Freshman Requirements | Georgia Southern University (2022)

MARCH 2022 UPDATE: FALL 2022 ADMISSION OPTIONS WITHOUT ACT OR SAT SCORES

First-year students applying to Georgia Southern University for the fall 2022 semester can be admitted without an ACT or SAT score, if they have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.* Students who have a GPA of less than 3.2 should submit official ACT or SAT scores along with their high school transcript to be considered for admission. All students must be on track to complete the Required High School Curriculum to be admitted. Learn more on the Requirements tab.

*Georgia Southern calculates your high school GPA for admission based on 17 required high school courses.

The University System of Georgia authorized this change.

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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.

Thank you for your interest in Georgia Southern University! As you review the requirements below, please note, there are many options for attending Georgia Southern. We encourage you to have a conversation with your Admissions Counselor if you have any questions about the requirements or your academic history. We’re here to help!

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Admissions Checklist

  1. Applyonline.
  2. The $30 application fee is waived for all students applying for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 entry terms during No Fee June: June 1 through June 30.
  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 reviewa 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 clickinghereto 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. Visit the College Board and ACT websites for available test dates.
    We also offer theACT-On Campus on the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses for students who have already applied to Georgia Southern. Learn more and register on theTesting Services website.
  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.

Decision Timeline

Summer and Fall term applicants are admitted on a rolling basis beginning in September. Students who will not be admitted will be notified beginning in November. Decisions are posted online through the New Undergraduate Admissions Status Check.

Admission Requirements

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

High School Curriculum
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.

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High School GPA
Georgia Southern would like for students to have a 2.5 or higher High School GPA on the 17 courses noted above. However, all applicants, regardless of GPA, will be evaluated for admission.

SAT or ACT Test Scores
First-year students applying to Georgia Southern University for the fall 2022 semester can be admitted without an ACT or SAT score, if they have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.* Students who have a GPA of less than 3.2 should submit official ACT or SAT scores along with their high school transcript to be considered for admission.

Students are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores to Georgia Southern from the testing agency. Visit the College Board and ACT websites for available test dates (SAT Code: 5253 / ACT Code: 0830). We also offer the ACT-On Campus on the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses for students who have already applied to Georgia Southern. Learn more and register on the Testing Services website. Georgia Southern would like for students to have the test scores noted below; however, all applicants, regardless of test scores, will be evaluated for admission.

SATACT
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480+English or Reading: 17+
Math: 440+Math: 17+
Note: We will utilize your highest subtest scores from all scores received to evaluate your application.

As noted above, all applicants, regardless of GPA and test score totals/composites, will be evaluated for admission.

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.

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.

Decision Timeline

Summer and Fall term applicants are admitted on a rolling basis beginning in September. Students who will not be admitted will be notified beginning in mid-January. Decisions are posted online through the New Undergraduate Admissions Status Check.

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.

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Homeschooled Students

Students from accredited homeschool programs should meet regular admission criteria.

Applicants graduating from non-accredited homeschools or high schools must meet the admission criteria required of other applicants but may demonstrate their graduation and completion of the RHSC in an alternative way, including a course portfolio. Please contact your admissions counselor for additional information.

Accreditation

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

AgencyAddressPhone
Association of Christian Schools InternationalPO Box 1537, Snellville, GA 30075770-353-7090
GA Accrediting Commission Inc.706-353-7090
GA Association of Christian SchoolsAthens, GA 30605706-549-2190
Southern Association of College and SchoolsDecatur, GA 30033404-679-4500
The GA Private School Accrediting Commission706-549-2190

Eagle Success

EAGLE SUCCESS IS NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED AS AN ENROLLMENT OPTION

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  • Focus on success
  • Peer mentors inside and outside of the classroom
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  • 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.

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FAQs

Can I get into Georgia Southern with a 2.9 GPA? ›

First-year students applying to Georgia Southern University for the fall 2022 semester can be admitted without an ACT or SAT score, if they have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

What are the requirements to get into Georgia Southern University? ›

There are minimum requirements for admission: at least a 1010 on the SAT (Math and Critical Reading) or a 21 on the ACT (composite), plus "satisfactory" GPA about required high school courses.

What are my chances of getting into Georgia Southern? ›

The acceptance rate at Georgia Southern is 67.7%.

