EGSC Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions FAQ

Admissions FAQ

Can I take classes from East Georgia State College before I graduate from high school?

Yes, you can through our Dual Enrollment program, now referred to as Move On When Ready. Students attending public Georgia high schools can take up to 4 semesters of degree credit at both the Swainsboro campus and the Statesboro location. At this time the Augusta campus can not accept MOWR students.

What if I attend a private institution?

You can enroll as a MOWR student as long as you meet the guidelines listed below.

What are the qualifications to participate in the ACCEL or MOWR programs?

You must have a minimum score of 430 Critical Reading, 400 Math, and a 970 Composite on the SAT or minimum score of 17 English, 17 Math, and a 21 Composite on the ACT. You must have a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA and you must be ‘on track’ towards completion of your required high school curriculum.  Students wishing to participate in the ACCEL program must complete the online ACCEL application and complete the application process with your high school counselor.

*At this time we do not accept Compass scores for admission to MOWR.

What is the EGSC @Statesboro location?

Since 1997, more than 9,300 students have attended East Georgia State College at Statesboro (EGSC-S). The EGSC-Statesboro initiative was designed to give qualified students the opportunity to attend East Georgia State College at Statesboro without being referred by Georgia Southern University.

At EGSC-Statesboro, students can enjoy personalized instruction in smaller classes with teachers who are committed to the field of education. After completing 30 hours of college-level coursework, East Georgia State College students who have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or better are eligible to transfer to Georgia Southern University, or another university-level institution, though many choose to attend classes in Swainsboro and complete the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree.

Additionally, while at EGSC-Statesboro, students enjoy many of the benefits of Georgia Southern University, including cultural events, campus meal plans, intramural sports, library use, fitness extension facilities, athletic tickets, marching band, and more. Students attending EGSC-Statesboro are also eligible to enroll in health and physical education classes through Georgia Southern University.

What are the minimum general admission requirements for high school graduates?

If you are a recent graduate or have graduated within the last 5 years, you are considered a traditional student. You must graduate from an accredited high school, passed all five areas of the graduation exam or the end of course test or have earned a GED. Students that receive a Certificate of Attendance or Performance/Special Education diploma will be required to get a GED before acceptance.

I have a GED but my high school class has not graduated yet. Can I attend EGSC?

Students who submit GED scores prior to their graduating class will be considered for admission on a case by case basis.

Are students required to take the SAT or ACT test?

Effective June 1, 2005, East Georgia State College no longer requires the SAT or ACT for admission purposes. Students that have scores are asked to submit their scores as they may be able to exempt our COMPASS Exam. Otherwise students without SAT/ACT scores will be required to take our Compass Exam prior to admission.

What are the 17 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units?

For students graduating prior to 2012 - 4 units of English, 4 units of Math, 3 units of Natural Science, 3 units of Social Science, and 2 units of Foreign Language (must be 2 of the same language). Students enrolling for the Fall 2012 and subsequent semesters will need to have completed 17 Units with an additional Natural Science Unit.

What if I did not take the 3 - Natural Science, 3 - Social Science or 2 - Foreign Languages? How will I satisfy those requirements?

You will be required to take ONE additional course in the area in which you are deficient.  The course will count in your cumulative GPA and will now count toward degree credit and in your transferable hours. You must earn a minimum of a ‘C’ in these courses. Only one course in each area is required.

What is the COMPASS Exam?

The COMPASS is an adaptive, computer-based college placement exam which was developed by ACT.  It is designed to help you and your advisor determine your academic level in Math, English, and Reading so that you select courses that are neither too easy nor too difficult for you.

If your English, Reading, or Math skills are not yet at college-level, EGSC offers developmental Reading, English, and Math courses to help you.  These courses will not count toward degree and/or graduation requirements, but they can help provide you with the foundational skills which can assist you in reaching your academic goals.

Why is COMPASS called an "adaptive" test?

The test changes or “adapts” based on your performance. If you answer questions correctly, you will receive a question of greater difficulty and higher value; if you answer a question incorrectly, you will be presented with an easier question of lesser value.

Are all students required to take the COMPASS Exam?

No, if you have taken all 16 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units and scored a minimum of 430 Critical Reading and/or 400 Math on the SAT or 17 English and/or 17 Math on the ACT, you will not be required to take the COMPASS exam. Students that graduate Fall 2010 or later that score a 235 or higher on their Georgia High School Graduation Exam (ELA) are exempt from the English and Reading COMPASS Exam sections.

Students enrolling for the Fall 2012 and subsequent semesters will need to have taken 17 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units and meet the SAT/ACT requirements listed above.

If I am required to take the COMPASS, what do I need to make to be admitted?

Beginning Summer 2012 and beyond, the COMPASS Exam is now an Entrance Exam and will determine acceptance or denial to East Georgia State College. Students who are required to take the COMPASS Exam will not be admitted unless they:

1.) Meet the minimum COMPASS scores of:
  Reading — 62
  English  — 32
  Algebra  — 20


2.) Not be placed in all three areas of Learning Support.

