Prospective Student Information


What is Academic Advising? 

Franklin College advisors assist students in achieving their educational goals by helping with the selection, planning and completion of students' academic coursework. Students work together with professional or faculty advisors to plan their programs of study to include the required courses in their proper sequences to meet the requirements of the major department, the College, and the University. Students are assigned to Academic Advisors who specialize in specific degrees and majors within the College.  

How will I know who my Academic Advisor is?

You will be assigned an advisor at Orientation. This advisor will provide you with contact information in case you have additional questions after your appointment.

Do I have to meet with an Advisor? How often?

Advising is mandatory at the University of Georgia, which means you must meet with your Academic Advisor at least once each semester in order to be advised and cleared for pre-registration for the following semester. 

How can I make the most of the relationship with my Advisor? 

  • Consider your social, academic, and career goals prior to meeting with your advisor
  • Discuss career opportunities and the selection of a major/minor with career counselors, faculty, your academic advisor, and others on and off campus
  • Review UGA’s academic policies, procedures, and requirements in the Bulletin: 
  • Review the graduation requirements of your chosen major/minor prior to your advising appointment  
  • Keep records of all pertinent information regarding your academics: graduation requirements, transfer credit evaluations, advising forms, etc
  • Ensure that UGA receives all academic records from other institutions in a timely fashion 


What majors are available to students in the Franklin College?

The Franklin College offers majors in the Arts and Sciences, sometimes called the Liberal Arts. A Liberal Arts education provides undergraduates with both the fundamentals on which to base a lifetime of learning, and the opportunity to concentrate in studies which form the foundation for professional pursuits. The Franklin College is organized into several divisions: 

  • Biological Sciences
  • Includes Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Marine Sciences, Microbiology, and Plant Biology.
  • Humanities
  • Includes Classics, Comparative Literature, English, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Romance Languages, History, Philosophy, and Religion.
  • Social Sciences
  • Includes Anthropology, Geography,Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Speech Communication
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Statistics.
  • Division of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Students who have academic interests for which no major is offered or which combine several major areas within the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences may wish to pursue an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major.


What is meant by a "semester hour" credit? 

Each UGA course meets for a designated number of instructional hours per week.  Courses that meet only one hour a week are considered “one credit hour” courses. Courses meeting three hours a week are considered “three credit hours” courses, and so on. Most undergraduate majors at UGA require at least 120 academic hours + 1 PE to graduate.

How many classes will I have to take every semester?

During fall and spring semesters, full-time students must be enrolled in at least 12 hours.  A typical course load is around fifteen hours, which equates to four or five classes each semester. During summer semester, full-time students must take a minimum of six hours.

What grades do I have to make while I'm a student in the Franklin College?

UGA requires students to maintain at least a C cumulative average (2.0) to remain in good standing and to be eligible for graduation from the University. Students whose grade point averages fall below 2.0 are considered to be on "Academic Probation." Students who do not improve their grade point averages after two semesters on probation are in danger of being placed on "Academic Dismissal." 

Do I have to take specific courses as part of my coursework in the Franklin College?

Yes. The Franklin College requires that students take a certain number of courses in Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Religion, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Literature, and History. They must also meet the College's Multicultural Literacy requirement and they University's requirements in U.S. and Georgia History, Federal and Georgia Constitution, Environmental Literacy, and Physical Education. The number of hours required and the specific courses required will vary depending on the student’s major.

How big are the classes at UGA?

Per UGA Admissions, “students experience a wide variety of situations within the classroom, ranging from small discussion classes to larger lecture hall courses. The average first and second year class size is 39; the average third and fourth year class size is 33; and an average honors course size is 17.”

For Prospective Freshmen

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences recognizes the importance of speaking with someone in your academic area of interest when deciding where to continue your education. The UGA First Look and New Dawgs programs provide opportunities for you to meet with a Franklin College academic advisor to discuss your academic goals and obtain more information about our diverse programs.

For information on how to register for UGA First Look and New Dawgs, visit the University of Georgia Undergraduate Admissions website.

For Prospective Transfer Students

How can I find out if my courses will transfer to the University? 

Typically, courses taken at an accredited college or university will transfer to UGA. This does not mean, however, that all of your courses will fit neatly into the graduation requirements for your major at UGA. It is possible that some of the courses taken at your current school may be elective credit. This is less likely to be true if you are transferring from another institution within the University System of Georgia than if you are at an out of state school or a private college. To see what the requirements are for your major and to compare them with the courses that you have taken or are taking, see the UGA Bulletin and the Transfer Equivalency Website.

If you are transferring from another institution, be sure to visit The Office of Transfer Academic Services!