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    Augusta University
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Augusta University Catalog

Admissions Information


Undergraduate Admissions Information


Undergraduate Admission Requirements for transfer students seeking program admission to the College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Nursing

Augusta University offers the unique advantages of outstanding academic programs, a convenient location, flexible class scheduling, and very affordable cost. Our faculty members truly enjoy teaching and sincerely endeavor to assist all students in obtaining their educational goals. We invite students to learn more about the various benefits and opportunities at Augusta University by visiting the campus. Our office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tour reservations and other admissions information are available by visiting our web site at www.augusta.edu/admissions.

Admission requirements and application procedures, including information pertaining to application forms, personal interviews and pre-entrance testing are listed within each college’s section of this catalog.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Freshmen and transfer students seeking admission to all other Augusta University colleges

Augusta University offers the unique advantages of outstanding academic programs, a convenient location, flexible class scheduling, and very affordable cost. Our faculty members truly enjoy teaching and sincerely endeavor to assist all students in obtaining their educational goals. We invite students to learn more about the various benefits and opportunities at Augusta University by visiting the campus. Our office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tour reservations and other admissions information are available by calling 706-737-1632 or by visiting our web site at www.augusta.edu/admissions.

Application Procedure

To seek admission to the university, a student must file an official application for admission with the Office of Academic Admissions. Students can apply electronically at our web site www.augusta.edu/admissions or at https://www.gafutures.org/.

The application and all supporting documents should be received by the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline. A non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. An applicant who wishes to change his semester of enrollment is required to reapply online and submit another fee.

Because additional time is required for processing, international student applicants should apply at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the desired semester.

Students who do not register in the semester for which they are admitted and wish to attend a later semester must reapply with the Office of Academic Admissions. All supporting documents will be transferred to the new file. If one year has expired since the initial application and a student has not yet attended, the student must re-apply and re-submit all supporting documents.

Required Documents

It is the responsibility of the applicant to request that official documents required for admission be sent to the Office of Academic Admissions. Documents that have been faxed or that have been opened by the applicant, such as student copy transcripts or letters, grade reports, diplomas, or graduation lists, are not official. The documents must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution. These documents become a part of the applicant’s permanent record and will not be returned. Candidates are considered when all required documents have been received. Notification of acceptance is by mail. The Office of Academic Admissions requires the following:

Official Application Form: A candidate seeking admission must file an official application for admission and pay a non-refundable application fee prior to the specified deadline. An application may be obtained online at www.augusta.edu/admissions or at www.gacollege411.org. An incomplete application will cause delay in a decision.

Application Fee: (Non-refundable): The application fee may be waived for students who provide an approved ACT or SAT I Fee Waiver or NACAC Fee Waiver form.

Official Transcript(s): A freshman candidate should ask his or her guidance department to send an official copy of the secondary school record. A transfer candidate should ask the registrar from each college attended to send an official transcript of grades (a separate transcript from each college). Official documents must be received by the Office of Academic Admissions before the acceptance is final.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) Scores: A freshman candidate is required to submit SAT scores of the College Board or the ACT score of the American College Testing Program. A transfer candidate who has earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of transferable credit must also submit SAT or ACT results. The College Board code number assigned to Augusta University is 5406. For information concerning test dates and centers, students should consult their high school or college guidance office.

Freshman Admissions Requirements

Every applicant for freshman admission must be a high school graduate from a high school accredited by a regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) or the Georgia Accrediting Commission, the Georgia Private School Accrediting Commission, or from a public school regulated by a school system and the State Department of Education. High school students who receive a “Certificate of Attendance” do not satisfy the graduation requirements. In addition, the applicant must have completed the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) in high school. The required 17 RHSC units are listed below:

English: 4 units required

Mathematics: 4 units required

Science: 4 units required.

Social Science: 3 units required; including one course focusing on world studies.

Foreign Language: The same foreign language, 2 units required.

In the determination of eligibility for freshmen admissions, the most important consideration is the Freshman Index. The Freshman Index is determined by a formula which uses two variables: the high school average computed on academic courses, and the SAT (or ACT) scores. The following formula is used to compute the SAT Freshman Index:

Freshman Index = SAT Critical Reading + SAT Math + (High School Academic GPA x 500)

For students submitting ACT scores, the following formula is used to compute the ACT Freshman Index:

Freshman Index = (GPA x 500) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88
 

Specific requirements are as follows:

Freshman Index > 2240

Test Scores: SAT Critical Reading score > 430 and a SAT Math score > 400

SAT (after March 2016) Reading score >24 and Math score <22

or

ACT English and Mathematics score of >17

Required High School Curriculum (RHSC): 17 USG approved units must have been completed in high school.

