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Office of Admissions

Located in Room 13 of Lambdin Hall, the Office of Admissions is responsible for receiving applications for admission to the College, for admitting new students, and for informing prospective students regarding admission policies and procedures. This office functions as the primary contact for all prospective students. To contact the Office of Admissions, call (678) 359-5021, email Gordon@gordonstate.edu, or write:

Office of Admissions
Gordon State College
419 College Drive
Barnesville, GA 30204

In Georgia, you may call toll free (800-282-6504).

The Gordon State College Application for Admission can be accessed online at our website:http://www.gordonstate.edu/admissions. Please check the Admissions webpage for any updated requirements that may supersede this academic catalog.

Gordon State College is proud to participate in the Adult Learning Consortium and the Soldiers to Scholars Program. For more information on these programs, please contact the Office of Admissions.

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Regulations Governing the Admission of Students

All institutions of the University System of Georgia operate under a common statement of regulations governing the admission of students. A complete copy of the regulations is available for inspection in the Office of Admissions or through the Board of Regents website, www.usg.edu.

Students with learning disabilities are responsible for contacting the Americans with Disabilities Act Officer to discuss the type of assistance they will need to be successful at Gordon State College. Please call 678-359-5585 for more information.

All required application materials should be submitted at least fifteen (15) business days prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. Applications received less than 15 business days prior to the beginning of the semester will be processed as time permits.

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Applications to Special Programs

In addition to the preceding admissions policies that apply to all students, Gordon State College offers several programs that have their own application processes and deadlines.

  • Associate of Science in Nursing, LPN Bridge, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs: Submit an application to Gordon State College as well as an application to the nursing program. The application to the nursing program is available through the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • BSED in Elementary Education, and Middle Grades Education: A separate application is required prior to the junior year of studies. The application for the Elementary Education Program and the Middle Grades Education Program is available through the School of Education.
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology or Mathematics with Secondary Certification: Students seeking a B.S. in biology or math should submit the standard Gordon State College application. However, if they choose the track leading to secondary certification, in addition to declaring a major in biology or mathematics, students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program through the School of Education prior to junior year of studies.
  • Bachelor of Arts in History or English with Secondary Certification: Students seeking a BA in History or English should submit the standard Gordon State College application. However, if they choose the track leading to secondary certification, prior to junior year of studies, in addition to declaring a major in history or English, students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program through the School of Education.

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State Residency Requirements

The definition of an in-state resident for the purpose of attending Gordon State College is established by the policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and does not necessarily parallel other definitions of residency. Any student who has questions regarding his or her residency status should contact the Registrar at Gordon State College or www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/policy/4.3_student_residency/, the Board of Regents website.

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Verification of Lawful Presence

Each University System institution shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted or readmitted person applying for resident tuition status. Students who submit FAFSA’s will be verified electronically. Students who do not submit FAFSA’s will be required to submit additional documentation (driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, etc.) to the Admissions Office.

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Locations

The main campus of Gordon State College is located in Barnesville and sits on the southern edge of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. The campus encompasses slightly more than 235 acres.

Classes are also offered at two off-site locations. They are:

  • Gordon State at UGA in Griffin
  • Gordon State at McDonough

Students can complete 50 percent of the credits required for an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in McDonough.

For specific course offerings and locations, go to www.gordonstate.edu/schedule/class-schedules.

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Written Correspondence with the College

All written correspondence from a student to any office of Gordon State College must include the student’s name, student Gordon State College identification number (929xxxxxx), return mailing address, and current phone number. It is in the student’s best interest to provide all relevant information to allow the College to respond easily.

If a student is accepted for admission and does not enroll the semester for which he or she applied and was accepted, the student must update his or her admissions file by completing a new Application for Admission and submitting the necessary documents. An application fee is not required for the subsequent application filed, if the paper application is completed. The application fee of $30 must be paid each time an online application is submitted. Additional information may also be required. Acceptance for one term does not guarantee acceptance for any subsequent term.

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National SAT Scores

All SAT score standards stated in this catalog are re-centered scores which came into existence in April 1995. Students with SAT scores prior to April 1995 should contact the Office of Admissions for equivalent score values.

