Freshman Admission

Freshman high school graduates with no college credit or those having earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of transferable college credit coursework (not including joint enrollment and advanced placement credits).

The successful freshman applicant will demonstrate his or her potential for success by completing a rigorous Required High School Curriculum with a satisfactory grade point average, show strong SAT or ACT score results (optional - see below for more detail), and provide well developed personal essays. The middle 50% of admitted students for Fall 2019 had SAT total scores ranging from 1140 to 1280 (EBRW+M subscores only), 24 to 29 ACT Composite scores, and high school grade point averages ranging from 3.39 to 3.87 (calculated on academic courses only). These numbers are provided only as guidelines. Admissions decisions are based on the total student portfolio and demonstrated potential for contribution to the university and probability for success in the unique environment of the GC community. In the application review process, GC strives to discover students who will bring academic and creative achievements, elements of diversity, a proven commitment to community service, and who have the potential to make significant contributions to society. GC seeks inquisitive freshmen who exhibit the desire to develop an analytical mind; a sense of civic and global responsibility; sound ethical principles; respect for human diversity and individuality; effective writing, speaking, and qualitative skills; and a healthy lifestyle.

Successful completion of the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) is mandatory for admission to GC. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved RHSC curriculum requires:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math with Algebra I being the minimum level for consideration
  • 4 units of science including at least 2 units of laboratory science
  • 3 units of social science
  • 2 years of the same foreign language

A word about the SAT and ACT scores: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University System of Georgia will allow students to apply for admission without submitting SAT or ACT scores for the Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 semesters. Students who have SAT/ACT scores may still submit them.