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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.
  2. Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee online or upload an acceptable fee waiver as you submit your application.
    We accept official application fee waivers from College Board, ACT, and NACAC.
  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 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 SAT. For the ACT, we will average your highest English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for the highest composite.
  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.

All application materials should be mailed to: Office of Admissions, PO Box 8024, Statesboro, GA 30460.

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

High School GPA & Required High School Curriculum
  • 2.5+ High School GPA
  • Your High School GPA is calculated by the Office of Admissions using the 17 Required High School Curriculum courses listed at the bottom of this page. Additional information can be found at Staying on Course. Grades will be used as listed on your official high school transcript; Georgia Southern does not add or remove weight for accelerated courses.
SAT & ACT Test Scores

Georgia Southern accepts both the SAT and ACT.

Summer & Fall 2019 Requirements  
SAT ACT
Reading Test Score: 24+ English: 17+
Math Test Score: 22+ Math: 17+
Total: 1030+
(Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + Math)
Composite: 20+
Note: We will “superscore” your highest EBRW and Math to create the highest possible total. Note: We will “superscore” your ACT by averaging your highest English, Math, Reading, and Science scores.
Spring 2020 & Later Requirements  
SAT ACT
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480+ English or Reading: 17+
Math: 440+ Math: 17+
Total: 1030+
(Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + Math)
Composite: 20+
Note: We will “superscore” your highest EBRW and Math to create the highest possible total. Note: We will “superscore” your ACT by averaging your highest English, Math, Reading, and Science scores.

Liberty Campus Admissions

The Office of Admissions can admit new freshmen to the Liberty Campus as long as they have earned a high school diploma. However, if students are admitted without meeting the admission criteria listed above for the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses, they must complete thirty or more credit hours with a cumulative 2.0+ GPA and satisfy any Required High School Curriculum deficiencies before transitioning to the Statesboro or Armstrong Campuses. Please contact the Liberty Campus Admissions Counselor at 912.877.1908 to learn more.


Required High School Curriculum

  • MATHEMATICS: Four 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 units of English which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills.
  • SCIENCE: Four units of science where two courses include a laboratory component. Georgia public high school graduates must have at least one unit of Biology, one unit of Physical Science or Physics, one unit of Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science, or an advanced placement science course, and a fourth science.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE: Three units of social science, with at least one course focusing on United States studies and one course focusing on world studies.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Two units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Two units of American Sign Language or certain Computer Science courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Eagle Success Program

Eagle Success is a special enrollment opportunity for students on both the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses. These students begin classes in the summer, gaining access to campus resources and support to assist in their transition to college. This five-week program runs concurrently with Georgia Southern’s summer term, from mid-June to mid-July. Students live on campus with other participants, creating an engaged community with opportunities for success.

Students who are interested in participating in Eagle Success should complete the regular undergraduate application for admission, applying for the fall or summer term. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students are admitted to Eagle Success during a holistic admissions review process. Additionally, any student admitted for the summer or fall term can choose to participate in Eagle Success. Decisions are made based on a holistic review of high school curriculum, grade point average, and college entrance exam scores. Visit the Eagle Success page to learn more.


Additional Information

  • 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 kept active for two years. After two years, students must reapply for consideration.

The GUStimator

This GUStimator is a way for incoming freshmen who have taken the SAT or ACT to receive an unofficial admission decision to Georgia Southern University.

You will need to enter your SAT or ACT scores with your GPA to receive the unofficial decision. Detailed freshmen admission requirements can be found here.

Freshmen admission decisions are made in consideration of the following: SAT/ACT scores, High School GPA (Required High School Curriculum only), Freshmen Index, and completion of the Required High School Curriculum. The Freshmen Index is based on a combination of SAT/ACT scores and high school GPA.

Dual Enrollment

Students who have participated in Move On When Ready/Dual Enrollment 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

Students from accredited homeschool programs should meet regular admission criteria.

Students from non-accredited homeschool programs (or non-accredited high schools) have requirements that differ slightly. These students should:

  • Score at or above the average SAT score of the previous year’s fall semester first-time freshman class. For Fall 2019 entry, the freshman standard is an 1140 on the SAT or a 23 on the ACT.
  • Meet the minimum high school GPA required for regular admission.
  • Complete the Required High School Curriculum.
  • If a transcript is not available to you, please complete this form: Home School Credit Evaluation Form.

Accreditation

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

Agency Address Phone
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
Eagle Success
  • Focus on success
  • Peer mentors inside and outside of the classroom
  • Small class sizes
  • Academic support and tutoring
  • Living-learning community for residential students
  • Coursework that counts toward your degree

Eagle Success is a special enrollment opportunity for students on both the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses. These students begin classes in the summer, gaining access to campus resources and support to assist in their transition to college. This five-week program runs concurrently with Georgia Southern’s summer term, from mid-June to mid-July. Students live on campus with other participants, creating an engaged community with opportunities for success.

Students who are interested in participating in Eagle Success should complete the regular undergraduate application for admission, applying for the fall or summer term. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Eagle Success page to learn more.

Last updated: 9/6/2019