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    Armstrong State University
   
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Admissions



Armstrong State University welcomes students who wish to pursue a college program of study. The Office of Admissions works to ensure that the admissions process is fair and seamless for all students. Service to students is our priority, and academic achievement is expected, nurtured, and rewarded. If you have any questions about admissions policies, please call us at 912-344-2503 or 1-800-633-2349. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you well in your university studies.

Admission Requirements

All New Applicants. All applicants must submit the following:

  • undergraduate admissions application (www.admissions.armstrong.edu)
  • a $25 nonrefundable application fee
  • certificate of immunization (All new applicants to the university must submit a University System of Georgia Certificate of Immunization form verifying immunity against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken-pox, tetanus, and hepatitis B [if under 18] prior to registering for classes.)

Freshman Applicants. Applicants applying for freshman admission must submit the following additional documentation:

  • official high school transcript from all high-schools attended.
  • official Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) score report.  Armstrong accepts either version of the SAT (taken prior to March 2016 or the new SAT taken March 2016 or later). The word “official” indicates that documents must be received directly from the forwarding institutions. All transcripts must be dated within one year of receipt.

Information on SAT or ACT tests administration may be obtained from:

The College Board SAT Program at www.collegeboard.com
The American College Testing Program at www.act.com

The College Board (SAT) code assigned to Armstrong State University is 5012. The ACT code assigned to Armstrong is 0786. Exceptions to the SAT and ACT requirements are discussed in the Special Admission Categories section.

Transfer Applicants. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution attended and have a transfer grade point average of 2.0. If you transfer less than 30 credit hours, high school transcripts are required and SAT or ACT scores may be required. See Transfer Admissions guidelines below. The word “official” indicates that documents must be received directly from the forwarding institutions. All transcripts must be dated within one year of receipt.

Transient Applicants. Students enrolled in other colleges or universities may apply to Armstrong for admission as transient students. Application for transient admission must be accompanied by permission letter from the registrar of the student’s home institution recommending the student as a transient student. Transient students who wish to remain at Armstrong longer than two semesters must apply, submit all official documentation, and be admitted to the University. To be considered for admission the student must be in good academic standing.

All applicants who are required to take an entrance or placement exam (COMPASS, Accuplacer or another accepted exam).  The resulting score will be used to calculate an English Placement Index (EPI) or Math Placement Index (MPI). No minimum entrance exam score guarantees admission. The entrance exam score is combined with other student data in a University System of Georgia developed formula, to calculate an English Placement Index (EPI) or Math Placement Index (MPI). The USG minimum EPI for admission is 3032 and the minimum MPI for admission is 928.

Admitted students may be required to enroll in learning support courses if they do not score at or above the minimum scores for placement (not admission) into learning support. Placement scores are valid for 3 years from the original testing date and may be transferred to Armstrong from another University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia school via official score report or transcript. Retakes may be requested by the student but may incur a fee. There is no waiting period to retake a failed exam. See the Learning Support  section of this catalog for further details regarding the learning support program.

Regular Freshmen Admission

Application Deadlines:

Priority Application Deadline (Spring 2017 admission): December 15, 2016
Priority Application Deadline (Summer and Fall 2017): May 15, 2017
Regular Application deadline (Fall 2017): July 15, 2017
Commitment Fee (due upon acceptance, if planning to enroll at Armstrong): $50. Commitment fee is non-refundable if paid after May 1, 2017.

Applicants must meet all of the following minimum admission criteria to be eligible for regular admission to the university. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the university.

