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You’re ready for college. Ready for new experiences. But going to the “hometown” University doesn’t feel very “new,” does it? Georgia Southern University is home to students of all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico — students who’ve found a respected research university with vibrant campus experiences in a setting that feels like home.

Students in border states — Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee — can qualify for in-state tuition rates at one of the most affordable research universities in the country.

Enjoy three vibrant campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville:

  • Get involved! Choose from more than 200 student organizations.
  • Join thousands of students on gameday for one of 17 Division 1 sports.
  • Play a pick-up game or get in shape in our recreation facilities.
  • Join one of our Residential Learning Communities — a built-in support network that includes faculty coffee chats, field trips, common courses, study nights and more!

Out-of-state students currently represent 9% of our student body and have found a welcome campus environment to call home. Georgia Southern is known for a superior university education, taught by faculty who care about students and their success.

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Upcoming Out-of-State Events

Info Nights are Admissions presentations to learn more about Georgia Southern without traveling to one of our campuses. Pre-registration is required.

Out-of-State Cost

Note the Out-of-State tuition cost.  


The Out-of-State Fee Waiver Scholarship priority deadline for fall 2021 is February 1, 2021. 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 scholarships are available, valued at approximately $6,900 semester (based on fall 2020 Statesboro Campus rates). 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, and high school grade point average
  • Admission to Georgia Southern University

To be competitive, students should have 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
  • Admission to Georgia Southern University

To be competitive, students are encouraged to have a 3.5+ cumulative college GPA.


Please complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission online. You must also complete the online MyScholarships application. MyScholarships applications are due by February 1st. Students must also be admitted to Georgia Southern by the scholarship deadline. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Georgia Southern University?

Georgia Southern’s three campuses are located in the southern part of the United States, in the state of Georgia. The largest campus is located in the town of Statesboro, about an hour drive from Savannah. The Armstrong Campus is in Savannah. The Liberty Campus is in Hinesville.

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. (These rates are based on fall 2020 Statesboro Campus rates.)

Why do out-of-state students attend Georgia Southern?

Academics and Reputation

Georgia Southern is the fourth-largest university in Georgia. We are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ensuring an educational experience recognized by employers for its high quality. Our Honors College continues to grow, which is a magnet for high-achieving students and an indicator of rising student quality at the University.


Our largest campus which is home to more than 20,400 students is located in historic Statesboro built around a shop-lined Main Street with a nearly 1,000-acre park-like environment. It offers the exciting benefits of a large university and the personal feel of a smaller college. Situated on the Atlantic coast in beautiful Savannah, the Armstrong Campus is located just minutes away from the National Historic Landmark District downtown and a short drive from the sunny beaches of Tybee Island. The 268-acre arboretum campus is home to more than 6,500 students and offers an abundance of resources to help students succeed.

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 nine 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. 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 minimum course requirements as listed on the Staying On Course document issued 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 accept 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. Additionally, residents of Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee could be eligible for in-state tuition.

Do you accept Florida Prepaid 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. Students 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.

Border States

Border State Residents are Eligible for In-State Tuition at Georgia Southern’s Three Campuses

The University System of Georgia has approved out-of-state tuition differential waivers to residents of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee for Georgia Southern’s three campuses (the Armstrong Campus in Savannah, the Liberty Campus in Hinesville, and the Statesboro Campus).

Enjoy major savings on more than 80 acclaimed undergraduate programs in areas including health professions, behavioral & social sciences, public health, education, humanities, business, engineering, and the sciences. Financial aid is also available.

Students receiving the Border State Waiver must:

  • Remain in an undergraduate degree-seeking program of study.
  • Remain a resident of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

Admitted Students

If you are a resident of one of these states interested in enrolling at Georgia Southern, complete this form to apply for the Border State Waiver. 

Questions? Contact your admissions counselors.

Last updated: 7/26/2021