Special/Degreed Students

An applicant who already holds a baccalaureate or higher degree and does not wish to complete requirements for a certificate or associate degree from Georgia Perimeter College is considered a special student. It is the applicant’s responsibility to show that all prerequisites for courses to be taken have been met.

Guaranteed Admission: Special/Degreed applicants will be guaranteed admission after submitting an application, application fee and an official college transcript indicating the date and degree awarded from a regionally accredited college or university. See below for specific documents for admission and registration.


  • A Special student may take any course offered, however, if that course requires a pre-requisite (i.e. Spanish I before Spanish II), the student must demonstrate to the campus department chair for that course that he/she has taken the pre-requisite course and/or has any required test scores before he/she may be allowed to register for that course. 
  • Special students are not eligible to receive Federal or State financial aid. This includes student loans.
  • Should a special student wish to change status and become a degree seeking transfer student at GPC, he/she must apply for a change of status, and provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. In a VERY limited number of situations, a student may also need to provide a high school transcript showing graduation.


Special/Degreed applicants need to submit the following documents:

  • GPC Application for Admission and $20.00 non-refundable application fee.

  • Official College Transcript showing that a Bachelor's or Higher Graduate Degree has been awarded.
  •   The transcript needs to indicate the date and degree awarded from the regionally accredited college or university attended. If the college or university is located in a country, state, territory, or province in which English is not the primary and official language, additional testing requirements may be necessary -- see below.
    • Please note that for applicants some countries allowing for a 3 year bachelor's degree (i.e. India), or less than 10 years for secondary education (i.e.The Philippines) , we may require proof of an additional year of study past the Bachelor's degree.
    • Also, if an applicant's secondary education and the Bachelor's degree was received in a country, state, province or territory where the primary and/or official language is not English, we may require an applicant to take the COMPASS ESL test prior to admission and registration.

    Countries, Territories, States & Provinces in which English is considered as the primary and/or official language are: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Québec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nevis & St. Kitts, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom ( England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales), & the United States & US Territories (except Puerto Rico).

  • Other Requirements
  •   Applicants must satisfy immunization requirements set by the state of Georgia

    Applicants must provide evidence of lawful presence in the United States in order to qualify for in-state tuition classification.

  • Applicants born or educated outside of the United States should see International Student Admissions and Advising for additional requirements.