Go West Early for Villa Rica Wildcats!
Go West Early, Wildcats!
Jumpstart your college career by attending UWG through our Go West Early Cohort!
Specific Villa Rica students are selected to participate in this program! If you are interested in joining, contact your Villa Rica High school counselor for more information! To check off part of the process you can start your UWG application today!
Unlimitless potential. Go West!
Our mission is to provide ambitious Villa Rica High School students like you the opportunity to experience university-level education while still in high school. Go West Early Scholars through our dual enrollment program offers a superb chance to get a head start in your pursuit of a college degree by earning college credits and credit towards high school graduation.
Through the UWG and VRHS partnership, we are able to provide a streamlined admissions process, an organized curriculum, and even free transportation. Unleash your potential and explore your opportunity West!
Start Your Go West Early Journey Today!
STEPS TO APPLY
- Notify Sherry Gamel the Villa Rica High School Counselor / Dual Enrollment Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org that you are interested in joining the cohort
Complete an online UWG Dual Enrollment Application (Students must be in 10, 11th, or 12th grades to participate in the Go West Early program)
Submit an Official High School Transcript
- Submit Official SAT or ACT Scores (For 10th grade students)
- Complete the GAFutures Funding Application
- Submit Verification of Lawful Presence
- Submit Immunization Records
Go West Early Admissions Requirements
To be eligible to participate in the Go West Go Early Scholars dual enrollment program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum 3.0 academic GPA
- Minimum test scores from one of the following tests:
- SAT: 480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 440 Math, 1200 Total
- ACT: 17 English or Reading, 17 Math, 26 Composite
Georgia Student Finance Commission requires 10th grade students to meet a minimum of 1200 SAT Total or 26 ACT Composite Score on a national SAT/ACT test to receive state funding for tuition and mandatory fees.
11th and 12th Grade:
- Minimum 3.0 academic GPA
Test-optional Admission for students beginning in Fall 2023 - Summer 2025: UWG is waiving test score requirements for 11th and 12th-grade Dual Enrollment applicants with an academic GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply and submit your official high school transcript to determine if you qualify!
Students participating in our fall or spring cohorts are provided transportation by UWG and VRHS at no additional cost to the student. Other expenses, including lab fees, course supplies, meals, and personal expenses, are the responsibility of the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s).
Additional credit hours and classes not on the approved course list must be paid out of pocket. Classes taken from the approved course list do not count against HOPE scholarship hours.
Once admitted into the program, what are my next steps?
All Go West Early scholars will attend a Go West Early Orientation prior to the start of the semester, where you'll learn how to navigate campus, stay on track, and utilize university resources. This includes obtaining a Wolves ID card and Parking Pass (if not utilizing bus transportation).
How will I get to UWG?
Transportation to and from UWG is available for students participating in cohort classes through Go West Early Scholars at Villa Rica High School.
When are my classes and what classes will I take?
Can I participate in transportation services if I am not in the cohort?
As of right now, transportation is only available for Villa Rica High School students who will be participating in cohort classes.
Would I be considered a UWG student or a student of my high school?
Both! Go West Early means that you are both a student at your high school AND a student at UWG. You have the ability to join clubs and organizations, use UWG academic and social resources, and even attend our sporting events for FREE!
Will this interfere with my ability to graduate high school?
No. Go West Early courses satisfy high school graduation requirements AND college level credit at the same time.
Can I still participate in activities and play sports at Villa Rica High School?
Yes! Class times are scheduled so you can still return to your VRHS by the time after-school extracurriculars begin.
Can I participate in cohort classes and provide my own transportation?
Yes! You can participate in cohort classes and choose not to take the bus to and from Villa Rica High School.
What happens after I graduate?
Many of our students choose to stay at UWG and finish degree requirements for bachelor's degrees. Already completed your cohort classes? Apply as a full-time student (post high school graduation) at UWG for FREE here.
What if I am struggling with my course(s)?
There are tons of resources for you including our staff as well as tutoring services FREE for all students in the Center for Academic Success!
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Dates and Deadlines
|Dates and Deadlines||Fall Cohort||Spring Cohort|
|Application Deadline||July 15th||December 15th|
|Start of Classes||August 9th||January 6th|
|Holidays||Labor Day, Fall Break Oct. 5-6th, & Thanksgiving Break Nov. 20-24th||MLK Day & Spring Break Mar. 18-22nd|
|Final Exams||December 2-8th||May 1-7th|
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Dual Enrollment Information
Looking to Stay west?
For current Go West Go Early Scholars: click here to fill out a Prior UWG Enrolled Application (it's free!) and you'll receive more information as you move through the process.