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 course.
- 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.
- Students whose secondary education was completed outside the United States system of education must also meet English Proficiency Requirements.
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 completed application for admission and all supporting documents prior to the deadline. Note that it is very likely we will meet capacity BEFORE the deadline and will immediately stop accepting students. 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.
- Spring semester (begins in January): November 1 (All deadlines are at close of business)
- Summer semester: April 1 (All deadlines are at close of business)
- Fall Semester:
- Priority Deadline: May 1 (All deadlines are at close of business)
- If capacity has not been met deadline: July 1 (All deadlines are at close of business)
Programs with Additional Requirements
Applying to UNG
- Step 1 Application and Application Fee
- Step 2 Official high school Transcripts
- Step 3 Official College Transcripts
- Step 4 Verification of Lawful Presence in the U.S.
- Step 5 Application Review
- Step 6 Official Entrance Testing
If you were internationally educated, please send an official National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) evaluated document-by-document high school transcript or Certificate of Education. A GPA calculation is not required. The evaluation must be sent directly from the agency to the Admissions Office. Find a full list of NACES members.
Complete this step only if you attended college outside of the US and want to transfer the academic credit received at your previous institution.
Your transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). They must be sent directly from the agency to the admissions office. Find a full list of NACES members.
You must submit official transcripts from each US college attended.
You should not assume that you will receive credit for all courses you took at your previous institutions. Transfer credit is determined by us on a course-by-case basis. If you want to major in education, we do not recognize transcript evaluations from World Education Services (WES). For more details on agencies you may use, visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website.
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 equivalencies 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.