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You’ve decided that you’re ready to go back to school, but you’re not exactly sure where to begin? It’s okay. We will help you. Step 1: Complete the fields below and a representative will assist you or call (478) 825-6282.

Students who have attended another college or university since their last enrollment at Fort Valley State University, regardless of the length of time away from FVSU, must submit an application for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. Likewise, any former students whose attendance has been interrupted for one semester, excluding summer school, are required to complete and submit an application for readmission. The application for readmission is provided by the Office of the Registrar and should be returned to the Registrars’ Office once completed. Download the Application for Re-Admission Form or call (478) 825-6282 to speak directly with a representative who can answer your questions and get you started on a plan to complete your degree.

Wildcat Comeback


The Importance of Finishing College

College graduates may earn $1 million more than high school graduates in their lifetime.

Four-year degree and 2-year degree holders earn an average of $21,000 and $9,400 more, respectively, each year than high school graduates.

In 2010, full-time employees with only a high school diploma earned an average of $626 a week. Those with a bachelor’s degree made nearly twice as much.

College graduates had an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in 2012 compared to 11.2 percent for high school graduates.

Forty-seven percent of adults born in poverty who did not obtain a 4-year degree remained in poverty.

College graduates are more likely than high school graduates to obtain retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement and health savings accounts from employers.

People with a higher level of education are more satisfied in their jobs than people who only have a high school diploma.

Sources: Pew Research Center, The College Board, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Census and Georgetown University


Q: I don’t live anywhere near UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia Southern or any of Georgia’s colleges. How can I make college work?

(A:) The vast majority of Georgians are located within a half hour’s drive of a participating campus. But regardless of your location, college in Georgia can be convenient for anyone, whether it means enrolling on campus, taking classes at a satellite location or using some of the new online options available at many of Georgia’s public institutions. You can earn your degree by attending class on campus, online or both. We’re closer than you think.

Q: I understand the benefits of returning to college, but I just can’t afford to go back. What are my options?

(A:) You may be surprised by all of the resources available to help you go back to college. Along with a simpler enrollment process and more ways to transfer your college credits, one of our personal advisors can help you get back to school sooner than you think. You’ll have more class options – online or on campus – to fit your schedule. And the best part is, you’ll be earning a degree with real value from a respected and affordable Georgia college.

Additionally, the financial costs are much less than many people believe. And USG and TCSG institutions are more affordable than for-profit and out-of-state institutions.

Q: I’m mostly concerned about fitting in with younger, “traditional” students. Am I “too old” to go back to college?

(A:) Today, “college life” looks different for everybody. In fact, so many adults are returning to college that they are no longer considered non-traditional students. Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Education actually show adult learners are the fastest-growing educational demographic, and these numbers continue to increase. Georgia’s institutions want to encourage adult learners to return, so we are taking steps to make our campuses more welcoming and our enrollment processes easier for adults returning to college. So, regardless of your personal situation, it is possible to make college work.

Q: Enrolling in college is a difficult process. What if most of the courses just don’t match up with my busy schedule?

(A:) Finishing your degree can change your life, but it all starts with the first step. We can help.

Georgia’s public colleges, technical colleges and universities are making it easier for prospective students to go back to school, offering a simpler enrollment process, more ways to transfer earned college credits, personal advisers and more flexible course schedule options.

We are also actively growing our online offerings, providing you with flexibility in terms of your schedule and location.

Q: How do I take the first step?

(A:) Students who have attended another college or university since their last enrollment at Fort Valley State University, regardless of the length of time away from FVSU, must submit an application for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. Likewise, any former students whose attendance has been interrupted for one semester, excluding summer school, are required to complete and submit an application for readmission. The application for readmission is provided by the Office of the Registrar and should be returned to the Registrars’ Office once completed. Download the Application for Re-Admission Form. or call (478) 825-6282 to speak directly with a representative who can answer your questions and get you started on a plan to complete your degree.

Q: I received a card in the mail inviting me to contact you. Why was I selected?

(A:) You were selected because you were once enrolled in Fort Valley State University, but didn’t graduate. We are encouraging all students to come back to college if they did not complete – if they “stopped out” for some reason. If you have already graduated at another college or university, congratulations. Please spread the word about FVSU to friends who may want to return to college!

Q: Why are you just now contacting me? Is this something special?

(A:) We are working closely with the Governor’s “Go Back. Move Ahead” initiative, which is an effort to assist students who did not finish college to return and earn their degree.

Q: Why do I need a college degree now?

(A:) (see Go Back Move Ahead sheet on “The Importance of Finishing College” and “The Need for College Degrees.”)

Q: Aren’t I a little old for this?

(A:) Approximately 75% of America’s college students today are over the age of 25, so you are not alone!

Q: How do I re-enroll?

(A:) The enrollment process has been made very simple for you. The application form is online, and all you need to do is complete it and send it in to the address listed. If you prefer a hard copy, we will send one to you. After you have submitted the application, someone will contact you from our admissions office. They will review your application, and counsel you on next steps, including submission of your transcripts (no matter how old they are).

Q: I have had a lot of life-long learning experiences with my career. Isn’t there a way to apply some of this to college credits?

(A:) Yes. We have a program at FVSU called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), whereby your previous learning may transfer into credits if you meet with an advisor in your particular area of interest and build a portfolio demonstrating what you have accomplished, as it related to a particular course. Dr. Jean Wacaster at 478-825-6858 can provide you with next steps in PLA.

Q: Is there a way for me to communicate with other adult learners if I come back?

(A:) Yes, we have a lounge on campus which is just for adult learners to be able to socialize, share common interests, and relax with other non-traditional students.


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