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Consolidation

In January 2017, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted to consolidate Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University. The new, 27,000-student university will be named Georgia Southern University with campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hinesville. If approved, the new University will be formed in January 2018 with the expected timeline for the first entering class to be Fall 2018. Complete details can be found at consolidation.georgiasouthern.edu.

Use the tabs to find out how this process will impact you as a student or program participant.

F-1 Degree Students

Current Students:
In January 2018, Georgia Southern University will become the legal name of the new consolidated institutions.  Students currently studying at Georgia Southern University in valid F-1 status will not need to complete special steps and will be able to continue their studies uninterrupted.  All students who currently possess an I-20 issued by Armstrong State University will receive a special letter to facilitate travel during break, and will be contacted during the Fall 2018 term to pick-up a re-issued I-20 for Georgia Southern University.  No other action or interruption to study will take place.

Students Beginning Study in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018:
Students who apply for admission to Armstrong State University for either the Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 term will receive an I-20 issued by Armstrong State University.  Once the Fall 2018 term begins, your I-20 will be re-issued for Georgia Southern University.

Students Beginning Study in Fall 2018:
Students who apply for admission for the Fall 2018 term will be applying to the fully consolidated new Georgia Southern University.  All students admitted to begin their study in the Fall 2018 will be issued an I-20 for Georgia Southern University.  *Please note that in an effort to follow all SEVP processes and procedures, I-20 forms for Fall 2018 will not be issued prior to February 15, 2018.*

The consolidation of Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

J-1 Exchange Visitors

Current Exchange Visitors:
All Exchange Visitors (students, scholars, professors, and researchers) to Armstrong State University will be able to finish their program uninterrupted and their DS-2019 will remain valid through the completion of their program for the Armstrong campus of the new Georgia Southern University.  No action is required.

Prospective Exchange Students:
Prospective student exchange visitors applying to attend Armstrong State University during the Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 terms will receive a DS-2019 issued for Armstrong State University that will be valid through the duration of their program for the Armstrong campus.

Students who apply for admission for the Fall 2018 term will be applying to the fully consolidated new Georgia Southern University.  All students admitted to begin their study in the Fall 2018 will be issued a DS-2019 for Georgia Southern University with their campus of choice listed as the primary site of activity. *Please note that in an effort to follow all SEVP processes and procedures, DS-2019 forms for Fall 2018 will not be issued prior to February 15, 2018.*

Prospective Exchange Scholars, Professors, and Researchers:
Prospective exchange visitors in the scholar, professor, or researcher categories who plan to begin their program at Armstrong State University prior to February 15, 2018 will have a DS-2019 issued for Armstrong State University.  This DS-2019 will remain valid through the completion of their program for the Armstrong campus of the new Georgia Southern University.

Those who intend to begin their program on or after July 1, 2018 will have a DS-2019 issued for Georgia Southern University with their campus of choice listed at the primary site of activity. *Please note that in an effort to follow all SEVP processes and procedures, DS-2019 forms for scholars, professors, and researchers beginning their program on or after July 1, 2018 will not be issued prior to February 15, 2018.*

The consolidation of Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Study Abroad Students

Summer & Short-term Programs:

Through the Summer 2018, Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University will continue to offer separate short-term & summer faculty-led programs abroad.  Students will apply to, register for courses, and attend the programs offered by their home institution.  Students who wish to attend a program that is not offered on their current home campus will need to apply to that institution as a transient student for the term.  For example, an Armstrong student who wishes to attend a program currently offered through Georgia Southern, would apply to Georgia Southern as a transient student in order to attend that program; and vice versa.

Short-term and summer programs being offered beginning in Fall 2018 will be offered jointly under the new consolidated Georgia Southern University and programs will be open to participants from all campuses.  Students will be able to apply for and attend any program offered by the new Georgia Southern.

Exchange Programs:

For the Fall 2018 term, all academic programming will be combined.  During the Spring term, students should apply to the exchange program they hope to participate in during the Fall 2018 term, regardless of current home campus.  For example, current Armstrong State students may apply to attend a program currently listed as offered by Georgia Southern, and vice versa.

The consolidation of Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Timeline

  • Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 – Students continue to apply for short-term/summer & exchange programs abroad offered at their home institution.  Attend any other program as a transient student.
  • January 2018 – Anticipated official consolidation when the new Georgia Southern University is formed. You will begin to see only one Georgia Southern presence representing all campuses.
  • Early February 2018 – Students apply for any Fall 2018 exchange program of their choice, regardless of current home institution.
  • Mid-February 2018 – I-20 & DS-2019 issuance begins for all students with an initial term of Fall 2018.
  • August 2018 – All academic programming is officially combined.  Students may apply for any short-term/summer and exchange program abroad offered.  Students with a current Armstrong State University I-20 will be emailed to pick-up a new I-20 for Georgia Southern University.

The consolidation of Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

FAQs

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The consolidation of Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Last updated: 11/29/2017