ADMISSIONS

Admissions office personnel are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to provide general information about College programs and admissions procedures. Admissions information may also be obtained by visiting our web site at http://www.ccga.edu.

An application is valid only for the semester for which it is submitted. Applications submitted by students who do not enroll are retained in an inactive file for a maximum of one year. An application may be reactivated for a future semester by notifying the Admissions Office in writing before the application deadline. If the student has attended another college in the interim, an official transcript must be sent from that college to the CCGA Admissions Office.

ADMISSION DOCUMENTATION
All individuals applying for admission must submit the following documentation:

  • Application for Admission;
  • Non-refundable Application Fee;
  • Certificate of Immunization to include verification of immunity against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus-Diphtheria, and Varicella (Chicken Pox). Students under the age of 19 must also provide proof of the Hepatitis B series and students living on campus will also be required to provide proof of a meningitis vaccine or sign a waiver;
  • Provide verification of lawful presence in the United States if applying for in-state tuition or a waiver of out-of-state tuition.
  • For additional requirements specific to freshman, transfer, or other applicant types, refer to the sections below.

FRESHMAN ADMISSIONS

This category is for applicants who have never attended an institution of postsecondary education and are seeking a college degree.

To gain regular admission, all applicants graduating from high school within the last five years must have:

  • Graduated from an accredited high school or qualified GED program. GEDs will only be recognized by the college after a student's cohort has graduated;
  • Completed SAT/ACT testing earning a score of 350 or higher on both the SAT Critical Reading and SAT Math or 14 or higher on both the ACT English and ACT Math;
  • Achieved a Freshman Index of 1850.

The Freshman Index (FI) is a combination of a student's SAT I or ACT assessment scores and high school academic grade point average (HSGPA). The formulas to derive an index score are as follows:

FI = 500 x (HSGPA) + SAT Verbal/Critical Reading + SAT I Math (or)

FI = 500 x (HSGPA) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88

The college will review all applicants who have met competency in at least one area of testing but do not meet the Freshman Index level of 1850. Additional documentation and a personal interview may be requested.

Applicants graduating from high school within the last five years are expected to meet the University System of Georgia's Required High School Curriculum (RHSC). All RHSC deficiencies must be completed before a student earns 30 semester hours. Students enrolled in Career Associate programs are exempt from fulfilling RHSC deficiencies.

Freshman Applicants must provide:

  • Official, Final High School Transcript from an accredited high school (Students who obtained a Certificate of Performance or a Special Education Diploma must graduate from an accredited GED program before they can be considered for admission);
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores. Students scoring a minimum of 430 SAT Critical Reading or 17 ACT English will be exempt from Learning Support placement; Students scoring a minimum of 400 SAT Math or 17 ACT Math will be exempt from Learning Support placement;
  • Official GED Scores (not diploma), if taken.

ADULT STUDENTS (out of high school for at least 5 years) must have:

  • Graduated from an accredited high school or qualified GED program;
  • Completed baccalaureate-level English composition and mathematics courses at a regionally accredited college or university, or successfully completed the COMPASS placement exam. The COMPASS placement exam gathers information about students' educational needs and plans and measures their skills in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Review materials are available on the Admissions webpage under Placement Testing. Testing is available on both campuses by appointment.

Adult Applicants must provide:

  • Official, Final High School Transcript from an accredited high school (Students who obtained a Certificate of Performance or a Special Education Diploma must graduate from an accredited GED program before they can be considered for admission);
  • Official GED Scores (not diploma), if taken;
  • Official transcripts from any previous colleges.

