General First-Year Program FAQs
How do I choose between "mentor-based" and "classroom-based" options?
You should consider whether you personally would consult with a peer on a regular basis or whether access to an instructor who is committed to helping first-year students succeed is more likely to help you. If don't like to ask for help, a structured course might best fit your needs. If you enjoy a classroom environment, the classroom-based programs are for you. A Learning Community is a great choice if you are interested in the Community theme. If you prefer consulting with a peer, and do well in an informal learning environment, one of the mentor-based programs will meet your needs. You should know that all programs do help students, so there are no "bad" choices.
Can I participate in more than one First-Year Program?
No. All of UWG's First-Year Programs have similar goals and assist students during the first year; you may choose only one. The exception is that Honors-eligible students may elect to join the Honors College and another first-year program.
When will I know if I've been accepted?
You can check your First-Year Program status on the Orientation website. Your first-year program assignment will also appear on your materials that you receive at Orientation.
My preferred First-Year Program has additional admission requirements. When do I submit those?
If additional information is required (e.g., application, writing sample or interview), we will contact you for that information after you indicate your first, second, and third choice of First-Year Program during Orientation registration.
RPM requires that students complete a housing contract. Students who do not have a completed housing contract within 48 hours of registering for Orientation will not be admitted into RPM.
Honors College students must fill out a short information form, available from the Honors College, and must meet two of the following three academic requirements for admission to the Honors College:
- A combined SAT score of at least 1200 or an ACT score of 26
- A score of 610 or more on the verbal portion of the SAT or an ACT score of 27
- A high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher
Emerging Leaders requires a high school grade point average of 2.75 or higher. Students indicating Emerging Leaders as their FYP choice will be contacted to arrange an interview after they have filled out the online application found here.
The Pre-Engineering Learning Community and Pre-Health Learning Community require scores of 500 or higher on the Math SAT (21 on Math ACT) and a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. No further application is necessary for these communities.
The Creative Writing Learning Community students must have a minimum verbal SAT score of 500 (21 ACT English).
Learning Community FAQs
Will a Learning Community limit my choice of majors?
No. Credits earned in Learning Communities help satisfy Core Curriculum requirements that all students must fulfill. You will have the opportunity to work with an advisor to select courses that will prepare you for entry into your major of choice.
I don't have a major yet. Can I still join a Learning Community?
Absolutely. Most students haven't chosen a major when they enter college. The Learning Community is a good place to experience many different disciplines, while still satisfying a portion of the general education requirements. You should definitely be interested in the theme of the community, even if you're unsure abou your major. If you do have a major, a Learning Community provides a terrific start for your later years at UWG.
Can I participate in a Learning Community and another first-year program?
No. All of UWG's First-Year Programs have similar goals. You may choose only one.
My preferred Learning Community has extra admission requirements. When do I complete those?
If additional information is required (e.g., writing sample), we will contact you for that information after you indicate your first, second, and third choice of First-Year Program during Orientation registration.
What courses are a part of a Learning Community?
Each LC has its own set of courses; all include English Composition and other core courses that are required in UWG's core curriculum. This schedule is pre-set for your first semester - since you're taking courses with other students in your Community, you all have the same schedule. Beginning in mid-February, course schedules are posted online for each community, so that you know what to expect.
Do Learning Communities help students succeed in college?
Yes. Learning Community students repeatedly earn higher grades and are more likely to stay in school than non-Learning Community students. The merging of academic life and social network allows students to make friends quickly, establish study groups, and help each other through the first year of college. In addition, LC students receive individualized mentoring, develop a relationship with faculty members, and receive early advising and registration during the fall semester.
Do Learning Communities cost more?
No. There are no additional fees for participating in a Learning Community.
Do Learning Communities exist at other universities?
Yes. Learning Communities are part of a large number of institutions, public and private, throughout the United States. Many institutions have shown that Learning Communities help first-year students succeed.
How long have Learning Communities been around at the University of West Georgia?
Learning Communities have existed at UWG since 1998.
Will I be isolated from other students?
Some of your courses will consist of just 24 Learning Community students, but others will include non-Learning Community students as well, giving you the opportunity to meet students outside your Learning Community. Additionally, even if you live in the same residence hall as other Learning Community students, you will also live with non-Learning Community students, so your circle of friends will be much wider than your community.
What are the requirements to be accepted into an LC?
Each Learning Community had its own admissions requirements. For Pre-Health and Pre-Engineering, students must be academically prepared for the courses they will be taking (especially chemistry and mathematics courses). You must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and a math SAT of 500 or higher (ACT math score of 21 or higher). The Creative Writing Learning Community requires a minimum verbal SAT score of 500 or higher (ACT English of 21 or higher).
How do I apply?
Applications to the Learning Community program will be taken during Orientation Registration. Space is limited and every student will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until all slots are filled. Note that some Learning Communities have academic admission requirements.
When will I know if I've been accepted?
You can check your First-Year Program status on the Orientation website. You will also receive notification when you arrive at Orientation.