The University of Georgia recognizes as a general principle that students in good standing--whether students continuing at the University of Georgia or transfer students--should be allowed access to the majors of their choice, subject to constraint of educational resources, including insufficient numbers of faculty to provide a quality learning environment to all who wish to enroll.
The high-demand major is one which receives or expects to receive more applications for major status from fully qualified rising juniors than the program can accommodate without endangering the quality of instruction offered.
The intent of the procedure and criteria is to assure that high-demand majors are identified (a) after appropriate review at the school/college level, (b) are appropriate and fair to students seeking the major, and (c) are assessed for their potential effect on other programs.
The proposal must include adequate academic justification. The responsible program shall report its capacity for rising juniors along with the specific factors which constrain capacity. Some illustrative factors which may constrain capacity are listed below.
Faculty of a high-demand major must establish and apply uniform criteria for selecting among all qualified applicants (whether native or transfer) those to be admitted to the majors. In the event all applicants have met selection criteria, then those students judged by the faculty to be most excellent with respect to the criteria should be those selected. Selection criteria should be demonstrably related to successful completion of the major and should conform to the following guidelines: