Admission Requirements



Beginning Freshmen

Applicants are evaluated on their academic performance in their high school CPC courses, SAT or ACT test scores, and the potential for completing the requirements for the desired degree. Georgia Southwestern's freshmen class averages in the range 985 - 1000 SAT in Math and Critical Reading and a 21 Composite on the ACT. The average GPA is 3.00 - 3.15. The University System of Georgia requires a minimum of SAT of 400 Math and 430 Critical Reading and a minimum ACT of 17 Math and 17 English for 4-year universities. 

  1. Completed application with the $25.00 non-refundable application fee.

  2. Official copy of your high school transcript showing academic achievement in grades 9-11.

  3. Official test score results of either the SAT or ACT.

  4. If admitted, the following requirements will need to be satisfied prior to enrollment:


Transfer

Applicants with 30 or more transferable semester hours completed at their previous colleges or universities will be evaluated on the basis of their academic performance and their potential for completing the requirements for the desired degree. Those with less than 30 semester hours completed are also required to meet freshmen requirements.

  1. Completed application with $25 non-refundable application fee.

  2. Official transcripts from each college or technical school attended. If currently enrolled, send     preliminary transcript now and final transcript upon completion of term. If you completed any college coursework outside of the United States you must submit certified English translations of original transcripts.  In addition, you must also submit your transcripts to an evaluation service and have an original evaluation sent directly to us.  We prefer evaluations from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

  3. If you have less than 30 hours of college transfer credit, you must also submit your final high school transcript along with your SAT or ACT scores. You must meet the freshmen admission requirements.

  4. If admitted, the following requirements will need to be satisfied prior to enrollment:

     


Transient

Transient students are those who expect to return to the college or university where they are presently enrolled. Applicants must present a statement of transient permission from the registrar of the institution they are presently attending.

  1. Completed application with $25 non-refundable application fee.

  2. Transient permission letter from current college.

  3. If admitted, the following requirements will need to be satisfied prior to enrollment:

     


Non-Traditional

Non-traditional students are those who have been out of high school at least 5 years and have not previously attended college. Applicants must submit their high school transcript showing proof of graduation. If the student obtained a General Education Development (GED) Equivalency Certificate, they must submit a copy of the GED Certificate, GED test scores, and their high school transcript. Evaluation is based on potential for completing the requirements for the desired degree. Due to changes in the Georgia Board of Regents policies, Nontraditional student must also meet the minimum exit score for a minimum of one of the three sections of the Compass Exam. Beginning Summer 2012, students will also have to meet minimum scores in all three areas AND exit one area to be admitted.


ACCEL Program/Joint Enrollment

The Accel Program is a joint enrollment program that is available at Georgia Southwestern for outstanding high school juniors and seniors wanting to begin college courses while still attending high school. Students admitted into the ACCEL Program may begin their course study during their junior and/or senior year and during the summer following the junior year. Residence hall and dining hall facilities are available during the summer for students who do not live within commuting distance of the University.

  1. Minimum total SAT score of 970 or ACT composite score of 20 with a minimum critical reading of 430 and math of 400 or 17 English and 17 math on ACT.

  2. Minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 in college preparatory courses.

  3. Completed Georgia Southwestern application with $25 non-refundable application fee.

  4. Completion of the ACCEL Program Application.

  5. Completion of the University System of Georgia College Preparatory Curriculum requirements with the following exceptions:
    Students who have not completed the College Preparatory Curriculum requirements may be admitted through the ACCEL Program if they are enrolled in the necessary high school courses and scheduled to complete the requirements by the end of their senior year.Students planning to complete their 4th year of high school English and/or social studies requirements with college credit must have a minimum SAT critical reading score of 530 or ACT English score of 23. Students planning to complete their 4th year of high school math must have completed Algebra I and II and Geometry and have a minimum SAT math score of 530 or ACT math score of 22.

  6. Accel students must satisfy the following conditions:
    Continue to be carried on the official roll of their high school. 
    Minimum university enrollment of three hours per semester. 
    They may enroll for 12 semester hours during the summer term preceding their senior year provided they are not enrolled for high school credit during that term. Tuition for summer semester classes is NOT covered by the HOPE Scholarship.


International

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their demonstrated academic performance.

Printable International Requirements

Admission requirements for international students are listed below.  Please read them carefully before submitting an application for admission.  Students must be proficient in English before attempting to enter the University.  For students whose TOEFL scores are below the minimum requirement, Georgia Southwestern offers an English as a Second Language program.  For information about the ESL program CLICK HERE or contact the English Language Institute, Georgia Southwestern State University, 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive, Americus, GA  31709 or call 229-931-2346.

  1. Submit your completed application with $25.00 non-refundable application fee, a recent photograph and an immunization form (provided by the University).  To expedite the process, you may submit your application online. You must use a credit card to apply online.

  2. Submit official transcripts:

    • Those currently in the US:

      • Those enrolled in a US college, submit official transcripts from each college or technical school attended. If currently enrolled, send preliminary transcript now and final transcript upon completion of term. If you also attended a college outside of the US, follow instructions below for sending college transcripts from schools outside of the US. If you have less than 30 hours of college transfer credit, you must also submit your final high school/secondary school transcript, an evaluation if the high school was outside of the US, along with official test scores. See below for information on sending official test scores. 

      • Those enrolled in a US high school, submit an official copy of your high school transcript showing academic achievement in grades 9-11.

