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Transfer Students

A student who has taken a college or university course after graduation from high school or left high school before graduating to enroll full-time in college courses is considered a transfer student for purposes of admission to Georgia Southern.

A student who has taken a college or university course after graduation from high school or left high school before graduating to enroll full-time in college courses is considered a transfer student for purposes of admission to Georgia Southern.

Regular Transfer Admission

To be considered for regular transfer admission, students should:

  1. Have earned a minimum 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours) from regionally accredited post-secondary institution(s)
  2. Hold a cumulative college GPA 2.0+ (On all transferable work attempted)
  3. Be eligible to return to their current school

Conditional Transfer Admissions

To be considered for conditional transfer admission, students should:

  1. Have earned at least 15 transferable semester hours (22.5 quarter hours) from regionally accredited post-secondary institution(s)
  2. Hold a cumulative college GPA 2.0+ (On all transferable work attempted)
  3. Prove with a course schedule that they are on track to have at least 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours) completed from regionally accredited post-secondary institution(s) by the time they enter Georgia Southern.
  4. Be eligible to return to their current school

Freshmen Transfer Admissions

To be eligible for freshman transfer admission, students should:

  1. Have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours) from regionally accredited post-secondary institution(s)
  2. Meet regular freshmen admission criteria (SAT/ACT, High School GPA and Required High School Curriculum)
  3. Hold a cumulative college GPA 2.0+ (On all transferable work attempted)
  4. Be eligible to return to their current school

*SAT/ACT scores taken after a student has been enrolled in college level credit in a college/university (after high school graduation) cannot be used for admission consideration. Old SAT scores will be converted to Redesigned SAT scores for consideration. SAT scores are only valid for five years after the test date.


Adult Students

Adult and non-traditional students are those who have been out of high school for at least five years or your high school class graduated at least five years ago. Sometimes we are able to review adults under difference admission criteria if the transfer requirements listed above aren’t applicable. Contact transfers@georgiasouthern.edu or click here to learn more.

Additional resources for working adults can be found at here.


Courses in Residence

Students must earn at least 25 percent of their degree requirements in residence at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Armstrong, or Liberty Campuses). The last 30 semester hours of work must be earned at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Armstrong, or Liberty Campuses), unless an exception is made for the student to be a transient student at another institution. A student cannot complete requirements immediately following the term he/she is in attendance as a transient student at another institution unless an official transcript of transient credit is received by the Registrar prior to the end of the semester at Georgia Southern University.


Important Application Information
  • Students are required to send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where they have attempted work. All transcripts must be received before an admissions file will be reviewed.
  • If you graduated from high school five or more years prior to your intended enrollment date, you may be considered a Non-Traditional student. To learn more, visit our Non-Traditional Students tab on this page.
  • Transfer and spring/fall transient students who have taken remedial, learning support, and/or required high school curriculum make-up courses in college must:
    *Exit those courses successfully, and
    *Earn credit for Area A equivalent courses that correspond to the mandated remedial/learning support courses with a “C” or higher, and
    *Accumulate 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond those courses.
  • Remedial, learning support, and required high school curriculum make-up courses do not count towards transfer hours or the transfer GPA. If you have these types of courses, you are no longer eligible for Freshman Transfer Acceptance.
  • The Georgia Southern Office of Undergraduate Admissions will only maintain a record of non-enrolling student test scores and transcripts for five years. Admission applications and fees are only kept for two years.
  • Information for Military Students or Veterans, click here.

STEM Course GPA Boost
Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the cumulative HOPE/Zell Miller grade point average (GPA) calculated will include weighted grades for specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college courses. The grade for any such course will be increased by an additional 0.5 point if such grade is a B, C, or D. Click here for more information.  This only affects students receiving the Georgia HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship.

Questions? Email us at: transfers@georgiasouthern.edu

All application materials for all campuses should be mailed to: Office of Admissions, PO Box 8024, Statesboro, GA 30460.