Students who place in all three areas of Learning Support will be reviewed on an individual basis and may be considered for Admission to East Georgia State College. Students are encouraged to practice well before taking the exam as they are limited to two attempts (including remote testing) and are unable to test elsewhere after those two attempts.

*Students who have a GPA of below a 2.00 or have a GED will be required to exempt 2 areas of Learning Support before being admitted.

Will I have to take all three parts?

No, only the part that you are deficient in. If you did not take 4 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) English units or do not meet the SAT/ACT requirement, you are required to take both the Reading and Writing sections. If you did not take 4 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) Math units or do not meet the SAT/ACT requirement, you are required to take the Algebra section.

Are there any tips I should know prior to taking the COMPASS?
  • Relax→ The COMPASS test is designed to help so that you can enroll in courses that are best suited for you. It is not pass/fail, and it is not timed.
  • Concentrate on the test→ Focus on test questions and tune out distractions. You want to make the most out of your testing opportunity.
  • Strategize→ Because it’s an adaptive test, you should answer every question when it is first given to you. You can change your answer before you move on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question and come back to it later. If you do not know the answer, try to eliminate one or more of the choices and then select from the remaining options.
  • Make sure you understand the directions→ Information is provided before you begin each section of the test, so make sure you read all directions. If you have questions, ask a member of the Testing Center staff.
  • Move at your own pace→ Other students may finish at different times from you. Remember, each student has a different test based on their responses, so some will have shorter tests than others. Others may only be taking a single portion of the test.
  • Do your best→ Use your knowledge, logic and common sense to work through the question, and have confidence in your ability to determine the best answer.
How will I find out what I made on the test?

Admissions staff will provide a printout with your test results upon completion of your test and will review your scores with you. You will also receive assistance on your next step, whether it be remediation options or courses required for your first semester.

How long are my scores good for?

Compass scores are only good for three years provided you have not attended an institution and taken Composition I/II or College Algebra/High Level Math.

What are considered exempting scores for the COMPASS Exam?

       Reading  –  74
       English  –  60
       Algebra  –  37

What if I do not achieve the exempting score?

You will be placed into that Learning Support area and be required to successfully complete the course with a grade of ‘C’ or better and receive a passing score on the subsequent ‘Exit’ COMPASS Exam.

What are the required Learning Support courses?

Depending on the score a student makes on the Compass, they could be placed in the following score guidelines:

o Algebra

  • 20-24 – Math 0989
  • 25-36 – Math 1111 & Math 0999 OR Math 1001 & Math 0097 (Non-STEM majors)
  • 37+ – Math 1111

o Writing & Reading

  • 32-44 Writ & 62-67 Read – ENGL 0989
  • 45-59 Writ & 62-67 Read – ENGL 0989
  • 32-44 Writ & 68-73 Read – ENGL 0989
  • 60+ Writ & 62-67 Read – ENGL 0989
  • 32-44 Writ & 74+ Read – ENGL 0989
  • 45-59 Writ & 68-73 Read – ENGL 1101 & ENGL 0999
  • 45-59 Writ & 74+ Read – ENGL 1101 & ENGL 0999
  • 60+ Writ & 68-73 Read – ENGL 1101 & ENGL 0999
  • 60+ Writ & 74+ Read – ENGL 1101
What if I do achieve the minimum passing scores or am not required to test and wish to “opt-in” to help myself?

You are eligible to audit the courses at your own discretion in collaboration with an academic advisor.

Can I retake the COMPASS Exam?

Yes, students are allowed two more attempts after the first. However prior to the third attempt, students are required to remediate(study) in our ACE for at least 26 hours.

Will there be a charge for re-testing?

Yes, $15 to re-test, no matter how many areas.  Students must pay before they re-test and receipt must be presented to the test administrator before re-testing

Who will accept the re-testing fee?

You must pay in the Business office and provide the receipt to the Admissions office before testing.

Where can I take the COMPASS?

Students are encouraged to test at the main campus in Swainsboro as there is no charge for the first exam.

If you are unable to test at the Swainsboro office, we can schedule remote testing at a COMPASS Internet Remote Testing Site of your choosing. Please be aware that each institution charges a fee for this service which you will be responsible for.

To find one in your area, please visit: Once you have located a testing site, please contact the Office of Student Affairs via email at or 478-289-2169 to schedule this testing for you.

I need testing accommodations for the COMPASS, who do I speak with?

If you are a student that needs accommodations on our Compass Placement exam, you will need to coordinate these accommodations with Anna Marie Reich at the Counseling and Disability Services Office (478) 289-2039.

Where can I complete the Admissions Application?

Applications must be submitted online through GaCollege411’s website. You can go to the GaCollege411 website at You must create an account with Ga411 before you can submit your application.

How will I know if I am admitted?

