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Non-Traditional Adult Student Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

These requirements and instructions apply to if you graduated (or would have graduated) from high school five or more years from the start of your intended semester of enrollment, and you have fewer than 30 transferable semester hours of college credit complete.  If you have 30 or more transferable semester hours, you should apply for admission as a transfer student.  

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  • You must be a graduate of a regionally accredited high school OR have completed your General Educational Diploma (GED).
  • You may be required to be screened for Learning Support by taking the Accuplacer assessment unless you took the SAT or ACT within seven years of the start of your intended semester of enrollment, and you scored at least 500 in the critical reading and math components on the old SAT, or at least a 27 Reading and 530 math on the new redesigned SAT,  or 21 on the English and math components of the ACT.  Learning Support screening may also be exempted if you earned a grade of C and received UNG credit for a college English course equivalent to UNG's ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1102, and earned credit for a transferable Area A math coursenew window.
  • You must meet a minimum English and/or Math Placement index if not exempt from Learning Support screening by one of the options listed above. For further details, please review the English and Math Placement Index Calculation document. 
  • Applicants applying to Bachelor's degree programs must have a 2.25 cumulative GPA in all transferable college coursework. If your GPA is below 3.0, you must also have completed an English course equivalent to UNG ENGL 1101 and an Area A math course.

Selecting a Campus Location

  • Associate pathways are not offered on the Dahlonega campus.
  • If your primary campus is Gainesville, Cumming, or Oconee, please do not secure off-campus housing until after you have registered for New Student Orientation.
  • You may choose to start in an associate degree program on our Blue Ridge, Cumming, Gainesville or Oconee campus, or in a bachelor's degree program on any campus. However, bachelor's degrees can only be completed on the Dahlonega or Gainesville campuses. 
  • Not all degree programs are offered on all campuses. Please refer to the Degrees & Programs Listing to see which degrees are offered on which campus. You may need to take classes on other campuses or internally transfer to another campus to complete your degree.
  • You are not guaranteed a class schedule at particular times or locations.

Application Deadlines for All Other Applicants

We must have your application for admission and all supporting documents prior to the deadline by close of business. Note that it is possible for us to reach capacity before the deadline, so completing your application earlier is better. Applications and documents received after the posted deadline may still be considered if capacity has not yet been met, however, we will immediately stop accepting students when capacity is met.

  • Spring semester (begins in January): November 1
  • Summer semester (begins in May or June): April 1
  • Fall semester (begins in August): Preferred deadline is May 1.  Final deadline is July 1.
  • Honors Program application:  Early consideration for bachelor's students: Jan 31. Final deadline for all: March 30
  • Please Note! There is a possibility that we will meet enrollment capacity before the specified deadline or before you register for classes. Therefore, please do not sign a lease for off-campus housing until you have registered for classes.

Programs with Additional Requirements

Some bachelor's degree programs have additional requirements that you must complete before you can enroll in that major.  Examples include Teacher Education, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Nursing.  Please contact the academic department of your desired major to determine whether there are additional requirements. Admission to UNG doesn't guarantee you admission to a specific major.

Applying to UNG

Application Process
Apply for admission online: GAFuturesnew window. If you cannot apply online, download a paper applicationnew window. All applicants (online and paper) will pay a non-refundable $30 application fee.
Submit an official high school or GED transcript and college (if applicable) transcripts. Transcripts must arrive in our office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.  Opened transcripts cannot be used for admission.  To obtain your high school transcript, contact your high school or the Board of Education in the county where your high school is located.  If you earned a GED in Georgia, you should request a copy from the Technical College System of Georgianew window.  If you completed your GED in another state, request a transcriptnew window.
Submit an official transcript from each institution you attended.  We must receive the transcripts through escript, Parchment National Student Clearinghouse or in sealed envelopes directly from the institutions.
Submit your verification of lawful presence documentationnew window if you wish to pay in-state tuition.
Check your application status to ensure we have received all required documents to evaluate your application.
Those accepted who are required to complete COMPASSnew window testing must do so prior to registering for New Student Orientation or course registration.  

Transfer Course Credit Notes

Transfer credit is usually awarded for courses that are designed to be part of an associate or bachelor's degree program and are completed with satisfactory grades in regionally accredited colleges. Such courses must generally correspond to the length, time and content of those offered in the curricula at the University of North Georgia.

For questions regarding whether transfer credit will be accepted, please refer to our course transfer equivalenciesnew window web page. Please note that this is not a complete list because it only includes courses that have transferred to the University of North Georgia in the past. If you still have questions after reviewing this page, please contact one of the admissions offices in the section below.

Note that you are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in English 1101 and 1102 (or equivalents) in order for these courses to transfer. Other courses earned at accredited institutions may transfer with grades of "D", to the extent that the grades on all credits accepted for transfer average at least 2.0. All "D" grades in core curriculum courses taken within the University System of Georgia are transferable, with the exception of English 1101 and 1102.

Academic Renewal Policy

Academic Renewal Policy for Undergraduate Applicants

If you want to transfer to UNG from another college or university, you may be eligible for academic renewal. You must have been absent for at least three years from the college or university for which you seek academic renewal.

Rules and Eligibility:

  • You can be granted academic renewal only once.
  • All of your previously-attempted coursework continues to be recorded on your official UNG transcript.
  • To earn a degree from UNG after being granted academic renewal, you must meet UNG's residency requirements. For an associate degree, you must complete a minimum of 15 hours in residence at UNG. For a bachelor's degree, you must complete a minimum of 30 hours in residence at UNG, including at least 21 hours of upper division (3000 level or above) in your major field. You must also meet any additional residence requirements of your degree program. Applicability of retained credit to degree requirements will be determined by the degree requirements in effect at the time your academic renewal is approved.
  • Coursework you completed more than three years prior to the date you intend to enroll or re-enroll (first day of classes) is eligible for academic renewal.
  • Academic renewal granted by UNG will be honored at all other USG institutions and vice versa.
  • Transfer and transient credit can be granted for coursework you took during the three year period of absence if that coursework is accepted by UNG.
  • Academic renewal GPA:
    • Your academic renewal GPA will be used for determining your academic standing and eligibility for graduation.
    • Retained grades of A, B or C are not calculated in your renewal GPA, but you will receive academic credit for these courses. Since you will not receive grades for your retained courses, there may be financial aid implications, and it could affect your admission to special academic programs like nursing, athletic training or education.
    • Courses in which you received grades of D or F must be repeated at UNG if they are required for your degree program.
    • Courses you took more recently than the three year period of absence are ineligible for consideration for academic renewal and will be factored into your GPA.
    • Your renewal GPA starts when you resume taking coursework after your academic renewal is approved.

Applying for Academic Renewal:

  • If you're not academically eligible for admission to a bachelor's degree program, you will automatically be considered for admission to an associate degree program on our Blue Ridge, Cumming, Gainesville, or Oconee Campus (there are no associate degree programs offered on our Dahlonega Campus).
  • You may apply for academic renewal during the admissions process. If you don't apply within one calendar year after the date you enroll or re-enroll, you will be ineligible for academic renewal. If you decide to do academic renewal after you enroll, contact the UNG registrar.
  • To apply, please fill out the Application for Academic Renewal.

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Oconee Campus 678-717-3641

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