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Students who are completing their high school education 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.

Admissions Checklist

  1. Apply online
  2. Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee online with submission of your application.  If you are using an acceptable fee waiver, please submit the completed paper application by mail with the waiver. We accept official application fee waivers from College Board, ACT, and NACAC.
  3. Request for your counseling office to send your official high school transcript to Georgia Southwestern.
    Southwestern accepts mailed or e-transcripts, such as Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or GA Futures that come directly from the high school. You may bring them to campus in person, as long as they remain in the original, sealed envelope from the school. When processing your transcript, we will calculate your GPA based on the 17 Required High School Curriculum courses. Your GPA may be different than what will be listed on the transcripts.
  4. Send official copies of your SAT or ACT scores directly from the testing agency. (SAT Code: 5250 / ACT code: 0824)
    Application decisions are made based on the highest scores received. We encourage you to send all scores from all tests taken. We reassess applications every time updated information is received. Southwestern uses the highest Evidence Based Reading and Writing scores and Math scores to calculate a combined Total SAT score. We use the highest English, Reading, Math, and Composite scores from all attempts on the ACT exam. We do not recalculate a new ACT composite score. Writing scores are not required for the ACT or SAT. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, freshman applicants for 2021 will not need SAT or ACT scores. We encourage students who did take the SAT or ACT to please submit official scores. Submitting scores may satisfy required placement exam(s) and co-requisite course(s).
  5. Check your status online. Your admissions status is updated in real time to reflect our records at that exact moment. You can review what information is needed and what documents have been received. You will be aware of your admissions decision immediately.
  6. Check your email. Our university will send a variety of emails to applicants. Some of these emails will share information about you Taking Tomorrow By Storm. Other emails will allow accepted students the opportunity to register early for housing, STORM Registration Days, and other exclusive opportunities.

All application materials should be mailed to: Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Georgia Southwestern State University, 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive, Americus, GA 31709.

Accepted Freshman Checklist


Congratulations on being accepted to Georgia Southwestern. We look forward to you beginning your college career with us, but there is still more work to be done. Below is a checklist of what you need to do between now... and your first day of class. Housing contracts for the next year are available beginning in January and we will start taking reservations for STORM Day beginning in March.

  1. Submit your $45 acceptance deposit to reserve your place in our upcoming class. Freshmen admitted for Summer or Fall semester who deposit by May 1st receive an exclusive GSW Removable Sticker Patch to embellish their graduation gown.
  2. If you haven't already, visit Southwestern.
  3. Submit your Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to Financial Aid
  4. Submit your completed scholarship application before the February 1st deadline.
  5. Sign up to attend STORM Registration Day. Registration begins in January of each year.
  6. Submit your Application for Student Housing. Accepted students receive the link to the application by email beginning November 1st of each year.
  7. Upload your immunization record to Med+Proctor.
  8. Submit proof of Lawful Presence if you plan to receive in-state tuition. Online only students and students paying out-of-state tuition are not required to submit this documentation.
  9. Request for your high school to send your final transcript after graduation.
  10. Request for official college transcripts for Dual Enrollment credit to be sent to Southwestern.
  11. Request for official AP/IB test scores to be sent to Southwestern.
  12. Pack up and head to Southwestern on Campus Move-In Day.
  13. Start your College Career at Southwestern!


Required SAT & ACT Test Scores

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, freshman applicants for 2021 will not need SAT or ACT scores. We encourage students who did take the SAT or ACT to please submit official scores. Submitting scores may satisfy required placement exam(s) and co-requisite course(s).

Regular Freshman Admission

Minimum SAT and ACT Requirements:

SAT (GSW Code: 5250)ACT (GSW Code: 0824)
Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 480 English or Reading: 17
Math: 440 Math: 17

Click here for GSW's Freshman Scholarship Requirements

University College Freshman Admission

The University College is a special, limited program that includes additional, required opportunities for academic support, peer mentorship, and college success programing. This unique, on-campus program provides students with the tools necessary to earn a future to be proud of.

Minimum SAT and ACT Requirements:

SAT (GSW Code: 5250)ACT (GSW Code: 0824)Accuplacer
Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 380 English or Reading: 12 Next-Generation Reading: 216
Math: 360 Math: 14 WritePlacer: 3
    Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics: 212

Students may request for Accuplacer scores to be submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions from other approved institutions. If scores are submitted from another institution, scores submitted must include the exact Accuplacer sections listed above in order for the student to be able to be considered for admission.

Required High School GPA

  • Satisfactory High School GPA - Southwestern's average GPA for the freshmen class is a 3.26 but the minimum required GPA for Regular Freshman Admission will fluctuate based on your SAT or ACT scores. See below for the Freshman Index calculation. University College Admission requires a 2.0 GPA.
  • Your High School GPA is calculated by the Office of Admissions using the 17 Required High School Curriculum courses listed below. Additional information can be found using the USG's Staying on Course guide. Your GPA will be calculated using the scores listed on your official high school transcript. Georgia Southwestern does not add or remove weight for advanced courses.

Understanding the Required High School Curriculum - Staying on Course Guide

  • ENGLISH: Four units of English which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills.
  • MATHEMATICS: Four units of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and a fourth year of advanced Mathematics. Georgia Southwestern does not accept Mathematics of Finance.
  • SCIENCE: Four units of science where two courses include a laboratory component. Georgia public high school graduates must have at least one unit of Biology, one unit of Physical Science or Physics, one unit of Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science, or an advanced placement science course, and a fourth science.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE: Three units of social science, with at least one course focusing on United States studies and one course focusing on world studies.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Two units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Two units of American Sign Language or two units of computer science courses that have a coding and programming emphasis may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Required Freshman Index

Regular Freshman Admission requires a minimum Freshman Index of 1940.

Freshman Index Formula:

  • SAT: Freshman Index = (500 x Required High School Curriculum GPA) + (1.06 x (SAT EBRW + SAT Math) - 74)
  • ACT: Freshman Index = (500 x Required High School Curriculum GPA) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88.

Additional Information

  • If you graduated from high school five or more years prior to your intended enrollment date, you are considered a non-traditional student. To learn more, visit our Non-Traditional Students page.

Dual Enrollment

Students who have participated in Dual Enrollment while in high school must still follow the Freshman Admissions process. Those students will need to submit their official high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores and meet the Freshman Admissions Requirements. These students are also able to apply for Beginning Freshmen Scholarships and live in the Freshmen Residence Hall.

Dual Enrollment Students are also required to send transcripts from all colleges attended before beginning courses at Southwestern, even if the college courses are listed on the high school transcript. College credit cannot be awarded from high school transcripts. Failure to submit these transcripts could result in delays in financial aid or registering for classes. It could also result in the retaking of a completed course or completing an extra course not needed for your degree.

Dual Enrollment students may use the Transfer Articulation to see what courses should transfer from their dual enrollment institution.

Dual Enrollment students who have completed dual enrollment credit with Georgia Southwestern may use this link below to apply to be a regular beginning freshmen at GSW. This shortened application will provide the needed information required for your admissions application to be updated.

Homeschool Students

Students from accredited homeschool programs should follow and must meet regular freshman admission criteria.

Students from non-accredited homeschool programs (or non-accredited high schools) have different admission requirements. These students should:


Graduate from homeschool programs accredited by the following agencies should follow regular freshman admission requirements.

  • A regional accrediting association such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACS)
  • The Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • The Georgia Private School Accrediting Council (including the groups who have membership in GAPSAC)
    • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
    • Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS)
    • Georgia Association of Christian Schools (GACS)
    • Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools (SDA)
    • International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA)
    • Christian Schools International (CSI)
    • Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS)




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