HOME-EDUCATED STUDENTS or graduates of a High School that is not regionally or State Accredited must provide:

  • Copy of the Declaration of Intent to Home School as filed with local school board;
  • Official ACT or SAT scores. A minimum score of 17 on the ACT English and ACT Math must be met to be considered for admission. The minimum score for the SAT is 430 Critical Reading and 400 Math;
  • An Academic Portfolio for Foreign Language (if taken);
  • Portfolio of Extra-Curricular Activities and Academic Achievements during high school that support academic preparedness for college. This portfolio should include awards received, academic accomplishments, and activities in which the student participates (church, volunteer, civic, and athletic activities, etc.);
  • Affidavit from primary teacher and student certifying completion of high school and date of high school graduation, and a copy of the student's transcript;

LEARNING SUPPORT PLACEMENT

For students who do not have exempting test scores of 430 SAT Critical Reading or 17 ACT English, who have not already completed baccalaureate-level English at a regionally accredited college or university, the College will use the University System of Georgia’s English Placement Index (a calculation based on the student’s GPA and English test scores) to determine their admissibility or placement into either a Learning Support pre-requisite course (ENGL 0989), a Learning Support co-requisite course to supplement English Composition (ENGL 1000), or directly into English Composition (ENGL 1101).

For students who do not have exempting test scores of 400 SAT Math or 17 ACT Math, who have not already completed baccalaureate-level mathematics at a regionally accredited college or university, the College will use the University System of Georgia’s Math Placement Index (a calculation based on the student’s GPA and Math test scores) to determine their admissibility or placement into either a Learning Support pre-requisite course (MATH 0987 or 0989), a Learning Support co-requisite course to supplement baccalaureate-level math course work (MATH 0997 or 0999), or directly into the baccalaureate-level math course appropriate for their chosen major (MATH 1001, 1101, or 1111).

TRANSFER STUDENTS

A student with prior college credit taken after high school graduation is considered a transfer student and must supply official transcripts from all previous institutions. Students transferring with fewer than 30 semester hours must also meet freshman admission requirements.

Transferable Hours are defined according to the policies of the University System and CCGA. Transfer GPA is defined as the GPA calculated on ALL hours graded at regionally accredited institutions, to include courses that were failed and classes that will not be used towards degree requirements at CCGA. Institutional credit courses and vocational courses may not be used towards meeting graduation requirements. Students completing non-transferable associate degrees at regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine their eligibility for admission.

Transfer students:

  • Must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Failure to report previous college attendance is considered to be sufficient cause for cancellation of any credits earned and possible expulsion from the College of Coastal Georgia;
  • Must be in good academic standing and eligible to continue or return to any previous institution attended, with a minimum transfer GPA of 2.0. Students who are on academic probation or suspension from a previous school may be requested to provide additional information and subject to an interview by appropriate college personnel before being considered for admission to the college, and may be admitted with a probationary status.

READMISSION

Former students who have not been enrolled within one calendar year, were dismissed for unsatisfactory academic performance, or were removed for violations of the Student Code of Conduct, must submit an Application for Readmission and official transcripts from each institution attended since last attending the College of Coastal Georgia, and will be evaluated according to current admission criteria. Course work taken at another institution after dismissal from the College of Coastal Georgia for unsatisfactory academic performance may be considered as evidence to support re-admission, but work completed under the suspension period will not be used towards graduation requirements. Learning Support students returning after one year will be evaluated and may be required to complete the COMPASS placement exam and must meet current admission criteria.

MOVE ON WHEN READY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The College of Coastal Georgia recognizes the need to provide academically talented high school students with opportunities for acceleration of their formal academic programs. This recognition has led to the development of Move On When Ready (MOWR), a program designed for exceptional students who seek to enroll at the College of Coastal Georgia to replace some or all of the courses taken while in high school. MOWR students can take courses from an approved course list and can attend either full-time or part-time, and are exempt from all non-course-related fees. Books for their college classes will be provided by CCGA.

