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Undergraduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for acceptance into the nursing program?
  • Unconditional acceptance to UNG by November 1 for fall applications and April 1 for spring applications. Additionally, your application and all supporting documents for the Nursing Program application are due by December 15 for admission into the following fall semester and June 1 for the following spring semester.
  • Completion of all required core courses with a 'C' or higher prior to the start of the program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above on all courses and all degrees accepted at UNG. 
  • Post-baccalaureate students must complete a minimum of 18 hours from areas D and F (chemistry sequence, anatomy & physiology sequence, and microbiology) within the previous five years and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in those areas. Exception-Bachelor GPA can be used if competitive and sciences are completed within the past five years.
  • Academic renewal students must complete a minimum of 18 hours from areas D and F (chemistry sequence, anatomy & physiology sequence, and microbiology) within the previous five years and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in those areas.
  • Minimum overall score of 75% and a minimum score of 66% in each subcategory on the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment (A2) Exam at the UNG Testing Center on the Dahlonega or Gainesville Campus
  • Exam may only be taken twice per calendar year, and test must be taken at least eight weeks apart.
  • HESI A2 Exam deadline for Fall Cohort, Dahlonega and Gainesville, is December 15.
  • HESI A2 Exam deadline for Spring Cohort, Dahlonega and Gainesville, is June 1.
  • If you are an UNG student, use your UNG Student ID# as your HESI ID# when creating your account.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Applicants are accepted based on GPA and HESI score ranking.

How do I submit my SAT or ACT scores?

You may request the College Board to send your SAT scores to account #5497, or your ACT scores to account #0848, regardless of which campus you want to attend. Results will be sent directly to us electronically from the sending agency.

University of North Georgia
Office of Undergraduate Admission
P.O. Box 1358
Gainesville, GA 30503


How do I get into the Physical Therapy Program?

UNG offers a fully accredited entry-level program leading to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree following completion of a nine-semester professional curriculum. Students who successfully complete the three-year professional education curriculum and receive the DPT degree are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination in Physical Therapy.

Read more about admission into the Physical Therapy program.

What academic credit do I get for my IB or AP courses?

You can receive up to 45 hours of academic credit by examination for bachelor’s degree applicants of which up to 24 hours of IB credit may be awarded, and up to 30 hours for associate degree applicants. You will not receive a letter grade with the academic college credit. To illustrate, if you take AP Calculus AB and score a 3 or higher on the AP exam, you will be awarded credit for UNG MATH 1450. The grade you receive in your AP course will not be reflected on your college transcript, but what will be indicated is credit for MATH 1450. 

See the courses and exam scores for which we award academic credit.

What are the UNG FICE, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL codes?

FICE Code: 001585

SAT Code: 5497 

ACT Code: 0848

TOEFL Code: 5497

What online courses are available at UNG?

There are three types of on-line courses:

  1. eCore
  2. GML - Georgia ONmyLINE (GOML)
  3. NGO – North Georgia On Line  

eCore and GOML courses are taught by instructors from throughout the public University System.

NGO courses are taught by our own UNG instructors.

Online courses have higher tuition except eCore.  eCore has the same tuition rate as UNG bachelor’s rate. 

Learn more about distance education and online courses at UNG.


What is lawful presence verification?

If you want to be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes, you are required to provide verification of your lawful presence in the United States.

What is the Summer Language Institute?

The Summer Language Institute (SLI) is for new and continuing students who wish to learn a foreign language. The SLI is academically challenging, fun, and thoroughly rewarding. You will earn eight academic credit hours and complete the foreign language required for most bachelor’s degrees (some degrees require one or two additional semesters). The Summer Language Institutes are carefully tailored language programs of study in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, or Russian. Activities are engaging, challenging, and fun with an emphasis on learning the language through substantial interaction between students and native-speaking faculty and assistants. In addition to classroom instruction, you will enjoy co-curricular activities in the language. Because of their accelerated and intensive nature, the Summer Institutes are residential programs, and as such, you must live on campus for the duration of the program. SLI students will live in the North Georgia Suites. Students must not be registered for any other courses and must not have any other commitments outside of the summer language institute.

Should I apply for an associate or bachelor's degree?

An associate degree is a two-year college degree. After you complete your associate degree, you can look for a job, or continue on to a bachelor's degree (or do both at the same time). Associate degree admissions at UNG is less competitive than a bachelor’s pathway.

Bachelor's degrees are very competitive for summer and fall semesters, and less competitive for spring semesters.

