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Out-of-State Students

A student who is not a resident of Georgia by definition of the Board of Regents residency requirements is considered an out-of-state student for the purposes of admission to Georgia Southern.



Georgia Southern University welcomes and supports out-of-state students! Students from 49 different states currently study at Georgia Southern University. Out-of-state students currently make up 6% of the student body. Georgia Southern is recognized worldwide for offering students a superior university education taught by exceptional and caring faculty. Georgia Southern is the largest and most comprehensive university in the southern half of the state. We are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ensuring an educational experience recognized by employers for its high quality. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about Georgia Southern University, our academic programs, and our admissions process.

Questions? Contact your admissions counselors.


Out-of-State Cost

For information on out-of-state cost please click here.


The Out-of-State Fee Waiver Scholarship priority deadline is November 1, 2016 and final deadline is February 1, 2017. The waiver is a highly competitive academic scholarship that allows select out-of-state students to attend Georgia Southern without paying out-of-state fees. Such fees, which are common at state universities throughout the country, are assessed because students who live in another state haven’t supported the institution with tax dollars. The state of Georgia recognizes the value of inviting high-achieving students to study and earn degrees here regardless of where they live, allowing Georgia Southern to award a limited number of out-of-state fee waivers. Full and partial scholarships are available, valued at approximately $6,600 and $3,300 per semester, respectively. To be considered for the Out-of-State Fee Waiver Scholarship (also called the Academic Presidential Waiver), students must meet the requirements listed below. Meeting these requirements does not mean you will be awarded the scholarship.


  • Top 50% of the previous year’s incoming freshmen class in regards to:
    *SAT or ACT scores (Fall 2015 Median – 1090 old SAT/1160 Redesigned SAT, 23 ACT), and
    *High School Grade Point Average (Fall 2015 Median – 3.33)
  • Admission to Georgia Southern University

To be competitive, students should earn a 1270+ SAT (redesigned exam) or a 27+ ACT composite with a 3.5+ high school GPA. Students must begin as a full-time freshman in the fall semester. This scholarship is highly competitive and only a limited number of students will be awarded.


  • Top 50% of the previous year’s incoming transfer class in regards to:
    *Cumulative College Grade Point Average (Fall 2015 Median – 2.91)
  • Admission to Georgia Southern University

To be competitive, students are encouraged to have at least a 3.75 cumulative college GPA.


Please complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission online. You must also complete the online MyScholarships application. MyScholarships applications are due by November 1st for the priority deadline and February 1st for the final deadline. Students must also be admitted to Georgia Southern by the scholarship deadline. Select students will be invited to interview for the Out-of-State Fee Waiver Scholarship on campus at one of our scholarship interview weekends. For more information contact Briana Duncan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why attend Georgia Southern from Out of State?
Georgia Southern is the largest and most comprehensive university in the southern half of the state. We are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ensuring an educational experience recognized by employers for its high quality. Georgia Southern’s increasingly selective admission standards have raised the average SAT score for the University’s freshman class to 1113, exceeding state and national averages. Another indicator of rising student quality is the growth of the University Honors Program, which is a magnet for high-achieving students. Our nearly 1,000-acre campus is a mix of the old and traditional with the new and cutting edge. Set in a park-like environment of lawns, lakes and trees, Georgia Southern offers places of hustle and bustle you’d expect with an enrollment of more than 20,500 where there is plenty to do and many opportunities to make new friends. Yet, there are quiet places where you can find time to be apart and find yourself.

Are there other out-of-state students at Georgia Southern University?
Yes, hundreds of students from around the United States apply to study at Georgia Southern each year. The out-of-state student population makes up six percent of the student body and is growing!

Are there any special admission requirements for out-of-state students?
All prospective students must meet the same requirements no matter the state they are from. Click here to review the full list of requirements for freshmen.

My high school graduation course requirements are different from the courses listed for admission. What do I need to do?
In order to be admitted to Georgia Southern you must meet the admission course requirements as listed above and on the freshman admissions page. This is required by the Georgia Board of Regents. However, there may other opportunities to satisfy these requirements. Please reach out to your admissions counselor for more information.

Is there a limit on the number of out-of-state students Georgia Southern will accepted each year?
No, there is no limit on the number of out-of-state students Georgia Southern will accept each year.

Is there special assistance or scholarships for out-of-state students?
Yes, Georgia Southern offers the Out-of-State Fee Waiver Scholarship for out-of-state students. In addition, out-of-state students are eligible to apply for academic merit-based scholarships.

Do you accept Florida Prepay or other 529 plans?
Yes, most states allow students to use their pre-paid money for any college, whether or not it is in-state or out-of-state. Student with a prepaid account should contact the program for specific information regarding specifics about the use of the funds.

Will Georgia Southern accept state tax scholarships, such as Bright Futures and Palmetto Fellows?
No, the scholarship funds generated through state taxes must stay within the state. For instance, Bright Futures is for Florida students who attend a Florida college or university. Students cannot use the award in another state, just as Georgia students could not use their HOPE to attend a school outside the state of Georgia.

Where is Georgia Southern University?
Georgia Southern is located in the southern part of the United States, in the state of Georgia. The campus is located in the town of Statesboro, about an hour’s drive from Savannah and Tybee Island beach, 3-hours from Atlanta, and 2-hours from Florida.

How much does it cost?
The cost of attending Georgia Southern is around $32,000 per year for out-of-state undergraduate students. This includes expenses for tuition and fees, housing and food, and other personal expenses. These costs are lower than many other U.S. universities of comparable size and facilities. To see a breakdown of fees, visit the Office of Student Accounts.

Last updated: 1/26/2017