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The ATTIC (Advising, Tutoring, Testing, International Center) represents the collaboration of student services at SPSU. Located in A-160, the ATTIC houses advising for Joint Enrollment and General Studies students, Tutoring, Testing, International Student Services, Disability Services, and Multi-Cultural Affairs. For more information, call (678) 915-7361.

Joint Enrollment Advising

The Joint Enrollment Advisor guides Joint Enrollment students in selecting courses they need for their high school graduation and for their college careers. The Joint Enrollment Advisor also works with high school counselors. Before each semester, the Joint Enrollment Advisor assists students by discussing their course options and registering them for classes.

General Advising

Students who have not yet declared a major or are undecided about what course of study to follow need to see an Academic Advisor before registering for classes. The Academic Advisor assists students in selecting the most appropriate courses to take while students are deciding upon a major to pursue.


The ATTIC provides opportunities for individualized assistance to Southern Polytechnic students. Tutors help students with core courses in English, chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). Tutoring is conducted in J210 from 9:00-2:00 Monday-Friday and 5:00-8:30 Monday-Thursday. * Please Note: The schedule may vary from semester to semester.


The ATTIC administers the following tests:

Math Assessment Test (MAT)

SPSU students take the math test to determine the level of math placement. The test consists of college algebra and pre-calculus. MAT scores will determine the appropriate starting point in SPSU's math sequence. Students may obtain MAT scores from their academic advisor or a program representative during an advising session, from the Testing/Disabilities Advisor, or from the Internet.

Placement is based on the following scale:

If your score is

On this test

Start in this Mathematics Course

23 or lower

MAT 1+2

MATH 1111 College Algebra

24 or higher

MAT 1+2

MATH 1113 Pre-calculus

26 or higher

MAT 1+2

MATH 2253 Calculus




8 or higher


MATH 2240 Elements of Calculus

Students are eligible to take any mathematics course at SPSU for which they have met all prerequisites. The ATTIC and the Mathematics Program offer math tutoring.

Regents' Test

The University System of Georgia requires that all students obtaining a degree have literacy competence. Students enrolled in an undergraduate baccalaureate degree program leading to a degree must pass the Regents' Test in order to graduate. The ATTIC offers guidance and advice on how to pass this critical test.

It is highly recommended that students visit the Regents' web site at www.gsu.edu/rtp. Here, students will find advice on how to write successful essays, how NOT to write failing essays, and will see a list of Regents' writing test topics.

Students may also visit the ATTIC tutoring center where they can review materials relating to the test and get help.

For additional information about the Regents' Test, see Academic Regulations in this catalog.


Non-traditional students-students should take COMPASS. The test consists of writing, reading, and algebra sections. A $15 fee must be paid in advance. Students may call (678-915 -7244) to make an appointment to take the COMPASS test.

Disability Services

The Disability Services Advisor coordinates academic support services for students who have a permanent or temporary disability. Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, those with mobility, hearing, learning, visual, speech, or specific neurological disabilities. Services are available free of charge on a self-referral basis.

Students at Southern Polytechnic State University who have a disabling condition and need academic accommodations have the responsibility to voluntarily self-identify by scheduling an appointment with the Disability Services Advisor as soon as possible.

The ATTIC is responsible for providing special assistance for students diagnosed as having specific learning disabilities. To become eligible for special services at Southern Polytechnic State University, students must verify the specific learning disability by having a psychological evaluation on file in the ATTIC.

If you believe you have a specific learning disability, visit the ATTIC for more information.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), special services are available through the ATTIC to any learning-disabled student at Southern Polytechnic State University. All such services are offered based on individual needs.

International Student Services

International Student Services advises the University's international student body, faculty, and staff on Immigration and Naturalization regulations. The coordinator provides student assistance with banking, social security, insurance, housing, employment, practical and curricular practical training, travel regulations, income tax, and the lottery.

International Student Services provides cultural, social, and educational programs. Culture Fest introduces international students' culture, food, and talent to the SPSU community. Friends of Internationals and AMIS (American Ministry of International Students) sponsor family and community activities.