POUNCE Registration

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POUNCE is our registration process for all newly admitted freshmen. Using preferences you indicate on your POUNCE form, an academic advisor will register you for classes based on those preferences, your chosen major and available courses.

NOTE: POUNCE IS FOR NEWLY ADMITTED FRESHMEN ONLY


In order to participate in POUNCE, your $200 non-refundable admissions confirmation deposit must be paid. Confirmation deposit information was included in your acceptance package.  Please allow up to two business days for the credit of your confirmation deposit to be processed.


POUNCE INstructions for Spring

Students starting in the Spring term can access the POUNCE survey online HERE

For questions about the POUNCE Course Preference Form, contact The Academic Advising Center at: advising@gcsu.edu or (478) 445-2361.

POUNCE Instructions for Fall

  1. Use your web browser to go to Unify and login. 
  2. Click on PAWS.
  3. In PAWS, choose the "Menu for New and Returning Students" tab.
  4. Choose the POUNCE Registration link. 
  5. Follow the directions provided to complete the form.
  6. Before finalizing your preferences, review them carefully as you may POUNCE only once.
  7. Submit form.

For questions about the POUNCE Course Preference Form, contact The Academic Advising Center at: advising@gcsu.edu or (478) 445-2361.

POUNCE INSTRUCTION SHEET

POUNCE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO


How to View Your Schedule

Once you have submitted the POUNCE Course Preference Form, an academic advisor in your major department will create your schedule. Approximately 10-15 business days after you submit your POUNCE Course Preference Form, you will receive an e-mail at your Georgia College Bobcats e-mail account to let you know that your schedule is complete. At that time, you will be able to view your schedule on line.

  1. Login to Unify then PAWS using the instructions above.
  2. Select the "Student Services" tab.
  3. Choose "Registration" from this list.
  4. Click on "GCSU Printable Schedule" to view your schedule. 

NOTE: LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  REMEMBER TO RE-PRINT YOUR SCHEDULE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEMESTER


Advanced Credit and Dual Enrollment

Credits may be awarded by examination toward a bachelors degree provided that the scores meet established standards. We recognize that many students have gained relevant knowledge and experience which can be applied to an academic curriculum.  In all cases, students must have an official score report sent to Georgia College for evaluation of credit. information about advanced credit can be found here.

Official college transcripts for Dual Enrollment courses must be sent to Georgia College prior to July 15. Official copies should be sent to admissions@gcsu.edu or GC Office of Admissions, Campus Box 023, Milledgeville, GA 31061.

Students will have the opportunity when completing the POUNCE form to indicate any earned or pending college credit. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is POUNCE?

POUNCE is the way that all incoming first-year students are registered for their classes. Using preferences you indicate on your POUNCE form, an academic advisor will register you for classes based on those preferences, your chosen major and available courses.

Do I have to POUNCE?

If you are an incoming first-year student, yes. Our academic areas have created a great selection of courses to assist in developing an optimum schedule for you based on your chosen major.  You simply can't make a mistake.  You give us your preferences and we do the rest!

Where do I find the POUNCE form?

Login to Unify then go to PAWS.  Choose the "Menu for New and Returning Students" tab and click "POUNCE Registration."

Can I POUNCE more than once?

You may only submit one POUNCE preference form. However, if you decide to change your major or participate in the Honors College, Varsity Athletics, Music Ensembles, or Theatre Productions, adjustments to your schedule may need to be made. To notify us you can submit a POUNCE Schedule Change Request Form.

Log in to Unify, then click on PAWS. Choose the "Menu for New and Returning Students" tab then select "POUNCE Schedule Change Request Form". Your request will be forwarded to an academic advisor who will review your schedule and make any necessary adjustments. You will be notified via your Georgia College Bobcats e-mail account within 10 business days of any adjustments.

Will I be able to choose days, times or instructors for my classes?

You will have an opportunity to indicate preferences for courses you wish to take.  Each course on your schedule will fulfill a requirement for your intended major, and will be carefully chosen to allow you to fully participate in the liberal arts residential campus experience.

If I select a course in each section I end up with too many hours.

An academic advisor will build your schedule based on your chosen major, indicated preferences and available seats.  By having you indicate preferences that add up to more than the targeted 14-16 hours, we are able to craft the optimal schedule.

What math class do I select?

For assistance with determining which math course to choose, visit the Math Placement website.

What level for foreign language do I take first?

Depending on your major, you may be registered for an initial language course based on the results of your WebCAPE Test for Foreign Language Placement.  If your major requires an initial fall semester foreign language course and you have not yet completed the foreign language placement test, please follow the instructions below.