  • For applicants who took the SAT prior to March of 2016, a composite SAT critical reading and mathematics score of 900 or above on one exam, with a minimum critical reading=440, mathematics=410 (any combination must equal 900 or better), or 
  • For applicants taking the new SAT (March 2016 and later), the minimum required scores for freshmen admission are still under research by the USG.  For admission in fall 2016 and spring 2017, Armstrong will convert applicants’ new SAT scores to old SAT scores using: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/understanding-scores/sat-score-converter. The applicant’s concordant score must equate to the minimums established under the SAT requirements prior to March 2016. Once the new USG minimums have been determined for the new SAT, Armstrong will determine the SAT requirements for its regular freshmen admission in summer and fall 2017. Please see www.armstrong.edu/ /admissions/freshman-requirements, for the most updated admission standards. 
  • Composite ACT score of 19 with a minimum ACT English score of 18 and ACT mathematics score of 18 (on one exam).
  • SAT or ACT based Freshman Index* of 2130.

*Prior to March 2016 SAT Freshman Index = Combined SAT I scores + (High School Grade Point Average x 500). ACT Freshman Index = (High School GPA x 500) + (ACT composite x 42) + 88.

*at the time of the printing of this catalog, a calculation for the Freshmen index based on the March 2016 and later new SAT exam is not available.

  • In recognition of the fact that a limited number of students do not meet established standards but do demonstrate special potential for success, limited admission may be offered into the Armstrong Pirate Passage program.
  • Students graduating from an accredited high school, prior to fall 2012, with a College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) Diploma must have a 2.50 high school grade point average (HSGPA) calculated on the grades in the 16 required units of the CPC.
  • Students graduating from an accredited high school as of fall 2012 or later must have a 2.50 HSGPA calculated on the grades in the required 17 units of the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) of the Board of Regents. In addition to these minimum requirements, students are encouraged to take additional academic units in high school to improve their probability of admission and success.

The high school grade point average is calculated only on RHSC course work required for admission.

Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) Requirements. A total of seventeen RHSC units in the areas below are required for regular admission to Armstrong.

RHSC Area (Unit) Instructional Emphasis/Courses
English (4)
  • grammar and usage
  • literature (American, English, and World)
  • advanced composition skills
Mathematics (4)
  • two courses in algebra, one in geometry, and one advanced mathematics course
Science (4)
  • physical science or physics
  • biology
  • chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement science course
  • one additional science course
  • two of the science courses above must have a lab (one lab must be in a life science and one in a physical sciences)
Social Science (3)
  • social science courses including one in US studies and one in world studies
Foreign Language (2)        
  • two courses in one language (including sign language) emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing, or 2 courses in computer science emphasizing coding and programming

A very limited number of students with RHSC deficiencies may be provisionally admitted and/or invited to Pirate Passage. Students may satisfy RHSC deficiencies as follows: English:The student must  take the placement exam and obtain an EPI that exempts the student from Learning Support English or  complete Learning Support English; Mathematics: The student must take the placement exam in Mathematics and obtain an MPI that exempts the student from Learning Support Mathematics or complete Learning Support Mathematics; Science: The student must complete an Area D.1 science course with lab, with a grade of C or better; Social Science: The student must complete an Area E course with a grade “C” or higher; Foreign Language: FREN 1001 , SPAN 1001 , with a grade of “C” or higher. All RHSC deficiencies must be completed before the student has earned 30 semester hours of college-level credit in order for the class to count for both RHSC and Core Curriculum credit. Students who accumulate 30 or more semester hours of college- level credit in the institution before completing all RHSC requirements may not register for other courses unless they also register for the appropriate course that meets the deficiency. College courses taken to satisfy RHSC deficiencies after 30 earned hours cannot be used to fulfill Core Curriculum or degree requirements, but they are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The academic record of transfer students who satisfy RHSC requirements at another University System of Georgia institution will acknowledge that the requirements are met.

