Frequently Asked Questions

All incoming first-year students are expected to join and actively participate in an FLC; however, they are under no obligation to do so.

Georgia State offers this opportunity because data has shown–from 1999 to the present–that students who participate in an FLC tend to perform better academically, are more likely to maintain the HOPE scholarship, acclimate to their college environment at a faster pace, as well as make earlier connections with faculty members and fellow students. The university wants to ensure that students start their college career on a positive and successful note, and we believe that the Freshman Learning Community is a great way to get you started on the right path. 

FLCs are composed of Core courses related to a meta-major; LLCs are related to an academic theme or interest associated with living arrangements in University Housing.

Living Learning Communities is an initiative through University Housing that provides students with a supportive learning experience; each LLC focuses on providing a common experience for students who live on campus and is not focused solely on first-year students. LLCs attempt to connect students to an academic area, theme or interest. University Housing staff collaborate with other University resources and departments to develop programs and services appropriate to each LLC and related to the area, theme, or interest of the Living Learning Community.

Students may join both a FLC and LLC. One is not dependent on the other. University Housing does have several LLCs that truly complement several FLC topics.  In these cases, we encourage students to do both to further enhance their collegiate experience. To join a LLC, students do have to live on campus. Find out more information on LLCs here.

The GSU 1010: New Student Orientation course serves as the central focus of Freshmen Learning Communities at Georgia State. The course gives you an introduction to the university and City of Atlanta communities, and informs you about the university resources and student-centered services that will foster your personal and academic success.

In addition to offering you the necessary information and skills to navigate the university, GSU 1010 also exposes you to the academic theme of your FLC through an examination of the general field of study and fundamental principles related to the theme. FLC professors coordinate linked activities and assignments across disciplines, providing the content through which the GSU 1010 course serves as a format for group activities and theme integration within the community.

It is strongly recommended (and not just because you are in an FLC). The Math Placement Exam will determine which math course you are eligible to register for. The math course(s) needed vary based on majors. You can find more info at:

It depends on your major (click here for specific majors and their Math requirements). Math 1101 Mathematical Modeling is sufficient for most majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Math 1101 is NOT recommended for majors in Natural Sciences. Please note that Math 1101 is not a prerequisite for Math 1111. Math 1111 College Algebra is recommended for majors in the Social Sciences, Business, and Education. Math 1111 is the prerequisite for Math 1113. Math 1113 Precalculus is required for majors in the Natural Sciences and students interested in the medical field. Math 1070 Statistics is helpful, specifically for most Business and Social Sciences majors. For any other questions, please consult your academic advisor and/or the catalog.
The process is not automatic; to have your Math course changed, you must contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies (404-413-2052 or FLC@gsu.edu).
It really depends on your major.

Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Med majors need to take Biol 2107K and Biol 2108K. To register for these courses, however, you must first pass Chem 1211K with a grade of C or higher.

It is recommended that Pre-Nursing students register for Biol 1110K. Pre-Nursing students can also register for Biol 1103K/Biol 1104K or Chem 1151K/Chem 1152K to fulfill their lab sequence requirements (Area D).

Other majors are not required to take a biology course; they can, however, take Biol 1103K and Biol 1104K to fulfill their lab sequence requirements (Area D).

Before courses are changed, Georgia State must have your scores on file and entered on your record. Please remember that it is your responsibility to contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies about credits you received; the process is not automatic. Before contacting the Office of Undergraduate Studies, please make sure that your credits are in the system (unless Georgia State University has a record of your AP/IB/Joint Enrollment credits, we will not be able to adjust your schedule).

To check for your credits:

  1. Log in to your PAWS account.
  2. Click the “One Stop Shop” tab.
  3. Click ”View Transfer Credit.” You will be asked to log in once again (this time to GoSolar).
  4. Click ”Student Records Menu” and then ”View Transfer Credit.”The courses you receive credit for should appear.

If you see courses that are also part of your FLC (and if they have not been changed before), please let us know (call 404-413-2052 or e-mail us at FLC@gsu.edu).

If no classes appear and you received your scores from College Board:

  • make sure that your scores were sent from College Board to Georgia State University;
  • contact the Office of Admissions at 404/413-2500 to inquire about the status of your credits.

If you want to adjust your schedule, but your credits do not yet appear:

  • fax a copy of your College Board scores to the Office of Undergraduate Studies (404-413-2053) along with your name, ID, and your FLC;
  • send a pdf or jpeg copy of your scores to FLC@gsu.edu; or
  • drop by the Office of Undergraduate Studies (224 Sparks Hall) and we’ll make a copy of your scores.

Please go to this link to review the course credits for AP and this link to review the course credits for IB. For AP, you need to score at least three to receive credit for a college class.
Every student who registers for an FLC has a hold placed on his/her record. The hold does not indicate that there is a problem with your account, that you need to take specific actions, or that you do not have classes. It is there to make sure that any change to your schedule is first approved by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The hold will be removed after the first week of class.

In other words, the Freshmen Learning Hold is in fact a sign that you are registered for an FLC and that you are registered for your classes.

Now that you are registered for your classes, you may ask where you need to go.

In order to see the location of your classes and the meeting times:
1. Log in to your PAWS account.

2. Click on the second blue tab labeled “One Stop Shop.”

3. On the left hand side of the page you will see a section labeled “GoSOLAR,” click on the “Registration Menu” folder.

4. Click on the link labeled “View Concise Student Schedule,” this will bring up a list of all your registered courses as well as the general course information for the class.

The location of the class can be viewed under the “Location” column.

On that screen, you will also be able to see the days/times of your classes and the instructor’s name (if you see staff, the instructor has not yet been assigned).

Please note that the M stands for Monday, T for Tuesday, W for Wednesday, R for Thursday, and F for Friday. So a class that has a meeting time of TR 11:00-12:15 meets on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00.

Some building codes: GCB is General Classroom Building, ClSo is Classroom South, Sparks is Sparks Hall, Adhold is Aderhold, Kell is Kell Hall, COE is College of Education, Urban is Urban Life.

Now that you are registered for your classes, you may ask what books you need.

  1. Log in to your PAWS account.
  2. Click on the second blue tab labeled “One Stop Shop.”
  3. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section labeled “New Channel,” in this section click on the link labeled “Buy Textbooks Online.”
  4. Click “I Agree” on the Agreements page and you will be taken directly to the Georgia State Bookstore where you will see a list of your required books.Books can also be purchased directly from this page.

A few words about purchasing your books.
Oftentimes, purchasing books online (Amazon, AddAll, Borders, etc) can be cheaper. If you purchase your books before class (whether online or at the bookstore), make sure to keep your receipt and do not unwrap your shrink-wrapped books (unwrapped books usually cannot be returned) until you go to class and confirm that these are the books you need. There is nothing wrong with waiting for the first day of class before buying your books. This way, after receiving your syllabus, you will know for sure which books are required. However, do not delay purchasing your books. You will need your books for class, so do not wait too long after the first day of class to buy/order your books. Please be aware that there will be long lines at the bookstores. You can purchase your books at the main bookstore (University Center) and Georgia Bookstore (corner of Edgewood and Courtland).