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Institutional SAT

Students may wish to take the SAT at Gordon State College. The test is offered all year and may be used for traditional freshman, and Move On When Ready admission. Test scores are only good for Gordon State College and will not be sent to other colleges. Students will only take the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT. Testing dates and information may be found online at http://www.gordonstate.edu/testingcenter/home.

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ACCUPLACER - Placement Testing

ACCUPLACER is a computerized placement exam that tests a student’s Reading, Writing and Math skills. The Verbal sections of ACCUPLACER, tests reading and writing skills and is required for students with a Required High School curriculum deficiency in English.

The mathematics section of ACCUPLACER tests algebra skills and is required for students with a college preparatory, tech/prep or Required High School Curriculum deficiency in mathematics.

Students with an English Placement Index (EPI) and/or Math Placement Index (MPI) score below the thresholds below may elect to take the ACCUPLACER. The scores will be used as an additional measure within the EPI and MPI to determine learning support requirements.

Minimum Scores to Exit Learning Support Placement:

English Placement Index (EPI): 4230
Math Placement Index (MPI): 1265

English Placement Index (EPI)
Score Course
Below 4230 Co-Requisite: ENGL 0999 / 1101
4230 and higher Gateway Course: ENGL 1101
Math Placement Index -- Algebra Track (MPI) [Major requires college algebra]
Score Course
Below 1265 Co-Requisite: MATH 0999 / 1111
1265 and higher Gateway Course: MATH 1111
Math Placement Index -- Non- Algebra Track (MPI) [Major does not require college algebra]
Score Course
Below 1265 Co-Requisite: MATH 0997 / 1001
1265 and higher Gateway Course: MATH 1001

The ACCUPLACER exam is not timed. It is offered throughout the week in the Gordon State Testing Center (Student Center 234) at no cost to Gordon State applicants. For more information, including the Accuplacer testing schedule, please call the Testing Center Coordinator at (678) 359-5138 or check the Testing Center website at http://www.gordonstate.edu/testingcenter/home. A re-testing fee of $20 does apply.

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Applicant Types

Candidates seeking admission to the College are required to submit certain documents and/or information to the Office of Admissions before a final admissions decision can be made. The specific documents and/or information required by the College depend on the category of application being submitted. Presently, the College accepts applications for admission in the following categories: (1) beginning freshmen, (2) GED students, (3) home school students, (4) transfer students, (5) transient students, (6) auditors, (7) post-baccalaureate students, (8) non-degree students, (9) Move On When Ready Students, (10) non-traditional students, (11) international students and (12) former students seeking re-admission.

The documents and/or information required for each of these application categories are specified below.

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(1) Beginning Freshmen

Applicants are considered the beginning (traditional) freshmen category if they (1) have graduated from high school within five years of the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought and (2) have never enrolled in college (Gordon or any other college).

Beginning freshmen are required to submit the following documents/information to the Office of Admissions before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for admission,
  2. $30 application fee,
  3. Official final high school transcript showing the date of graduation and type of diploma received,
  4. Immunization record(s),
  5. SAT or ACT scores are required,
  6. Verification of Lawful Presence.

Acceptance Consideration
It is a common practice for high school seniors to apply to Gordon State College seeking acceptance prior to high school graduation. This acceptance is contingent upon receipt of satisfactory final high school transcript. This usually occurs the second semester (January – March) of the senior year. An official current high school transcript along with the other required documents listed above are submitted for review. Once received, an admissions officer will conduct a preliminary evaluation of the current high school transcript, and initial acceptance to the College may be granted. However, final acceptance to the college will only be granted after a review of the official final high school transcript including graduation requirement completion.

Addressing University System of Georgia Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) policies as they pertain to Beginning Freshmen at Gordon State College who graduate from high school May 2012 or later:

The high school academic grade point average is based on grades received only for the five (5) academic or core areas of Language Arts, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Completion of the 17-unit Required High School Curriculum will be required for students in programs leading to a baccalaureate degree.

