Columbus State University
1999-2000 Academic Catalog

Undergraduate Admission

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General Requirements
College Preparatory Curriculum
Entering Freshmen
Joint Enrollment/Early Admission
Transfer Students
Transfer Credit
Transient Students
Audit Students
Post-Baccalaureate Students
International Students
Readmission



General Requirements

Requirements for admission to Columbus State University are designed to admit and place students in a manner that will ensure them a reasonable chance of success in college. The director of admissions reviews all examination scores and academic records. Applicants are notified if an interview is required. A student is considered for admission without regard to race, creed, sex, marital status, age, or national origin. Application forms may be obtained from the Admissions Office, (706) 507-8800.

When more applicants are eligible for admission than can be accommodated in programs with limited instructional space, applicants with higher probabilities of success are given preference. Among these programs are nursing and respiratory therapy. In addition, admission to the Abbott Turner College of Business major programs and to teacher education programs is based on criteria beyond those stipulated for entrance to the university. Refer to the catalog section covering undergraduate academic programs for admission to specific programs.

The admission appeals committee reviews any application referred by the director of admissions for thorough study and subsequent recommendation. Acceptance or denial of admission of each application is determined by the director of admissions, subject to the right of appeal as provided in the bylaws of the university and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Every applicant must submit a formal application to the Admissions Office along with a $20 non-refundable application fee. Transient students and Georgia residents 62 years of age or older are exempt from this fee. All applicants must provide Social Security numbers which can be obtained at any Social Security office. As required under University System policy, a completed certificate of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) must be received before enrollment. Forms are available in the Admissions Office.

Admission credentials must be filed before the deadline date listed on the calendar in this catalog. Official consideration is given to an application only after all credentials are received. When an application becomes ready for action during a peak period of activity in the Admissions Office, notification may be delayed. Ordinarily, application processing requires from one to three weeks. Applicants who wish to delay their date of entry to the university should notify the Admissions Office. After a year has elapsed, a new application, application fee, and credentials must be submitted.

Students furnishing Columbus State University with false, incomplete, or misleading information relating to their application or academic record will be subject to denial or dismissal.

Entrance examinations - An applicant who has less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university must submit either an official SAT score report produced by the College Board or an official ACT report produced by the American College Testing Program. An official score report is secured by placing the Columbus State University code (5123 for the SAT and 0807 for the ACT) on the appropriate section of the registration form.

Applicants who last attended high school or college five or more years ago, as well as applicants seeking admission to certificate programs are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, but must take placement exams in English, reading and mathematics. These exams are administered by the Columbus State University Testing Center, (706) 568-2226, at no cost to the student.

Official transcripts - Official transcripts of previous academic work are required. Applicants should request that the high school counselor and the registrar of each college and university attended mail transcripts to the director of admissions, Columbus State University. Applicants seeking admission as entering freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit must provide an official high school transcript verifying the date of graduation and the type of diploma awarded from a regionally accredited or approved high school. A General Educational Development Test (GED) certificate will be considered in lieu of a high school transcript for students whose class graduated five or more years ago. Transcripts received from other institutions become the property of Columbus State University and will not be released to the student or a third party.

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College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC)

The following curriculum is required for students who attended high school within the previous five years who plan to enroll in programs leading to the baccalaureate degree, and must be completed at a high school accredited by a regional accrediting association or the Georgia Accrediting Commission, or at a public school regulated by a school system and a state department of education:

Applicants lacking one to three CPC units will be referred to the Division of Basic Studies in University College and, if admitted, will be required to complete learning support course work which will not satisfy core curriculum and degree requirements. A limited number of applicants lacking four CPC units will be admitted to University College. Applicants will be considered for admission until that limit has been reached. Students will be informed of the courses which will satisfy deficiencies during the academic advisement period. Applicants lacking more than four CPC units will not be admitted.

Applicants who have not graduated from a regionally accredited or approved high school will be given the opportunity to satisfy the CPC by taking eight SAT II subject tests and obtaining the required scores as follows:

Students who successfully complete the above SAT II tests in required areas will be considered for admission to Columbus State University. Students satisfying all but one to three CPC units will be referred to University College where the remaining deficiencies must be satisfied. The SAT II is administered through the College Board. An official score report is secured by placing the Columbus State University code (5123) on the appropriate section of the registration form.

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Entering Freshmen

Admission to Columbus State University - An entering freshman is one who has graduated from high school and has not previously attended a regionally accredited college or university. The minimum admission requirements for entering freshmen who attended high school within the previous five years are:

Applicants seeking admission to career associate programs are not held to CPC requirements. The Freshman Index is computed by adding the SAT verbal score and SAT math score (or analogous ACT scores) to 500 times the high school grade point average. The high school grade point average is computed by using the grades earned in the academic subjects that satisfy the 15 CPC units.

