A transfer applicant is one who has been enrolled in any regionally accredited college or university. All previous college attendance must be reported at the time of application. Those who have earned fewer than 45 quarter hours/30 semester hours of transferable work or the equivalent will be asked to comply with both freshman and transfer requirements for admission.
A transfer applicant should request the registrar of each college or university he or she has attended to send a transcript to the Office of Admissions. Credits from one former institution appearing on the transcript of another institution can neither be officially evaluated for admission nor accepted for credit until a transcript has been received from the institution originating the credit.
Transfer students will be considered for admission on the basis of their previous college records:
- They must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college work attempted (non traditional transfer students may be considered with a lower GPA on a case-by-case basis in order to determine their ability to be successful).
- Students not meeting the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted if they hold an associate degree in a college transfer program from an accredited college and if they have not attempted any college coursework since completing the associate degree.
- Students must be in good social and academic standing at their former institutions. Students who have been enrolled in Learning Support or other remedial work required for university admission while in attendance at other University System of Georgia institutions may be eligible to transfer to West Georgia provided they meet admission requirements stated above. Students who are currently in Learning Support at a University System school and ineligible to retest will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in order to determine their ability to be successful. Please contact the Admissions Office for further policy details.
- Transfer students will be subject to high school College Preparatory Curriculum regulations unless they have earned a minimum of 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of transferable credit in the Core Curriculum and have a minimum 2.0 GPA on these hours.
- Admission acceptance by the Office of Admission does not guarantee admission to a specific program or department.
Transfer credit is normally awarded for all college work earned through any college or university approved by its regional accrediting association, so long as similar credit is offered at West Georgia. Credit earned at a post-secondary institution that is not regionally accredited may be accepted at West Georgia if the course work is similar to course work in the student's degree program at West Georgia and if the course work is deemed to be collegiate level work. Credit earned at proprietary schools and technical institutions that are not Commission of Colleges (COC) accredited is not reviewed for transfer credit. The following stipulations on the transfer of credit are upheld:
- The amount of academic credit that the University will allow for work done in another institution within a given period of time may not exceed the normal amount of credit that could have been earned at the University during that time. The maximum number of academic hours accepted is 90 from all institutions. Not more than a combined total of 30 hours of extension, correspondence work and military education/training will be accepted.
- According to Board of Regents policy, if a student transfers to West Georgia with an A.A. or A.S. degree from an institution within the University System of Georgia, he/she will receive full credit for having completed Core Areas A F. If the major differs between the A.A. or A.S. degree program and the major the student decides to pursue at West Georgia, there may be additional courses required at the 1000 or 2000 level that are specific to that degree major and/or are prerequisite for higher level courses that the student would have to take (example: Some majors require the student to have had Precalculus or Calculus I in order to enroll in some higher level courses in the program of study. If the student had College Algebra as a part of his/her A.A. or A.S. program, he/she would still receive credit for having completed the Math section of Area A of the Core, but he/she would still be required to take Precalculus or Calculus I to complete the requirements of the major.). The Core credit policy does not apply to career degrees (A.A.S. and A.S.); in those cases, each course is evaluated individually and credit is given in areas where comparable courses are offered at West Georgia, including some courses that may be counted as Core or electives.
- Joint Enrollment Credit: College credit earned at an accredited institution prior to high school graduation will be considered as transfer credit if the student was enrolled as a joint enrollment/early admission student.
- Transfers From Technical College System of Georgia Colleges
In January 2002, the Board of Regents and the Technical College System of Georgia entered into an agreement referred to as the "Mini-Core Project." The agreement states that course credits for basic skills courses in English and mathematics with common course content will be transferable between schools in the University System of Georgia and COC-accredited institutions in the Technical College System of Georgia. Comparable placement and exit test results will be honored between the two systems as well. Specifically, the University System of Georgia will accept for transfer the following courses from COC-accredited institutions in the Technical College System of Georgia:
ENG 191 (with at least a grade of C) for ENGL 1101
ENG 193 (with at least a grade of C) for ENGL 1102
MAT 190 for MATH 1101
MAT 191 for MATH 1111
MAT 194 for MATH 1113
The transfer agreement is effective for students from COC-accredited Technical College System of Georgia institutions who have taken ENG 191 and/or MAT 190 or 191 since January 2002, and who meet the minimum test score requirements for exemption from developmental studies, or successfully complete and meet the minimum test score requirements for exit from developmental studies English and/or mathematics beginning January 2002. Courses other than those approved for the mini-core agreement will be evaluated on an individual basis for possible transfer credit.
In order to be eligible for mini-core transfer credit, students must have the following minimum COMPASS or ASSET scores for placement or exit:
Students with minimum SAT Critical Reading 430 (ACT 17) + Math 410 (ACT 17) + high school diploma/GED and four years of college prep English, Algebra I and II, and Geometry, and a college prep math higher than Algebra II will be exempt from placement testing. Students who are considering a transfer to West Georgia from a COC-accredited Technical College.
5. Students who apply for undergraduate admission and have attended a non-accredited institution will be requested to provide an official transcript from that institution. For the purposes of the evaluation of credit, the Admissions Office will request the student provide a catalog, course syllabi, and the names and credentials of the faculty who taught their courses. The student may be able to obtain this information from the institution's Website. The Admissions Office will forward all materials received to the Registrar's Office for review of credit. Lower division courses will be evaluated by the Registrar's Office and credit awarded based upon the materials provided by the student. The decision to award credit may be referred to the appropriate department in some cases. Upper division courses will be evaluated by the appropriate academic department. Departmental decisions on UWG equivalents are final. There is no appeal beyond the departmental level.
6. Provided all other stipulations regarding transfer credits are met, West Georgia will grant transfer credit for the following:
All courses with grades of "C" or better
All Core Curriculum courses earned at University System institutions with grades of "D" or better, with the exception noted in #7 below
Other courses with grades of "D" provided the average for all academic courses being transferred does not fall below "C"
7. A grade of "D" in English composition is not acceptable.
8. Credit for specific courses designated as major courses will not be allowed unless grades are "C" or above.
9. A grade of "C" or above is required for all professional sequence courses in education and those courses listed under content field. None of the professional education sequence may be completed by extension or correspondence.
10. Students who experience problems with transfer of credit should contact the Registrar's Office to determine the nature of the problem. If the problem is not resolved, students should contact the University Chief Transfer Officer to seek resolution to the problem.
Transfer course equivalencies may be viewed at http://westga.edu/transfer then click "transfer." Courses listed reflect results from previously reviewed transcripts and in no case should this list be considered a final and/or a complete listing.