Applicants who graduate from non-accredited high schools or those who were home-educated, must meet Freshmen Index and GPA requirements. Students must submit SAT (prior to March 2016), new SAT (March 2016 and later) or ACT scores at or above the fall 2016 first-time full time freshmen class average. They must validate all RHSC requirements. Options to validate completion of RHSC requirements are:

  • Submit a portfolio of work or other evidence that substantiates the completion of the RHSC. This may include nationally recognized summation exams, CLEP scores equivalent to those accepted for course credit (see academic policies), SAT II subject exams, and/or advanced placement scores.
  • SAT II subject tests are administered through the College Board. The following minimums are required to document RHSC completion.
SAT II Subject Test Required Score  
  English Writing 520  
  English Literature 530  
  Math IC or Math IIC 500/570  
  American History and Social Studies 560  
  World History 540  
  Biology 520  
  Chemistry 540  
  Physics 590  

Graduate Admissions

Graduate program specific admission requirements are listed in the Armstrong State University Graduate Catalog.

Traditional Transfer Admissions

Applicants who have previously attended regionally accredited institutions of higher education are considered transfer students and must meet transfer admission requirements. Armstrong requires ALL official transcripts from post-secondary institutions (i.e. cosmetology schools, technical schools, etc.) regardless of accreditation in order to render an admission decision.

A transfer applicant who has completed fewer than 30 transferable semester hours, or who is transferring from a non-accredited institution, or whose only attendance has been at a regionally accredited technical college in a non-transfer associate’s degree program, will be required to meet the traditional freshman admission requirements.  Applicants who graduated from high school as of fall 2012 or later must meet RHSC requirements. Students graduating prior to fall 2012 must meet CPC requirements. Applicants transferring between 30-59 semester hours must have a 2.0 transfer GPA,  must have completed all learning support requirements at the sending institution, and must validate completion of CPC or RHSC requirements.

Transfer applicants will not be considered for admission unless official transcripts of the college or university last attended indicate academic eligibility to return to that institution. Any transfer applicant who is not academically eligible to return to the last institution attended will be denied admission to the University.

Specific programs in the College of Health Professions, College of Education and the Department Of Art, Music and Theatre have additional requirements. Consult the Armstrong Admissions webpage for requirements.

Academic Standing and Grade Calculations. Armstrong’s academic standing policy will be used to determine an applicant’s entering academic standing. To be eligible for continued enrollment, all transfer students are expected to maintain or exceed the required overall grade point average as indicated by Armstrong academic standing policy. For details, see Academic Standing in the section on Academic Policies and Programs.

Letter grades transfer at face value. Armstrong does not recognize + or - indicators when transferring credit from another institution. Incomplete grades also transfer and remain as grades of I until grade changes to remove them are received from previous institutions. College credit is not awarded for pre-college level and remedial courses, courses taken for diploma or certification purposes, continuing education courses, or vocational courses.

Awarding of Transfer Credit. The University makes every effort to transfer credit for academic work completed at other institutions. All transfer applicants must provide the Office of Admissions with an official transcript of all credit earned at all previously attended colleges or universities, regardless of the transferability of credits. Students will be notified once all official transcripts have been received and the evaluation of college credit has been completed. Student transfer evaluation will be completed prior to first term of attendance. Transfer credit may be accepted from accredited colleges and universities. No transfer credit will be awarded from institutions not regionally accredited.

Credit earned at an accredited technical college may not transfer unless the credit earned equates to an associate degree (lower division) course. This transfer practice may be further defined by specific articulation agreements with individual technical schools or systems.

Armstrong State University reserves the right to refuse to accept any or all of the credits from other institutions, notwithstanding its accreditation status, when the university determines through investigation or otherwise that the quality of instruction at such institution is, for any reason, deficient or unsatisfactory. The judgment of the university on this question will be final.

Students may appeal individual course decisions.

Students who complete a course or area in the core curriculum at another University System of Georgia institution are guaranteed full credit for that course or area in transfer unless the student changes their intended major or program of study, or they complete a career degree program of study (i.e., non-transferrable degree, such as Associates in Applied Science). Students completing the sending institution’s core curriculum are guaranteed full transfer credit regardless of changes in intended majors or programs of study. A department may require a student to enroll in a core curriculum course that is required for a specific major if that course was not taken to satisfy the core area requirement. Students may also be required to complete any core overlay requirements that were not met at the sending institution. Satisfaction of a core area at another University System institution does not exempt a student from satisfying any subsequent prerequisite for a future course.