The University System of Georgia’s RHSC requirements apply to all students described in the categories listed below who enroll in any Baccalaureate Degree or any Associate Degree transfer program that leads to the baccalaureate degree:

  1. Students graduating from Georgia or out-of-state public or private high schools within five (5) years of the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. RHSC requirements do not apply to students who graduated from a high school located outside of the jurisdiction of the United States educational system.
  2. Students who passed the GED exam in lieu of high school graduation if their graduating class at the high school would have graduated within five (5) years of the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. The GED exam does not indicate fulfillment of Required High School Curriculum requirements.
  3. Students enrolled in career associate degree programs are exempted from RHSC requirements. However, students in these programs who transfer into programs leading to the baccalaureate degree will be required to meet RHSC requirements if they have not earned a career associate degree before enrolling in the baccalaureate program.

See the separate listings below for required units/courses to be taken in high school to complete the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC):

Required High School Curriculum (RHSC)
Subject Area Units Required Standard Courses
English 4 4 levels/units
Foreign Language 2 2 units of the same language
Math 4 Algebra I or Math I
Algebra II or Math II
Geometry or Math III
Pre-Calculus or higher level Math
Science 4 Physical Science
1 lab science course in biology
1 lab science course from the life sciences
1 lab science course from the physical sciences
Social Science 3

American History
World History

One additional unit of social science

Total: 17  

The 17 minimum RHSC requirements compose the traditional freshman student’s high school academic GPA. The University System policy is very specific as to how RHSC deficiencies are decided. Applicants who have not completed the Required High School Curriculum must satisfy deficiencies within their first 30 degree-level credit hours at Gordon State College.

Effective Fall 2014, students may satisfy RHSC deficiencies through any of the following methods:

  1. Demonstrate subject matter proficiency through standardized exams. Contact the Admissions Office at 678-359-5021 for information on how SAT, ACT, CLEP, or DSST exam scores may be used to satisfy RHSC deficiencies.
  2. Demonstrate subject matter proficiency through approved coursework. A student may address RHSC deficiencies prior to enrollment at Gordon State College by passing an approved high school course in the deficiency area(s) at a high school accredited by a recognized accrediting agency or by passing a three credit collegiate course at a regionally accredited college or university. A student who has passed a terminal course in a subject area while in high school will be considered to have met the RHSC requirement in that subject area. For example, a student who has completed calculus in the 11th grade will be deemed as meeting the RHSC requirement in math.
  3. Demonstrate subject matter proficiency through appropriate college courses. A student may address RHSC deficiencies after enrollment at Gordon State College by passing a three credit collegiate course in the area of the deficiency at Gordon State College or any regionally accredited college or university within the first 30 college credit hours.
English Exempt or exit the Learning Support English requirement
Foreign Language Pass a three credit collegiate introductory foreign language course
Math Exempt or exit the Learning Support Math requirement
Science Pass any three or four credit collegiate science course
Social Science Pass any three credit collegiate social science course

Effective Fall 2014, collegiate courses used to satisfy RHSC deficiencies will be applied toward graduation and will be computed in the semester and cumulative grade point average. Students who completed collegiate courses to satisfy RHSC or CPC deficiencies prior to Fall 2014 may petition to have those courses applied toward graduation. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 678-359-5022 for information on the petition process.

Any Gordon State College student who has a confirmed RHSC deficiency upon final acceptance to the college must satisfy the deficiency within the first 30 degree-level credit hours. Students who earn 30 hours of degree-level credit and have not satisfied all RHSC deficiencies may not register for other courses (except required Learning Support courses) unless they also register for the appropriate deficiency course(s) as applicable. Every Gordon State College student is assigned an academic advisor who assists the student in setting up a class schedule that fulfills completion of RHSC deficiencies. The advisor will be assigned at the beginning of the school term.

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(2) GED Students

Applicants are considered GED students if they have passed the GED exam in lieu of high school graduation and if their high school class would have graduated within five years of the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. A minimum score of 2250 is required for admittance. A student receiving a GED cannot be admitted to the College to any term before his or her high school class’s date of graduation. GED applicants are required to submit the following documents and/or information to the Office of Admissions before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for admission - $30 fee
  2. Official GED Scores,
  3. Immunization Record(s),
  4. Verification of Lawful Presence, and
  5. Official Transcripts showing all work completed in High School.

