What are the entrance requirements?
Our minimum requirements to be considered for admission are:
- You must be a current or rising high school student. We accept students entering grades 9-12.
- You must have an unweighted, academic high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- You must meet 1 of the 4 following minimum test scores*:
- 1650 combined SAT score OR 25 Composite ACT score
- 600 SAT Critical Reading score OR 26 ACT English score
- 600 SAT Math score OR 26 ACT Math score
- 600 SAT Writing score OR 26 ACT Writing score
- Students who do not have a high school GPA must meet 2 of the 4 test score requirements.
*All university minimum test scores must be met (430 SAT Critical Reading/17 ACT English and 410 Math SAT/17 ACT Math)
Who is eligible to be an Academy student?
- Any student who meets the above criteria is eligible to apply.
- Current UWG Dual Enrollment students who meet Academy criteria will also be invited to join the Advanced Academy.
- The Advanced Academy serves students in the extended West Georgia area. We are not accepting any new residential students for the Fall 2016 semester and subsequent semesters.
When is the application deadline?
- Priority deadline for Fall 2016 is March 1, 2016.
- Final application deadline for Fall 2016 is June 1, 2016.
- Please see the Admissions section for more details.
Do you ever accept students younger than 11th grade?
Yes! While traditionally dual enrolled and Advanced Academy students have been in 11th and 12th grades, the new MOWR program provides for students in grades 9-12 to attend. We will accept students in grades 9-12 who apply and meet our entrance requirements.
Can home-school students apply?
- Home-school students are welcome to apply as long as they meet the entrance requirements.
- There is one additional form that home-school applicants must fill-out as part of their application.
I've taken the PSAT or SSAT. Do I have to take the SAT or ACT?
Yes. You must have qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT in order to be considered. You may take an ISAT (Institutional SAT) at the University of West Georgia if you choose.
Is it better to take the national SAT or the ISAT?
We recommend that all students take the national SAT since ISAT scores can only be used for admission to the Advanced Academy and UWG. However, if it is past the deadline to register for a national SAT, the ISAT is available. Please keep in mind that the ISAT can only be taken once and that it is not any easier (or more difficult) than the national SAT.
How is an admissions decision made?
Students should apply to UWG as dual enrollment students. All applicants who are accepted and meet the Advanced Academy's entrance requirements will be invited to join the Advanced Academy.
Current UWG Dual Enrollment students who meet the Academy's academic standards will also be invited to join the Academy.
How soon after applying will I know if I'm accepted?
Once a student has been accepted to UWG for Dual Enrollment and it is determined that the student meets the Advanced Academy's entrance requirements, the student will receive an invitation to join the Advanced Academy. Invitations are sent at least twice per month during the Spring semester (January-June).
Can I apply online?Yes! In fact, you are required to apply online. Applicants should complete the application to UWG through the UWG Admissions webpage. Indicate on your application that you're applying for Dual Enrollment.
My highschool is not very encouraging about my attending the Academy. What should I do?
Talk to your high school counselor and/or principal or assistant principal. Let them know exactly what the Advanced Academy is. Assure them that they are not 'losing' an advanced student - they are gaining an Academy student. Encourage them to contact the Academy staff with any questions or concerns.
Can I come tour the Academy and UWG before applying?
Of course! Contact our Program Specialist, Kate Theobald, at email@example.com to schedule a tour.
What classes will I be taking?
You will be taking classes to satisfy high school graduation requirements and to satisfy core class requirements for your Bachelor's Degree in your chosen major or field of study. You can also take classes that simply interest you. Quite often, classes for high school graduation and for your core are the same classes and will 'count' in both areas.
What will my class schedule look like?
There is not a 'typical' Academy schedule. Your schedule will be based on the classes you have left to satisfy high school graduation requirements, your area of study for your degree, and the times those classes are offered, as well as on your preferences. We strive to place you in classes with the best professors at UWG. You will have strong input regarding your class schedule. Some classes meet on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule, some on a Monday/Wednesday schedule, and some on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Additionally, labs for science classes usually meet one afternoon a week.
What are my options for a major?
Academy students can major in/study any subject that the University of West Georgia offers. For a complete list and more information please see the University of West Georgia's web page. There are more than 20 degree programs offering more than 50 majors at UWG.
How much harder are academics at the Academy?
College is inherently more advanced than high school, but the degree of difference in difficulty depends on the student's study habits, abilities, preparation, and motivation, as well as the area of study.
How do I earn highschool and college credit at the same time?
You will take all of your classes at the University of West Georgia. The classes you need for high school graduation will count as high school credits and college credits at the same time. For example, if you still need to take US History for high school graduation, you will take it at UWG and earn both a high school credit and UWG credits.
What is the difference between the Academy and Dual Enrollment or other early-entrance programs?
- Academy students are enrolled full-time at the University of West Georgia, and they are fully immersed in life at the University. Dual enrollment students have the option to attend part-time and are not able to participate in all the activities that are open to Academy students.
- The Advanced Academy offers the opportunity to study at a comprehensive university that offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees.
