Registration Process Information

  • 12.01.2015


Regular registration period is approximately 2-3 weeks prior to beginning of each semester. There is also late registration period available with certain non-refundable fee accrued.  Any students who fail to register during registration period without written notification to be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs, is subject to academic dismissal, and the University takes no responsibilities of student’s status aftermath. 

Through many media available for students at GCU including website (, publicized notice, orientation material, and calendar provided by GCU, students can vividly have detailed information on registration period.

Academic Advisement and Counseling

Academic advising is available at the main office with the Office of Academic Affairs and/or with an academic advisor. The advising session will be done by appointment, and otherwise will be done on first come first serve basis.  Any students seeking advisement for registration are asked to make an appointment at least 3 weeks prior to registration.  Please keep in mind, that waiting line will be extremely long, so plan ahead.  

Add, Drop, or Change Classes

Please consider all possibilities and recommendation by your counselor and your instructors before adding or dropping courses.  Course Add/Drop/Change form is available at the Office of Academic Affairs or GCU website (  Any added course tuition will be due the same day.  Please refer to the refund policy for any refund that may incur.  Also, keep in mind that all international students should be a full time student for visa purposes at any time.


Georgia Central University requires all students to attend all their registered classes including chapel (IR). Any students missing more than 3 class sessions will be permanently dismissed from the class for that particular semester with a grade of “F.” (This attendance policy is non-negotiable and strictly imposed by the United Immigration Services for International Students; which allows university officials to terminate their F-1 Visa Status in any case of failure to attendance). Three late attendances will be regarded as one absence. 

In case of an emergency, student may submit official “Absence Excusal Form” to each faculty in charge of the course, and the form is available at the Office of Academic Affairs and school web (; this absence request must be drafted and signed by the applicant only with a decision to grant recognized absence mainly rely on faculty’s judgment and submitted documentations.  If the student has permission from the Office of Academic Affairs due to emergencies including accidents, hardship or sickness, the student may miss the class of the stated dates and will not count towards his/her attendance.

Semester System

For NPEC authorized academic programs of Undergraduate and Graduate degrees, GCU operates on the semester system. The academic year consists of a fall and a spring semester, and summer terms. One semester hour represents one hour of class work per week or its equivalent in other forms of class performance. Each semester constitutes 15 to 16 weeks of classes, including the final exam week. In accordance with the decision of each schools faculty, term papers may be submitted in place of exams.

Course examinations are given at least twice a semester (mid-term and finals) in addition to occasional quizzes and term papers. A student whose class attendance is less than two-thirds of all the classes held is not eligible for taking the final exam. Those who have missed any final exams due to circumstances beyond their control are entitled to take make-up exams.

Quarter System

For ESOL Program, GCU offers The academic year consists of Spring I, Spring II, Summer Special Session, Fall I, and Fall II Quarters. One quarter hour represents one hour of class work per week or its equivalent in other form of class performance. Each quarter constitutes 8 weeks of classes including course evaluation. Course examinations or any other forms of tests are given in the instructor discretion