Submission of an official, high school transcript will permit the Admissions Office to provide the student with Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) credit for any coursework completed in high school.

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(3) Home-Schooled Applicants

The Board of Regents has established five paths to admission for a home-schooled student. They are:

  1. Diploma from a regionally accredited home study program or Center of the Accrediting Commission for Independent Study (ACIS),
  2. SAT scores in top 5% of national college-bound seniors,
  3. GED test,
  4. SAT II Subject Tests, and
  5. Portfolio Assessment.

University System of Georgia currently recognizes the following agencies of accreditation:

  • Regionally Accrediting Agencies
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Private School Accrediting Council
  • Accrediting Commission for Independent Study
  • Public school regulated by a school system and State Department of Education

The University System of Georgia is dedicated to providing access to college to the students of Georgia and offers its support to the students of school systems in jeopardy of losing Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement accreditation. Admission to any University System of Georgia college or university will not be negatively impacted should SACSCASI determine that the accreditation of a school system must be revoked.

Students graduating from a high school regulated by a school system and state department of education, meeting all other Board of Regents and institutional admission requirements, including the 16 units required of the College Preparatory Curriculum (for those graduating prior to 2012) or the 17 units required for the Required High School Curriculum (for those graduating 2012 or later), will continue to be considered for admission in the same manner as students from SACSCASI accredited schools in the state.

The GED Track for Home-Schooled Applicants:

Applicants who graduated from a non-accredited home-school within the past five years fall into the traditional beginning freshman category and may also present the GED exam score sheet as an alternate means of entrance into a unit of the University System. The minimum passing score for the GED, under current University System of Georgia policy, is a 2250. Home-school applicants who present GED scores will be required to take the COMPASS placement exam. The GED applicant who enters the college under the traditional freshman category must complete the 16 CPC or 17 RHSC requirements that all traditional beginning freshman applicants are required to provide. In many cases, the applicant successfully exits out of Learning Support English (reading and writing) and Math, thereby making up 8 CPC deficiencies automatically. However, those applicants who do not test out of learning support classes must take extra courses that make-up/validate the 16 CPC or 17 RHSC requirements,  thereby extending the time frame for completion of the two-year degree.

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(4) Transfer Students

Applicants are considered transfer students if they have enrolled in at least one other college or university prior to applying to Gordon State College irrespective of the college credit received. Transfer students must submit the following documents/information before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for Admission - $30 fee,
  2. Final, Official Transcripts from all Colleges and Technical Schools/Colleges Attended,
  3. Immunization Record(s),
  4. Verification of Lawful Presence, and
  5. High School Transcript.

Although item (4) is required only for applicants with fewer than 30 transferable credit hours, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a high school transcript with their initial application. Submitting these documents with the initial application will reduce the potential for a delay in the acceptance/registration process.

Failure to list and submit an official transcript from any institution previously attended subjects the applicant to strict disciplinary action, including expulsion.

To qualify for admission to Gordon State College, a transfer student with 30 or more transferable credit hours must be eligible to return to the most recent college or university attended or have approval from the Gordon State College Admissions Committee. Applicants with fewer than 30 transferable credit hours from other institutions are required to meet the admissions requirements of beginning freshmen.

Limitations on Transfer Credit

Students seeking to transfer course work to Gordon State College must be aware that the transfer of credit is subject to the limitations listed below:

  1. Gordon State College awards transfer credit for all degree level course work earned through any college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. In addition Gordon State College reserves the right to accept or refuse on a case by case basis transfer credit for any degree level course work earned through a non-regionally accredited institution.
  2. Courses transferred from technical colleges in Georgia, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACSCOC) may be viewed at: http://www. gordonstate.edu/pdf/TechColTransEquiv.pdf.
  3. Courses in which a grade of D was earned will be transferred only if non-transfer Gordon State College students are allowed to use a grade of D toward degree credit for that course.
  4. No more than 42 semester hours of combined transfer credit from all sources will be accepted toward an Associate Degree.
  5. Credit is not awarded for passing the General Education Development Test (GED).
  6. If approved by the Admissions Committee, students transferring to Gordon State College after having been suspended, dismissed, expelled, excluded or placed on probation by their former institution shall enter on academic probation and shall be subject to Gordon State College's academic standards.
  7. Students transferring to Gordon State College from other University System schools will be required to complete all Learning Support areas that they have not exited. Transferring to Gordon will not relieve students from Learning Support requirements placed on them by another University System institution.
  8. Transfer students completing high school within five years of the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought will be required to complete College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) or Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) requirements not satisfied in high school or at the previous institution. Transferring to Gordon State will not relieve students from CPC or RHSC requirements. (See page 31 for additional information regarding College Preparatory Curriculum and Required High School Curriculum.)