Transfer students from within the University System of Georgia may meet the state legislative requirements by satisfying the required course(s) at their sending institution or by completing Armstrong’s POLS 2001 /HIST 2001  course. Students who transfer the equivalent of POLS 2001  must complete Armstrong’s U.S. History course to satisfy all four state legislative requirements.

Transfer students from outside the University System of Georgia may meet the United States government requirement by completing an American government course. They may meet the Georgia government requirement by satisfactorily completing a test on Georgia’s constitution and government. This test is given on campus every term. Completion of a course in American history satisfies the requirements for both U.S. and Georgia history.

Meeting Degree Requirements. Transfer students must meet all applicable program requirements, for the catalog in which they are admitted, under the section on General Degree Requirements to graduate from Armstrong State University.

Non-Traditional Student Admission

Armstrong strives to be accessible to citizens who are not of traditional college-going age and encourages life-long learning. The following admission categories are available to non- traditional students.

Non-Traditional Freshmen Admission. Non-traditional freshmen are defined as individuals who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years and whose high school class graduated at least five years ago;
  2. Hold a high school diploma from an accredited or approved high school or have satisfactorily completed the GED; and,
  3. Have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application and application fee
  2. Official high school transcripts or GED. The word “official” indicates that documents must be received directly from the forwarding institutions. All transcripts must be dated within one year of receipt.
  3. If available, submit official SAT (prior to March 2016, or new SAT March 2016 and later) scores, not older than 7 years, of at least 500 on both the Verbal/Critical reading and mathematics section of the SAT of 21 on both English and Mathematics portion of the ACT.
  4. If SAT scores are not available or do not meet the minimums specified above, you may submit entrance exam scores (taken at a USG or TCSG school) or take the entrance/placement exam at Armstrong. For admission, the applicant’s English Placement Index (EPI) must equal 3032 or higher and the Math Placement Index (MPI) must equal 928 or higher. Students are required to take only the sections of the entrance/placement exam for which they do not have the required SAT/ACT minimum. Entrance/Placement exam scores are valid for up to 3 years from the original testing date.

Non-Traditional Transfer Admission. Non-traditional transfer students are defined as individuals who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five (5) years ago; and,
  2. Have earned thirty (30) or more transferable hours of college credit from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application and application fee
  2. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution attended. The word “official” indicates that documents must be received directly from the forwarding institutions. All transcripts must be dated within one year of receipt.
  3. Must have a transfer grade point average of 2.0.

International Student Admission

Application Deadlines:

Priority Application Deadline (Spring 2017 admission): December 15, 2016

Priority Application Deadline (Summer and Fall 2017): May 15, 2017

Regular Application deadline (Fall 2017): July 15, 2017

Commitment Fee (due upon acceptance, if planning to enroll at Armstrong): $50. Commitment fee is non-refundable if paid after May 1, 2017

Required of all applicants:

All applicants must submit the following:

  • undergraduate admissions application (www.admissions.armstrong.edu)
  • a $25 nonrefundable application fee
  • certificate of immunization (All new applicants to the university must submit a University System of Georgia Certificate of Immunization form verifying immunity against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken-pox, tetanus, and hepatitis B [if under 18] prior to registering for classes.)

Admission of international students is based on academic admissibility and English proficiency. International applicants needing an F1 student visa must also document their ability to meet the financial requirements for attendance as required by United States Customs and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) regulations. For questions about international student admissions:

International students  graduating from U.S. high schools must meet requirements and conditions set forth under the heading of “Regular Admission” in the Admissions section of this catalog. This includes completion of college preparatory subjects, submission of satisfactory scores on the SAT or the ACT, and satisfactory grade point average (GPA). Students transferring from U.S. colleges or universities must meet the same requirements set forth in the “Transfer Admission” section of this catalog. 