In other words, of 100 students who apply, 68 are admitted. This means the school is somewhat selective. You should prepare your academic scores well, but you have an excellent chance if you impress them.

How hard is it to get into Georgia Southern University? ›

Georgia Southern admissions is not selective with an acceptance rate of 91%. Students that get into Georgia Southern have an average SAT score between 1030-1170 or an average ACT score of 18-24. The regular admissions application deadline for Georgia Southern is rolling.

Is Georgia Southern a party school? ›

Georgia Southern is known as one of the biggest party schools in Georgia. I can admit that there are a lot of students who party all the time; however those are usually freshman who have never experienced freedom, and because of that many of them do not continue into their sophomore year.

Can I get into GSU with a 2.5 GPA? ›

Is your high school GPA good enough for Georgia State University? The average high school GPA for admitted students at Georgia State University is 3.49 on a 4.0 scale.

What is the minimum SAT score to get into College? ›

For a selective public institution like the University of Michigan, you'll want to hit at least 1350. Less selective public institutions, as well as many small liberal arts colleges, regularly accept applicants in the 950-1050 range.

What is the GPA requirement for UGA? ›

Main Academic Excellence that is in line with University of Georgia (UGA) admission standards. Score at least a 1240 on the SAT or 87 on the ACT. Maintain a GPA of at least a 4.0.

What GPA do you need to get into Georgia State? ›

With a GPA of 3.49, Georgia State University requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes.

What colleges have the highest acceptance rate? ›

Top 100 - Colleges with Highest Acceptance Rates for 2022
City University of Seattle Bellevue, Washington100%
Wilmington University New Castle, Delaware99.9%
Nyack College Nyack, New York99.8%
Montana State University–Billings Billings, Montana99.7%
Cameron University Lawton, Ohio99.6%
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Is Georgia Southern a good school? ›

Georgia Southern University recognized for 28 top degree programs in U.S. Georgia Southern University has been awarded top-ranking status for multiple degree programs by Intelligent.com. Georgia Southern was listed among hundreds of other competing institutions across the nation.

What's the average SAT score? ›

What is Considered a Good SAT Score? According to data published in College Board's 2020 SAT Annual Report, among the 2.2 million 2020 high school graduates who took the test, the average SAT composite score was 1051, with the average “Reading & Writing” score being 528 and the average “Mathematics” score is 523.

Is Georgia Southern a black college? ›

Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

The enrolled student population at Georgia Southern University is 58.5% White, 26% Black or African American, 6.92% Hispanic or Latino, 3.76% Two or More Races, 2.23% Asian, 0.341% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.152% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

How safe is Georgia Southern University? ›

Georgia Southern named one of Safest Colleges in America by National Council for Home Safety and Security. Georgia Southern has been ranked in the top 100, coming in at number 82, in the National Council for Home Safety and Security's Safest Colleges in America 2017 report.

Is Georgia Southern conservative? ›

Georgia Southern University - Armstrong

#2 Most Conservative Colleges in Georgia.

What is the #1 party school in Georgia? ›

University of Georgia

#1 Top Party Schools in Georgia.

Is Ga Southern a dry campus? ›

Alcohol Policy

Georgia Southern University recognizes that members of the campus community and members of the Statesboro-Bulloch County community may wish to have alcoholic beverages served at various events and functions on the University's campus or other areas under the control of the University.

Is Georgia Southern a dry campus? ›

Georgia Southern University has a 3 strike alcohol policy.

What GPA is required for Georgia? ›

The average successful applicant had a GPA of 3.6 and an SAT score of right around 1200—more than 75% of those who applied were welcomed to Athens. In 2022, the average UGA admit possesses SATs within a mid-50% range of 1350-1480 and a GPA above 4.0.

What GPA do you need to get into Georgia Tech? ›

With a GPA of 4.07, Georgia Tech requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. Furthermore, you should be taking hard classes - AP or IB courses - to show that college-level academics is a breeze.

What is the GPA requirement for Savannah State University? ›

For all SSU students, the minimum cumulative GPA requirement for academic good standing is 2.0. All students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 each semester. All students must also achieve or maintain a GPA of at least 2.0, as well as satisfy all course requirements for the degree, in order to graduate.

What GPA is required for Georgia State? ›

With a GPA of 3.49, Georgia State University requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes.

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