Admission to University College - (Please refer to the University College section for further information.) An applicant who does not meet the above requirements will be referred to the Basic Studies Division of University College (*) for further screening. The minimum admission requirements to University College are:

Note: Admission to University College will be considered for a limited number of applicants who meet the following conditions: 11 CPC units, SAT verbal score of 330 (ACT English score of 13), and SAT math score of 310 (ACT math score of 14).

Applicants who either score below 430 on the SAT verbal (18 on ACT English) or who have a CPC deficiency in English will be required to take the COMPASS exam in English and reading. Those who either score below 400 on the SAT math (16 on ACT math) or who have a CPC deficiency in mathematics will be required to take the COMPASS exam in math.

Results of the COMPASS exams will determine whether or not the applicant will be placed into learning support courses in English, reading, and mathematics. To exempt the English subject area, an applicant must earn a minimum score of 60. To exempt the reading subject area, an applicant must earn a minimum score of 74. To exempt the mathematics subject area, an applicant must earn a minimum score of 30. An applicant will be required to complete learning support courses and meet exit standards in subject areas not exempted.

* To be eligible for referral to University College, applicants must reside in one of the following counties in Georgia: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor, or Troup.* To be eligible for referral to University College, applicants must reside in one of the following counties in Georgia: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor, or Troup. 

University College exit requirements - All students referred to University College for further screening and subsequent enrollment must meet exit requirements before they are eligible to apply to a four-year institution. These include the completion of all learning support requirements, all course work in Area A of the core curriculum, and 30 semester hours of degree level credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. University College students are limited to courses offered by University College and courses in Areas A through F of the core curriculum.

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High School Joint Enrollment/Early Admission

High School Joint Enrollment Program - designed for students who wish to enroll concurrently in high school and college level courses. Applicants must:

Students with a minimum SAT verbal score of 530 or a minimum ACT English score of 24 who have not completed the final unit of high school English and/or social studies may be permitted to fulfill these high school requirements with the appropriate courses at Columbus State University. Students should consult with their high school counselor before applying for admission. Students who enroll in joint enrollment programs offered by another college or university will not be awarded transfer credit for course work completed in that program unless they meet the admission standards listed above. 

Early Admission - designed for students who wish to enroll in college full-time following the completion of the junior year in high school. Applicants must:

Post-Secondary Options - Students who meet the requirements of the high school joint enrollment program or the early admission program and are enrolled in an accredited public high school may apply for the post-secondary options program. This program is designed to allow high school students the opportunity to take college courses to satisfy high school requirements while also earning college credit. Students participating in this program will have matriculation fees waived but must pay other student fees. Students should consult with their high school counselor before applying for admission.

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Transfer Students

To be considered for admission, transfer students must be eligible to return to the institution last attended. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of transfer credit must have a minimum transfer grade point average of 1.7 (1.4 GPA for admission to University College) and complete all requirements for admission as entering freshmen. Transfer students who have earned 30 or more semester hours of transfer credit must have a minimum transfer grade point average of 1.8 and meet all learning support requirements.  

Transfer students who have not completed a course in computer applications will be required to demonstrate competence in the basic use of computers by successfully completing the Computer Competency Exam or by completing a computer applications course at Columbus State University. Computer competency must be demonstrated within one year of admission. Additionally, courses taken at previous institutions to satisfy deficiencies in CPC requirements will not transfer for credit in baccalaureate programs. 

Admission on probation - A student on academic exclusion or suspension from another institution who otherwise satisfies transfer admission requirements will be considered for admission to University College on academic probation after meeting the required exclusion period. To be eligible for continued enrollment, the student must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for the probation semester.

Provisional admission - When all required transcripts have not been received in the Admissions Office, provisional admission may be granted for one semester upon receipt of a transcript from the last institution attended. This transcript must show that the student is eligible to return to the last institution. No evaluation of transfer credit will be completed until all official transcripts are received in the Admissions Office.

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Transfer Credit 

The university makes every effort to transfer credit for academic work completed at other institutions. In general, courses completed with a passing grade at a regionally accredited college or university will transfer. Credit is allowed for freshman English courses if the grade in each course is C or better. 

Recognition for placement in advanced courses will be given for previous work which is substantially equivalent to, and at the same level as, prerequisites at Columbus State University. Not more than a total of 65 semester hours may be transferred from two-year colleges. Regardless of the total number of semester credit hours allowed in transfer, a minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken in residence at Columbus State University after the student has qualified as a junior. 

Credit earned for courses completed in an associate degree program at Columbus Technical Institute or other COC accredited technical schools may be transferable. Contact the Admissions Office for specific information. 

