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Transfer Student

A student who has taken a college or university course after graduation from high school is considered a transfer student.

How to Apply


Submit Your Application

Complete your application online. You will be prompted to create a GAfutures account if you do not already have one. Students can check their status online while working through the application process.


Request Your Official Transcripts

Request official transcripts be sent from every college or technical school you have attended. If you completed any college coursework outside of the US, you must submit your official transcripts to a NACES-accredited evaluation service and have an original course-by-course evaluation sent directly to GSW. 


Send official copies of your SAT or ACT scores

If you have less than 30 transferable credit hours from your college(s), you must meet all freshman requirements. We encourage you to send all scores from all tests taken using SAT Code: 5250 and/or ACT code: 0824. Application decisions are made based on the highest scores received.


Check Your Status

You can review what information is needed and what documents have been received by checking your status online


Check Your Email

We will send a variety of emails to notify you of your acceptance and allow accepted students the opportunity to register early for housing, Storm Registration Days, and other exclusive opportunities.


Visit Georgia Southwestern

If you haven't already taken a tour of our beautiful campus, schedule a visit today! Our admissions specialists are happy to welcome you into the hurricane family.

Admission Requirements

Regular Transfer Admission

To be considered for transfer admission, students must:

  • Have earned a minimum 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours) from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA on all transferable work attempted.
  • Be eligible to return to their current school.

Freshmen Transfer Admissions

To be eligible for freshman transfer admission, students should:

  • Have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours) from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  • Meet regular freshmen admission criteria including SAT/ACT, High School GPA, and Required High School Curriculum requirements. If you graduated from high school five or more years prior to your intended enrollment date, you will need to meet Non-Traditional Freshman requirements.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA on all transferable work attempted.
  • Be eligible to return to their current school.

Transcript Requirements

Students are required to send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where they have attempted work. All transcripts must be received before an admissions decision will be made.

Transfer students who have taken remedial, learning support, and/or required high school curriculum make-up courses in college must:

  • Exit those courses successfully.
  • Earn credit for Area A equivalent courses that correspond to the mandated remedial/learning support courses with a “C” or higher.
  • Accumulate 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond those courses.

Maintaining Transfer Information

GSW will only maintain a record of non-enrolling student test scores and transcripts for 3 years. Admission applications and fees are only kept for two years.

Courses in Residence

Students admitted to the university for the final year of work must be in residence at GSW for a minimum of 2 semesters and must complete at least thirty hours of credit, including 15 hours of upper-division credit in the major field. Online courses taught through Georgia Southwestern meet the residence requirement. For more information and a complete list of Southwestern's degree requirements, please refer to the University Bulletin.

STEM Course GPA Boost

The cumulative HOPE/Zell Miller grade point average (GPA) calculated will include weighted grades for specific science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) college courses. The grade for any such course will be increased by an additional 0.5 points if such grade is a B, C, or D. Click here for more information. This only affects students receiving the Georgia HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship.

Once Accepted

Make sure to complete the following items before you can begin registering for classes:

Stay Updated

Remember to check your status online to see when the above information is completed. If you have any questions about GSW or need help with any of the above information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Student Receiving Assistance

Transfer Articulation

Compare the classes completed at your current or previous institution(s) with the equivalent course at our campus.

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Online Programs

GSW offers a variety of online programs that are ideal for transfer students and offer a seamless transition into your major.

Information Session

Transfer Orientation

All transfer students are required to review our Transfer Orientation videos to ensure a broad introduction to GSW.

Information Session

Check Status

Review what information is needed and what documents have been received.

It’s closer to home and affordable so it made sense that I transfer here to finish my education.

Himani Ahir LaGrange, Georgia
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