If you are a high school student you should not apply for a bachelor's degree for a summer or a fall semester unless you have a freshman index of 2700 or higher, with minimum SAT scores of 440 in math and 480 in critical reading, or minimum ACT scores of 18 in math and 20 in English. If you have taken the redesigned SAT, our minimum expectations are 26 in the reading portion, and 480 in the math portion.
You should not apply for a bachelor's degree for spring unless you meet minimum test score expectations and have a 2500 or above freshman index.

To determine freshman index:
SAT FI = (High school GPA x 500) + SAT critical reading + SAT math
ACT FI = (High school GPA x 500) + (ACT composite score x 42) + 88

If your freshman index isn't high enough for a bachelor's degree, then you will automatically be considered for admission to an associate degree program. You can then internally transfer to a bachelor's degree after you meet the academic expectations for internal transfer: a 2.25 GPA and 40 completed hours.

You can start in an associate degree program on our Gainesville, Oconee, Blue Ridge or Cumming campuses. You can start in a bachelor's degree program on any campus. However, you will have to complete your bachelor's degree on either the Gainesville or Dahlonega campus.

There are certain advantages to beginning on an associate degree path:

• Academic credit you earn while in an associate program counts toward your bachelor’s degree: you won’t need more time to complete your bachelor’s degree.
• You can earn both an associate and a bachelor’s degree, and put both degrees on your résumé for a job or graduate school after you graduate.
• You will not have to re-apply for admission to a bachelor’s degree program: you begin as a Nighthawk, and remain a Nighthawk until you graduate.
• Courses and fees you take in the associate path cost less than courses in the bachelor’s path.

I'm an out-of-state student. Can I get an out-of-state tuition waiver?

If you are from out of state, or have not established domicile in Georgia, and you meet certain academic expectations, you may apply for a Presidential Tuition Waiver. This waiver is designed to attract high academic ability students from states other than Georgia to the University of North Georgia.


Am I classified as in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes, and what tuition waivers are available?

Under the constitution and laws of Georgia, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was created to govern, control, and manage a system of public institutions providing quality higher education for the benefit of Georgia citizens. Because the overwhelming proportion of financial support for the operation of the public institutions of higher education in Georgia comes from the citizens through the payment of taxes, the determination of whether a student is classified as a resident or a non-resident of the state for the purpose of payment of tuition and fees becomes a significant matter. The tuition paid by in-state students covers only about one-fourth of the total cost of their education in the University System. Therefore, Georgia taxpayers are contributing three-fourths of the funds to provide quality education for the citizens of the state.

The Board of Regents has adopted policies governing the classification of students as residents and non-residents for the purpose of payment of tuition and fees in keeping with its responsibilities to the citizens of Georgia for an appropriate assessment of fees and to ensure that out-of-state students pay a fair and reasonable share of the cost of their education. The taxpayers of Georgia are thereby assured that they are not assuming the financial burden of educating persons whose presence in the state is not intended to be permanent.

The practice followed by state colleges and universities of assessing out-of-state students a higher tuition rate is a rational attempt by states to achieve a partial cost equalization between those who have and those who have not recently contributed to the state's economy.

The question to be answered is not primarily whether a student is a "resident" or "non-resident" of Georgia, but rather, whether the student meets the criteria to pay University System tuition and fees on an "in-state" basis. The term "resident" is confusing because it is susceptible to several meanings as it relates to voter registration, drivers' licenses, automobile registration, deeds, contracts, wills, income taxes, and other matters. A student may be a resident of Georgia for some purposes, but not entitled to in-state status for the purpose of payment of tuition and fees. To be considered "a resident" for the purpose of payment of tuition and fees, one must have been a bonafide legal resident of Georgia for at least 12 months preceding the date of registration. A person's legal residence is her/his permanent dwelling place. It is the place where she/he is generally understood to reside with the intent of remaining there indefinitely and returning there when absent. There must be a concurrence of actual residence and of intent to remain to acquire a legal residency in order to qualify for in-state tuition.

The 12-month-residency requirement imposed by most states is considered by the courts to be a reasonable period during which the new resident can make tangible or intangible contributions to the state before being allowed the benefit of attending state colleges and universities upon the payment of in-state tuition and fees.

A student is responsible for registering under the proper tuition classification. The responsibility for the determination of a prospective student's residency, for the purpose of paying tuition and fees, rests with the Office Undergraduate Admissions or Cadet Admissions and is based upon information provided on the application for undergraduate admission.

