Fall 2016 Freshman Application

The Common Application for Fall 2016 is open.

At Georgia State, we recognize that everyone is different. We give you options on how we evaluate your application because we know that every student is unique. Selecting how you would like to be reviewed as a freshman applicant is as simple as choosing which information to supply when you complete the application – skip the optional essay and letter of recommendation sections for the merit-based evaluation, or include an essay and letter(s) of recommendation to be evaluated holistically. It’s your choice; either way, we hope you choose Georgia State University.

The Merit Review

The Merit Review is based purely on your academic merits as they align with Georgia State’s admissions requirements, including your high school transcript(s) and test scores. Choosing this method of review means that you have elected not to complete the optional essay and letter of recommendation sections of the admissions application, and that you will be assessed solely on your previous academic performance and scores. If you choose this review method, Georgia State will reach out to you if any other information is necessary to make our admissions decision.

The Holistic Review

The Holistic Review gives the Office of Undergraduate Admissions an enhanced picture of your abilities through the admissions application. For this option, please complete the essay and letter of recommendation sections of the Common Application, in addition to providing your transcript(s) and test scores. We strongly encourage the holistic review option if you would like to be considered for merit scholarships, if you are an international applicant, or if you’d simply like to share more about yourself as we make our admissions decisions.

Our decisions are based primarily on academic merit. The optional essay and letters of recommendation provide additional insight about you as an applicant as Georgia State selects its freshman class. Regardless of the review option you select, meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to Georgia State University. It only ensures that your completed application will be reviewed.

Transferpostbaccalaureatetransientdual enrollment and other non-traditional applicants will continue to apply using our online application.

International Students will use the appropriate application for their applicant type. Click here for additional application requirements for international students.

We are excited to get to know more about you. Thank you in advance for applying to Georgia State.

Step-By-Step Freshman Application Instructions

Freshmen applicants, create an account and get started 

Note: Our application process differs for other types of applicants. Please review our information for dual enrollmenthome school studentsre-entry and GSU-62 applicants.

The optional essay portion of the application requires 250-650 words written on one of the following topics:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

For more on the optional essay, visit our Application Tips page.

Payment Options

  • Credit card or checking account system accepted.
  • Or provide an approved CollegeboardNACAC or ACT fee waiver. (For ACT waivers, speak with your high school guidance counselor. Fee waivers are only taken for prospective freshman applications.)

Mail your original, approved fee waiver to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Sparks Hall, Suite 200
P.O. Box 4009
Atlanta, GA 30302-4009

*Your application will not be reviewed for admission until we have received your complete and approved free waiver.

  • High schools must send transcripts through official mail or electronically through GAcollege411. You can use our transcript request form to request a mailed transcript from your high school.
  • A final official transcript must also be sent after graduation. Calculation of GPA is based on core academic classes only.
If you want to opt for the holistic application review, you can have your counselor submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. After selecting your school in The Common Application for Georgia State, click the “Invite Counselor” link to invite your counselor to submit your recommendation.

Please note: there is an option to include an additional two teacher recommendations, but Georgia State does not require teacher recommendations, nor is the counselor recommendation required for admissions consideration.

For more on the optional letter of recommendation, visit our Application Tips page.

  • Submit SAT scores through Collegeboard. Georgia State's SAT code is 5251.
  • Submit ACT scores through ACT. Georgia State's ACT code is 0826.
Check your admissions status in our online system anytime. Using your Panther ID number, you can track your progress online and ensure you meet deadlines.

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Optional Essay

The optional essay portion of the application requires 250-650 words written on one of the following topics:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

If you’re opting for the holistic review and would like some guidance on the optional essay and recommendation, visit our Application Tips page.