Home Schooled Freshmen: University System of Georgia policy dictates that in addition to SAT I scores and Freshman Index, students must present seventeen specific Required High School Curriculum units or RHSCs to be accepted to a state university. (See prevailing regular freshman admission standards for specific details, above.) These units must be completed in high schools that have been accredited by a regional accreditation association (such as SACS) or the Georgia Accrediting Commission, the Georgia Private School Accrediting Commission, or from a public high school regulated by a school system and the State Department of Education.

For students who have completed their RHSCs in a home schooled program or secondary school that is not accredited by one of the agencies mentioned above, five options are available to validate RHSC units. Students can select the option per subject area that is most suitable for them. For instance, a student who has earned 500 on the SAT I math and critical reading tests can validate RHSCs in English and mathematics in this manner, and provide the items in option one or option two to validate RHSCs in other areas. Files of students who select options two to validate RHSC subjects will be reviewed by the Director of Admissions.

Options:

1. Submit a high school transcript and subject test scores from the Stanford Achievement, California Achievement Test or Iowa Achievement Test of Basic Skills for each RHSC subject area. Scores greater than or equal to the 50th percentiles of national test takers will validate acceptable proficiency in RHSC subject areas.

2. A score greater than or equal to 400 on SAT I math or 21 on ACT math will validate RHSCs in mathematics. English RHSCs can be validated with a score greater than or equal to 430 on the SAT I critical reading or 21 on the ACT English. In addition, students can validate subject area RHSCs by presenting other standardized tests such as CLEP or SAT II. For SAT II score requirements as put forth by the USG Board of Regents, please see below.

3. If a student wishes to submit other evidence to validate RHSCs (tests not specifically mentioned above, certifications, etc.), committee members can use their discretion to validate RHSC units.

SAT II SUBJECT TEST PROPOSED SCORE
English Literature 530
American History and Social Studies 560
Math IC, or Math IIC 500, or 570
Biology 520
Chemistry 540
Physics 590
World History 540


Augusta University recognizes that most home-schooled students are amply prepared for college work. For more information on Augusta University’s Home School admission policies, please contact the Office of Academic Admissions.

Other Freshman Categories

Life Enrichment Student Admissions Requirements: A life enrichment applicant is one who files a completed application form, has graduated from high school or the equivalent, whose high school class graduated at least five years ago, and has earned no more than 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours) of college credit. Although neither the American College Test (ACT) nor the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required of Life Enrichment applicants, the AccuPlacer Examination will be required for admission consideration. If life enrichment students can provide official SAT critical reading and/or math > 500 from a test administration within the past 7 years (or equivalent ACT scores), the AccuPlacer English, Reading, and/or Math tests can be waived.

Opportunities for High School Students (Move on When Ready)

Augusta University is committed to providing opportunities to high school students allowing for the enhancement of their high school curriculum through the availability of college offerings prior to high school graduation.

Move on When Ready (MOWR): Provides opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to enroll fulltime in postsecondary institutions to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. To participate a student must be enrolled in a public or private secondary high school that is regulated by a school system and state department of education or accredited by one of the following:

  • A regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • The Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • The Georgia Private School Accrediting Council (GAPSAC)

Homeschool Students

Homeschooled students may be considered for MOWR if they are enrolled in Non-traditional Educational Centers that are recognized by GAPSAC or by state departments of education. Students attending non-accredited home school programs or non-accredited high schools may also be eligible to participate if they meet all general admission requirements and have validated their on-track Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units.

General Admission Requirements

Dual Enrollment and Joint Enrollment:

  • Minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined Critical Reading and Mathematics sections) or ACT composite of 21. In addition, a minimum SAT critical reading score of 530 is needed if interested in taking College Composition I.
  • Minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 as calculated by the institution for admission purposes
  • MOWR Participation Agreement with approval from the high school counselor or administrator and the parent or guardian if the student is a minor
  • Evidence in the transcript that student is on track towards the completion of the USG RHSC requirements and high school graduation.
  • For summer & fall semester, May 1st Deadline. For spring semester, November 1st deadline

Acceptance of Transfer Credit for Dual Enrollment, Joint Enrollment and Early Admission Students

Freshman seeking admission to a USG institution can expect that the college credit earned at a COC accredited institution prior to high school graduation will be considered as transfer credit if the prospective student meets the USG institution’s regular admission requirements.

Transfer Student Admissions Requirements

An applicant who has previously attended a regionally accredited institution of higher education and who is not classified as a Life Enrichment student is considered a transfer student. Transfer students are divided into two categories as listed below:

1. Fewer than 30 transferable semester hours: Meet prevailing freshman admissions requirements.

2. 30 transferable semester hours: These students must have at least a 2.2 transferable gpa or greater.