Admissions Checklist 
  1. Apply Online
  2. Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee or upload an official application fee waiver.
  3. Submit your official transcripts.
    • Submit official transcripts from ALL previously attended post-secondary institutions! Please review the transcript delivery options below:
      • Electronic Delivery Method: transcripts must be sent directly to our office in order for it to be considered official. If an email address is needed, please have them send your transcripts to admissions@georgiasouthern.edu.
      • Traditional Mail Delivery Method: transcripts must be in original envelope, sealed from the institution they are being requested from. They must be mailed to:

        Office of Admissions
        P.O. Box 8024
        Statesboro, GA 30460

    • Do you need help finding out how to request your transcripts? Start by reaching out to the Registrar’s Office at your previous institution.
  4. Check your status online
    • This status will reflect whatever we have in our records at that exact moment. You will be aware of our admissions decision as soon as it is made without having to wait for an admissions letter.
    • Please note that it can take 7-10 business days for your checklist to update after your documents are received. If your documents are not marked as received after 7-10 business days, please forward a copy of your transcript confirmation email to transfers@georgiasouthern.edu.
    • Once complete and ready for review, we will provide an admissions decision within 2-3 weeks. Please note that if additional documents are needed that your checklist will update to reflect outstanding requirements. 

All application materials should be mailed to: Office of Admissions, PO Box 8024, Statesboro, GA 30460.


Decision Timeline
Summer and Fall term applicants are admitted on a rolling basis beginning in September. Decisions are posted online through the
status check page.

 

Transferring Credit to Georgia Southern

Once you have been accepted to Georgia Southern University you will receive a credit evaluation detailing what courses will transfer into our institution. For more detailed information about what specific class will transfer, please use the Registrar’s Transfer Equivalency Tool.

Academic Renewal

Academic Renewal, sometimes referred to as academic forgiveness, can assist a student, who for one reason or another, struggled academically, left an institution, and now hopes to return to that same or a different institution. This could be a student who attended college directly from high school and, unprepared for the academic rigor of college, left school. This student may decide to return later after he or she has worked for a few years, is more mature and is academically prepared. The returning or transfer student can apply to have this previous grade point average replaced with a “renewed” grade point average. Academic Renewal encourages students to return without fear of being continuously penalized for past mistakes in their academic career.

  • Georgia Southern University will consider Academic Renewal on transferable courses that were taken three or more years prior to the term of enrollment.
  • If a student receives Academic Renewal, they will no longer have grades for any transferable courses, pending those courses were taken three or more years prior to the first term of enrollment at Georgia Southern University. These courses and grades, along with Academic Renewal status, will still be printed on transcripts, however.
  • Students may only be granted Academic Renewal once in their academic career.
  • Academic Renewal granted at another University System of Georgia institution will be honored at Georgia Southern University.
  • The granting of Academic Renewal will not supersede the admission requirements of certain programs.
  • For additional information and guidelines on Academic Renewal, refer to the Georgia Southern University Undergraduate Catalog.
  • The granting of Academic Renewal does not supersede financial aid policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  All attempted hours will count in the SAP calculation for financial aid.

Steps for New Transfer Students to Request Academic Renewal

  1. Apply for admission and submit transcripts for all college work attempted.
  2. Once a decision has been made, you will receive a letter in the mail. You can also check your status online.
  3. If you are denied admission, you may request to be considered for Academic Renewal. To do this, contact the Transfer team at transfers@georgiasouthern.edu.
  4. Before Academic Renewal is granted by the Office of Admissions, you must speak with an Admissions Counselor and agree to the terms of Renewal.
  5. You may request Academic Renewal after you enroll by contacting the Office of the Registrar. You only have one year to request Academic Renewal after enrolling.
 
While at East Georgia-Statesboro

As an East Georgia-Statesboro student, you must have a Georgia Southern application on file and have paid the $30 application fee. You can do this before or after you apply to East Georgia State College. After you have been admitted to East Georgia State College-Statesboro and you have a valid Georgia Southern University application and fee on file, you will be able to get an Eagle ID card. This card allows you access to Georgia Southern’s campus services.


Transferring to Georgia Southern

As an East Georgia State College-Statesboro student, you should already have an application and fee on file within the past two years. If not, you must submit both the application and fee. Next, you will need to update your student type and entry term to reflect when you intend to enter Georgia Southern University as a transfer student. You can update your student type, entry term, and application by clicking here.

You must request your East Georgia State College transcript, and any other institution(s) transcripts you have previously attended, be sent to the Georgia Southern University Office of Admissions.  Once we have all required information, you should receive a decision in two to three weeks. You can check your admissions status here.