  • Log in to PAWS
  • Select the Student Services &  Financial Aid Tab
  • Select the Registration Menu
  • Select the 'WebCAPE Test for Foreign Language Placement' link
  • Select the language for the test you want to take and click 'Take Placement Exam'

Note: Students planning to take multiple language courses, for example German and Spanish, must take the CAPE for each language, unless they have never taken classes in that language at the high school or university level.

Test results will be displayed after the completion of the test and posted to your student file.  Students may wish to print a copy of the test score. Academic advisors, Language Coordinators, and the WLC Administrative Assistant have access to CAPE scores.

I have questions about the Honors College and POUNCE.

Students who have been accepted to the Honors College will be designated as Honors when the POUNCE form is processed. You can also list Honors under additional interest if preferred. The academic advisor crafting your schedule will aim to register you for two honors courses in your first term.

Additional information is available on the Honors College webpage.

My personal information is not correct.

Instructions for how to update your personal information may be found here. If you need additional assistance please contact us at advising@gcsu.edu.

We highly recommend taking a moment when you POUNCE or review your schedule to verify your personal information is correct. This includes making sure your preferred name is correct on your printable schedule and checking your address, phone number, and emergency contact under the Personal Information tab in PAWS.

Why are are education and nursing listed as Undeclared?

Some of our majors have additional requirements beyond completion of core curriculum courses that must be met before students are granted entry into upper level courses in their major. The Undeclared track allows you to complete these requirements before applying to the program. Enrollment in some programs is restricted and admission is competitive. Admission to Georgia College does not guarantee admission to academic programs. These majors include:

Undeclared: Early Childhood Track, Undeclared: Middle Grades Track, Undeclared: Special Education Track, and Undeclared: Nursing Track. 

How do you treat Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment (DE) credit?

Dual Enrollment credit will be taken into consideration as we build your schedule.  Advanced Placement credit will not be considered until official scores are received by Georgia College sometime in July.  Once AP scores are confirmed, any necessary schedule adjustments will be made and you will be notified of these changes via your Georgia College e-mail account.

It is recommended that if you have have earned credit for a course, to select different options on the POUNCE form when possible. 

Do I need to indicate a preference in each area of the POUNCE form?

A choice should be indicated for each area represented on the POUNCE Preference Form.  You will not be able to submit your form if any area lacks a selection. The academic advisor crafting your course schedule will take into account any previously earned credit. 

It is recommended that if you have have earned credit for a course, to select different options on the POUNCE form when possible. 

What are IDST courses?

Interdisciplinary Studies courses are central to our liberal arts mission and promote mastery of many disciplinary perspectives, a greater appreciation of the differences and similarities between the disciplines, and the integration of these diverse perspectives into a more holistic framework.

I have an immunization warning.

Complete immunization records are required for all students. Please visit the Immunization Information webpage for detailed information.  Immunization forms should be turned in to the Registrar's Office. If you have an immunization hold, your records may not have arrived or may be incomplete.  If you have questions, check with the Registrar's Office at registrar@gcsu.edu or 478-445-6286.

There is not a pre-med (law, dentistry, engineering, etc.) major. What do I do?

If you are interested in a concentration in a pre-professional area you should declare an appropriate major based on your interests, skills and background.  Please visit our catalog for additional pre-professional concentration information, visit the Georgia College Catalog.

What if I change my major?

If, after submitting your POUNCE form, you decide that you would like to change your major, you should submit a POUNCE Schedule Change Request Form.  Log in to Unify, then PAWS. Choose the "Menu for New and Returning Students" tab then select "POUNCE Schedule Change Request Form".  An academic advisor will review your schedule and make any necessary adjustments. You will be notified via your Georgia College Bobcats e-mail account within 10 business days of any adjustments.

How do I change my schedule?

Each course on your schedule will fulfill a requirement for your intended major, and was carefully chosen to allow you to fully participate in the liberal arts residential campus experience. Schedule changes to accommodate personal preferences in courses or times will not be made at this time.

If, after submitting your POUNCE form, you need to make changes for other reasons such as changing your major, program participation (Honors, Athletics, Ensemble, or Theatre Productions), accommodations, or math placement you should submit a POUNCE Schedule Change Request Form. 

To submit a Change Request: Log in to Unify, then PAWS. Choose the "Menu for New and Returning Students" tab then select "POUNCE Schedule Change Request Form".  An academic advisor will review your schedule and make adjustments based on the practice or rehearsal times of your group.  You will be notified via your Georgia College e-mail account within 10 business days of any adjustments.

What if I have a request for accommodations that might affect my schedule?

To access services through the Student Disability Resource Center, please follow the steps outlined here. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Disability Resource Center at 478-445-5931 or e-mail disability@gcsu.edu.