The University System of Georgia (USG) contains community colleges and universities. High school diploma requirements are identical for all system institutions, but minimum admissions criteria vary by institution type. The system authorizes institutions to enroll a small number of students under the Limited Admissions provision.
High School Diploma Admission Requirements
||Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a fourth unit at Algebra II level or higher
||Literature integrated with grammar, usage and advanced composition skills
||Two courses with laboratory components; Georgia public high school students should 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 course, and a 4th science.
||One unit related to American studies and one unit focusing on world studies
||Two units of the same language. American Sign Language and Computer Science satisfy this requirement.
Students must have a 2.0 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale. The system sets minimum admission cut scores based on the Freshman Index (FI)—a composite score based on students’ SAT or ACT score and high school GPA.
- SAT Formula: (500 x High School GPA in required courses) + 1.06 x (SAT Critical Reading + SAT Math) – 74
- ACT Formula: (500 x High School GPA in required courses) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88
- Freshman Index Thresholds: Research Universities (2500), Regional Universities (2040), State Universities (1940)
- System regulation authorizes presidents of state colleges to establish a minimum Freshman Index score
Programs Leading to a Baccalaureate Degree
Other admission requirements for baccalaureate programs vary by institution type. Students seeking admission to system universities must have a minimum SAT evidence-based reading and writing score of 480 and a math score of 440 or an ACT English score of 17 and ACT math score of 17.
Programs Not Leading to a Baccalaureate Degree
Admissions requirements for career certificates and career degrees (i.e., Associate of Applied Science degrees and Associate of Science degrees in allied health areas) depend upon the extent to which the general education component is based on Core Curriculum courses. There are two sets of admissions requirements.
Programs with more than twelve (12) semester hours of Core curriculum
All applicants must have a high school diploma, a qualifying Freshman Index score, and a minimum SAT score. Individuals admitted to career programs do not have to meet the high school curriculum requirements for students enrolled in baccalaureate programs.
Programs with twelve (12) or fewer semester hours of Core curriculum
Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
- Graduate from an accredited high school with a minimum GPA of 1.8
- Meet the beginning freshman required high school curriculum criteria for the institutional sector
- Earn a GED
Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges
Persons 16 years of age or older are eligible for admission to Georgia’s technical colleges. Applicants to technical colleges must submit proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent unless otherwise specified by the program’s standards.