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Transfer students are a top priority at Georgia Southwestern. We are working to have GSW “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 GSW. A student who has taken a college or university course after graduation from high school is considered a transfer student for purposes of admissions to GSW.

Admissions Checklist

To Apply:

  1. Apply online and pay the $25 non-refundable application fee.
  2. 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 your official transcripts to a NACES accredited evaluation service and have an original course-by-course evaluation sent directly to Southwestern.
  3. 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 freshman requirements and our transfer requirements.
  4. 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.
  5. Check your email. Our university will send a variety of emails to applicants. Some of these emails will share information about you becoming Part of the Storm. Other emails will allow accepted students the opportunity to register early for housing, complete the online orientation and register for classes, and other exclusive opportunities.

Once Accepted:

  1. Submit your $45 acceptance deposit to reserve your place in our incoming class.
  2. Visit Southwestern. You can setup a tour during the week.
  3. Submit your completed scholarship application before the March 15th deadline. To check eligibility and print an application, click here.
  4. If you intend to live on campus, submit your Application for Student Housing with the $50 application fee. Applications are emailed to accepted students beginning in January.
  5. Complete your Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). It can be completed after your tax returns are filed by going to Southwestern’s school code is 001573.
  6. Upload your immunization record to Med+Proctor. Online only students must still complete this process, but there is an exemption option for online students.
  7. Submit proof of Lawful Presence if you plan to receive in-state tuition. Online only students and students paying out-of-state tuition are not required to submit this documentation.
  8. Request for your current college to send your official final transcript once you have completed your last term at that institution.
  9. After receiving an email about the completion of your transfer credit evaluation, complete the Online Transfer Orientation to register for classes. Students who would prefer to meet with an advisor on campus may attend a STORM Registration Day.  Click here to see the details.
  10. Pack up and head to Southwestern on Campus Move-In Day.

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

Regular Transfer Admission

To be considered for transfer admission, students must:

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

Freshmen Transfer Admissions

To be eligible for freshman transfer admission, students should:

  1. Have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours) from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  2. 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 may will need to meet Non-Traditional Freshman requirements.
  3. Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA on all transferable work attempted.
  4. Be eligible to return to their current school

Important Application Information

  • 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, and
    • *Earn credit for Area A equivalent courses that correspond to the mandated remedial/learning support courses with a “C” or higher, and
    • *Accumulate 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond those courses.
  • Southwestern 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.
  • For information relating to Military Students or Veterans, click here.

Courses in Residence

Students admitted to the university for the final year of work must be in residence at Southwestern 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

Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, 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 point 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.

Questions? Email us at:

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

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, computing, criminal justice, and nursing areas, providing students meet the admission criteria. Southwestern also offers a variety of core classes online.

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.

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.

Transfer Articulation displays previously established equivalent courses from the Georgia Southwestern State University transfer catalogs. This link will allow you to compare the classes you have completed at your current or previous institution(s) with its equivalent at our campus. We encourage you to print a curriculum sheet from below to use as a guide for determining what classes will transfer to Southwestern.Southwestern's Curriculum Sheets are your guide to graduation. These forms list each class needed to satisfy course requirements for each degree offered. Students accepted to Southwestern will receive information about using Degree Works, an online degree audit that shows exactly what courses are completed and which courses remain for a selected major.

Transfer 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.

  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • East Georgia State College
  • Georgia Military College
  • Gordon State College
  • South Georgia State College


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