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Area 5 (SACS Report 2009-2010)

SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report

Area 5: The institution publishes admission policies that are consistent with its mission. (Comprehensive standard 3.4.3)

Judgment of Compliance

In Compliance


The University of West Georgia publishes admissions policies that are consistent with its mission in serving the local community, the regional area of West Georgia and east Alabama, the state of Georgia, and the world. This institution is in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, age, or disability.

Undergraduate Admissions

The mission statement of the University of West Georgia states that it will seek “cultural, ethical, racial, and gender diversity in the faculty, staff and student body….” The undergraduate admissions policy of The University of West Georgia is designed to admit students who will have a reasonable chance of success and who seemingly will profit from the educational program of the University.  However, to be in compliance with federal law, a student is considered for admission without regard to race, creed, sex, marital status, or national origin.

As part of the University System of Georgia, the University of West Georgia upholds the broad undergraduate admissions policies and minimum course requirements set by the Board of Regents for students who wish to attend any institution with the University  System. 

In addition, the University’s admissions standards are also set by the Academic Policies and Procedures (AP&P) Committee of the Faculty Senate, subject to the delegation of authority from the Chancellor and to the regulations and policies of the Board of Regents and the Office of the President of the University.  Faculties of individual colleges or programs may add additional standards and/or set higher standards than those set by the faculty generally (upon Faculty Senate approval).  The Office of Undergraduate Admissions administers all procedures and enforces all policies set forth by the faculty regarding admission of all undergraduate students to the University as a whole, including collecting supporting documents.

The University of West Georgia’s Admission and Special Admission policies are published annually in the undergraduate catalog. The section of this catalog that discusses undergraduate admissions and special categories of admissions is linked below.

Graduate Admissions

The graduate programs at the University of West Georgia provide well-qualified students with the opportunity to engage in research, advanced study, creative activities, and personal development to become successful teachers, scholars, and practitioners in their chosen professions. To that end, the Graduate School awards Master's, Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees in selected areas. Graduate programs result in the creation of new knowledge and information and benefit undergraduate instruction.

The UWG Graduate School establishes baseline criteria for entry into a graduate program at the University of West Georgia. The faculty in each Graduate Program also sets their program specific admission criteria above this baseline. All graduate admission policies are listed in the UWG Graduate Catalog, which is published annually.

Documentation and Links

UWG Mission Statement
UWG Undergraduate Admissions Policies (Published in the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog)
UWG Graduate School Admission Policy (Published in the 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog)

UWG Graduate Catalog (Program specific admission criteria, including special admission categories, are listed at the beginning of each degree program)