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Application Process

Transfer students are a top priority at Georgia Southwestern. We are working to have Southwestern “recognized as the four-year comprehensive institution in the state that understands the needs of transfer students." We look forward to helping you through the admissions process to help you make a smooth transition into Southwestern. We suggest you Check Your Status online as you work through this process.

To Apply:

  • Submit your application with the $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Request your official transcripts be sent from EVERY college or technical school you have ever attended.
    • A reminder that if you are enrolled in learning support/developmental studies classes, you MUST EXIT those courses before you can transfer to Southwestern.
    • If you completed any college coursework outside of the United States you must submit certified English translations of original transcripts.  In addition, you must also submit your official transcripts to an evaluation service and have an original evaluation sent directly to us.  We prefer evaluations from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    • Also, if you are transferring from a technical college, it must be accredited by the Commission on Colleges(COC) in order for courses to transfer. Southwestern will also accept some approved courses from South Georgia Technical College that were completed Spring 2009 or later.
  • If you have less than 30 transferable hours from your college(s), you also need to submit your official high school transcript and your official SAT/ACT scores. You must meet our freshmen requirements and our transfer requirements.
  • You should receive a response within 2 to 3 weeks of us receiving all of the above information, if not, please call us to inquire about your application status.

Once Accepted:

Online Options

Southwestern understands the needs of transfer students. Offering online options is one way Southwestern can better cater to our transfer students who have working and family responsibilities. We offer online degrees in the business and nursing areas, providing students meet the admission criteria. Southwestern also offers a variety of core classes online.

Business - Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Accounting

The BBA degree program is ideal for students who wish to take advantage of online courses and for working professionals, military members, transfer students and returning students seeking alternative routes to degree completion. Additionally, through GSW’s Prior Learning Assessment program, students are able to earn credits for prior learning and reduce the time it takes them to graduate. Ultimately, students can earn the same degree in management, marketing, accounting or human resource management as traditional, on-campus students.

Upon completion of an Associate Degree in Business from any institution in the University System of Georgia, students can transfer with ease into the BBA at GSW and can continue on toward their bachelor’s in a convenient online format.  Learn more about the School of Business.

Criminal Justice

The BS in Criminal Justice degree program is designed for students who wish to take advantage of online courses and for working professionals, military members, transfer students, and returning students seeking alternative routes to degree completion. Students entering with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from a USG and some TCSG schools can expect that the majority of their completed credit hours will apply to the BS in Criminal Justice. Southwestern also recognizes Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) coursework as equivalent to some of the course work required for the BS in Criminal Justice degree program. Learn more about the BS in Criminal Justice Program.

Nursing - RN to BSN

Students who have completed their Associates of Science in Nursing, passed the certification exams to become a Registered Nurse, and who are currently working as an RN at a hospital may complete their Bachelors of Science in Nursing online with Southwestern. Recognizing the barriers that RNs face in terms of employment demands, travel time, and family responsibilities, the program has been designed to allow full-time or part-time study, flexibility in the sequencing of courses, and options to complete the nursing courses online. The clinical skills are completed and certified by approved supervisor at a student's current hospital. Students must apply and be accepted to Southwestern before applying by a separate application to the School of Nursing. Learn more about the School of Nursing.

Computers - Information Technology

Students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree may complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree entirely online through the WebBSIT program. Southwestern’s IT degree will instruct students in core competencies in the areas of problem solving and programming, networks and communications systems, databases, Internet and Web technologies, security, and project management, along with a foundation in business concepts. Students majoring in this degree program can look forward to challenging and fulfilling careers in Information Technology upon graduation, as this field is continually growing and changing.  Learn more about the School of Computing and Mathematics.

Admissions Guarantee

GSW's Commitment

Georgia Southwestern State University is committed to becoming the four-year university in the state that is known for meeting the needs of transfer students. Toward that end, GSW has taken a major step. Southwestern has signed eight Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreements with colleges in Georgia that offer associate's degrees.

What is a TAG agreement?

A TAG agreement allows students attending a TAG school who maintain a certain grade point average (2.0 in most cases) and earn an associate's degree or who complete 60 transferable credits (30 of which must be earned at a TAG school) to be automatically admitted to Georgia Southwestern. The outcome: a seamless transfer.

Partnering GSW TAG Schools

If you attend any one of the following schools and you are interested in coming to Southwestern following graduation contact the designated TAG coordinator, which is on staff at each one of these schools.

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • Bainbridge State College
  • Darton State College
  • East Georgia State College
  • Georgia Military College
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Gordon State College
  • South Georgia State College

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