UGA has many ways in which a student may earn college credit or exemption from classes before actually entering UGA. In a typical year, the average new freshman will arrive at UGA with 4 or more college course credits from various sources. By planning their high school curriculum carefully, doing well on the standardized exams at the end of the course and submitting those scores to UGA via the Registrar's Office, students are able to enroll with several college courses completed. This allows UGA students to complete double majors, take time to study abroad, or complete an internship or even to change their major while enrolled, all while being able to complete their degree(s) in four years.
About 10% of the freshman class will have joint enrolled in college while still in high school. In order for a student to receive credit for college courses taken at an accredited college, the student must make sure that the college Registrar at the Joint Enrolled institution sends the UGA Admissions Office an official transcript of all courses taken.
In order to see what college classes may carry credit and for which UGA class credit will be given, check the UGA Transfer Equivalency Chart.
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) and SATII
UGA offers liberal credit and placement based on test scores. Over 44,000 hours of college credit was earned by new freshmen at UGA from test scores on the College Board Advanced Placement exams. Approximately 2700 students submitted exams for Mathematics and almost 9000 hours of credit were earned by students in History. Almost 2000 entering students received credit for English 1101 from their AP scores and 95% of the new freshmen completed either AP or IB classes. These students earned on the average of 3 college courses based on their testing.
To see what scores earn credit for College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate, check the charts for currently approved scores by the departments at UGA. For students earning the IB Diploma, scores are accepted on both standard and higher level exams. For those with an IB Certificate, only higher level exams are accepted.
There are a limited number of placements and exemptions offered for students submitting high level scores on College Board SAT II exams, formerly called ‘Subject Tests' Most of these are used in foreign languages when the student pursue a language at UGA begun in high school.
Several departments at UGA offer exams at New Student Orientation to use in placement and for credit. In some cases, students are not required to take the Departmental exam due to AP/IB or SATII tests already submitted. Explanation of this policy is available on the Orientation web site.
The University of Georgia does not award placement or credit for scores on College Board CLEP examinations.