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Establishing or Changing the Entrance Requirements or High-Demand Status of an Undergraduate Major

The University of Georgia recognizes as a general principle that students in good standing— whether students continuing at the University of Georgia or transfer students—should be allowed access to the major of their choice. Exceptions to this principle may be approved under one of two conditions. The first is when the educational resources and number of faculty are insufficient to provide a quality learning environment to all who wish to enroll. The second is when completion of the degree requires special skills or abilities, or satisfactory completion of required courses is demonstrably necessary for successful completion of the major.

  • Entrance Requirements
    The operating policy has been developed in order to delineate the procedures and criteria applicable to requests for exception to the institutional principle of open access to all students in good standing. Each department, school, or college requesting an exception must fully justify the need for it and explain why the proposed entrance requirements are necessary to enhance the quality of education or assure greater likelihood of student success in completing the degree.

    The intent of the procedures and criteria is to assure that proposals to limit entry to majors (a) receive appropriate review at the school/college level, (b) are appropriate and fair, and (c) are evaluated for their potential effects on other programs.

  • High-Demand Major Status
    The high-demand major is one that receives or expects to receive more applications for the major from fully qualified undergraduate students than the program can accommodate without endangering the quality of instruction offered.

    The intent of the procedures and criteria is to assure that high-demand majors are (a) identified after appropriate review at the school/college level, (b) appropriate and fair to students seeking the major, and (c) assessed for their potential effect on other programs.

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