Transient Students

Information About "Going Transient"

What does it mean to be a "Transient Student?"

If you are planning to attend another college or university to take a course or courses for transfer to UGA, you will be considered a transient student.

How do I "Go Transient"?

Obtain an application from the other institution and apply as a transient student. Submit a transient letter, which may be obtained in the UGA Registrar's Office in the Hunter Holmes Academic Building or through the Athena system. You must be in good academic standing at UGA to obtain a transient letter. From the "Student Records" menu, select "Request Enrollment Verification." Choose the current term, and "Transient Letter" for "Verification Type." Choose how you want the letter delivered, fill in the address or fax number, and click "Submit."

When your course(s) have been completed, you must request that a transcript be sent from the other institution to the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 212 Terrell Hall, Athens, GA 30602.

What should I know about attending an in-state college?

Many classes from in-state colleges will transfer back to UGA; however, the final authority for how a course will transfer comes from the department teaching that course. (For example, the UGA Mathematics Department is the ultimate authority on how courses with a MATH prefix transfer.) The UGA Admissions Office has developed a "Transfer Equivalency Search System" for all Georgia colleges (and many out-of-state colleges), but it should be used only as a guide. Equivalencies listed on that site may change without notice.

What should I know about attending an out-of-state college?

Out-of-state colleges also have courses listed in the "Transfer Equivalency Search System." As with in-state courses, final authority comes from the department, and equivalencies may change without notice. It is best to be in touch with the department regarding courses you may want to transfer back to UGA.

Will an academic advisor/graduation specialist be able to assist me?

Whether you plan to attend a college in-state or out-of-state, your academic advisor/graduation specialist will only be able to assist you in selecting UGA courses appropriate for your degree and major. The academic advisor/graduation specialist cannot advise you in the transferability of courses from other institutions.
If you plan to take a course in your major area of study at another institution, you should check with your major department. Some departments will not allow transfer courses to be used in the major.
An academic advisor/graduation specialist cannot be responsible for determining equivalency of courses.

Will my H.O.P.E. scholarship cover my summer classes?

UGA HOPE students who wish to enroll as a transient student at another HOPE eligible institution may receive HOPE funds at the transient institution. You can access the UGA HOPE Transient Form at Financial Aid and follow the instructions.

If you plan to take a course not listed on the Equivalency Search, you should keep the following items for documentation purposes:

  1. Course description
  2. Syllabus of the course
  3. Course Work (tests, essays, etc.)
  4. Title of textbook, author, publisher, copyright date

If the UGA Admissions Office has any question about courses taken elsewhere, the above information could prove to be very valuable.