Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled students are students who are taught in their homes, usually by their parents.

Admissions Criteria

1. Official SAT or ACT test scores. 

Per Board of Regents’ policy, home-schooled 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 for fall 2016-spring 2017 at Georgia Southern is a combined SAT score of 1110 (based on the old 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

Learn more by reviewing the freshmen admission requirements.


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 home-schooled in a non-accredited program or from non-accredited high schools who wish to apply as freshman must submit the following items to be considered for admission to the university:

      1. Copy of Declaration of Intent to Home School as filed with local Board of Education.
      2. High School Summation Exam taken during the twelfth grade year (Iowa TAP, SAT II, California Achievement Test, Stanford Achievement Test). The GED will not substitute for this standardized test.
      3. Letter from primary teacher certifying completion of high school and date of high school graduation.

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


AP/IB Credits

Georgia Southern awards credit for acceptable Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam scores. When you take either exam, request that a copy of your score report be sent to Georgia Southern University. Awarded credit can be viewed on WINGS by selecting Academic Transcript.


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

Office of Admissions1332 Southern Drive Statesboro, GA 30458 • (912) 478-5391 • admissions@georgiasouthern.edu