East Georgia State College Transfer Meetings
Join the Georgia Southern Office of Admissions transfer team for an online webinar as they go step-by-step through the transfer process from East Georgia State College to Georgia Southern.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions on Transferring to Georgia Southern University

How do I transfer to Georgia Southern University?

Transfer applicants must complete the application. In addition, transfer applicants are required to submit all college transcripts from current and past colleges attended.

Should I apply as a regular transfer student, conditional transfer student, or freshman transfer student?

It will depend on your current academic status and how many earned transferable credits you have. If you are unsure whether all of your credits will be transferred, but feel you have over 30 earned credit hours, you can start by applying as a regular transfer student and we can adjust your checklist accordingly once we evaluate all of your college transcripts.

If I don’t have a great college GPA can I just start over and apply as a beginning freshman?

Unfortunately, you cannot. We must evaluate all of your academic history, which is why we require official transcripts from every previously attended institution. However, that is not to say we do not offer second chances to applicants. All past grades of D and F will be forgiven in the student’s transfer institution GPA upon Academic Renewal. The student will lose credit for courses in which he/she earned D grades. Please review more information about the Academic renewal process.

Do I need to submit ACT or SAT test scores?

First-year students applying to Georgia Southern University for the spring, summer, and fall 2021 semesters can be admitted without an ACT or SAT score, if they have a sufficiently high GPA. This is yet another way Georgia Southern is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prospective first-year students must meet one of the following admission criteria:

  • 2.6+ unweighted GPA with no test scores
  • 2.5+ unweighted GPA with 1030+ SAT or 20+ ACT

Requirements include satisfactory completion of the Required High School Curriculum and all other requested documentation.

The University System of Georgia authorized this change.

I would like to take courses at another institution before I transfer to Georgia Southern. What courses should I take before transferring to Georgia Southern?

We recommend that you focus on completing transferable general education courses, also referred to as core curriculum courses. Please review Georgia Southern’s Core Curriculum Course Requirements as a guide for our University’s core curriculum. You can cross reference our University’s core curriculum with our Transfer Course Equivalency page. On the Transfer Course Equivalency page, select the institution where you plan to enroll prior to transferring to Georgia Southern. This list will show whether those courses will transfer and whether they are equivalent. This should provide you with some guidance when selecting courses at the other institution.

Will you look at my unofficial transcript before I apply to see how many of my credits transfer?

In order to provide an evaluation of your transcripts, you must apply and send in official transcripts. We encourage prospective students to review our Transfer Course Equivalency page as a reference on whether some of your courses are transferable. Please note that course transferability and equivalency is subject to change upon official evaluation by the appropriate department.

As a transfer student, am I required to live on campus?

As long as you have 30 transferable credit hours, you are not required to live on campus. If you have less than 30 credit hours, please make sure to review the First Year Live On Campus Requirement exemption list.

Where can I locate application and scholarship deadlines?

You can find a list of our application and scholarship deadlines on our Admissions Deadlines page.

What is a rolling admissions process and does Georgia Southern offer it?

Yes, we offer a rolling admissions process! Rolling admissions means we process applications and supporting documents as they are received. This allows you to know your admission decision once you complete your application, rather than waiting for a decision after a hard deadline.

Do I have an Eagle ID number?

Yes! If you applied, then you have an Eagle ID number. You can look up your Eagle ID number if you do not know the number.

Questions Related to Learning Support Math and English Courses

Can a learning support or remedial math or English course affect my admittance?

Yes, transfer and spring/fall transient students who have taken remedial, learning support, and/or required high school curriculum make-up courses in college must:

  • Exit those courses successfully
  • Earn credit for Area A equivalent courses that correspond to the mandated remedial/learning support courses with a “C” or higher
  • Accumulate 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond those courses
How do I know whether I have taken a learning support math or English course?

Sometimes you can determine whether the course is Learning Support by using our Transfer Course Equivalency page. When you are on the page, select your previous institution and take note on whether the math or English course lists “No Credit” in the “Comments” column. If it does, then it is very likely that it is a Learning Support course and can affect your admittance.

I have determined (or was told) that I have taken a learning support Math and/or learning support English course. Now what?

