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Freshmen

Students who are still completing their high school education – or have recently received their diploma and have not taken college or university courses after high school – are considered freshmen for admission purposes at Georgia Southern.

Admissions Checklist
  1. Apply online or download and print the paper application.
  2. 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.
  3. Have your guidance counselor send us your official high school transcript.
    Georgia Southern accepts mailed, faxed, emailed, or e-transcripts that come directly from the high school. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, 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 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and highest Math scores (or their equivalent from the old exam) for a combined total on the Redesigned SAT. We will not “superscore” ACT exams; we consider the highest composite score from a single test.
  6. 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.

The Office of Admissions considers the following when evaluating students for admission to Georgia Southern University:

1. Official SAT or ACT test scores. 

  • SAT: Your SAT total on the Redesigned exam must be at least a 1090 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section score + Math section score). The State of Georgia requires that you also earn at least a 24 on the Reading test score and a 22 on the Math test score. Valid old SAT scores are also accepted and converted to Redesigned scores using the converter tool provide by The College Board.
  • 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 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.

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.

Dual Enrolled

Students who have participated in Move On When Ready or another dual-enrollment program while also in high school are required to send transcripts from all colleges attended, even if the courses are listed on the high school transcript. Earned college credit will not be awarded without these official transcripts. Additionally, failure to submit these transcripts could result in delays in financial aid or the ability to alter your schedule once enrolled at Georgia Southern.

Homeschooled Students

The Office of Admissions considers the following when evaluating homeschooled students for admission to Georgia Southern University:

1. Official SAT or ACT test scores. 

Per Board of Regents’ policy, homeschooled students must take the SAT or ACT test and score at or above the average SAT score of the previous year’s fall semester first-time freshman class. The freshman standard at Georgia Southern is a 1110 on the old SAT, which converts to an 1180 on the Redesigned SAT. It is a 24 on the ACT.

  • SAT: Your SAT total on the Redesigned exam must be at least a 1180 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section score + Math section score). The State of Georgia requires that you also earn at least a 24 on the Reading test score and a 22 on the Math test score. Valid old SAT scores are also accepted and converted to Redesigned scores using the converter tool provide by The College Board.
  • ACT: Your ACT composite score must be at least 24. The State of Georgia requires you also earn at least a 17 in English and a 17 in Math.

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 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.

Accreditation

Home study programs accredited or approved by the following agencies are acceptable.

Agency Address Phone
The Accrediting Commission for Independent Study, Inc. PO Box 909, Roswell, GA 30263 770-645-2673
Association of Christian Schools International PO Box 1537, Snellville, GA 30075 770-353-7090
GA Accrediting Commission Inc 706-353-7090
GA Association of Christian Schools Athens, GA 30605 706-549-2190
Southern Association of College and Schools Decatur, GA 30033 404-679-4500
The GA Private School Accrediting Commission 706-549-2190

 

Applicants homeschooled in a non-accredited program or from non-accredited high schools who wish to apply as freshman must also submit a copy of Declaration of Intent to Home School as filed with local Board of Education.

If a transcript is not available to you, please complete this form: Home School Credit Evaluation Form

About the Redesigned SAT
  • Georgia Southern University will accept old and Redesigned SAT scores for admission and scholarship consideration. Applicants may submit scores from either the old SAT or the Redesigned SAT (offered beginning March 2016).
  • A combined total of a 1090 is required on the Redesigned SAT for regular freshmen admission. This is a combination of the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section score and Math section score. This is the equivalent of a 1010 on the old SAT (critical reading and math).
  • The University System of Georgia also requires that students earn at least a 24 reading test score (the equivalent of a 430 on the old critical reading) and a 22 math test score (the equivalent of a 400 on the old math).
  • Georgia Southern will use concordance tables provided by CollegeBoard to convert old SAT scores to Redesigned scores.
  • Georgia Southern 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. SAT Code: 5253
  • Writing scores are not required for the Redesigned SAT.
  • Georgia Southern will take the highest Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and highest Math scores (or their equivalent from the old exam) for a combined total on the Redesigned SAT.

Last updated: 9/22/2016