       

    • Those currently outside of the US:

    • Submit official copies of secondary school transcripts and all college transcripts. You should complete the high school degree before you submit your transcripts for a final evaluation. The evaluation must include the equivalent of 9th through 12th grades in the U.S. You must submit certified English translations of original transcripts for each institution attended.   In addition, you must also submit your transcripts to an Evaluation Service and have an original evaluation sent directly to us.  Please send the final evaluation report to:

      Office of Admission
      800 GSW State University Dr.
      Americus, GA 31709

      We only accept evaluations from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. http://www.jsilny.com/ and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and the Admissions Officers (AACRAO)http://www.aacrao.org/credential/individual.htm.

      Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
       (preferred)
      International Educational Consultants 
      7101 SW 102 Avenue
      Miami, FL 33173
      Ph: (305) 273-1616
      Fax: (305) 273-1338
      Translation fax: (305) 273-1984
      www.jsilny.com
      info@jsilny.com

      OR

      Office of International Education Services 
      American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
      One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite #520 
      Washington, DC 20036-1135

     

  3. Submit official test scores:

    • If you are attending or have gradated from a US high school, submit official SAT or ACT scores. Georgia Southwestern's freshmen class averages a 985 - 1000 SAT in Math and Critical Reading, with a required minimum of 400 Math and 430 Critical Reading. On ACT, an average 21 Composite with a required minimum of 17 Math and 17 English.

    • If you are attending or have gradated from a secondary school or college outside of the US, submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report, IELTS scores, OR official SAT or ACT scores. The minimum TOEFL requirement for admission to Georgia Southwestern State University is 523 on the written test, 193 on the computer test, and 69 on the internet based test. The minimum IELTS score is a 6.5 for regular admission. Students falling below these test score requirements are encouraged to consider applying to Southwestern's English Language Institute. Southwestern's freshmen class averages a 985 - 1000 SAT in Math and Critical Reading, with a required minimum of 400 Math and 430 Critical Reading. On ACT, an average 21 Composite with a required minimum of 17 Math and 17 English.

No application will be considered until all of the above items are received.  Allow at least eight (8) weeks for processing.  Once these items are received, the Admissions Office will evaluate your credentials and make a decision.  If you are accepted to the University, you will be notified by mail or you may check the status of your application at: https://rain.gsw.edu/prod8x/bwwkadst.P_GetID.

Once accepted, you must submit the following items before the SEVIS I-20 will be issued to obtain your student VISA

  1. Submit an official Undergraduate Foreign Student Financial Statement provided by GSW, submit a notarized (signed and stamped by a notary) copy of the Affidavit for Financial Supportprovided by GSW, and an official letter from the bank or financial institution stating that you and/or your sponsor have available funds. This letter must be written on official color letterhead in English and signed by a bank official showing the date the account was opened, currency used, and amount that is currently in the account. Submit an official conversion of currency to U.S. dollars. There is no financial aid program available at Georgia Southwestern State University for International Students.

  2. A deposit in the amount of $1000 must be sent. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Georgia Southwestern State University.  The deposit should be mailed directly to the Business Office, Georgia Southwestern State University, 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive, Americus, GA  31709.  This deposit is refundable to the student should the student decide not to attend.

  3. Students transferring from another institution within the US must submit an Undergraduate Transfer Clearance form provided by GSW.

  4. Students transferring their I-20 from a college or high school in the US must also submit copies of their current I-20, passport, visa, and I-94.

Each international student must obtain and maintain health/accident insurance from the university. Click here to view the rates and additional information about the insurance program or go to our Health Center website..

Upon receipt of the tuition deposit, the SEVIS I-20 will be mailed to the student.  Each international student should be aware that they are responsible for locating their own housing during vacation periods and breaks between academic terms if they are not living in one of Southwestern's 12-month residence halls.

PLEASE NOTE: All international students enrolling in Georgia Southwestern State University for the first time are required to have a Tuberculosis screening testing & questionnaire – within 10 days of arrival to the GSW campus. Positive PPD tests are required to have a follow-up chest X-ray within 2 weeks.

Southwestern Tuition and Fees for Non Residents


Distance Learning

Southwestern offers many core curriculum classes online, basic freshman and sophomore courses needed to earn a bachelor's degree. The Southwestern School of Business also offers the upper level classes necessary to complete a BBA in the area of Management online. The university does not offer any undergraduate degrees completely online. If you are not a Georgia Southwestern student, then you must apply for regular admissions consideration as either a freshman, transfer, international, transient, or graduate student.

  1. Minimum total SAT score of 970 or ACT composite score of 20 with a minimum critical reading of 430 and math of 400 or 17 English and 17 math on ACT.

  2. Minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 in college preparatory courses.

  3. Completed Georgia Southwestern application with $25 non-refundable application fee.

  4. Completion of the ACCEL Program Application.

  5. Completion of the University System of Georgia Required High School Curriculum requirements with the following exceptions:
    Students who have not completed the RHSC  requirements may be admitted through the ACCEL Program if they are enrolled in the necessary high school courses and scheduled to complete the requirements by the end of their senior year.

  6. Accel students must satisfy the following conditions:
    Continue to be carried on the official roll of their high school. 
    Minimum university enrollment of three hours per semester. 
    They may enroll for 12 semester hours during the summer term preceding their senior year provided they are not enrolled for high school credit during that term. Tuition for summer semester classes is NOT covered by the HOPE Scholarship.