Freshman high school graduates with no college credit (not including dual 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 essay. The middle 50% of admitted students for Fall 2022 had SAT total scores ranging from 1110 to 1250 (EBRW+M subscores only), 23 to 28 ACT Composite scores, and high school grade point averages ranging from 3.51 to 3.93 (calculated on unweighted 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 GCSU community. In the application review process, GCSU 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. GCSU 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 GCSU. The minimum requirements include:
Standardized Test Scores
The University System of Georgia has announced that the three most selective public universities in the state of Georgia will require standardized test scores for fall 2024 admission for first-year students. As one of the top three most selective public universities in the state, Georgia College & State University will require the SAT or ACT for admissions for fall 2024. Keep in mind, GCSU employs a holistic admissions review process that takes into account a variety of factors such as GPA, difficulty of courses taken in high school, your essay, resume, and letters of recommendation. In addition, you may submit self-reported test scores for initial admissions review. If you are admitted using self-reported scores and choose to enroll at Georgia College & State University, you will need to submit official test scores by May 1, 2024.
Despite the changes and challenges of the last few years, GCSU's quality of education, commitment to community, and devotion to our students' success has not wavered. Neither has our holistic review process with our admissions applicants - we have always focused on academics, rigor, activities, and leadership. 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.
Self-Reported Test Scores
In an effort to expedite the application completion process, Georgia College will allow self-reported test scores for initial admission review. You have two avenues to self-report your standardized test scores:
Please note: We will not use scores received on your high school transcript or via email, fax, or postal service. Additionally, GC cannot request scores on your behalf.
If you are admitted and choose to enroll at Georgia College, you will need to submit official test scores by May 1. For fall 2023, you will only need to submit official scores if you do not meet the minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher on the Georgia required high school curriculum. Use the school codes below to submit your official scores: