First-Year Requirements

All applicants who graduate from high school less than 12 months prior to the start of their first term at Georgia College will be classified as freshmen applicants.  Freshmen applicants are also subject to the university’s first year on-campus residency requirement.

Early Action is an accelerated college application process in which students must complete their application by October 15. Early action decisions are non-binding and applications are reviewed through the holistic admissions process.

Students who receive early action acceptance have an opportunity to apply for Georgia College's most prestigious President's Scholarship Competition held in early December where over $200,000 worth of scholarships are awarded. 

Rolling Decision (aka Regular Decision) provides applicants an opportunity to be reviewed at a later date in Georgia College's holistic admissions process. This gives students time to submit test scores taken after the Early Action timeline, include grades from their first semester of senior year, and gives a student more time to work on their application. 
If your file is Complete and Ready for Review by:

October 15, 2019 (Early Action)

January 1, 2020

February 1, 2020

March 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

 A decision will be entered at 6:00 pm on the following dates:

* See below

January 24, 2020

February 21, 2020

March 27, 2020

April 24, 2020

*Early Action decisions will be posted by early December 2019. Check our social media accounts and emails for more information about when decisions will be available.

Please note: Completed and Ready for Review status means that ALL required application materials along with the Undergraduate Application have been received to the Office of Admissions.

First-Year Admission Requirements

In reviewing applications, the GC Office of Admissions uses a holistic admissions process. This process not only examines the students’ academic record but also takes into consideration the competencies and experiences (full spectrum) of an applicant. Therefore meeting the minimum admission requirement does not guarantee acceptance. Student applications are evaluated once the file is complete with all supporting documents received. Admission files should be complete by the indicated deadlines.

The Fall 2020 application is now open.

The Undergraduate application is used to apply as a first-year student. Please submit ONLY ONE application and use ONLY that application all the way through to submission. Submitting more than one application will most certainly delay your admission decision. *The Office of Admissions has no application preference 

*Currently enrolled Georgia College dual enrollment students are only required to submit an Undergraduate Update Form. Please note: Dual enrollment students will go through the same freshman admission review process and must meet the admission deadlines for all required admission materials.

GAfutures Application  (AVAILABLE NOW)

Common Application (AVAILABLE NOW)

Paper Application

Please note: You will be prompted to create an account before you can access our online application. This is a GAfutures and Common Application requirement.

Application Fee: The $35 (non-refundable) online application fee is payable at the time of application for first-year applicants. The paper application fee is $40 (non-refundable). If you submitted your application without paying the fee, you may do so through our payment portal. 

Fee Waiver:

First-year application processing fee is NOT required of students who have:

Previously applied to Dual Enrollment at Georgia College 

Received an application fee waiver

Students who receive a testing fee waiver will automatically receive College Application Fee Waivers to use when applying to college. Students must make sure to submit one of their official College Application Fee Waivers (not the test fee waiver) to the Georgia College Office of Admissions for the waiver to be accepted. Note: Waivers must be signed and mailed. No fax or email photocopies accepted.

Accepted application fee waivers: NACAC, Glimpse, NRCCUA, College Board (SAT), ACT

If you are exempt from paying the application fee, please select “Fee Waiver” option on your application to avoid paying the application fee. 

Please note: Applicants are responsible for submitting their official fee waivers to the Office of Admissions.

Applicants are required to submit transcripts directly from each and every high school to the GC Office of the Admissions.

If admitted, dual enrollment transcripts are required if any courses were taken at an institution/college while the student attended high school. For information about course equivalency and how courses taken at another institution transfer to Georgia College, please visit our Transfer Equivalency page. 

Official formats for receiving transcripts:

College: Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Mail
High School: GAfutures, Parchment, CommonApp, Naviance, Mail

Faxed documents and copies provided by the student are NOT considered official and will not be used for admission purposes. Courses from one institution that are listed on another high school and/or college transcript will not substitute for an official transcript. Prior educational experience may not be omitted from an application package.

Essay Question 1: Given your own individual background, life experiences, and personal identity, how will you contribute to the overall diversity of the student body at GC?

Essay Question 2: Please describe the most important goal you have established for yourself regarding your future undergraduate experience and explain how a Georgia College education fits into accomplishing this goal.

Generally, essays are completed on the application. However, if sending the essays via mail or email, please include the applicant’s full name and birth date to ensure materials are updated to the correct application. Essays may be mailed to Campus Box 23, Milledgeville, GA 31061, or emailed as a Microsoft Word document to admissions@gcsu.edu.

*Currently enrolled Georgia College dual enrollment students are not required to submit essay responses.

Having trouble completing the essays through CommonApp? View the video tutorial below for a step-by-step guide.

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Official score reports are sent directly to GC from the testing agency. Scores must be received prior to the appropriate application deadline. Please note: GC cannot request scores on your behalf.

The following are the Institutional Codes for GC:
• SAT/ AP/CLEP: 5252
• ACT: 0828

To learn more about how we use test scores, click the button below.

GC test score information

Learn how to send SAT scores Learn how to send ACT scores 

SAT Test Dates | ACT Test Dates

Letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor (GC accepts up to 6 recommendations)
Resume of co-curricular activities or *ZeeMee digital resume

Note: Early Action applicants who are applying for the President's Scholarship Competition are required to submit a letter of recommendation and a resume. 

Letters of recommendation and resumes may be included on the application for admission, mailed to Campus Box 23, Milledgeville, GA 31061, or emailed as a Microsoft Word document to admissions@gcsu.edu. Please include the applicant’s full name and birth date when sending the recommended items to ensure materials are updated to the correct application.

Georgia College will review your ZeeMee digital resume in addition to the other required materials. ZeeMee is a free service that helps students bring their applications to life. Simply copy and paste your link into your application in the resume section. Please note, submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely OPTIONAL. Evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.

 

The successful first-year applicant will demonstrate his or her potential for success by completing a rigorous Required High School Curriculum with a competitive grade point average, show strong SAT or ACT score results 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 unweighted academic courses only).

Note: These numbers are provided only as guidelines. 

Students whose test scores/subscores may subject them to screening for learning support/remedial placement, will not be considered for admission.

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.