Beginning Freshmen

Requirements for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Students being evaluated as a beginning freshman must present credits for seventeen specified USG courses:

  • Mathematics: Four units of mathematics, including Algebra I/Coordinate Algebra, Geometry/Analytic Geometry, Algebra II/Advanced Algebra, and a fourth year of advanced math, or equivalent courses. Georgia Southern does not accept Mathematics Support or Mathematics of Finance.
  • English: Four units of literature (American, English, World) integrated with grammar, usage, and advanced composition skills.
  • Science: Four units of science where at least two of the courses include a laboratory component. Georgia public high school students 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 U.S. 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 certain Computer Sciences (must have a coding and programming emphasis) may be used to satisfy this requirement.

An applicant will be considered for admission upon compliance with the following requirements and conditions1:

  1. Graduation from an approved secondary school;
  2. Satisfactory completion of the Required High School Curriculum, which should include the following units as defined above:
    4 Mathematics
    4 English
    4 Science
    3 Social Science
    2 Foreign Language
  3. Submission of satisfactory scores on the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - minimum 1030 SAT total (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + Math on redesigned exam) - or American College Test (ACT) with a 20 composite;
  4. U.S. citizens or resident aliens for whom English is not the native language may be required to take the English Language Placement Exam upon arrival. Resident aliens must submit a copy of their green card;
  5. Submission of an official high school transcript and a record of good conduct. Major or continued difficulty with the school or civil authorities may make an applicant ineligible regardless of academic qualifications.

Georgia Southern University offers a summer entry program for students to demonstrate their ability to succeed at college-level work. Students who participate can enroll regularly for Fall 2018. Refer to for additional information.

Applicants are usually admitted prior to high school graduation, once they have completed their junior year of high school, and have submitted an official high school transcript. The transcript should include a satisfactory grade point average and a full listing of senior year courses yet to be completed. Satisfactory SAT or ACT scores must be requested from the testing agency and sent directly to the Office of Admissions by that testing agency.

Please note: Students applying to secondary admit programs must meet general admission requirements, as well as meet specific program requirements. An additional application to the program of choice is required. Admission to Georgia Southern University does not guarantee acceptance into secondary admit programs.

(GED holders - See Adult Student criteria)