BRIEF ANSWERS TO
THESE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
Are there accommodations for
No one can ask if you need disability accommodations--you
must fill out a special needs form available from the Office of
Testing and Disabilities. With proper documentation, you may
qualify for a variety of accommodations, such as extended time
testing and/or private testing.
do I apply to graduate?
You must apply to graduate the semester
before you intend
to graduate by submitting a graduation application found
online. Your graduation GPA must be at
least 2.0, and your audit must show that you have successfully
completed each of your program's required courses.
What degrees and diplomas does
Bainbridge College offer?
You will find a list of all programs of study in the
Catalog, including diplomas and degrees. In general, a
diploma prepares you for quick entry into the workforce. An
AA or AS degree is the degree that will transfer so that you can
continue with a four-year or bachelor's degree. An AAS degree
combines diploma and transfer courses and does not transfer
to a university.
We also have several 2+2 programs--with these programs,
you complete your AA at Bainbridge College, and then you can
also take all of the courses needed for your bachelor's degree
on our campus through another institution. Currently, the
following bachelor degrees are available on our campus: Business Administration in
Marketing or Accounting (Georgia Southwestern University--see
Spencer Stewart), and Computer Information Technology (Georgia
Southwestern University--see Barry Reynolds or Ben White).
How do I keep from losing my financial aid?
You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP),
which means you must complete 2/3 of ALL attempted courses (Ws,
WFs, Fs, and FNs count against SAP), you must maintain a 2.0 GPA
minimum. In addition, you cannot attempt more than 150% of the
hours required for your primary program of study.
You must also attend your classes in order to qualify for
Financial Aid. If you miss the first week of class, you will not
receive Financial Aid. If you quit attending a class during the
semester, you will owe back Financial Aid.
If you are put on Financial Aid probation for a semester,
the next semester will be Financial Aid suspension if you don't
rectify the problems. You may appeal Financial Aid suspension,
but if you are unsuccessful in your appeal, you must then pay
for your courses without the benefit of financial aid.
and when can I withdraw from a course?
You can withdraw from a course
midterm by going to the Admissions Office and completing a
withdrawal form. You cannot withdraw from Learning Support or
Regents' Skills classes and keep credit classes.
midterm, you must get your instructor's signature on a
withdrawal form and also provide documentation for a
non-academic reason for withdrawing to the Vice President for
Academic Affairs. Your instructors will
decide if you should receive W or WF in your classes.
Withdrawing from a class is different from dropping a class,
which can be done ONLY during the first week of class. (A dropped
course during Drop/Add disappears from your schedule and does not qualify for
Am I part-time or full-time?
You are part-time if you enroll in fewer than 12 hours a
semester. You may qualify for a student loan and
some federal funds with at least 6 hours of classes. (If you
have used up all 30 hours of attempted Learning Support for
federal funds, you must have at least 6 hours of credit classes
to qualify for a loan. Remember, however, that you are required
to take your Learning Support classes each semester until you
exit from them, so you may not be eligible to take credit
classes with your Learning Support classes.) HOPE funds
do not require a minimum number of hours.
Am I on the Dean's List or Academic Probation?
Learn to keep track of your current and expected Grade
Point Average (GPA) by using the
GPA calculator. We keep track of your GPA--and
remember, grades are NEVER removed from your transcript. They
will follow you for your life. Even if you receive academic
renewal, which begins a new GPA for you if you apply for it
within 12 months of readmission and have been out of school for
5 years or more, the courses and grades remain on your
transcript. With academic renewal, you lose credit for all
previous coursework, and financial aid given for any of the
previous courses still counts toward your total allowance of
The GPA listed in Banner determines your Current Academic
Standing. Your GPA must be at the following minimums in order to
avoid Academic Probation and/or Suspension. (Suspension occurs
when your cumulative grade point average falls below the minimum
acceptable level two semesters in succession.) A student placed
on suspension may not attend Bainbridge College during the
subsequent semester unless an appeal is made and granted by the
1-12 hours 1.20
13-27 hours 1.50
28-42 hours 1.80
43 or more hours 2.00
GPA is also used to calculate Academic Honors: A student with a
semester average of 3.5 or higher on 12 or more semester hours
of course work earns placement on the Dean's List for the
semester. A student with a semester average of 3.5 or higher on
between 7 and 11 semester hours of course work earns placement
on the Honors List. These hours exclude hours taken in the
take a test and get course credit?
Credit by examination is available for a number of
courses. Up to 17 hours of CLEP courses (College Level
Examination program) can count toward a BC degree, and the grade
shows as K. The cost is currently $85/test. See
the Testing Department for more information. The list of courses
available for CLEP credit is on pp. 57-59 of the Catalog.
How are students placed in
Unless you have SAT scores of at least 480 verbal AND 440
math (or equivalent ACT scores), you will be placed in or
exempted from Learning Support based on your COMPASS scores.
Once you are placed in Learning Support, you must exit the area
by passing the class(es) and then earning an exemption score on
the COMPASS, which is given as a final exam in your exit-level
(0099) class. Please note that once you're in a Learning Support
class, you cannot simply retest on the COMPASS. Retesting
is permitted only within 10 business days (or until the first
day of class) of the original PLACEMENT test or after three or
more years of your not attending college.
You can receive federal
funds (like Pell or federal loans) for just 30 hours of
ATTEMPTED Learning Support classes (7 1/2 classes) in Learning
Support. Attempted classes are defined as all grades, including
See details on placement scores
need to take the Regents' Test?
If you are an AA or AS degree student, you must register
for and take the Regentsí Test each semester that you are
eligible to test until you pass it or exempt it. After two
failures (failure to test is treated as a failure), you will be
required to take Regentsí skills classes in the areas failed
until you pass the test. You are eligible to test when you are
eligible to take English 1101--in other words, you must be
exempt from Learning Support English AND reading or you have
passed Learning Support English AND Learning Support reading.
Are there any prerequisites for
the course I want to take?
A prerequisite course is one that must be completed
successfully prior to enrollment in a more advanced level
course. For example, Math 0097 is a prerequisite to Math 0099,
which is a prerequisite to college algebra. English 1102 is a
prerequisite to Humanities 2001. All of the A & S sciences
except biology courses and Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM 1100)
require college algebra as a prerequisite. You must plan your
program of study in sequence so that you can complete the
courses in the required order. Check the 2010 Catalog for
prerequisites in the list of course offerings at the back of the
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