- Academy students have the opportunity to participate in Undergraduate Research while in the Academy and to stay at UWG to complete an undergraduate degree after the Academy. Academy students can also participate in most clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities at UWG.
- There are very few full-immersion early-entrance programs in Georgia, and none can offer the unique environment and opportunities available at UWG and the Advanced Academy.
Can I attend another college or university after the Academy?
Yes. You can apply to any institution of your choice after your time as an Academy student. The credits you earn while in the Academy will transfer to almost all in-state public institutions and to several out-of-state or private institutions. It is best to check with the school you desire to attend for full details regarding credit transfer. You may choose to apply as a freshman or as a transfer student to other institutions.
How does attending the Advanced Academy look to other colleges and universities?
Attending the Advanced Academy shows that you have sought the most rigourous curriculum available. If you do well, it proves to any college or university that you are able to succeed in a university environment and that you are prepared for the rigor and demands of university classes.
May I receive the National Merit Scholarship?
Yes, as long as students take the PSAT during their junior year of high school and earn a qualifying national score. The Academy administers the PSAT each October for its students. For additional information about the National Merit program, students should contact the College Board.
What is the total cost of attendance for one semester?
- The Move On When Ready (MOWR) funds all Academy students who are dual enrolled with a Georgia public, private, or home school. MOWR covers the cost of tuition up to 15 credit hours (full tuition cost), books for up to 15 credit hours of classes, and mandatory fees.
- MOWR does not cover books for classes beyond 15 credit hours, the Health Services Fee at UWG ($101), and fees associated with specific classes such as lab science fees.
- The out-of-pocket costs to MOWR students and their families is minimal, ranging from $0 to a few hundred dollars depending on the classes the student is taking.
- For students who are not eligible for MOWR, the cost will be the same as it is for traditional UWG students.
What scholarships are available?
- The Advanced Academy offers both merit- and need-based scholarships to students who qualify.
- Scholarships can help to offset the cost of transportation, books for classes beyond 15 hours, and fees not covered by MOWR.
Can I be guaranteed a scholarship?
The Advanced Academy does not guarantee a scholarship to any student. We encourage you to apply for the scholarships if you are competitive according to a scholarship's requirements.
I am a Georgia resident. Can I get HOPE?
- No. Georgia students receive MOWR funding rather than HOPE funding.
- All Advanced Academy students who are attending an eligible Georgia high school (any public or private secondary educational institution, including unaccredited Home Study programs) will receive MOWR funding.
- Credits funded by the MOWR program do NOT count toward the 127 hour HOPE maximum beginning with the Fall 2011 semester.
- * Please be aware that MOWR is subject to change each year. As changes are made, students will be notified.
Is the Academy co-ed?
Yes. The Advanced Academy is available to both female and male students.
Is the Advanced Academy a Residential Program?
- No. The Advanced Academy is transitioning from a residential program to a non-residential program for the Fall 2016 semester and subsequent semesters.
- Any student who is a residential Advanced Academy student starting in the Fall 2015 semester will be allowed to remain as a residential student for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.
- We will not be admitting any new residential students.
How many students are in the Academy?
The Advanced Academy has an average of 65 students each year, though we do not have a minimum or maximum number of students. With the establishment of the new MOWR program beginning in Fall 2015, we expect to see growth.
What will I miss out on from high school?
You will not take classes at your high school or participate in most day-to-day activities. However, you will not miss anything from the typical high school experience. The Academy offers almost all opportunities found in a high school setting, such as sports, student government, yearbook, newspaper, etc. UWG also offers an abundance of clubs and activities that go beyond what is offered in a high school setting.
Can I still participate in activities at my high school?
Since you are still a registered student at your high school, you are eligible to participate in most activities. You can attend your high school's prom, walk in your high school's graduation, etc. Participation in daily activities is discouraged because of your time constraints with a commute between UWG and your high school and the schedule of your UWG classes. Check with your high school for their policies regarding participation in clubs and activities.
What can I participate in at UWG?
You can participate in anything that UWG offers with only two exceptions: NCAA athletics and Greek Social Organizations. UWG has an abundance of clubs, organizations, activities, and intra-mural sports that are available to Academy students.
Can I have a job while I'm in the Academy?
Your primary focus should be your studies while at the Advanced Academy. While we cannot help place you in an employment position, you may seek out employment that does not interfere with your class schedule and study schedule.
What about safety?
The University is committed to providing a secure environment. You can find more information about our efforts at the UWG Campus Police Website.
The Academy is committed to providing both a safe environment and an academic atmosphere.
What is the Academy's drug and alcohol policy?
The Advanced Academy has a zero tolerance policy that coincides with federal, state and local rules, regulations, policies, laws and ordinances that totally prohibit the use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs ('controlled substances'), and with state and local laws that prohibit the use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 years. Any student found to have knowingly and willfully violated any rules, regulations, policies, laws or ordinances involving illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages will be expelled from the Academy and the University.
UWG is a tobacco free campus.
If your question was not answered here, please contact Kate Theobald.