Applicants graduating or transferring from schools outside the United States will be considered for admission upon compliance with the following requirements:

Freshmen (no previous college or less than 30 transferable credit hours):

  • Demonstrate the equivalent of graduation from a US high school.
  • Submit official high school records including exam results, certificates, diplomas, and/or transcripts in the native language. All educational documents must also be translated into English and translations must be official.
  • After graduation, submit an official document-by-document evaluation and GPA calculation from an approved evaluation agency. Approved agencies are located at www.naces.org.
    • Must have the equivalent of graduation from an accredited U.S. high school.
    • Must have a minimum 2.5 final high school GPA (Note: if the final high school GPA is below 2.5, an offer of admission may be revoked)
  • All students must submit SAT or ACT scores for placement into mathematics courses.
  • Non-native English speakers must submit satisfactory proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
    • TOEFL Minimum requirements: 523 paper, 193 computer, 69 internet
    • IELTS Minimum requirement: 6.0 overall bandwidth 
    • Pearson iTEP exam: 3.8
    • Cambridge English Scale Exam: 169
    • MELAB Minimum requirement: 77
    • SAT Critical Reading requirement (prior to March 2016 or concorded score for new SAT): 430
    • ACT English requirement: 17
  • Native speakers of English will be required to submit satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT.

Transfer and Post-Baccalaureate (30 or more transferable credit hours or equivalency of a 4 year, U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution):

  • Submit official higher educational records including certificates, degrees, diplomas, and/or transcripts in the native language. All educational documents must also be translated into English and translations must be official.
  • Credentials from institutions outside of the U.S. are required to have a course-by- course evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. Approved companies are located at www.naces.org.
    • Minimum cumulative transfer GPA must be 2.0. The GPA is based on the evaluation completed by the approved evaluation agency.
    • Transfer credit is awarded after an offer of admissions is made.
  • Submit an evaluation of international transcripts completed by an approved evaluation agency. Approved agencies for undergraduate admissions can be found at www.naces.org.
  • All students must submit SAT or ACT scores for placement into mathematics courses.
  • Non-native English speakers must submit satisfactory proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
    • TOEFL Minimum requirements: 523 written, 193 computer, 70 internet
    • IELTS Minimum requirement: 6.0 overall bandwidth
    • Pearson iTEP exam: 3.8
    • Cambridge English Scale Exam: 169
    • MELAB Minimum requirement: 77
    • Completion of ENGL 1101   or equivalent with a grade of C or better from an accredited US college or university.
  • Students from the following countries are exempt from being required to show proof of English proficiency:
  Antigua and Barbuda Ireland Saint Lucia
  Australia Jamaica Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  Bahamas Kenya Sierra Leone
  Barbados Kiribati Solomon Islands
  Belize Liberia South Africa
  Botswana Malta Trinidad and Tobago
  Canada (except Quebec) Marshall Islands Uganda
  Fiji Mauritius United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales
  Gambia Micronesia
  Ghana New Zealand Zambia
  Grenada Nigeria Zimbabwe
  Guyana Saint Kitts and Nevis  

Given that there is no concordance between TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson iTEP and COMPASS/Accuplacer/SAT/ACT, international students without SAT or ACT English scores must sit for the COMPASS/Accuplacer exam to determine learning support placement.

