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Applying to Georgia Southwestern

Georgia Southwestern State University is a four-year college ranked as one of the best small-school values in the nation. With a full range of undergraduate programs and a variety of master's and specialist programs, GSW offers every student the personalized curriculum they need to be successful - all without the burden of years of student debt.

Located in historic Americus, Georgia, we draw students from all across Georgia, from each corner of the U.S., and from countries around the world. That diversity means you'll be supported by fellow students from all walks of life, all passionate about earning their way forward.


85+ Certified Programs


Historic Community


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Diverse Population

Undergraduate Application Process



Complete the online application for admission. You will be prompted to create a GAfutures account if you do not already have one.


Request Transcripts

Request current transcripts from your counselor, and ask that they be sent to GSW for processing.


Send official SAT/ACT test scores

Test-Optional through Summer 2024: We encourage you to send scores from all tests taken using SAT Code: 5250 and/or ACT code: 0824 for scholarship and placement purposes.


Check your status

Track your application status through RAIN. You can review what information is still needed and what documents have been received.


Check your email

GSW will send a variety of emails to applicants and admitted students with important information.


Schedule a tour

Once admitted, make sure to schedule a one-on-one tour with one of our admissions counselors, or attend a Preview Day.

Admission Requirements

Although most admissions materials will be similar, some students may be required to provide additional items during the application process. Please make sure you identify which type of prospective student you are and follow the detailed information about your specific application process.

  • Current High School and/or College transcripts
  • ACT and/or SAT scores using GSW's SAT Code: 5250 and/or ACT code: 0824. Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Students not submitting scores are evaluated based on high school GPA and completion of the 17 Required High School Curriculum courses. Students who have tested are encouraged to submit official scores for scholarship and placement purposes.
  • Completed FAFSA application to qualify for financial aid
  • Non-refundable $25 application fee

Required Documents

Documents not submitted through the online method can be mailed to:

Georgia Southwestern State University
ATTN: Recruitment and Admissions
800 GSW State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709


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Freshman Student

Students who are completing their high school education (including home school) or have recently received their diploma and have not taken college or university courses after high school are considered freshmen for admission purposes at Georgia Southwestern.

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Transfer Student

Transfer students are those who have attended one or more regionally accredited universities, colleges, or technical colleges since graduating from high school. These students should have earned credit that is transferable to Georgia Southwestern but have never attended GSW as a degree-seeking student.

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Dual Enrollment Student

Dual Enrollment is a state-funded program allowing select high school students to attend college while still in high school. Courses completed with Georgia Southwestern earn students both high school and college credit.

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Returning GSW Student

We understand life happens. Returning students are those that have completed courses at GSW and are returning to complete a program.

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Transient Student

A transient is an undergraduate student in good standing at another institution who enrolls for one semester at Georgia Southwestern in order to complete work to be transferred back to their home institution.

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International Student

International students are those who are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident that hope to receive a student visa to study at Georgia Southwestern.

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Non-Traditional Student

Non-traditional students are those who have been out of high school for at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five years ago.

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Adult Learner

Adult learners are students that may already be working in their field and would like to begin, continue, or advance their education.

Second Degree Student

Post-Baccalaureate or Second Degree

Post-Baccalaureate and Second Degree students are individuals who have received a bachelor’s degree and want to enroll in additional undergraduate level courses.