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(5) Transient Students

Applicants are considered transient students if they are currently enrolled in another college or university and wish to take courses temporarily at Gordon State College. Transient students typically attend Gordon State for one semester, take courses prescribed by their home institution, and then return to their home institution. Transient students must submit the following documents before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for Admission - $30 fee,
  2. Letter of Transient Permission,
  3. Immunization Record(s), and
  4. Verification of Lawful Presence.

Item (2) must clearly indicate the applicant’s current academic status, the matriculation term of their home institution, and the course(s) the applicant is approved to take at Gordon State College. The Dean or Registrar of the applicant’s home institution typically furnishes the Letter of Transient Permission.

The student, in accordance with established College policies, may request transcripts of course work attempted at Gordon State College. Transcripts will not be automatically forwarded to the student’s home institution.

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(6) Auditors

Auditors are in an applicant category specifically designed for students who wish to enroll in a course or courses at Gordon State College but not receive any college credit toward degree requirements for the work attempted. An applicant wishing to apply as an auditor must submit the following required documents/information before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for Admission - $30 fee,
  2. Official High School transcript and/or official college transcript or
  3. Official GED score sheet,
  4. Immunization Record(s), and
  5. Verification of Lawful Presence.

Students enrolled as auditors must pay all regular fees for enrollment. Students may not transfer from audit to credit-seeking status without satisfying the admissions requirements for credit status as either a beginning freshman or transfer student. Students who receive an audit grade may not convert it to a credit grade, and vice versa.

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(7) Post-Baccalaureate Students

Applicants are considered post-baccalaureate students if they have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to enroll in undergraduate courses and receive college credit. There is no limit on the amount of undergraduate credit post-baccalaureate students can earn. Post-baccalaureate students must submit the following documents/information before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for Admission - $30 fee,
  2. Official Transcript from the Institution which Awarded the Highest Degree,
  3. Immunization Record(s), and
  4. Verification of Lawful Presence.

Post-baccalaureate students will be admitted as non-degree students without a limitation on the number of credit hours they can earn. Post-baccalaureate students who decide to pursue a degree at Gordon State College must satisfy the admissions requirements for transfer students. For more information or to request a packet of application materials, contact the Office of Admissions at (678) 359-5021.

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(8) Non-Degree Students

Applicants without a baccalaureate degree may enroll as non-degree students for a maximum of ten (10) semester credit hours (including institutional credit).

Non-degree students may not enroll in any course for which there is a Learning Support prerequisite unless they have been screened for and exempted the relevant Learning Support course. Applicants seeking admission as non-degree students must submit the following documents before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for Admission - $30 fee,
  2. Immunization Record(s),
  3. Official High School and/or College Transcripts, and
  4. Verification of Lawful Presence.

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(9) Gordon State College Move On When Ready Program for High School Students

In accordance with the Board of Regents Academic Affairs handbook, section 3.6.2, the University System of 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 three organized programs: (1) Move On When Ready (MOWR) a dual enrollment program in which the student, while continuing his/her enrollment in high school, enrolls in courses for both high school and college credit; (2) a joint enrollment program in which a student, while continuing his/her enrollment in high school as a junior or senior, enrolls in courses for college credit; and (3) an early admission program in which the student enrolls as a full-time college student following completion of the junior year in high school. The minimum admission standards for the dual enrollment, joint enrollment and early admission programs have been developed to allow certain advanced students to receive both high school and college credit for some courses.

