Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the collaborative program, East Georgia State College Augusta?
The primary purpose of the collaborative program between East Georgia State College and Augusta University is to accommodate students in Augusta and the surrounding area, who do not meet freshman admissions requirements at GRU, and provide them with an opportunity to earn an 30 credit hours while simultaneously preparing them for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.
Who is eligible to attend?
All new freshman applicants not meeting GRU’s admission criteria will be considered for admission to EGSC. Students not eligible to attend EGSC will be referred to Augusta Technical College, when appropriate.
What is the program curriculum?
EGSC will provide learning support classes in Augusta, as well as classes to make up any Regents’ High School Curriculum deficiencies and core curriculum courses. Course offerings are based on student demand and faculty availability.
How is the program structured?
Students are enrolled through EGSC and generally take 12 hours per semester. GRU will offer academic and administrative space on its Summerville campus to accommodate an average of 30 classes per semester for students enrolled in the program.
What if I applied to GRU for Fall 2013 and did not meet the admissions criteria?
Applications of those not meeting GRU’s admissions criteria will be forwarded to EGSC, who will then follow up by phone to facilitate enrollment at EGSC for interested applicants.
When do I become eligible for transfer from EGSC to GRU?
Following the completion of 30 credit hours in the program, those with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher can opt to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at GRU. More detailed information will be emailed to you once you have met the criteria and have notified EGSC of your desire to transfer.
When will the program begin?
The inaugural class will enroll in the fall 2013 semester.
How do I apply to attend EGSC Augusta?
If you have applied to GRU and would have met the criteria for University College, you will be contacted by East Georgia State College. If you have not already submitted an admissions application to GRU, and are interested in attending East Georgia State College visit the Augusta page for more information.
Do I have to pay tuition to EGSC and GRU?
Students will pay EGSC tuition and fees, which includes GRU’s mandatory and elective fees for amenities such as the University Wellness Center on campus, computer labs, campus meal plans, and more.
I live in Aiken or Edgefield counties. Will I receive a tuition waiver?
EGSC offers a waiver of out-of-state tuition for residents of bordering South Carolina counties, as currently exists for GRU.
Are there similar programs at other universities?
EGSC uses this same collaborative model to transition students on its Statesboro campus to Georgia Southern University.
How does the program promote the goals of Complete College Georgia?
EGSC and GRU are working together to promote the statewide Complete College Georgia goals, including providing students with a convenient and affordable access point and an opportunity to earn 30 credit hours while simultaneously preparing for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.
How is the program different from GRU’s University College?
The program will replace the former University College (UC). Priority will be given to new applicants who would have previously qualified for UC and who meet the EGSC admissions requirements.
I am currently enrolled in GRU as a University College student. Do I have to apply to EGSC?
No, currently enrolled University College students may complete their degree requirements at GRU.
What are the advantages of attending East Georgia State College Augusta?
• Affordability – EGSC’s tuition is one of the lowest in Georgia.
• Enhanced Resources - In addition to those offered through EGSC, you will have access to GRU’s student services.
• Focused Learning Environment - Smaller class sizes, and individualized tutoring and advisement in EGSC’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).
• Transferability – Successful completion of 30 hours enables a seamless transition to GRU or another four year institution.
• Faculty and Staff Expertise – On-site faculty and staff are accessible to students and dedicated to your success.
Who will be the main contact for EGSC Augusta?
Dr. Jeff Edgens is the Director of EGSC Augusta and will be the primary contact for students enrolled in the program. Edgens has been an Assistant Professor at EGSC since 2009 and has more than 15 years of experience in higher education, including experience with extended campuses such as EGSC Augusta.