The transfer applicant whose only attendance has been at a regionally accredited technical college in a “Non- College Transfer Program” is considered a freshman applicant and must satisfy freshman admission requirements.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit: An evaluation of accepted transferable credits is made by the Office of Academic Admissions. A complete transfer evaluation report will be available in POUNCE once the student is accepted by the university and all official transcripts have been received from each college previously attended. The basic policy regarding the acceptance of courses by transfer is to allow credit for courses completed with satisfactory grades in other regionally accredited colleges, provided the courses correspond in content to courses offered at Augusta University. Additional validation will be required for courses taken at another institution that were previously completed with a penalty grade at Augusta University. In addition, credit earned at accredited technical colleges may not transfer unless the credit was earned in a designated college transfer program.

Advanced Placement Credit and Credit by Examination

Advanced Placement: A qualified student who has taken college-level work in secondary schools may receive academic credit. Examinations used to determine advanced placement are the Advanced Placement Test of the College Entrance Examination Board and The Achievement Tests in English Composition and intermediate Mathematics (Level 1). A final determination of credit is made after results have been evaluated by the university.

Credit by Examination: College credits are traditionally earned through attendance in scheduled classes. However, some courses allow credit by examination. A student currently enrolled who presents satisfactory evidence that he or she is qualified in a particular subject may receive credit for a course by an examination approved by the appropriate instructional department, or through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Satisfactory evidence may be, but is not limited to, work experience, non- credit courses, course work taken at non-accredited institutions, or military courses. There is a $5 per credit hour fee for credit by departmental examination.

Courses in which a student is or has been enrolled may not be challenged, and courses which require demonstrations and application of skills (practical, laboratory sciences, and courses requiring field work or performance, for example) may be challenged only with the permission of the chairperson of the department offering the course.

Credit by examination is listed as such on the transcript along with the course number, title, and hours of credit; however, no grade is assigned and the credit is not included in computing the Grade Point Average. Credit by examination is limited to 10 semester hours in a discipline and 30 semester hours in the university.

A current list of tests available for credit by examination for courses offered at Augusta University may be found on the Office of Academic Admissions website.

Prior Education and Training

In addition to acceptance of transfer credit from other regionally accredited institutions, Augusta University considers the ACE Guide transfer credit recommendations for military training that are appropriate degree preparation. For more information, see the Transfer Equivalency Guide (located on the drop-down menu under the Transfer Students on the undergraduate Admissions web page. In some instances, standardized examinations can be substituted for course requirements. For a list of examinations, subjects and minimum scores, select Credit by Examination. Currently, a student can receive no more than 30 total semester hours of credit by examination.

Transient Student Admissions Requirements

A transient student is a degree candidate at another institution who is granted the privilege of temporary enrollment at Augusta University. To apply for admission as a transient student applicants must:

  1. File a completed application form and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit a letter of permission confirming good standing from the registrar of the college in which enrolled or matriculated. In addition, applicants are recommended to submit a transcript from their home institution in the even that Augusta University courses require pre-requisites.

Applicants can be admitted to Augusta University as transient students only if they are currently eligible for re-admission to their home institution.

Additional Degree Admissions Requirements

An Additional Degree applicant is classified as a student who has successfully completed a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution and wishes to pursue a second undergraduate degree at Augusta University. To apply as an Additional Degree student, applicants must:

1. File a completed application form.

2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

Once the applicant has been accepted, a transfer evaluation of credit will be completed by the Office of Academic Admissions for those courses that are pertinent to the desired program.

Non-Degree Admissions Requirements

A non-degree applicant is classified as a student interested in enrolling at Augusta University for credit without pursuing a college degree. The non-degree student may be a transient student (see above), post-baccalaureate, postgraduate, or audit student. A candidate for this type of limited enrollment seeks instruction in particular courses for personal or professional purposes, or for completion of degree requirements at another institution.

Applicants holding a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college and wishing to enroll in undergraduate courses as a non-degree student must request that an official transcript be sent to the admissions office from the college or university which awarded the highest degree.

Each applicant for admission as a non-degree student must:

1. File a completed application form.

2. Provide evidence of satisfactory past academic work at the secondary or post-secondary level.

3. Satisfy all other admission requirements as determined by the Office of Academic Admissions.

Senior Citizens Admission Requirements

Georgia residents 62 years of age or older are eligible to enroll in units of the University System free of charge on a space available basis. Senior citizens from Aiken and Edgefield Counties qualify for the contiguous county tuition waiver and pay in-state tuition and fees. Senior citizens who pay tuition are not required to register on a space available basis.