If you did not earn credit for an Area A equivalent course that corresponds to the mandated remedial/learning support courses with a “C” or higher, then you may have other options that satisfy the Learning Support deficiency.

Please review the following options below:

For English Learning Support Deficiency:

Take the needed college course at your current or other post-secondary institution

  • have transferred or transferable credit for an Area A English course (must meet the minimum grade requirement for the institution – which may be a “C” or higher)

Send in official high school transcript and meet the following criteria:

  • Have an English Placement Index (EPI) of 4230 or higher; OR
  • Have a High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA) of 3.1 or higher AND
  • Have completed the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) in English

Send in SAT or ACT scores and meet the following criteria:

  • score 480 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section; OR
  • score 17 or higher on the ACT English or ACT Reading

For Mathematics Learning Support Deficiency:

Take the needed college course at your current or other post-secondary institution

  • have transferred or transferable credit for an Area A mathematics course (must meet the minimum grade requirement for the institution – which may be a “C” or higher)

Send in official high school transcript and meet the following criteria:

  • have a High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA) of 3.4 or higher AND have completed the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) in Mathematics; OR
  • have a Mathematics Placement Index (MPI) of 1265 or higher

Send in SAT or ACT scores and meet the following criteria:

  • score 470 or higher on the SAT (old) Mathematics; OR
  • score 510 or higher on the SAT (new) Mathematics section; OR
  • score 20 or higher on the ACT Mathematics
I need to take an Area A English or Math course at another institution. How do I know which course to take?

Please reference our Transfer Course Equivalency Page for assistance. While on the page select the institution where you plan to take the learning support course. Then look under the subject of the co-requisite course that is needed. Math courses with “AMAT” should satisfy the learning support deficiency for Math and English courses with “AENG” should satisfy the learning support requirements for English.

Questions Related to Transcripts and Transcript Requests

How do I send my transcript to Georgia Southern University?

Many high schools and colleges have different options when sending official transcripts. Please refer to your school’s guidance office or college registrar’s office to find out their preferred method. If your high school or college is mailing an official transcript it can be mailed to the following address:

Office of Admissions
PO Box 8024
Statesboro, GA 30460

Can I send my official college transcripts if I am currently enrolled in classes?

Absolutely! We encourage applicants to submit their official preliminary college transcripts. The sooner you send us your official transcripts and receive an admission decision, the more options you will have for classes, on-campus housing, and financial aid.

Why do I need to send transcripts from all colleges attended if my classes from a previous institution are listed on my current transcripts?

Transcripts from one institution will only show the transferable courses from previous institutions. They will not list non-transferable courses or courses that earned a grade of F, WF, or I. Therefore, we need transcripts from all colleges attended to evaluate your application accurately. We also require official transcripts from all colleges attended to ensure you are in good standing.

Do you really need ALL of my transcripts?

Yes, please send transcripts from each of your previously attended institutions and please make sure that they are official.

What if I have a hold or owe a balance at one of my previous institutions and am unable to acquire an official transcript from that institution?

You will need to pay off that balance and/or address that hold with that institution before you can complete your application at Georgia Southern.

How do I request my transcripts from my previously attended institutions?

First, start by reviewing all of the previous institutions that you have attended.
Visit each previously attended institution’s online student portal, if applicable, to see if you can request to have your transcripts sent electronically or sent by mail. If you have trouble locating the portal for the institution, then try emailing or calling their Office of the Registrar or equivalent office.

What if my institution no longer exists?

This does not mean your transcript cannot be located. Usually, when an institution closes their doors for good their records are passed along to a third party. Try the following:

  • Try searching online for “ (Institution Name) transcripts.” This is a great starting point.
  • In the event that you are unable to find any information about requesting the transcripts with an online search, try contacting the Department of Education in the state where that institution was based.

Here are some examples of credible electronic transcript delivery services that may be used by post-secondary institutions

Questions Regarding Transient Applications

What is a Letter of Good Standing?

A letter of good standing may also be referred to as a transient permission form and can usually be obtainable through your home institution’s registrar office.

Can you tell me what classes to take?

Unfortunately, we cannot. As a transient student, you would need to work with your advisor at your home institution to ensure you are taking courses that they will accept as credit and are equivalent to their curriculum.

Last updated: 9/29/2020