All applicants must have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) credential. The high school diploma must be issued from a high school accredited by a regional accrediting association, the Georgia Accrediting Commission, the Georgia Private School Accrediting Commission, the Accrediting Commission for Independent Study or from a public school regulated by a school system and state department of education. Applicants who have a High School Certificate (also called a Certificate of Performance) or a Special Education Diploma are not considered to be high school graduates.
GED applicants must be at least 18 years old or the GED applicant's class must have graduated from high school. There are no exceptions to the requirement that a beginning freshman have either a high school diploma or the GED.
Admissions Requirements for Traditional Students
Due to the consolidation admission requirements have changed and we now have tiered admission standards for bachelor, associate and certificate programs.
Students wanting to enter a bachelor level program will need to meet the following requirements:
- SAT/ACT required (minimum 350CR - 350M or 14E - 14M)
- Freshman Index Minimum 1850
- Freshman Index = 500 x (HSGPA) + (SATCR) + (SATM)
- Freshman Index = 500 x (HSGPA) + [42 x (ACTC)] + 88
- No Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) Deficiencies
- Exempt from all Learning Support
Students wanting to enter an associate level program will need to meet the following requirements:
- Academic Core GPA of 2.0 for college prep / 2.2 for tech prep
- SAT/ACT or COMPASS required (minimum required to exempt COMPASS 430CR - 400M or 17E - 17M)
- Maximum of 4 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) Deficiencies
Students wanting to enter a certificate level program will need to meet the following requirements:
- Completed and received a college prep, tech prep or general high school diploma or passing GED scores
- Certificate of performance/special education diplomas are not admissible
The following COMPASS scores are needed to exempt learning support: 70 English/Writing, 78 Reading, and 37 Algebra. Students must also reach the COMPASS minimums of 32 English, 20 Math and 62 Reading. Students that fail to score the COMPASS minimums or place into all three areas of Learning Support will not be admissible under general admission but may be eligible for the Prep Academy.
Required High School Curriculum Requirements
All applicants for programs leading to the baccalaureate programs (B.S.) who graduated from high school less than five (5) years before the term they plan to enroll should have completed the Curriculum (RHSC) requirements specified by the University System of Georgia.
Completion of the USG's Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) requirements and graduation from a high school accredited by a regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) or the Georgia Accrediting Commission or from a public school regulated by a school system and state department of education.
Students applying to any institution should present credit for sixteen (16) specified units. Students who graduate from high school in 2012 or later must present credits for seventeen (17) specified units. The 16 (17 for students who graduate in 2012 or later) specified USG units are:
- MATHEMATICS: Four (4) units of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. For students who graduate from a Georgia Public School in 2012 or later, the 4 units of Mathematics must include a course at the level of Math 3 or higher.
- ENGLISH: Four (4) units of English which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills.
- SCIENCE: Three (3) units of science, with at least one laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences. Students who graduate in 2012 or later must have four (4) units of science. Georgia Public high School graduates must have at least one (1) unit of biology, one (1) unit of physical science or physics, and one (1) unit of chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement science course.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE: Three (3) units of social science, with at least one (1) course focusing on United States studies and one (1) course focusing on world studies.
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Two (2) units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Two (2) units of American Sign Language may be used to satisfy this requirement.
In addition to the RHSC, students are encouraged to take additional academic units in high school to improve their probability for admission and success.