If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last five years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using the Common Application.
Note: If you graduated high school at least five years ago and have not attended college, you are considered a nontraditional applicant. View our requirements for nontraditional applicants.
Complete the Georgia State Application for Admission accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable fee.
Application Fee Waivers
First-year applicants may provide an approved application fee waiver from ACT, College Board or the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
To submit an ACT waiver, speak with your high school counselor. To submit a College Board or NACAC waiver, upload a scan through your admissions Status Check or mail the original document to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Note: If you submit a fee waiver, we will not review your application until we receive your complete and approved fee waiver documentation.
Ask your high school counselor to submit your transcript electronically through the Common Application or GA Futures. Schools may also send them to us electronically at [email protected] or mail them to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Schools can also send transcripts through our approved transcript companies such as Parchment, Escrip-safe, National Student Clearinghouse, Credential Solutions or Joint Services Transcript.
Submit a Letter of Recommendation (optional). You have the option to invite counselors and teachers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.
Note: You are allowed to request recommendations from one counselor and two teachers, but you are not required to submit any letters of recommendation to be considered for admission.
Submit Test Scores (Optional). Georgia State is test-optional through Summer 2025 for students whose high school GPA is 3.4 or higher.* If your high school GPA is below 3.4, you should submit test scores that meet either of the following criteria:
* Some merit scholarships may still require test scores.
**Submit SAT scores through College Board. Use Georgia State’s SAT code: 5251. Submit ACT scores through ACT. Use Georgia State’s ACT code: 0826. Meeting the minimum scores does not guarantee admission.
Check Your Status. Want to know where you stand? Log in to the Status Check to track your progress online and ensure you meet deadlines and other requirements.
If your application has been admitted, review our Accepted Student Next Steps.
Deadlines are subject to change. We cannot guarantee a decision for applications and documents received past the listed deadlines.
If you have never been enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university, or if you attended a college or university only as a dual enrollment student while in high school, you are considered a first-year student.
Georgia State requires completion of the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) course units:
|English||4||Any 4 English/Language Arts|
|Math||4||Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry & 1 Higher-Level Math*|
|Natural Science||4||1 Life Science/Lab, 1 Physical Science/Lab, & 2 Science Electives|
|Social Science||3||1 U.S. History, 1 World History & 1 Social Science Elective|
|Foreign Language||2||Both units must be in the same language. American Sign Language is acceptable.|
Georgia State is test-optional through Summer 2025. Applicants with a recalculated high school GPA of 3.4 or higher do not need to submit test scores. Applicants with a 3.4 or less should provide test scores that meet either of the following criteria:
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of at least 480 AND SAT Math score of at least 440*
- ACT English or Reading score of at least 17 AND ACT Math score of at least 17*
*Meeting the minimum score criteria does not guarantee admission.
How do I compare with the average admissible first-year student at Georgia State?
The average ranges for admissible first-year students are as follows:**
|High School core GPA||3.24 – 3.76|
|SAT (combined)||1030 – 1220|
|ACT (composite)||20 – 26|
**Based on the middle 50% of the fall 2021 admitted class
Students who wish to enter Georgia State University directly from high school will be admitted based upon the following four factors: SAT/ACT composite score,* high school grade point average (GPA), first-year index (FI) and number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas. The FI is based on a combination of SAT/ACT scores and high school GPA in college preparatory courses only.
This tool will help you determine the probability of first-year admission in advance of applying. The system will calculate your data and report an “unofficial admission decision” for first-time first-year students only.
This tool uses the SAT two-digit test scoring structure (10-40) adopted in March 2016. If your test date was before March 2016, you will need to convert your scores to the new scoring structure. The College Board concordance provides conversion charts and other resources to see how your old scores compare to the new scores.
Note: International students should refer to the International Admissions page for more information.
The SAT FI formula:
SAT FI= (500x HSGPA) + 1.06 x (SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + SAT Math) – 74
The ACT FI formula:
ACT FI= (500 x HSGPA) + (ACT composite x 42) + 88
Note: Admission requirements may vary from year to year, and the requirements mentioned here are the minimum values and do not guarantee admission to Georgia State or a scholarship.
The assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions, the vice president for Enrollment Management & Student Success and the vice provost are the president’s designees for purposes of hearing Undergraduate Admissions appeals.
Applicants for undergraduate admission who are denied due to academic ineligibility may appeal the denial to the assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions within 20 days of the date of the denial letter. The decision of the assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions is final. Students can appeal based on the following:
- The student has earned higher test scores or raised their GPA and wishes to be reevaluated through submission of updated documents.
- The denied applicant has compelling reasons explaining why their academic record or test scores do not meet the standards.
If you wish to appeal your denial, you must complete the appeal process through submission of the following documents within 20 days of the date of the denial letter:
- Official Appeal forms [PDF format]
- Letter of Appeal explaining circumstances and reasons for reconsideration
- Supporting documents (new test scores, updated transcripts, doctors’ notes, medical records, death certificate, recommendations, resumes, explanation of academic rigor, etc.)
Disciplinary/Criminal History or Falsification of Application
Applicants for undergraduate admission who are denied for reasons related to disciplinary/criminal history or falsification of application may appeal the denial to the vice president for Enrollment Management & Student Success and the vice provost within 20 days of the date of the denial letter. The decision of the vice president for Enrollment Management & Student Success and the vice provost is final.
If your previous college was in the U.S., please check course-credit equivalencies using our Transfer Credit Predictor at Georgia State Degree Transfer. It is up to each academic department to determine which credits are transferable. Once you are accepted, please contact your assigned academic adviser to see how many and which credits transferred.
Academic and disciplinary standing are factors taken into consideration for applicants being reviewed for admission. For the purposes of admission, good disciplinary and academic standing means the applicant has no pending disciplinary charges, outstanding disciplinary sanctions, or disciplinary or academic issues that would prevent the applicant from reenrolling at a previously attended high school, college or university. For additional information, see the General Admission Policy in the Georgia State Undergraduate Catalog.
Georgia State will accept the writing portion of the SAT and ACT if a student sends it with their application. While the 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 first-year index (FI) calculation process for a research university here, and note that the minimum FI listed does not guarantee acceptance.
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