at www.admissions.uga.edu or printed from our Web site. Completion of all forms and submission of all requirements by the appropriate deadlines is mandatory before the applicant's request for admission can be considered. Applicants to the University must enclose a non-refundable application fee to cover the expense of processing the application. Once the application for admission and other required records of the applicant are complete and in proper order, an evaluation will be made in terms of academic record, the probability of completing the requirements for the desired degree, and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. The University reserves the right to terminate offers of admission when enrollment limits are reached or when applicants' credentials are deemed incomplete or unsatisfactory.

Specific information about housing, orientation, pre-registration, and transferred courses is sent to the student following the offer of admission.

Based on the University System of Georgia requirements, admission to the University of Georgia is contingent upon the student's legal residency in the United States. Prior to enrollment, all admitted students must have their citizenship verified.

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First-Year Admission

Applicants for first-year admission to summer or fall semester must apply by the appropriate deadline (see the Admissions Web site, www.admissions.uga.edu). The University of Georgia admits first-year applicants whose high school curriculum, grades earned, and college admissions test scores indicate they can be successful at the university level. The admissions standards are primarily a combination of these academic factors and the competition for a limited number of class openings by a growing number of highly qualified applicants. For first-year admissions, the University calculates an academic index based upon academic credentials and the actual performance of recently enrolled first-year students. Historically, the most heavily weighted factor in the University's admissions process has been the grades earned in core college preparatory subjects. The University may also request and use qualitative information to determine a student's potential for success at and contribution to the University.

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Transfer Admission

To be considered for University admission, all transfer applicants must be in good academic standing at their last college attended and must have official transcripts of all college work sent to the University. Please refer to the Admissions Web site, www.admissions.uga.edu, for deadline information. Transfer applications are generally processed during the term immediately preceding the intended term of transfer to UGA. The transfer grade point average will be calculated by UGA Admissions on grades earned in all transferable college work attempted. A student who is on academic warning, probation, or dismissal from the last institution attended will not be admitted to the University.

The transfer grade point averages and transferable hours required for consideration for admission to UGA are established each year by the Faculty Admissions Committee. These requirements are subject to change. Please see the Admissions Web site for up-to-date requirements (www.admissions.uga.edu). Admission of eligible applicants is dependent upon the availability of space. University colleges, schools, and individual majors may require higher averages for acceptance. Admission to the University does not imply that the student is eligible for admission to a specific major. Precise admission requirements to a major can be obtained from the appropriate dean's office.

Please see our Web site, www.admissions.uga.edu, for a schedule of our Transfer information sessions.

To calculate an overall transfer grade point average, UGA Admissions must include all grades earned, including Ds and Fs, in all academic courses an applicant has attempted. Normally, grades earned in a course which is repeated after first earning a C grade or better in that course will be excluded from the transfer admissions average. The calculated transfer average does not include grades earned in physical education, orientation courses, or career-oriented courses from a terminal associate degree program or certification program.

If a student planning to transfer to UGA from another institution within the University System of Georgia has completed Area I-V of the core curriculum with courses taken either at that institution or another institution from which UGA accepts transfer credit, UGA will accept the area as satisfied. Students should direct their questions about core curriculum areas I-V and VI to the dean's office of the school or college in which they will be advised.

Transient students, those currently enrolled at another institution and planning to return to that institution, may enroll for a summer semester in some UGA undergraduate classes by applying for admission and presenting a letter of good academic standing from their home college. Note: Courses taken at the University while a student is transient will not be used later in determining admissibility as a regular transfer student to UGA.

Post-baccalaureate students are college graduates taking additional undergraduate courses, but not for a UGA undergraduate degree. To be admitted, post-baccalaureate students must submit official transcripts from each college attended, one showing proof of graduation, and have obtained the required overall transfer academic grade point average.

Second degree students are college graduates planning to obtain an additional undergraduate degree from UGA. To be admitted, official transcripts must be submitted from all colleges attended and students must meet the minimum grade point average required.

Transfer of College Credit
The University of Georgia accepts credits from other accredited colleges and universities if the courses taken are "college parallel" and not remedial or career (terminal) courses and the courses are “for credit” classes. Students may check the on-line web site to confirm transfer equivalency of courses at http://www.admissions.uga.edu/apps/transferequiv/index.html. In order to earn a four-year degree from the University, a student must complete a minimum of 45 of the last 60 semester hours on the University of Georgia campus. A minimum of fifteen (15) hours of this work must be in senior division courses of the student's major. These requirements vary according to the major.

Students transferring to the University who have completed some or all of the core curriculum courses at another unit of the University System will receive full transfer credit. However, courses from a two-year college that would be earned in the upper division at the University are generally non-transferable.

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Applicants for Readmission

Undergraduate students who are not enrolled at the University for more than one calendar year must apply for readmission and pay an application fee at least 20 business days prior to the published date of late registration. Students who are on academic dismissal from UGA should first contact their academic school or college of last enrollment. Undergraduate readmission applications are available electronically from our Web site at www.admissions.uga.edu.

Undergraduate students who have not been enrolled at the University for a period of five years or more may be subject to different University, college or school, or department requirements than those which existed at the time of their matriculation or entry into a given college/school, major, minor, or certificate program.

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