Former Student Readmission Requirements

Students who have attended any other college or university since their last enrollment at Augusta University, regardless of how long they have been away from Augusta University, must re-apply through the Office of Academic Admissions. In addition, they must provide the Office of Academic Admissions with official transcripts of all college work attempted since their last enrollment in Augusta University and may be required to submit previously received transcripts.. Failure to provide required transcripts may result in loss of credit or dismissal from Augusta University.

Students who have not enrolled in Augusta University or attended any other college or university for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Office of Academic Admissions using the online application process following the published deadlines.

International Students: Special Requirements

Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should complete the International Application for Admissions In addition to satisfying the regular requirements for admissions, these students must provide documented evidence of adequate financial support to meet educational and personal expenses.

The prescribed method for demonstrating English proficiency is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is required for freshman, non-native English speaking applicants who completed secondary school outside the U.S. Secondary School System or who completed high school within the U.S. Secondary School System. The TOEFL is also required of transfer applicants who lack credit for College Composition I (ENGL 1101). A minimum total score 45 on the reading, listening and writing sections of the Internet-based TOEFL is required for admissions consideration. In addition to the TOEFL, international students must provide official SAT I scores. The test scores should

be forwarded directly from the testing agencies to the Office of Academic Admissions.

Students who state on their application for admission that their native language is other than English are required to take the TOEFL as described above. Placement in the first semester English classes is based on the reading, listening and writing sections of the Internet-based TOEFL as follows. A minimum score of 45 (reading, listening and writing sections) is required for consideration for admission to Augusta University.

Internet-based TOEFL of 79 or greater: Placement in English 1101.

Internet-based TOEFL of 45 to 78: Placement in English 1101Z, a special section of Freshman English for non-native speakers.

International students interested in admission into a health science program at Augusta University should review the individual program website for TOEFL requirements as they are different from the requirements listed above.

All international, post-secondary transcripts must be forwarded to a credential evaluation agency for a “course by course” evaluation. Official evaluations (sent directly to Augusta University) are accepted from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). The official credential evaluation is required before an application for admissions can be processed.

Because additional processing time is required for international students, they should submit the application and all supporting documents at least 90 days prior to the desired semester of entrance. The Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) cannot be forwarded to the student until an offer of acceptance has been extended from Augusta University.

Admission Decisions at Augusta University

Undergraduate applications to Augusta University are considered on an individual basis. After all required data have been received, the student will be notified by letter of the action taken. Although the University System of Georgia sets certain minimum standards for admission, the individual institutions retain the right to impose additional requirements. Accordingly, the university reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who, in its judgment, is not qualified to pursue work at Augusta University. Such a decision may be based on a variety of factors: social maturity, character, or intellectual potential as indicated by previous academic work and appropriate examinations.

Verification of Lawful Presence in Georgia and the United States Pursuant to Acceptance at Augusta University: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.3.4, Augusta University verifies the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted person applying for in-state resident tuition status, as defined in Section 7.3 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual.

Undergraduate Admissions Decision Notification

Undergraduate applicants will be notified by letter as to the conditions of acceptance. Students accepted on an unofficial or incomplete transcript must submit a final and official transcript before the admission is final. If this information has not been received by the day of registration, students may register on a conditional basis for one semester only. Registration for the succeeding semester will not be permitted unless the required document has been received. Under certain conditions, the unversity may release admissions decisions to high schools and colleges.

The university is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution in that no person shall, on the grounds of gender, race, color, creed, religion, age, national origin or handicap, be excluded from participation in, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any educational program, activity or facility. Augusta University is committed to an effective affirmative action policy. Augusta University strives to recruit, admit and educate a cross-section of qualified men and women representing the socio-economic, racial and cultural diversity of Georgia. This commitment is in keeping with our moral, legal and social responsibility and with the highest ideals and principles of American higher education.

Graduate and Professional Admissions Information


Admission requirements and application procedures, including information pertaining to application forms, required documents, personal interviews and pre-entrance testing can be found through the links listed within each program’s page of this catalog. The most up-to-date information can be obtained from the Office of Academic Admissions or on our website at www.augusta.edu/admissions.

The university is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution in that no person shall, on the grounds of gender, race, color, creed, religion, age, national origin or handicap, be excluded from participation in, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any educational program, activity or facility. Augusta University is committed to an effective affirmative action policy. Augusta University strives to recruit, admit and educate a cross-section of qualified men and women representing the socio-economic, racial and cultural diversity of Georgia. This commitment is in keeping with our moral, legal and social responsibility and with the highest ideals and principles of American higher education.