Admissions FAQ

General Information

Georgia State offers a variety of unique academic programs including Freshman Learning Communities and Success Academy. Learn more about our unique academic programs.
Georgia State offers over 62 different majors in over 250 fields of study. View our complete list of our majors.
Students have access to a wide variety of academic support services outside the classroom, including a Writing Studio, Supplemental Instruction program and Academic Coaching. Please see our Student Success website for information about all of Georgia State’s academic support resources.
Georgia State offers dual-enrollment programs for highly motivated high school juniors and seniors. The application process and requirements are outlined here.

For specific questions about our Dual Enrollment Programs, please contact Collyn Alford, Admissions Counselor at calford@gsu.edu.

Georgia State University’s Honors College offers high-achieving and highly motivated students the resources to excel academically and to prepare for successful professional careers. Honors students have access to individualized advisement, small classes and seminars, priority registration, special housing in the University Commons, research assistantships, and additional Study Abroad opportunities. Qualified Students will receive a special invitation to apply for the Honors program once they have submitted all admission documents. For more information on the Honors College, please visit here.
Georgia State offers numerous scholarships for students who demonstrate outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement. In order to be considered for Georgia State scholarships, a student must apply for admission and submit all required documents by the January 3rd scholarship deadline. Eligible students will be contacted and receive a special invitation to apply for scholarships. For descriptions of our scholarship opportunities for incoming students, please click here. There are also hundreds of scholarships available for current Georgia State students.
If student athletes are interested in playing for the Georgia State Panthers, they should have their coach contact the athletics department. For specific information related to the college admission process, please contact Donald Weatherington, Admissions Counselor at dweatherington@gsu.edu.

Applying to Georgia State

Freshmen who apply for traditional fall entry may select early action on their application and receive a decision by January 8th. Freshmen who select regular admission will receive a decision as early as March 1, and as late as May 1. Early Action applicants are those for whom Georgia State University is a top choice school, and who are qualified to submit all documentation by the Early Action deadline. Regular admission applicants are those who are very interested in Georgia State, but would like senior year performance also considered in the application evaluation process.
Steps for admission include application, $60 application fee, official transcripts, and SAT and/or ACT scores, and completion of the appropriate online application. A detailed explanation is available here. Your answers on some of the application questions may require additional documents or statements, so please be sure every question is answered carefully and honestly.
The application for admission will open in August, and remain open until March 1. Students may submit their application and select either early action or regular admission, which will determine the deadline for which their documents will be due.
For traditional fall entry, the early action deadline is November 15 and the regular admission deadline is March 1. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships must have their application for admission and all required documents submitted by January 7. Students should apply as early as they feel qualified to submit their application, test scores, and transcripts, in order to have the best options for housing, scholarships, financial aid, and registration opportunities. Deadlines for freshmen entry terms are located here.
Official transcripts may be mailed from your school to Georgia State or sent electronically through gacollege411.org. Official test scores MUST be sent electronically from either Collegeboard or ACT by selecting Georgia State University as a school for test delivery.
Georgia State calculates admissibility through consideration of two factors: a student’s grade point average (GPA) in the College Prep Curriculum high school courses and official SAT and/or ACT scores. The average ranges for admissible freshmen are as follows:

High School Core GPA  3.2 – 3.7
SAT  (Verbal + Math only)  970  1190
ACT  (Composite)  21  27

Georgia State calculates the GPA of the 16 College Preparatory Curriculum Units and does not consider any AP/Honors/IB weighting in the calculation. However, AP/IB credits are accepted at Georgia State and credit information can be found here. For information on the courses we consider and how we calculate a GPA for a student, please visit this link.
The application fee may be waived under certain circumstances. Georgia State recognizes the following fee waiver programs: Collegeboard/SAT, ACT, and NACAC. To use a fee waiver, you must apply online. For more information on application fee waivers, please visit here.
Yes, Georgia State does consider the writing portions of SAT and/or ACT. While the specific single writing score is not entered into the admission calculation process, we reserve the right to read and consider the writing sample before rendering a final decision. You may review the freshmen index calculation process for a research university here, and note that the minimum freshman index listed does not guarantee acceptance.
If English is not your first language and you do NOT meet the minimum Critical Reading on the SAT or the minimum English score on the ACT, you must submit official scores from a Georgia State-approved English proficiency test in order to be considered for admission.
If a student would like to update their admission file, they must do so before an official decision has been made. Updated transcripts or test scores must arrive in the same delivery method mentioned above, and the student must call admissions to ensure that the new data will be considered. Visit here for more details.
Once an admissions decision has been generated, a re-evaluation is not an option. Students who are denied have the option to appeal the decision (see below), and submit updated documents in the process. Denied students are encouraged to look into our transfer requirements here.
A student is only eligible to appeal their admission decision if they have an official denied status. Denied students may submit appeals as early as they wish up to the July 1st final appeal deadline. Waitlisted, deferred, or students withdrawn for low test scores (SAT scores below 430 critical reading, 400 math and/or ACT below a 17 English, 17 math) may not appeal. Students who have compelling reasons to explain low performance on test scores/grades, or students who would like to be considered based on improved test scores or GPA after their denial status may access the appeal form here. A completed appeal includes the form, the required letter, and documents support their claim, which may include new transcripts, updated test scores, medical records, death certificates, recommendations, resumes, statements, or awards. Appeals will be reviewed and a final decision communicated via mail.

For further information on the Appeals process, please feel free to contact Donald Weatherington, Admissions Counselor at dweatherington@gsu.edu.

Steps for Accepted Students

Accepted students will need to submit an Intent to Enroll Form first in order to reserve a space in the class. View a complete list of required steps.
Incept is the official Georgia State University new undergraduate student orientation program. Incept is required for new freshman and strongly encouraged for new transfer students. Our programs are designed to introduce you to the unique world of Georgia State and prepare you to make the most of both your academic and co-curricular experiences.
Yes, Georgia State does grant certain AP/IB exam credit. To view specific AP/IB/CLEP credit information click here.
Any student can apply for financial aid by clicking here. To ensure that your financial aid will be awarded in time to help cover your tuition and fees for the Fall 2015 semester, complete your file before April 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Financial aid files completed by the priority date will be awarded financial aid, if eligible no later than June 30, 2015.
University Housing provides quality on-campus housing to enhance the personal growth and development of students. We accomplish this goal by offering modern, safe and secure facilities, opportunities for intellectual and social engagement, and purposeful interactions between residents and staff. For a listing of our on campus housing options, please visit our University Housing website.
Students will be sent an Intent to Enroll form upon their acceptance to Georgia State. It is the student’s responsibility to fill out the required information and submit it to the Admissions Office. Currently, there is no required tuition deposit at Georgia State University.
Georgia State offers several PantherDining options, including Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, and Garden Pasta Creations, among others. Georgia State also offers an all-you-can-eat, buffet style meal plan for any student.
Students can access information on transportation and parking by visiting Auxiliary Services.
Accepted Georgia State students can click here to see if they will need to take the math, chemistry, and/or foreign language placement tests and how to register. Testing requirements vary by major, and students will want to try and complete placement tests before orientation and registration. Get more information on placement tests on the INCEPT webpage.