Applicants who have been denied in-state status for the purpose of paying tuition and fees may appeal this decision by completing an application for in-state tuition. Students must complete the application for in-state tuition and submit all required documentation no later than seven working days prior to registration to be considered for in-state tuition. Students who do not submit all requested documentation will not be considered for in-state tuition classification.

What master's degrees and graduate programs do you offer?

UNG falls in the Carnegie Foundation Master's College & Universities (Larger) category. We have 13 master's degrees, a Doctorate of Education, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and graduate-level certificate programs.  Information may be found on our graduate admissions web site.

What career services do you offer?
UNG Career Services assist students and alumni with the career development process, including:
  • self-assessment
  • career exploration and preparation
  • career decision-making

Career Services staff advocates a comprehensive approach to career planning, starting with discovering your values, skills and interests during your freshman year and choosing your major, as well as gathering information about career choices and job trends, all the way to learning how to write a resume, making the graduate school decision, looking for your first full-time job, and more. They are here to help you every step of the way.

Can I live in a residence hall on campus?

Residence halls are only offered on the Dahlonega campus. There is a good chance that you will not be able to reside on the Dahlonega campus after your freshman year. Students are required to live on campus until they have completed 60 credit hours or have completed their sophomore year. 

There is a lot of information about residence halls and off-campus housing for all campuses our Residence Life webpage.

How do I switch from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree at UNG?

When you enroll at UNG, you are considered a Nighthawk whether you're in an associate degree or bachelor's degree program at any campus. Therefore, no additional application for admission is required to transfer internally. You may earn your associate degree as you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. This enables you to add two degrees to your résumé.

Find out more about internal transfers.

I didn't get accepted for admission for a bachelor's degree in the summer or fall. What are my options?
You can "update" your admission to the spring semester if your freshman index is 2500 or above and you meet the minimum test score expectations.

If your freshman index is below the bachelor’s degree expectations or you don't have the minimum SAT or ACT scores, you will automatically be considered for an associate degree on our Gainesville, Oconee, Blue Ridge or Cumming campuses. You may transfer internally to a bachelor's degree later. (See FAQ " How do I switch from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree at UNG?")

There are several advantages to this option:

• Academic credit you earn while in an associate program count toward your bachelor’s degree: you won’t need more time to complete your bachelor’s degree.
• You can earn both an associate and a bachelor’s degree, and put both degrees on your résumé for a job or graduate school after you graduate.
• You will not have to re-apply for admission to a bachelor’s degree program: you begin as a Nighthawk, and remain a Nighthawk until you graduate.
• Courses and fees you take in the associate path cost less than courses in the bachelor’s path.

Find out more about off-campus housing.

May I audit a class for no academic credit?

Yes. You may audit a class for no academic credit if space is available in the course you would like to audit. You will not be required to take course exams. If you are applying for admission solely to audit a course (or courses), apply as a non-degree seeking student. After you're accepted for admission and during the course registration period, you must inform the registrar and your course instructor that you intend to audit the course. Once enrolled, you cannot change from audit status to credit status, nor can you receive retroactive academic credit. If you wish to receive academic credit, you must take the course again. Note that you will pay the appropriate regular course rate for tuition, fees and books.

What off-campus housing is available?

The Office of the Dean of Students' website contains information about off-campus housing in the Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee campus areas. Information contained on this page was provided by area landlords interested in renting to students. UNG does not recommend or endorse any particular off-campus housing options, and all rental agreements are solely the responsibility of the landlord and the student.

I'm currently a dual-enrolled high school student at UNG. How do I become a freshman at UNG after I graduate from high school?

To continue at UNG after high school graduation, you must complete a Dual Enrollment Intent Form by the specified deadline date for the term and campus you wish to be considered. You do not need to complete a new application for admission or submit an application fee.

Please note that admission to a bachelor’s degree program is highly competitive and that admission is based on that year’s applicant pool. If you are ineligible for a bachelor’s degree program, you will automatically be considered for the associate degree pathway with the opportunity to internally transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a later time.

I didn't do very well in my first attempt at college. Is there an academic renewal process?


Academic Renewal Policy for Undergraduate Applicants 

If you're returning to UNG as an undergraduate student after being absent for at least three years from your intended date of re-enrollment, you may be eligible for academic renewal.  

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 the University of North Georgia. 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 accepted for admission to an associate degree program on our 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.


If accepted to the Dahlonega Campus, am I required to live on campus?

UNG Residence Policy

Full-time students who are accepted on the Dahlonega Campus of UNG and who have not earned 60 semester hours or lived four semesters in university housing must live on campus. For further details, please visit UNG's Residence Policy in the Residency Life Handbook.

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