Admission requirements include:

  • Must be following an academically rigorous curriculum at an eligible high school (any private or public secondary educational institution within the State of Georgia and any Home Study program operated pursuant to C.G.A. §20-2-690);
  • Must be on track toward completion of high school graduation requirements;
  • Must have a cumulative high school academic (un-weighted) grade point average of 00 or higher;
  • Must have an SAT total score of 970 for Critical Reading and Math combined, with a minimum score of 500 on either the Critical Reading or Math, or an ACT composite score of 20 with a minimum score of 21 on either English or Math;
  • Must be exempt from Learning Support;
  • Must have permission of parent and high school official;
  • Must provide an Official High School Transcript;
  • Must provide Official SAT or ACT Scores;
  • Must provide proof of lawful presence in the United States.

For complete program information, please contact the Admissions Office at 912-279-5730.

TRANSIENT STUDENTS

Transient students are defined as those who are regularly enrolled in another institution, are admitted to CCGA for a limited period of time, and who expect to return to their home institution. Admissions within this category are limited to 3 consecutive semesters.

Documentation needed:

  • Application for Admission and required application fee or Readmission Application;
  • Letter of Good Standing or Transient permission form from home institution for each semester of attendance at CCGA; and
  • Certificates of Immunization to include verification of immunity against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus-Diphtheria, and Varicella (Chicken Pox). Students under the age of 19 must also provide proof of the Hepatitis B series (Revised January 2005), and students residing on campus must also provide proof of vaccination against meningitis or sign a waiver;
  • Proof of lawful presence in the United States if applying for in-state tuition or a waiver of out-of-state tuition.

AUDITING STUDENTS

Persons wishing to attend regular college classes without receiving credit may apply for admission as auditors. Applicants in this category follow the same admission procedures as degree-seeking applicants.

NON-DEGREE STUDENTS

Persons wishing to attend the college for a limited number of classes who are not seeking a degree may be classified as Non-Degree, if:

  • The student holds an Associate's degree or less. These students may enroll as non-degree students for a maximum of 12 semester credit hours (including institutional credit). These students may not enroll in any course for which there is a Learning Support prerequisite unless they have been screened for and have exempted the relevant Learning Support course(s), or
  • Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution will be allowed to take courses with no limitation on the number of hours of undergraduate credit. Such applicants must provide proof of degree. Applicants in this category follow the same admission procedures as degree-seeking applicants.

AMENDMENT 23 ADMISSIONS (Persons 62 Years of Age & Older)

The State of Georgia and the University System of Georgia have established a program to invite Georgia Residents over the age of 62 to enroll in state colleges or universities on a space-available basis, tuition free. Amendment 23 applicants:

  • Must be residents of Georgia;
  • Must present a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation of age;
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses offered for resident credit on a space-available basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees;
  • Must meet the college's admission requirements and provide all appropriate documentation and testing relevant to their admission.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The presence of a disability is not a factor in the admissions decision and all students must meet regular admission requirements; however, reasonable accommodations for testing, academic instruction, and access to auxiliary programming can be made upon provision of acceptable documentation. All students seeking such services must contact the Director of Counseling and Disability Services prior to enrollment to discuss documentation and testing procedures. Students with Learning Disabilities (specific learning disabilities (SLD), attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD), acquired brain injury (ABI), and most psychiatric disabilities) require approval from a Regents Center for Learning Disabilities (RCLD) before accommodations can be made by the college. For additional information, please contact the Director of Counseling and Disability Services at (912) 279-5806.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

(Note: Policies and procedures concerning international students are subject to change without notice.)

The College of Coastal Georgia values the contributions international students make to our campus community. International students provide the College with a diverse population through which differences in race, ethnicity, religious conviction, and cultural background may be celebrated. Because additional processing time is required, international students should submit the admissions application and all supporting documents at least ninety days prior to the desired semester of enrollment. The College determines admissibility of international applicants only after all required admissions documents have been received. The certificate of eligibility (Form I-20) cannot be provided for an international student until after an offer of acceptance has been extended by the College.

