Move On When Ready Program

Move on When Ready (MOWR) is an opportunity for academically outstanding high school students to enroll as special non-degree seeking undergraduate students before graduation from high school. This program is designed to provide extra enrichment and challenge to students' junior or senior years.

Student Eligibility

  • Be enrolled at a participating eligible high school or home study program operated in pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.
  • Be high school sophomore (to apply to be an MOWR student as a junior) or a high school junior (to apply to be an MOWR student as a senior)
  • Obtain the approval of the student's high school guidance counselor and parents/guardians
  • Be on track to graduate

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: March 1
All Deadlines are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Because of the demanding nature of college-level course work at a research institution, MOWR students must demonstrate a high degree of academic potential and maturity. To be considered for admission, a student must meet all 3 of the following minimum requirements. Students not meeting one or more of the requirements will not be admissible for participation in the program.

  • GPA: Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) courses. In calculating HSGPA for FI purposes, the applicant&s transcript is calculated upon only the academic (college preparatory) courses taken – English, Math, Science, Social Science and Foreign Language.
  • ACT: 23 English and 23 Math OR SAT: 530 Verbal (Critical Reading) and 530 Math
  • Freshman Index (FI): 2600 or higher

The FI is based on a combination of SAT/ACT scores and high school grade point average (HSGPA) in college preparatory classes only. The FI formula using SAT scores is SAT FI = (500 x HSGPA) + SAT Verbal + SAT Math. The FI formula using ACT scores is ACT FI = (500 x HSGPA) + (ACT composite x 42) + 88.

Application Procedure

  • Complete and submit Dual Enrollment Application
  • Submit $60 nonrefundable application fee or approved fee waiver
  • Submit official high school transcript and complete list of college courses required to complete high school graduation requirements
  • Submit signed Move on When Ready Paper Application from GACollege411.org/gafutures.org

Cost

  • The cost for full-time coursework up to 15 semester hours from the approved course listing will be funded by Georgia Student Finance Commission. Georgia State University will accept the determined Move on When Ready amount as full payment for the student&s tuition and mandatory fees.
  • In addition, Georgia State University will provide textbooks at no cost to participating students. Georgia State University may charge a MOWR recipient a fine for a lost or damaged book which was loaned to the student.
  • Other cost of attendance expenses including lab fees, meals, transportation and personal expenses are the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Any additional credit hours and/or courses not covered under the approved course list are the responsibility of the student/parent(s)/guardian(s) and includes tuition, mandatory fees, course fees and textbooks.
  • The hours earned in college courses while enrolled in the MOWR program will not count against HOPE Scholarship hours. Students must be aware that grades of C- or better apply to all classes, whether covered out of pocket or through FTE funding.

Academic Policies and Regulations

At Georgia State University, a MOWR student:

  • may attend for a maximum of two years or six semesters
  • must pass any placement exams required for the courses they wish to take
  • must enroll in courses which meet their high school graduation requirements
  • must be enrolled full time, up to 15 semester hours
  • must earn a grade of C- or higher in any class to remain eligible for the program
  • cannot live on campus, but may participate in student clubs and other student live activities

Additional Information

  • College credits earned while in the MOWR program are transferable to other USG institutions
  • MOWR students should be aware that they must meet all state high school graduation testing requirements, including End of Course Tests and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. Georgia State courses are not designed to prepare students for these exams.
  • Admission to Georgia State under MOWR does not imply admission to any other status. MOWR students who later wish to enroll at Georgia State outside of the MOWR program must reapply.

Joint Enrollment

Definition

High school students may supplement and enhance their high school curriculum by enrolling in college courses as a joint enrollment student. Courses taken through joint enrollment result in college credit, not high school credit, and students are responsible for their tuition and fees. Students wishing to attend as a joint enrollment student must meet the Accel Program admission requirements of Georgia State University.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for Joint Enrollment, a student must:

  • Be a high school student seeking a high school diploma from a public or private school, including home study, or home school programs
  • Be on track to graduate
  • Be a legal resident of Georgia and meet U.S. citizenships requirements
  • Obtain approval of the high school guidance counselor and parent(s)/legal guardian(s)

Admission Requirements

Students must demonstrate a high degree of academic potential and maturity to be considered for Joint Enrollment (Program for Excellence/PFE). Joint enrollment is open to high school juniors and seniors meeting our application requirements. To be considered for admission, a student must meet all three requirements for admission:

Students not meeting one or more of the requirements will not be admissible for participation in the program.

