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Non-traditional students are those who have been out of high school for at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five years ago.

Non-Traditional Student Checklist

  1. Apply online or by using the paper application and pay the $25 non-refundable application fee with submission of your application.
  2. Request for your official high school transcript or official GED scores to be sent to Georgia Southwestern. If you obtained a GED and completed 2 units of a foreign language before leaving high school, please submit both your high school transcript and GED scores. Southwestern accepts mailed or e-transcripts, such as Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or GA Futures that come directly from the high school. You may bring them to campus in person, as long as they remain in the original, sealed envelope from the school.
  3. Request your official transcripts be sent from EVERY college or technical school you have ever attended.
    • Georgia Southwestern State University will check the National Student Loan Data System to ensure all non-traditional students have not attended any colleges, universities, or technical colleges. Failure to list previously attended schools on your application will delay or prevent the processing of your application and may result in the reversal of admission or enrollment.
    • A reminder that if you are enrolled in learning support/developmental studies classes, you MUST EXIT those courses before you can transfer to Southwestern.
  4. If you have taken the Accuplacer within the last 12 months, please have your testing center submit scores directly to Southwestern. If you have taken the SAT or ACT within the last 5 years, please submit official copies of your scores directly from the testing agency. (SAT Code: 5250 / ACT code: 0824)
  5. Check your status online. Your admissions status is updated in real time to reflect our records at that exact moment. You can review what information is needed and what documents have been received. You will be aware of your admissions decision immediately.
  6. Check your email. Our university will send a variety of emails to applicants.

All application materials should be mailed to: Office of Admissions, Georgia Southwestern State University, 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive, Americus, GA 31709.

 

Non-Traditional Freshmen Requirements

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years or high school class graduated at least five years ago.
  2. Have graduated from a properly accredited high school or have satisfactorily completed the GED, HiSET, or TASC.
  3. Met the minimum required test scores on the Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT as outlined in the chart below.
    • Students must be approved to take the Accuplacer before a testing appointment may be scheduled. Students receive an "Approval to Test" letter after the 2 above requirements are met. The ACCUPLACER must be completed prior to registration.
    • Students should prepare for the test by going to https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer to receive information about the Accuplacer test, tips, and sample questions. Southwestern non-traditional students take the Reading Comprehension, WritePlacer, and Elementary Algebra sections of the Accuplacer.
       

Non-Traditional Transfer Requirements

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years or high school class graduated at least five years ago.
  2. Have graduated from a properly accredited high school or have satisfactorily completed the GED, HiSET, or TASC.
  3. Have earned less than 30 transferable semester credit hours.
  4. Have a 2.0 or higher on all attempted college work.*
    • Transfer students who have taken learning support courses must exit those courses successfully, and earn credit for the HaveArea A equivalent courses that correspond to the mandated remedial/learning support courses with a “C” or higher.
  5. Have met the minimum required test scores on the Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT as outlined in the chart below.
    • Students who have completed ENGL 1101 (or its equilalent) with a "C" or better would be exempt the Reading/Writing test requirements. Students who have completed MATH 1001, 1011, or 1101 (or their equilalents) with a "C" or better would be exempt the math test requirements.
    • Students must be approved to take the Accuplacer before a testing appointment may be scheduled. Students receive an "Approval to Test" letter after the 2 above requirements are met. The ACCUPLACER must be completed prior to registration.
    • Students should prepare for the test by going to https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer to receive information about the Accuplacer test, tips, and sample questions. Southwestern non-traditional students take the Reading Comprehension, WritePlacer, and Elementary Algebra sections of the Accuplacer.

*If you have under a 2.0 on all attempted college work, you should the SGSCEP at Southwestern.

Must Meet ALL of the Admit Scores Scores Needed to EXIT Learning Support

Minimum ADMIT scores for Accuplacer test:

Minimum EXIT scores for Accuplacer test:

Reading Comprehension:  50 or higher

Reading Comprehension:  61 or higher

WritePlacer:  3 or higher

WritePlacer:  4 or higher

Elementary Algebra:  42 or higher Elementary Algebra:  79 or higher

Minimum ADMIT scores for SAT:

 
24 Reading Test and 22 Math Test (after March 2016)  
430 Critical Reading and 400 Math (prior to March 2016)
 

Minimum ADMIT scores for ACT:

 
17 English and 17 Math  

 **In late 2018, Southwestern will begin using the Next-Generation Accuplacer Tests which includes Reading, WritePlacer, and Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics tests. The minimum required scores for that test will be updated above when they become available.

 

Accuplacer

The Accuplacer test is ONLY offered for Non-Traditional Students. Traditional freshmen must meet minimum SAT/ACT score requirements. Non-traditional students test MUST meet minimum scores in ALL three sections of the Accuplacer. Students are encouraged to prepare for the test in advance by reviewing https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/. Students currently take the Reading Comprehension, WritePlacer, and Elementary Algebra sections of the Accuplacer. Beginning in December 2018, students will take the Next-Generation Accuplacer Tests which includes Reading, WritePlacer, and Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics tests. Students who fail to meet the required exam scores will have to wait one year to attempt the application process again by completing a Change of Semester form available from Admissions.

The Accuplacer is administered by the Georgia Southwestern Testing Center. After students are Approved to Test, they should contact the Testing Center to reserve a testing time. Students must be approved before they can make their testing reservation. Students testing must have a picture ID in order to test.

There is no charge for taking the Accuplacer the first time. Students may retest only once for a $30 fee. Students wishing to retest should contact the testing coordinator to arrange a testing time, and then contact Southwestern’s Business Office to pay the $30 fee before taking the test. The testing coordinator will require proof of payment from the Business Office before sitting for the test.

Online Options

Non-Traditional Students may be able to complete their degree entirely online. Although Georgia Southwestern does not specialize in fully online degrees, we do offer a few programs that students may be able to complete entirely online, depending on their course desires. The programs below offer all required upper level courses online. Core classes may be completed using Southwestern's online core classes or Ecore classes offered through Southwestern. Online core course options are limited in a few areas such as science and physical education.

Currently, the co-requisite (learning support) course required for students needing Quantitative Reasoning is the only learning support course offered online. Quantitative Reasoning is required for Business and Criminal Justice majors. Non-traditional students wanting to complete their degree entirely online would need to Exit all other learning support requirements. Students may complete courses at an institution in their local area as a transient student, providing they meet the transient student requirements.

States that Allow On-line Programs


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.


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.

 

 

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