A student who is still completing a high school or secondary school education, or has completed high school or secondary school and not taken a college or university course, is considered a freshman for purposes of admission to Georgia Southern.
Average Freshman Student, Fall 2015
Here are some quick facts about the average freshman who enrolled at Georgia Southern for the Fall 2015 semester.
- Average SAT total of 1112. The average for the State of Georgia was 975.
- Average ACT composite of 23. The average for the State of Georgia was 21.
- Average high school grade point average of 3.29.
- Apply online or download and print the paper application.
- Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee online as you submit your online application.
We accept official application fee waivers from College Board, ACT, and NACAC. Please submit a paper application along with your fee waiver.
- Have your guidance counselor send us your official high school transcript.
To process transcripts, we must recalculate your GPA based on the required high school curriculum, so it may appear lower than you originally anticipated because we do not factor in classes like Art, Drama, Theater, etc.
- Tell us what classes you are taking during your Senior year.
We have to review a list of all courses you are taking during your Senior year of high school if you are still enrolled. This is to be sure you are on track to complete the required high school curriculum. You can provide this on your official transcript, on your admission application, or by clicking here to complete a short form.
- Send us official copies of your SAT/ACT scores from the testing agency (SAT Code: 5253 / ACT code: 0830).
We can only make a decision based on the highest scores that we receive. Please make sure that those scores are up-to-date. If you submit scores and then take the test again, then you may submit the new scores for us to review. We will reassess your file and make a new decision based on the updated scores. Writing scores are not required for the ACT or redesigned SAT. Georgia Southern will take the highest Math and highest Critical Reading scores for a combined total on the current SAT. We will not “superscore” ACT exams; we consider the highest composite score from a single test.
About the Redesigned SAT:
Summer/Fall 2016, Spring 2017 – Georgia Southern will accept the redesigned SAT. We will convert redesigned scores to old scores for summer/fall 2016 and spring 2017 admission. The reading test score will be used to create a critical reading score and the math section score will be used to create a math score. Concordance information can be found here. Use the College Board converter tool with caution. You should add the critical reading and math section scores to calculate your converted total. Do not use estimated totals provided within the converter tool. If you have taken the redesigned SAT and have questions about how your score will be converted, please contact your admissions counselor.
Summer/Fall 2017 and Beyond – Georgia Southern will use the redesigned SAT for admission starting summer 2017. Students may submit old SAT scores for review as well. The critical reading and writing section scores will be added together and converted to the evidence-based reading section score. The math section score will be used to create a math section score. Concordance information can be found here. Use the College Board converter tool with caution. You should add the section scores to calculate your converted total. Do not use estimated totals provided within the converter tool. If you have questions about how your score will be converted, please contact your admissions counselor.
- Check your status online.
This status will reflect whatever we have in our records at that exact moment. You will be aware of our admissions decision as soon as it is made without having to wait for an admissions letter.
To be Considered for Regular Admission
Acceptance is based on the following criteria:
1. Official SAT or ACT test scores.
Summer/Fall 2016, Spring 2017
- SAT: Your SAT total must be at least 1010 (math + critical reading only based on old SAT scores). The State of Georgia requires you also earn at least a 430 in critical reading and a 400 in math.
- ACT: Your ACT composite score must be at least 21. The State of Georgia requires you also earn at least a 17 in English and a 17 in math.
- SAT: The University System of Georgia and Georgia Southern University are still conducting research to determine SAT requirements for regular and provisional freshmen admission. They will be based on redesigned scores and will be posted here as soon as they are available. We anticipate they will be very similar to the current scores when concorded to the redesigned exam.
- ACT: Your ACT composite score must be at least 21. The State of Georgia requires you also earn at least a 17 in English and a 17 in math. These requirements are subject to change.
2. Satisfactory Grade Point Average on the following Required High School Curriculum (as mandated by University System of Georgia policy). Additional information can be found at Staying on Course. These 17 courses are the only courses that will be used to calculate your Grade Point Average. Grades as listed on your official high school transcript will be used; Georgia Southern does not add or remove weight for accelerated courses.
- MATHEMATICS: Four (4) units of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and a fourth year of advanced Mathematics or Mathematics I, II, III, and a fourth unit of advanced Mathematics. Georgia Southern does not accept Mathematics Support or Mathematics of Finance.
- ENGLISH: Four (4) units of English which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills.
- SCIENCE: Four (4) units of science where two courses include a laboratory component. Georgia Public high School graduates must have at least one (1) unit of biology, one (1) unit of physical science or physics, and one (1) unit of chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement science course, and a fourth science.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE: Three (3) units of social science, with at least one (1) course focusing on United States studies and one (1) course focusing on world studies.
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Two (2) units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Two (2) units of American Sign Language or certain Computer Science courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Note: If you graduated from high school five or more years prior to your intended enrollment date, you are considered a Non-Traditional student. To learn more, visit our Non-Traditional Students page.
The Georgia Southern Office of Undergraduate Admissions will only maintain a record of non-enrolling student test scores and transcripts for five years. Admission applications and fees are only kept for two years.
Last updated: 6/20/2016