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UWG adds 2 colleges to ‘West in Thirty’

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  • Jun. 17, 2020 - 1:52 PM

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UWG adds 2 colleges to ‘West in Thirty’

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The University of West Georgia has expanded options for participants in its “West in Thirty” program.

Atlanta Metropolitan State College and Gordon State College have joined the University of West Georgia’s “West in Thirty” program.

“West in Thirty” offers aspiring students who do not yet meet admissions requirements the opportunity to start their academic journeys by attending partner institutions for 24 credit hours, then transferring to UWG to complete their degrees.

West Georgia Technical College was the first partner in the program.

Dr. Justin Barlow, UWG director of undergraduate admissions, said he believes higher education should not only be available to a select few.

“‘West in Thirty’ has allowed us not to say ‘no’ but instead say ‘not yet,’” Barlow said. “This subtle change gives both hope and direction to prospective students seeking a path to reaching their intended educational outcomes.”

Once they’ve applied to UWG, eligible students will have their applications and SAT/ACT scores sent to the partner colleges of their choices for free. Once they have earned 24 credit hours at the partner schools and are ready to transfer back to UWG, there is no cost to reapply.

“I am just happy to provide students with another way to Go West,” said Logan Taulien, associate director of admissions. “We hope this gives students an opportunity to better their futures.”

Since its inception, the “West in Thirty” program has had more than 135 successful student transfers back to UWG.

For more information on “West in Thirty,” visit .