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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.
  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. Submit your immunization form to the GSW Health Center.
  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

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

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 will fluctuate based on your SAT or ACT scores. See below for the Freshman Index calculation.
  • 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

Students must have 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.

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:

  • Score at or above the average SAT score of the previous year’s fall semester first-time freshman class. For fall 2019 entry, the required total score for SAT is a converted 980 using the Concordance Table or a 21 Composite on ACT. Note: This is based on the fall 2018 class average.
  • Meet the minimum required Freshmen Index of a 1940 that is required for regular admission.
    • SAT: Freshman Index = (500 x Required High School Curriculum GPA) + (Critical Reading SAT* + Math SAT*)
    • ACT: Freshman Index = (500 x Required High School Curriculum GPA) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88.
  • Complete the Required High School Curriculum and submit a transcript detailing courses taken or in progress, grade achieved, and year taken. If a transcript is not available, please complete the Home School Required High School Curriculum Credit Evaluation Form.
  • Submit a copy of the current Declaration of Intent to Home School as filed with local Board of Education.
  • Sign and notarized copy of Affirmation Statement following high school graduation. Students admitted before their high school graduation are conditionally admitted pending completion of the required high school curriculum and the submission of the Affirmation Statement.


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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