​International students requiring a Form I-20 to request an Fl student visa must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Complete the international student application located at http://www.armstrong.edu/images/uploads/International_app.pdf.
  • Prospective students must submit official documentation from a financial institution, less than three months old, showing a minimum of one year’s educational expenses before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) is issued. Having sufficient funds for the cost of living and educational expenses is required by U.S. Immigration regulations. Continuation of enrollment into a new program of study, such as a Master’s degree, requires additional financial documentation. There is no financial aid available for international students at Armstrong State University other than competitive scholarships for which students must qualify. International students on non-immigrant visas are not eligible for state or federally-funded loans or scholarships. The University assumes no financial responsibility for the student.
  • Student is in the United States or students with a U.S. visa, must submit a copy of the visa and passport.
  • Students in F-1 visa status are responsible for making sure they comply with all laws regulating their visa status. Students are permitted to work on campus for a maximum of 19 hours a week. During summer semesters (if not enrolled) and official breaks, students are permitted to work on campus full time. Off-campus work is NOT permitted without specific authorization from Armstrong’s Principal Designated School Official.
  • F-1 visa law requires undergraduate students to carry a FULL course of study (12 credit hours minimum) during fall and spring semesters. Summer semesters are recognized as vacation terms and enrollment is not required.
  • No more than one online class per semester may be counted toward the full course of study requirement.
  • The University System of Georgia mandates all international students on an F1 or J1 visa to have adequate health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled in an insurance plan that is billed through the University. Students may request an insurance waiver if they have a plan that has comparable coverage.

Dual Enrollment Admission (Move On When Ready)

This program allows superior sophomore, junior, and senior Georgia high school students, who are at least 15 years of age (by August 1 for fall semester; January 1st for Spring Semester and June 1 for Summer semester), to enroll for college credit while concurrently enrolled in an accredited public or private high school or home-school. Students who are enrolled in a non-accredited high school, may be considered for admission and should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their enrollment eligibility. The University will consider students for this program only upon written recommendation of their high school principals or counselors. The number of courses for which the student is eligible to register in any one semester is determined by the student’s SAT/ACT score. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria (to be eligible for dual enrollment admission):

  • be enrolled in a participating, accredited Georgia public or private high school or home-school;
  • minimum composite SAT (prior to March 2016) score of 970(combined critical reading and mathematics sections) or minimum total new SAT* (March 2016 and later) 1050/1600 or the ACT composite no less than 20;
  • minimum SAT (prior to March 2016) critical reading score of 440 or minimum new SAT* (March 2016 and later) reading test score of 24 or ACT English score of 18;
  • minimum SAT (prior to March 2016)  math score of 410 or minimum new SAT* (March 2016 and later) math test score of  450 ACT math score of 18;
  • minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher in academic subjects;
  • written recommendation from the high school principal or counselor;
  • written consent of parent or guardian (if the student is a minor);
  • transcript evidence that the student is on track to complete the University System of Georgia RHSC requirements.

(*subject to change for Summer and Fall 2017 Admission based on USG guidance on the Evidenced Based Reading/Writing Exam)

Students in the MOWR program will have their tuition and fee costs paid for by State MOWR funds. However, students must pay out of pocket for individual course fees. MOWR students will use the MOWR book scholarship funds to rent text books from the Armstrong book store. Books not returned on-time or returned damaged will cause the student to incur an additional fee not covered by MOWR. Students and parents who wish to purchase their texts may do so for additional costs not covered by MOWR.

Non-Degree Student Admissions

Applicants who wish to pursue courses for personal enrichment or advancement may be admitted as non-degree students. To be considered, an applicant must possess a high school diploma (or have completed the GED satisfactorily).

Non-degree seeking applicants are required to complete a non-degree seeking student application and fulfill non-traditional admission requirements. Applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree must take the entrance/placement exam. Non-degree seeking students are allowed to enroll in a maximum of 12 semester credit hours. After earning 12 semester credit hours or changing to degree seeking status, students will be screened for admission to the University. A non-degree seeking student who chooses to become degree seeking student must officially apply as a degree seeking student and meet all regular admission criteria for a degree seeking student. Non-degree students must satisfy all prerequisites, including learning support courses, before enrolling in courses.

