First-Year Requirements

Apply with GA Futures Application

Early Action Deadline: Oct. 15

Apply with Common Application

Early Action Deadline: Oct. 15

In accordance with the University System of Georgia, Georgia College will waive the requirement of standardized test scores for fall 2023 admission for first-year students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher on the Georgia required high school curriculum. 

our Fall 2023 Freshman application is OPEN

Fall Freshman 2023 GA Futures and the Common Application is now open. Prospective first-year students must meet all admission requirements, including satisfactory completion of the Required High School Curriculum and all other requested documentation.

If you have any questions about the undergraduate admissions process, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@gcsu.edu or 478-445-2774. 

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Why Early Action?

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. 

For Early Action admission, the application, $35 application fee, official high school transcript, and personal essay response are due by October 15. We will continue to accept ACT/SAT scores (both self-reported and official score reports) and optional materials (resume and recommendation letters) through October 25 for Early Action admission.

Students who apply during early action are considered for Georgia College's most prestigious President's Scholarship Competition held in early December where over $200,000 worth of scholarships are awarded. 

Why Rolling Decision?

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. 

Admissions Decision Schedule for Fall Semester 2023

If your file is Complete and Ready for Review by the date(s) below, a decision will be entered on the noted decision date:

October 15, 2022 (Early Action)*

*Early Action decisions will be posted by late November 2022. Check our social media accounts and emails for more information about when decisions will be available.

Beginning in January (after the early action deadline), decisions will be released on a monthly basis.

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 Student 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.

Steps to Admission

1. Undergraduate Application

The Fall 2023 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  

COMMON APPLICATION 

PAPER APPLICATION -pdf

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.

2. Application Fee/Fee Waiver

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 from the test agency to use when applying to college. Students must send 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 by the student and mailed or emailed.

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.

3. Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts to the GC Office of Admissions. Students who attended multiple high schools may be required to submit official transcripts from all schools (particularly if not all high school courses appear on the student's current high school transcript). 

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 include:

College: ParchmentNational Student ClearinghouseMail
High School: GAfuturesParchmentCommonAppNaviance, and Mail

Mailed transcripts should be sent in an unopened envelope that was sealed by the school. 

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.

4. Essay Response: 200-300 words

As part of our mission to provide students with a liberal arts education, Georgia College strives to create an atmosphere that instills in students exceptional qualities of mind and character including respect for human diversity and individuality. Georgia College is dedicated to extending learning beyond the classroom to foster critical thinking skills and help students develop the tools necessary to not only consume knowledge, but also produce knowledge. Our faculty create a rigorous and challenging classroom experience and prepare students to combine that experience with real-world applications. With this educational style in mind, please choose one of the two following essay topics: 

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

OR 

  • 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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5. Standardized Test Scores

In accordance with the University System of Georgia, Georgia College will waive the requirement of standardized test scores for fall 2023 admission for first-year students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher on the Georgia required high school curriculum. 

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:

  • Self-reported scores listed in the Common Application testing section
  • Self-reported Score Form, which can be found in your admission portal after you have submitted your application

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, 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:

  • 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 

6. Highly Recommended Items
  • One to two letters of recommendation from teacher or counselor
  • Resume of co-curricular activities or *ZeeMee digital resume

Since Georgia College utilizes a holistic review process, letters of recommendation and resumes may be included on the application for admission, upload in student portal, mailed to Campus Box 23, Milledgeville, GA 31061, or emailed as a Microsoft Word document/ PDF format 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. Please note: Georgia College does not utilize a specific teacher recommendation form.

7. First-Year Student Profile

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 a 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).

25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
GPA: 3.51 GPA: 3.70 GPA: 3.93
SAT: 1110 SAT: 1193 SAT: 1250
ACT: 23 ACT: 26 ACT: 28

Admissions Deadline

The deadline for admissions is November 1 for first-time freshmen who would like to apply for Spring 2023.

For Early Action admission for fall, the application, $35 application fee, official high school transcript, and personal essay response are due by October 15. We will continue to accept ACT/SAT scores (both self-reported and official score reports) and optional materials (resume and recommendation letters) through October 25 for Early Action admission.

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