Application Information

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Thank you for choosing Savannah State University as your institution to pursue your educational goals. Completing this application is your first step to be considered for admission. The Office of Admissions is here to assist you with any questions you have regarding the application process. We hope you will become a part of our Tiger family.

Office of Admissions

— Last updated by Savannah State University on 12/5/2011 10:00AM PST


  1. DO NOT submit this online admission application if you:
    1. Previously attended SSU as a freshman or transfer student (complete Readmission Application)
    2. Are applying to the Graduate School (complete Graduate Application).
  2. If you are applying as an international student you must also complete the Supplemental International Application.
  3. Read the instructions provided below and complete the application in its entirety. Do not leave any blank items in order to expedite the processing of your application.
  4. Print out the application and keep a copy for your records. Do not send to our office as we will receive your information electronically. Paper submitted copies of electronic applications will not be processed.
  5. Keep a copy of your sumbmitted documents for your own personal use. All documents submitted to the Office of Admissions become and remain the property of Savannah State University and will not be returned to the applicant, duplicated, or transferred to another institution.

A completed application includes:

  • Completed and submitted online SSU Admission Application
  • Official high school and/or college transcript(s)
  • Complete Certificate of Immunization form (only if you are not a Georgia resident Immunization Record)
  • Official SAT and/or ACT score report
  • COMPASS Exam score report — will be required for applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements and/or have high school curriculum deficiencies in English or Math but demonstrate potential for academic success
  • Admissions Application Checklist

Other required documents depending upon admit type:

  • Official college transcript displaying type of degree and award date
  • Transient Permission Letter displaying courses eligible to enroll and good academic standing
  • ACCEL program application
  • TOEFL score report
  • Proof of financial support
  • Supplemental application
  • Professional Evaluation of high school and/or college transcript(s)
  • Country Test results

Applicants who previously attended college or university and have less than 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of transferable college credit must meet freshman requirements.

Freshmen Applicant Requirements

  • SAT (Minimum score 430 critical reading and 400 math)
  • ACT (Minimum score 17 English, 17 math, and 17 composite)
  • College prep GPA of at least 2.3
  • Freshman index of 1940
  • 16 College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) units (4 English courses; 4 math courses; 3 sciences; 3 social sciences; 2 years of the same foreign language) — for students graduating high school prior to 2012
  • 17 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units (4 English courses; 4 math courses; 4 sciences; 3 social sciences; 2 years of the same foreign language) — for students graduating high school in 2012 or later

Please note:

Transcripts: Please request your counselor or principal to electronically send an official transcript of all high school work to the Office of Admissions. This should be done before the completion of your senior year in high school. Upon graduation, your counselor will need to electronically submit your final high school transcript with the official date of graduation and also with high school graduation test scores (if graduating from a Georgia high school).

ACT/SAT exam: If you have not previously taken the College Board exam, we highly recommend and encourage you to take the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) on the next scheduled date. Be sure to request that a copy of your scores be sent electronically to Savannah State University and remember to register for the test well in advance of the testing date to avoid late registration fees and college admission deadline dates.

SAT — (SSU Code for SAT: 5609)
ACT — (SSU Code for ACT: 0858)

Faxes: When faxing documents to the Office of Admissions please print your full name, date of birth, student ID (in known), and enrollment term at the top of each page.

Transfer Applicant Requirements

  • 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) earned at a regionally accredited college (with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher)
  • Completion of two college-level English courses and one college-level math course
  • If less than 30 semester hours earned, the applicant must meet freshman applicant requirements as stated above

Transient Applicant Requirements

  • Must submit a letter of approval/authorization from the dean or registrar of your "home" institution to enroll in specific courses at Savannah State University
  • Must be in good academic standing at "home" institution
  • Must submit Immunization Records
  • Courses in Business Administration and Social Work must meet departmental requirements

Postbaccalaureate or Special Admit Applicant Requirements

  • Must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Must submit official academic transcripts from all other colleges attended

Dual Enrollment/Joint Enrollment/Early Admission Requirements

International Student Requirements

  • Must meet appropriate freshman or transfer admission requirements
  • Applicants from non-native English speaking countries must TOEFL score of at least 225 on computer test or 530 on the paper exam
  • Proof of financial support will be required before and I-20 is issued
  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a professional evaluation service, such as World Education Services or Joseph Silny and Associates prior to submission to the Office of Admissions

Verification of Lawful Presence

In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.3.4, all applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission to Savannah State University and who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes, will be required to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States. Acceptance to Savannah State University may be delayed until lawful presence is verified.

The U.S. Department of Education will automatically validate the lawful presence of any student who completes a FAFSA application; therefore, if you are applying for financial aid it will not be necessary for Savannah State University to perform additional verification of your residency status. Otherwise, you will be required to submit one of the following documents to the Office of Admissions:

  • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (no photocopies)
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • Current U.S. Passport
  • GA Driver's License (issued after 1/1/2008)
  • GA ID Card (issued after 1/1/2008)
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issue by Dept. of State (DS-1350)
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561)
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570)

General Deadlines

Applications and all required supporting credentials must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the deadline date:

  • Fall semester — July 15
  • Spring semester — November 1
  • Summer semester — May 1

International Students Only

  • Fall semester deadline — May 1
  • Spring semester — October 15
  • Summer semester — March 1

Application Disclaimer

  • Complete all applicable items and sign the application agreement statement. Incomplete applications will delay processing, financial aid funding, and affect on-campus housing availability upon acceptance.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Savannah State University from ALL institutions attended.
  • Failure to declare attendance at another institution will result in denial of credit for such work or immediate dismissal.

Downloadable Forms

If you have questions about any part of your application contact the Office of Admissions at or via telephone: (800) 788-0478 or (912) 358-4338.

Contact Us

Savannah State University
PO Box 20209
3219 College Street
Savannah, GA 31404

(912) 358-4338
(800) 788-0478
(912) 358-3171


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