Readmission

Students who have not been enrolled at Armstrong for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Former students who have not attended another college since leaving Armstrong may be readmitted, provided they are not on suspension at the time they wish to reenter. Former students who have attended another college since leaving Armstrong must meet transfer admission requirements as listed in the Catalog in effect at the time of return. All readmitted students must follow the program of study outlined in the Catalog in effect upon readmission, including semester hour requirements. Some readmitted students may qualify for Academic Renewal upon Admission.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are expected to meet the minimum SAT or ACT requirements but should request the appropriate testing accommodations from the testing agency. Students will not be penalized for taking any standardized admission or placement tests, including the with accommodations. Students with disabilities must meet the RHSC requirements; however, students with a documented disability that precludes them from acquisition of a foreign language may petition the Office of Admissions for admission without this requirement. Contact the Office of Admissions for procedures and requirements.

Veterans Affairs Program

The Office of Veterans Affairs, located in Victor Hall, room 136, coordinates the GI Bill and all other related veteran educational benefit programs to more than 600 students attending the university. The Office of Veterans Affairs is the direct liaison between Armstrong State University veteran students and the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Atlanta regarding all GI Bill administrative issues. Armstrong State University does not have an advance payment agreement established with the Veterans Administration. Students receiving GI Bill benefits must be prepared to pay their tuition and fees at the time of registration. Veterans are encouraged to contact the Office of Veterans Affairs during their application and admission process to the university.

Vocational Rehabilitation Applicant Program

Applicants sponsored by vocational rehabilitation or other community agencies must apply at least six weeks before the beginning of any semester to insure proper processing of applications.

Acceptance to the University

Applicants must provide evidence of academic success in order to be admitted to Armstrong State University.

The university reserves the right to review any and all related documentation and employ appropriate means to assess the suitability of applicants for enrollment in the university. Acceptance or denial of admission to the university will be based upon the results of this review.

The university may require any applicant to appear for a personal interview and to take any achievement, aptitude, and psychological tests deemed necessary to make a decision regarding the applicant’s qualification for admission to the university.

The director of admissions determines final acceptance or denial of each application. Admission decisions are subject to the applicant’s right of appeal to the admissions and academic standing committee prior to the beginning of the desired term of entry. The committee will review appeals and make recommendations to the president of the university, who will render a decision. The university reserves the right to withdraw admission before or after enrollment if the student becomes ineligible as determined by the standards of the university or Board of Regents. All students enrolled at Armstrong State University are required to abide by the provisions of the honor code.

The university reserves the right to deny admission to an applicant who is not a resident of Georgia. The university also reserves the right to refuse admission to programs that are filled or to those students whose transcript(s) are from an unaccredited institution. In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.3.4, each University System institution shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted person applying for resident tuition status. Verification of Lawful Presence can be completed by one of the following methods:

Method 1: Students providing one of the following may be verified based on their documentation:

  • A Certified Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the United States or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A Certificate of Birth issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
  • A current U.S. passport.
  • A current driver’s license issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current state-issued ID issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current military ID (service member only, not dependent).
  • A current Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551).

Method 2: Verification results provided by the U.S. Department of Education for students applying for federal student aid (FAFSA).

Method 3: Verification of visa status through the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS) for students on an F, J, or M visa.

Method 4: Verification through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program for any naturalized U.S. citizen, immigrant or nonimmigrant who cannot be verified through method 1, 2 or 3 above.

Appeals of Admission Decisions

Students appealing to the university for admission must complete and submit an academic appeals form, found at the Office of Admissions webpage, to the Admissions Office in person or by fax to 912-344-3417. Appeals must clearly explain the nature of extenuating circumstances relating to the academic deficiency. The Armstrong Academic Appeals Committee will make a recommendation to the president, and the decision of the president is final.

Students admitted on appeal by the Academic Appeals Committee will enter on academic probation.

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to teacher education programs. Additional requirements are listed in the College of Education section of this catalog.

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to health professions programs. Specific admission requirements are given in the departmental listings in the College of Health Professions section of this catalog.

Armstrong is dedicated to ensuring the privacy and proper handling of confidential information pertaining to students. Social security numbers are collected for all entering students for a permanent record, however an alternate student identification number will be issued.