All students transferring 45 or more semester hours who have not passed both parts of the Regents’ Test are required to take the test no later than their second semester of enrollment. Students who do not comply with this regulation will be required to enroll in Regents' Test remediation courses.

Requests for transfer credit will be considered for persons who have gained admission as transfer students and will be based on official transcripts supplied by colleges previously attended. The Admissions Office will mail admitted students an official evaluation of their transferable college work. For use in satisfying requirements for a degree, all work evaluated as valid transfer credit is subject to approval by the dean or chair of the academic unit which offers the degree sought. Quarter hours are converted to semester hours by using the formula of one quarter hour equals two-thirds of a semester hour.

Non-Traditional Sources of Credit 

The director of admissions will evaluate records of work completed through non-residential settings. From any combination of the sources listed below, correspondence courses, and extension work, the credit which may be used to satisfy degree requirements is limited to 60 semester hours toward a baccalaureate degree and 30 semester hours toward an associate degree. Deans of colleges and department chairs determine the applicability of all evaluated credits toward degree requirements. Examples of non-traditional sources of credit include:

Standardized tests - Successful completion of the general examinations and subject examinations offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students must provide official score reports before credit will be evaluated.
Military service experience - A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit for successful completion of work in military service schools is awarded for 12 consecutive months or more of active duty service. Credit for PELM 1205 is included in the 12 semester hours. Students will receive one credit hour for every six months of military reserve duty up to a maximum of two semester credit hours. Students must provide a copy of their DD 214/295 or a military transcript for an evaluation of transfer credit.
Professional certification - A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit for successful completion of recognized certification courses or examinations. The professional certification courses or examinations must relate directly to the program or course of study the student is pursuing. Credit is granted on an individual basis with the determination of the appropriate number of hours of credit accepted toward a degree and the relevancy of the work to the degree program requirements made by the dean of the college awarding the degree.
Columbus State University credit examinations - To demonstrate educational achievement attained outside the traditional classroom, students may arrange to take credit examinations. Examinations are available for some courses in the core curriculum. Deans and department chairs may also approve the preparation of examinations for credit in other courses offered in their departments. Instructions for arranging credit examinations are available in the dean's office of the college offering the course. Courses taken by examination are identified on the student's academic record by an X following the course designation. A grade of K indicates the examination was passed; W indicates the examination was not taken or was not passed. In determining the enrollment status of students receiving veterans' benefits, credit-by-examination courses are not counted in hours taken.

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Transient Students 

A student who has taken work in an accredited or approved college or university and is eligible to re-enroll at that institution may apply for temporary admission at Columbus State University as a transient student. Applicants must:

When there is doubt about the qualifications of an applicant seeking admission as a transient student, the university may require the applicant to comply with all regulations for the admission of transfer students. Transient status is approved for one semester only. Applicants who wish to attend Columbus State University for more than one semester must follow application procedures for transfer students.

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Audit Students

Applicants wishing to audit courses are required to submit an application for admission, the application fee, and a high school transcript certifying graduation, and must pay all regular fees. Audit students are not required to take entrance examinations. Credit will not be granted at a later time for courses in which a student was registered as an audit student. Class participation and assignment requirements are left up to the instructor.

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Post-Baccalaureate StudentsPost-Baccalaureate Students 

An applicant who has a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may enroll under the classification of post-baccalaureate student by submitting an official transcript from the institution which conferred the baccalaureate degree. The core curriculum and Regents' Test regulations do not apply to students in this category. Students pursuing an additional baccalaureate degree must satisfy degree requirements and must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in residence at Columbus State University. 

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International Students

International students must provide all credentials required of native students. In addition, a guarantee form demonstrating the financial ability to attend Columbus State University, proof of health insurance, and an acceptable level of proficiency in the English language are required. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide one of the following:

* An international student with a minimum TOEFL score of 500 or a minimum Michigan Test score of 70 will be considered for admission to University College and, if admitted, will be eligible to apply for admission to the university after successful completion of ESL courses and learning support courses, if required.* An international student with a minimum TOEFL score of 500 or a minimum Michigan Test score of 70 will be considered for admission to University College and, if admitted, will be eligible to apply for admission to the university after successful completion of ESL courses and learning support courses, if required. 

Application forms and detailed procedures for enrolling as an international student can be obtained from the Admissions Office at Columbus State University.

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Readmission Requirements

Former students who wish to enroll in Columbus State University after an absence of one year must submit an application for re-entry to the director of admissions. Students who have registered at other institutions must request that official transcripts of records be sent to the director of admissions. Procedures for students academically ineligible to enroll following the completion of the last semester at Columbus State University are found in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations section under the heading academic standing.


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