All applicants must:

  • Submit an Application of Admission & Application Fee;
  • Submit official transcripts from any institution of learning attended in the United States, or certified copies of educational documents from the student's home country that have been translated to English by a reputable credential evaluator (Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. or World Education Services) that can be deemed generally equivalent to U.S. college preparatory studies or college level work;
  • Provide proof of English proficiency for all students whose first language is not English (including permanent resident aliens) and whose language of instruction throughout secondary school was not in English. Non-native speakers of English must successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum scores of 523 for the paper exam, 69 on the online exam or 193 on the computer-based exam, or successfully complete a qualified English training program at a U.S. college or university, or successfully complete college-level English courses at a previous U.S. college or university;
  • Provide Certificates of Immunization to include verification of immunity against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus-Diphtheria, and Varicella (Chicken Pox). Students under the age of 19 must also provide proof of the Hepatitis B series, and students residing on campus must provide proof of vaccination against meningitis or sign a waiver;
  • Show financial readiness by providing an official financial statement from a banking institution;
  • Provide proof of adequate health and accident insurance if seeking an F-1 Visa; or enroll in the University System of Georgia group health program at an additional cost.

International Students are expected to take advantage of on-campus accommodations.

Student Visa (F-1) Authorization:

Students will not be issued an I-20 until all documents have been received and an offer of admission to the college has been made. Students under F-1 Visa status must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours per term. The college reserves the right to deny access to programs that, by design, cannot meet the full-time status requirement established by the US Department of Immigration. The college does not guarantee admission into specific programs that have competitive or specific admission requirements above and beyond the college's regular admission requirements. For more information regarding special rules, regulations and student responsibilities, please contact the DSO in the Office of the Registrar.

CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS FOR TUITION PURPOSES

US Citizens requesting in-state tuition rates must provide a passport, a Georgia Driver's License or Georgia ID issued after January 2008, or a certified copy of their birth certificate; non-Citizens should provide a copy of documents appropriate for their status (Alien Resident Card, Permanent Resident Card, or Visa). All applicants who do not submit documentation will be assessed the out-of-state tuition rate.

A. United States Citizens

An independent student who has established and maintained a domicile in the State of Georgia for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term shall be classified as in-state for tuition purposes. It is presumed that no student shall have gained or acquired in-state classification while attending any postsecondary educational institution in this state without clear evidence of having established domicile in Georgia for purposes other than attending a postsecondary educational institution in this state.

A dependent student shall be classified as in-state for tuition purposes if either (i) the dependent student's parent has established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term and the student has graduated from a Georgia high school or (ii) the dependent student's parent has established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term and the parent claimed the student as a dependent on the parent's most recent federal income tax return.

A dependent student shall be classified as in-state for tuition purposes if a U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term, provided that appointment was not made to avoid payment of out-of-state tuition and the U.S. court-appointed legal guardian can provide clear evidence of having established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term.

If an independent student classified as in-state relocates temporarily but returns to the State of Georgia within 12 months, and has not severed ties with the State of Georgia, the student shall be entitled to retain in-state tuition classification. If the parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian of a dependent student currently classified as in-state for tuition purposes establishes domicile outside of Georgia after having established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia, the student may retain in-state tuition classification as long as the student remains continuously enrolled in a public postsecondary educational institution in the state, regardless of the domicile of the parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian.

B. Non-citizens

Non-citizens initially shall not be classified as in-state for tuition purposes unless there is evidence to warrant consideration of in-state classification. Lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, or other eligible non-citizens as defined by Federal Title IV regulations may be extended the same consideration as citizens of the United States in determining whether they qualify for in-state classification. International students who reside in the United States under nonimmigrant status conditioned at least in part upon intent not to abandon a foreign domicile are not eligible for in-state classification.

A glossary defining the terms in the tuition classification policy can be found in the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Tuition Classification Guidelines Manual.

OUT-OF-STATE TUITION DIFFERENTIAL WAIVERS

The College of Coastal Georgia may offer a full or partial waiver of out-of-state tuition for students who have provided proof of lawful presence in the United States and fall within one of the following categories. Many of the waivers are for a limited term only. Waivers are reviewed on an annual basis to verify the student’s continued eligibility under the terms of the waiver, and no waiver is continued after a break in enrollment.