Admission Standards

  1. Minimum SAT I score of 430 Critical Reading and 430 Math or SAT beginning March 2016, 24 Critical Reading and 470 Math or Minimum ACT score of 17 English and 18 Math.
  2. Minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.00 or higher in courses taken from the required 17 RHSC (Required High School Curriculum) units.
  3. Exemption of all Learning Support requirements.
  4. Written consent of parent or guardian (if the student is a minor).
  5. Evidence in the transcript that the student is on track towards completion of RHSC requirements and high school graduation.

Documentation required for the Accel Program includes:

  1. Printed Application to Gordon State College,
  2. Official high school transcript with a College Preparatory GPA of 3.00 or higher,
  3. SAT or ACT scores as specified above,
  4. Completed online MOWR application at https://www.gafutures.org/,
  5. Completed Certificate of Immunization,
  6. Verification of Lawful Presence.

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(10) Non-Traditional Students

Applicants are considered non-traditional students if they meet all of the criteria listed below. Applicants must have:

  1. Graduated from high school at least five years before the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought or have been part of a high school class that would have graduated at least five years before the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought,
  2. A high school diploma from an accredited or approved high school or a GED,
  3. Earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours, and
  1. Not attended college within five years of the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought or must be in good standing at the last college attended if admitted to that college as a non-traditional student.

Applicants applying as non-traditional students who have taken the SAT or ACT may submit their test scores to the College. Applicants scoring below 430 on the verbal section of the SAT or below 17 on the English section of the ACT are required to take the verbal section of the college placement exam, COMPASS. Students scoring below 430 on the mathematics section of the SAT or below 18 on the mathematics section of the ACT are required to take the mathematics section of COMPASS. Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores will be required to take both the verbal and mathematics sections of COMPASS. COMPASS scores will be used to determine Learning Support requirements.

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(11) Gordon State College ACCESS Institute

The Gordon State College ACCESS Institute provides an alternative admission pathway to applicants identified as having the potential to succeed in college but who do not otherwise meet admissions criteria. This ability is demonstrated through adherence to the following standards of progress.

  • All students must earn at least a C in all courses during the first term.
  • All students who remain in the program after the first term must take a set of prescribed classes together (i.e., remain in a cohort) for at least one additional semester.
  • All students agree to meet regularly with academic coaches, advisors, and tutors appointed by the college and to follow their guidelines and recommendations.

Applicants granted limited admission but who do not meet the above standards of progress will not be fully admitted to the college and will not be allowed to continue in the program. Only students meeting the above criteria and in good academic standing can earn full admission to Gordon State College.

ACCESS Institute students remain subject to all other applicable college policies. Admission to the ACCESS Institute, furthermore, is contingent upon the execution of a contract specifying additional conditions.

First-term students in the Institute will normally be enrolled in ENGL 0999 (College Composition I with a support lab), MATH 0997/1001 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning with a support lab), and STAR 0098, a specially designed course to improve student success. Second-term students will normally be enrolled in ENGL 1102, one of the required Physical Education lecture courses (PHED 1001 or 1010), two college-level elective courses, and GFYE 0097, the Gordon State College first-year experience course.

Dr. Stephen Raynie is the ACCESS Institute Coordinator. Interested applicants can contact him at 678-359-5282 or through the Office of Admissions at 678-359-5021.

Unless stated elsewhere here, students in the ACCESS Institute are subject to the same appeals processes and documentation requirements as regularly admitted students.

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(12) Gordon State College Requirements for Admission of International Students

Gordon State College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

  1. Application for admission to Gordon State College ($30 application fee). International applicants are encouraged to complete the entire application process as detailed below by May 1 for Fall Semester entry and by October 1 for Spring Semester entry to the college.
  1. Immunization form signed by a physician or health official.
  1. Official copy of document showing that the applicant has attained an education level equivalent to a United States high school diploma. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended in the United States and other countries. The student must also arrange for the completed evaluation to be submitted to Gordon State College.

IMPORTANT:

All documents must be provided in English language translation.

Gordon State College recommends applicants consider contacting World Education Services (WES) www.WES.org, especially if college-level coursework is submitted for consideration as transfer credit into the college. The applicant will pay a fee to WES for this service.

