East Georgia College (EGC) is a two-year school with its main campus in Swainsboro and a satellite campus in Statesboro. The two campus locations allow EGC to serve Emanuel, Bulloch, and other counties in east central Georgia. This institution is fully accredited and part of the University System of Georgia.
EGC offers several different programs of study, allowing students to complete the core requirements needed for a two-year degree or for students to transfer to a four-year degree program. Usually the core requirements consist of 60 credit hours of coursework as well as four to six credit hours of institutional requirements. There are also 18 credit hours the student can choose based on the major they expect to complete at a four-year institution. The programs of study available at ECG are as follows: agriculture, business administration and economics, criminal justice, forestry, history, nursing, psychology, art, business, education, English, general studies, information technology, political science, recreation, biology, chemistry, foreign language, geology, mathematics, pre-professional, and sociology.
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Students who have received a diploma from Sandersville, Ogeechee, Swainsboro, Heart of Georgia, and Southeastern Technical Institutes may be eligible to enroll in an accelerated program. This program allows these students to obtain an A.A.S. degree from EGC by taking a total of 7 or 8 courses, which are specifically part of the A.A. Degree core requirements. If students attended a different technical institute, an exception may be made but strictly on a case-by-case basis.
Prospective students can complete an application online; a paper copy can be obtained directly from the Admissions Office. Students are not required to send SAT or ACT scores if they graduated from high school within five years of the date they wish to enroll. Students who otherwise must take the COMPASS placement test can be exempt from this requirement by sending in their SAT scores.
International students are only allowed to attend classes at the Swainsboro campus. These students must show financial ability and have strong English language skills, as demonstrated by an approved proficiency test.
High school juniors and seniors who display high academic achievement and standardized test scores may be eligible to enroll in college courses part-time or full-time. Students must have permission from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in this program. These students will receive both high school and college credit for the approved courses. In order to apply for the program, students must complete the online ACCEL application and complete the process with their high school counselor.
Homeschooled students who graduated from an accredited home school program will be considered for admission in the same manner as traditional incoming freshmen. If a homeschooled student did not graduate from an accredited program, the student may be eligible for admission if their SAT I scores are equal to or greater than the average SAT I scores of the incoming freshmen from the previous fall semester who completed the equivalent college preparatory curriculum. The homeschooled student’s college preparatory curriculum will be evaluated based on a documented portfolio of all work and evidence, which supports the student’s completion of this curriculum.
The federal financial aid available for EGC students includes HOPE, Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, work-study, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). Students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as possible prior to the start of the semester in which they begin classes and every year thereafter.
The Presidential Merit Scholarship is available for students with a minimum GPA of 3.5, combined SAT scores of 1050, and who graduated with honors. This scholarship pays the full cost of tuition for one year and is also renewable for the second year. Another scholarship available for students is the Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship requires students have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a total of 1010 on the SAT.
There are two different work opportunities available for students. Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. This program generally allows students to work a maximum of 10 to 15 hours per week during the semester. However, some students may be allowed to work full-time during vacation breaks and between semesters. Students may also participate in the Student Assistant Program, which is fully financed by EGC. Usually students participating in this program work 10 to 19 hours a week. This program differs from the FWS program in that financial need is not the major determinant for student eligibility.
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On-campus housing is available for students in the Bobcat Villas, which houses 200 residents in four-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Students living on campus are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and a minimum of 6 credit hours during the summer semester.
Some of the interesting features included in the on-campus apartments are a kitchen and a big-screen, flat panel TV found in the living room. Cable television is provided in the living room only, and wireless Internet is available throughout the building. A laundry room containing six washers and dryers is provided for students free of charge. However, telephone services are only available at the information desk in the main lobby.
Students interested in living on campus must complete an application, pay a nonrefundable application fee once per academic year, pay a one-time deposit, and purchase a meal plan. The meal plan provides lunch and dinner for students Monday through Thursday. For meals not included in the above time frame, students are given a specific amount of flex dollars, which can be used in the Café and Market. All students living on campus must consent to a criminal background investigation.
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The intercollegiate athletics programs at EGC are members of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA). The college’s sports teams are known as the Bobcats and include men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball. Athletic scholarships are also available for deserving athletes who show they would like to compete at a higher level, want to further their education, and are able to represent the college in a positive manner.
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