Following receipt of your admission application and all necessary supporting documentation, your application will be reviewed.  You will receive a letter stating whether or not you have been accepted at the address you provided on your admissions application.

*Due to the amount of paperwork coming in, it can take up to three weeks for notification of Acceptance or testing requirement.

What do you mean by supporting documentation?

All applicants are required to complete an admission application, provide official unopened high school transcripts, any and all prior college or technical school transcripts, immunization forms with records, as well as proof of lawful presence. Failure to provide this documentation can prevent or delay acceptance and or registration.

What is Lawful Presence?

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia now requires all applicants to USG institutions to provide proof of Lawful Presence in the United States in order to be classified as In-State for tuition purposes. This change is effective immediately for all applicants for Fall Semester 2011, and subsequent semesters.

You can be admitted without providing this information, however you MUST provide lawful presence in the United States in ONE or more of the following ways before you can be classified as an In-State student:

• Your completed FAFSA for the current financial aid year.
• A certified copy of your U.S. Birth Certificate showing that you were born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. (A Photocopy is NOT acceptable!)
• Copy of your current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia on or after January 1, 2008.
• Copy of your current ID issued by the State of Georgia on or after January 1, 2008.
• Copy of your current U.S. Passport.
• Present your Military ID Service Member only, not dependent. (A Photocopy is NOT acceptable!)
• Copy of your Permanent Resident Card. (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)
• Copy of your U.S. Certificate of Naturalization. (USCIS form N‐550 or N‐570)
• Copy of your U.S. Certificate of Citizenship. (USCIS form N‐560 or N‐561)

*Undocumented students must submit the LAWP Opt-Out Form as we cannot use the Employment Authorization Card as proof of LAWP.

What do you mean by Immunization Records? What shots are required for admission?

All students must provide documentation from their physician, health department, etc. that they have been immunized for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR1/MMR2), Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine (MTD), and proof of Chicken Pox or Shingles disease or the Varicella Vaccine (MCP) unless they claim a religious exemption. Meningococcal Vaccine (MENI) is highly recommended for those students living in on-campus housing. Students that are 18 or younger at the time of matriculation will also be required to have 3 doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine (MHPB). Students who claim religious exemption, in the event of an outbreak, will be asked to leave campus to prevent infection. Under Georgia law, we are required to notify students they may also need to be immunized for Meningitis and Hepatitis B. The Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine (MTD) must have been given within the past 10 years to satisfy the requirement.

If I am accepted to East Georgia State College, what is my next step?

Your acceptance letter will notify you of any outstanding documents needed for your file and will be followed up by an email to your myEGSC CatMail account telling you how to register for an Orientation date as well as when and where to come to New Student Orientation and Registration.

What is P.A.W.S. Orientation? Why is it so important?

The orientation program is where you and your parents (if they so choose to attend) will find out the "need-to-know" information about life as a college student. You will use all information provided to you during orientation at some time during the course of your academic career. You will receive an East Georgia State College Student ID card and this will be the only opportunity to register for your classes.

Compass testing will need to be completed PRIOR to Orientation, as we no longer test students during that time. Students that attend Orientation and have not fulfilled that requirement will be asked to come back at a later date.

If you are unable to attend any of the available Orientations, unfortunately you must wait until Schedule Adjustment, which is the first three days of classes, to be able to register for any available classes.

Do I have to attend the P.A.W.S. Orientation program?

Yes - Attendance is mandatory regardless of the campus attending unless you are an Dual Enrollment, Transient, or Non-Degree Seeking/Post-Baccalaureate Student. MOWR students will have a separate Orientation and they will be notified of that date via their high school counselor.

When will I actually be registered?

At the end of the orientation program with AN advisor, not your specific one. Based on your major or campus location, you will be assigned an Advisor after classes begin by the Registrar’s office prior to the next semester’s Early Registration period.

You mentioned an academic advisor. How will I know who that is?

At the new student orientation/registration, advisement is handled in a random manner.  You will be advised and registered by your group leader.  Prior to your first ‘early’ registration for a subsequent semester, you can look on-line by logging in with your user ID and pin# to your myEGSC account via BannerWeb under the Student Services>View Student Information>Registration window, or by going to the academic department and determine the name of your permanently assigned advisor.

I still have questions and nothing on here has an answer for me. Who can I contact?

It depends on the type of question you have. If you have questions regarding the new student admissions process, admission documents, testing, Orientation, etc. please contact the Admissions Office at (478) 289-2169. If you have questions regarding Financial Aid, scholarships, student loans, tax papers, etc. please contact the Student Affairs Office at (478) 289-2169. If you have questions regarding VA Benefits, GI Bill use, registration, proctored exams, account holds, etc. please contact the Student Affairs Office at (478) 289-2169. If you have questions regarding payments, student insurance plans, tuition amounts, etc. please contact the Business Office at 478-289-2000. Otherwise please call the Admissions Office and we can try to direct your call.