  1. Official scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) if English is not the applicant’s native language. A minimum score of 525 on the paper-based test (PBT), 197 for the computer-based test (CBT) or 71 for the internet-based test (IBT) is required for admission. If an international student graduates from a US high school, the TOEFL will not be required; instead the applicant can submit SAT I  (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Test) scores. If English is your native language, the SAT or ACT is required, along with final, official high school transcript. The TOEFL School Code for Gordon State College is 5256. Note: TOEFL scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date.

Gordon State College Admissions Standards:

Minimum SAT I scores for admission to Gordon State College:  
330 Verbal  310 Math

Regular SAT I scores for admission to Gordon State College:    
24 Critical Reading

Minimum ACT scores for admission to Gordon State College:    
12  English  14 Math

Regular ACT scores for admission to Gordon State College:       
17 English  18 Math

Information on the TOEFL  may be obtained by writing or calling:
Educational Testing Service, P O Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone number: 609-951-1100. www.toefl.org

Information on the SAT I may be obtained by writing or calling:
College Board ATP, P O Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08541
Telephone number: 609-951-1100. www.collegeboard.com

Information on the ACT test may be obtained by writing or calling:
ACT National Office, P O Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168
Telephone number: 319-337-1000. www.act.org

  1. If the applicant is not a US citizen or Resident Alien, an official, certified financial statement of responsibility documenting that the applicant has sufficient funds ($24,000 US dollars minimum) to cover all expenses involved in attending Gordon State College for 1 academic year (2 semesters) of study; traveling to and from the United States; and living away from the college when the campus residence halls are closed for holidays. Contact the Office of Admissions for official financial forms at: www.gordonstate.edu/admissions/international-students.
  1. Gordon State College, in general, does not offer any financial assistance for citizens of other countries. However, some   international applicants do receive athletic scholarships to cover partial expenses.  Athletic scholarship eligibility information may be obtained by contacting the Athletic Office at (678) 359-5061 or www.gordonstate.edu/athletics.
  1. IMPORTANT: The applicant must provide all necessary documentation of current status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This documentation includes, but is not limited to:
    • Copy of VISA
    • Resident Alien Registration Card (front and back)
    • Passport
    • Green Card
    • Copy of current I-20 form (if transferring from US college/university).

Upon request, the applicant may be asked to provide additional documentation.

After all of the above information (steps 1-7) has been received, applicants who are determined to be acceptable to Gordon State College will be issued the I-20 form for entry into the United States. Prior to registration for classes, international applicants may have to take the COMPASS (Collegiate Placement Exam) if they have not graduated from a US high school. This exam is free, un-timed, and computerized. It consists of three (3) parts: English, Reading, and Math. The COMPASS exam results are used for determining the applicant’s entry level into the college and are used in advisement.

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

International students holding an F-1 student visa must comply with all requirements for maintaining their status as F-1 student visa holders. Failure to follow requirements will result in termination of status and require students to leave the United States.  

International students holding an F-1 student visa are required to have health insurance coverage while attending Gordon State College. Health insurance coverage is available through the University System of Georgia’s partnership with the insurance company, United Healthcare. Full details and information on the cost of coverage are available in the Gordon State College Bursar's Office or at: https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/gordonstate.

International applicants who wish to live in a residence hall should submit a Gordon State College Residence Hall Application  at their earliest convenience. Please keep in mind that our residence halls fill up very early, so applicants are encouraged to apply for a room before July 1 for Fall Semester and December 1 for Spring Semester.

Current schedules for tuition, fees, residence halls, and meals are available on the web at: http://www.gordonstate.edu/business-office/tuition-fees-and-payment-information1.

On average, textbooks generally cost approximately $400 - $500 per semester.

Gordon State College accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover for payment as well as web check.

Any debt not paid by a student in a timely manner may be turned over to a collection agency or pursued through the courts. The student is responsible for payment of any collection or legal fees incurred as a result.

Currently, Gordon State College has international students representing 38 different countries.

Please contact the Office of Admissions (678-359-5021) if you have any questions.

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(13) Former Gordon State College Students Seeking Readmission

Former Gordon State College students seeking re-admission must apply through the Registrar’s Office. Please see page 59 for more information.

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