Georgia Southern Early Advisement

After you are accepted into Georgia Southern University and register for SOAR, you will be contacted by the advisement center responsible for your major. You will be advised before you come to your SOAR session. This “early advisement” can be conducted by phone, face-to-face, or email. When you are contacted by your advisement center, please respond quickly so that you will be prepared to register at SOAR. If you participate in early advisement, you may be pre-registered for some of your critical classes.

Transfer Course Equivalencies

Your transfer credits will be evaluated by your advisor to determine which courses will count toward your chosen degree program. NOTE: It is possible that not all of your transfer courses will count in your degree program. For more detailed information about specific classes that will transfer, please use the Office of the Registrar’s Transfer Course Equivalencies tool.

Petition for Academic Exception Form – In some cases, you will have taken a course that is not an equivalent to any course at Georgia Southern. You or your advisor may think it could apply to your major or to the general education core. You may request that your advisor prepare a Petition for Academic Exception Form that requests permission to count the course as an equivalent or substitute for a Georgia Southern course. It is very important that you obtain a copy of the course description from your transfer institution. You may also provide a syllabus from the course. This documentation assists your advisor in obtaining the permission needed.
NOTE: Exception requests are approved on a case-by-case basis.


You can help your advisor to give you the most accurate information if you answer the following questions:

  1. What is your intended major?
  2. When do you plan to start attending Georgia Southern?
  3. Are you currently enrolled in any courses at your other institution? If so, what are the course names and numbers?
  4. What classes do you want to take your first term here at Georgia Southern?
  5. Will you have completed your Associate Degree when you start here at Georgia Southern?

Also, you may access your four-year program map for your major and the two-year course rotations. These tools will help you better prepare to work cooperatively with your advisor. These tools may be found on the College of Science and Mathematics Advisement Center website.

Once your advisor has all this information, he or she will assist you in selecting classes for your first term at Georgia Southern University. Your advisor will also pre-register you for critical courses up to 9 semester hours, if seat availability allows. This service will make registration at SOAR easier since you will be dismissed from the afternoon advisement portion and will only register for 2-3 of your courses.

SOAR Expectations

Even though you will be advised early, you are required to attend SOAR.  When you come to campus for SOAR, you are expected to attend all sessions and registration. You will gain a lot of vital information at the sessions.  Also, representatives from many departments are available to help you with any challenges you may have during advisement and registration.  If you fail to attend these required functions, your registration may be jeopardized.

Last updated: 7/31/2018

COSM ADVISEMENT CENTER • P.O. Box 8044-01 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0649