Non-Traditional Freshman

Non-traditional freshmen are students who have less than 30 transferable semester/45 quarter college credit hours (or no college credit) and have been out of high school at least five years and whose high school class graduated at least five years ago.

Application Due Dates:

July 1

Fall Semester Application Due

Nov 1

Spring Semester Application Due

April 1

Maymester Application Due

May 1

Summer (June & July) Application Due

Non-Traditional Freshman Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed once a file becomes complete which means all required documentation has been received by the Georgia College Admissions Office. Admission files should be complete by the indicated priority deadlines.

1. Undergraduate Application

The Undergraduate application is used to apply as a non-traditional freshman 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. 



2. Application Fee

Application Fee: The $35 (non-refundable) online application fee is payable at the time of application for non-traditional freshman 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

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

3. High School Transcript or GED/College Transcript

Transcripts must be sent directly from each and every high school and/or college (including technical institutions) attended to the GC Office of the Admissions, Campus Box 023, Milledgeville, GA 31061.

Official high school transcripts should be from a properly accredited high school showing graduation with a college preparatory diploma or successful completion of the GED.

Official formats for receiving transcripts:

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 college transcript will not substitute for an official transcript. Prior educational experience may not be omitted from an application package.

4. Personal Essay Question (200-300 words each)

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 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:

Essay Question 1: Given your own individual background and life experiences, what strengths or distinctions will you contribute to the student body at GCSU?

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

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

Watch CommonApp Tutorial

5. SAT/ACT Scores or ACCUPLACER Scores

SAT/ACT: If you have not taken the SAT/ACT or your scores are older than 7 years, please refer to the ACCUPLACER section.

 Official score reports are those sent directly to GCSU from the testing agency. Scores must be received prior to the appropriate application deadline. The following are the Institutional Codes for GCSU:
• SAT/ AP/CLEP: 5252
• ACT: 0828
We cannot request scores on your behalf.  Visit our SAT/ACT information page to learn how we use test scores.

ACCUPLACER: ACCUPLACER is a placement test for applicants to GCSU who have not taken the  SAT/ACT or have SAT/ACT scores older than 7 years. Georgia College Testing Services offers this testing service on campus. To learn more, please visit the Testing Services page or contact the department at 478-445-5016. 

6. Other Recommended Items
  • Letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor
  • Resume of co-curricular activities

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 Please include the applicant’s full name and birth date when sending the recommended items to ensure materials are updated to the correct application.

App Status Check

You can track your missing and received application materials by visiting our application status check page.

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If you have questions about the admissions process, please feel free to contact your admissions counselor.

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