Presidential Waiver. Institution presidents may award Presidential Waivers at their discretion to students within the Academic, Athletic, and International categories, provided that the number of waivers in effect does not exceed two percent of the equivalent full-time students enrolled at the institution in the fall term immediately preceding the term

University System Employees and Dependents. Full-time employees of the University System, their spouses, and their dependent children.

Full-Time School Employees. Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or of the Technical College System of Georgia, their spouses, and their dependent children. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for this waiver.

Military Personnel. Military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children stationed in or assigned to Georgia and on active duty. The waiver can be retained by the military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children if:

  • the military sponsor is reassigned outside of Georgia, and the student(s) remain(s) continuously enrolled and the military sponsor remains on active military status;
  • the military sponsor is reassigned out-of-state and the spouse and dependent children remain in Georgia and the sponsor remains on active military duty;
  • or active military personnel and their spouse and dependent children who are stationed in a state contiguous to the Georgia border and who live in Georgia. (BoR Minutes, February 2009)

Border State Residents. Degree-seeking students who are residents of Alabama, Florida, or South Carolina.

Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists. Active members of the Georgia National Guard, stationed or assigned to Georgia, or active members of a unit of the U.S. Military Reserves based in Georgia, and their spouses and their dependent children.

Georgia-Based Corporations. Students who are employees of Georgia-based corporations or organizations that have contracted with the Board of Regents through University System institutions to provide out-of-state tuition differential waivers.

International and Domestic Exchange Programs. Any student who enrolls in a University System institution as a participant in an international or domestic direct exchange program that provides reciprocal benefits to University System students.

USG Study Abroad Participants. Any student who enrolls in a USG study-abroad program to include programs outside the State of Georgia but within the United States and study abroad programs outside the United States. Tuition and fees charged students shall be consistent with the procedures established in the USG Business Procedures Manual and as determined by the institution president.

Economic Advantage. As of the first day of classes for the term, an economic advantage waiver may be granted to a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident who is a dependent or independent student and can provide clear evidence that the student or the student's parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has relocated to the State of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and has established domicile in the State of Georgia. Relocation to the state must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education. For U.S. citizens or U.S. legal permanent residents, this waiver will expire 12 months from the date the waiver was granted.

Recently Separated Military Service Personnel. Members of a uniformed military service of the United States and their dependents, who, within 36 months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate intent to become a permanent resident of Georgia. This waiver can be retained as long as the student remains continuously enrolled.

Non-resident Students. As of the first day of classes for the term, a non-resident student can be considered for this waiver under the following conditions:

  • if the parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian of a dependent has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months and the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing the relationship to the parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has existed for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term (legal guardianship must be established prior to the student's 18th birthday); or,
  • if the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing relations to the spouse and the spouse has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

Students applying for admission to CCGA will be assigned student identification numbers at the time of application. However, applicants will be asked to furnish their social security numbers for identification purposes and to assist in tracking incoming documents. A Social Security number is required when students apply for financial aid, for educational tax benefits, and for employment. It may also be required for other purposes. This information may be disclosed only under certain circumstances, including the following:

  • To other institutional officials.
  • To representatives of state and local educational authorities.
  • In connection with financial aid.
  • To collection agents in connection with university-related business.
  • Pursuant to an order from a court of law.
  • Other circumstances as required by state or federal law.

RIGHT TO LIMIT ADMISSIONS

The University System of Georgia Chancellor may limit the number of students to an institution.

RIGHT TO REFUSE ADMISSION

Each unit of the University System reserves the right to refuse admission to a non-resident of Georgia, to an applicant whose admission would cause the institution to exceed its maximum capacity, to an applicant whose request for admission is only to a program that is already filled, to an applicant whose transcript(s) are from an unaccredited institution, to an applicant who fails to meet regular admission criteria or is otherwise ineligible for admission.

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