  1. GPA Requirement: 3.0 in the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) course units
  2. Test scores: Students may take either the ACT or SAT. The following minimum scores are required: ACT Requirement: 23 English and 23 Math SAT Requirement: 530 Verbal (Critical Reading) and 530 Math
  3. Freshman Index (FI): 2600 or higher for seniors and 2700 or higher for juniors The FI is based on a combination of SAT/ACT scores and high school grade point average (HSGPA) in college preparatory classes only.
    The FI formula using SAT scores is SAT FI = (500 x HSGPA) + SAT Verbal + SAT Math.
    The FI formula using ACT scores is ACT FI = (500 x HSGPA) + (ACT composite x 42) + 88. In calculating HSGPA for FI purposes, the applicant's transcript is calculated upon only the academic (college preparatory) courses taken - English, Math, Science, Social Science and Foreign Language.

Deadlines

Applicants must submit the application, nonrefundable application fee and required documents by the appropriate deadline.

Semester Deadline
Fall April 1
Spring December 1
Summer April 1

Note: All deadlines are subject to change.

Nontraditional Admission

Definition of Non-Traditional

Non-traditional applicants are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five years ago.
  • Hold a high school diploma from an accredited high school or have satisfactorily completed the GED.
  • Have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester (45 transferable quarter) credit hours.

Deadlines

Applicants must submit the application, nonrefundable application fee and required documents by the appropriate deadline.

Semester Deadline
Fall March 1
Spring December 1
Summer April 1

Admission Requirements

Applicants must take the COMPASS assessment to be admitted to the university. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions notifies applicants of test date, time, and location. Applicants must earn the following scores on the COMPASS to be eligible for admission: reading = 74, writing = 60, and mathematics (COMPASS algebra test) = 37. If the file is not completed in time for testing to be scheduled prior to registration, it may become necessary to update the application to a future semester. If an applicant does not earn a required score(s) on the first attempt, that part(s) of the COMPASS may be retaken but the second attempt must be at least ninety (90) days after the first attempt. Applicants who do not earn all three of the required scores after two attempts may not reapply to Georgia State as nontraditional applicants for five years.

Citizenship Verification and Lawful Presence

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that any student offered admission to Georgia State University will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States before they can enroll in classes.

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Students may be verified through one of the following options below:

  1. Verification through the Federal Aid Financial Aid Form (FAFSA)If you are either a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible non-citizen (does not apply to international students on a visa) that has completed and submitted a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will verify your lawful presence. If you are not able to be confirmed as lawfully present the Office of Financial Aid will follow-up with you for additional documentation.
  2. Submission of one of the following documents:
    • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization *
    • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship *
    • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad *
    • Current U.S. Passport *
    • Current Georgia Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008 *
    • Current Georgia ID Card issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008 *
    • Permanent Resident Card *
    • Certified U.S. Birth certificate (must be submitted in person)
    • Military ID (must be verified in person)
  3. Verification through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Information System)
  4. If you have or are applying for an F, or J visa we will verify your lawful presence through SEVIS. As this is already part of the immigration process there are no additional steps required to have your Citizenship Verification Hold removed. Simply comply with the requirements outlined by our Office of International Student and Scholar Services as you prepare to arrive at Georgia State University.

  5. Verification through SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements)
  6. Since SAVE will not be available to USG institutions until after fall semester 2011, all nonresident alien students on some sort of visa will need to submit immigration documents verifying their lawful status to the office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Such documents may include an I-94 card, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) approval notice or receipt notice, or other documentation that the student is in lawful visa status.

This includes students who have been previously enrolled at GSU but are either returning (Re-entry) to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. Transient students must also be verified; however Cross-Registration students do not.

What If I Do Not Provide Proof of Lawful Presence?

Admission will be withdrawn for any student who is unable to provide proof of lawful presence by at least one of the methods outlined above.

*You can upload a copy of the documents listed above with your application. Only those designated with an asterisk may be uploaded. Documents can also be submitted directly to The Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students may submit these documents in person or via email - admissions@gsu.edu.

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