The Gordon State College Mission is “to provide an exceptional education through innovative teaching and engaged learning for the benefit of the world in which we live.”  To educate more Georgians and realize the vision, mission, and goals of Gordon State College,  the Admissions staff of Gordon State College will comply with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Admission Requirements and will apply the following 2 Pathways to Acceptance for high school students planning to attend college.



The Regular Admit Pathway allows students who will graduate or have graduated high school within the last five years to be initially accepted. Typically, this group of students is composed of high school seniors and graduates who have not attended a college or university after graduating high school. By pursuing admission through this pathway, We will review the high school GPA and either the SAT or ACT test scores for applicants following this pathway. The requirements for the Regular Admit Pathway are as follows:


Official SAT or ACT test scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from,, or from the students’ high school. Students must earn minimum SAT scores of 330 Critical Reading and 310 Math or minimum ACT scores of 12 English and 14 Math. Students must meet the required Freshman Index of 1830.  The Freshman Index is calculated using a student’s High School GPA and his or her highest SAT or ACT scores.


Students with SAT scores at or above 330 Critical Reading and 310 Math or with ACT scores at or above 12 English and 14 Math (University System of Georgia’s minimum requirements) but below 430 Critical Reading and/or 430 Math or ACT scores of 17 English and/or 18 Math will take co-requisite English and math courses.


Students who score a minimum of 430 Critical Reading and/or 430 Math or ACT scores of 17 English and/or 18 Math are eligible to take non-corequisite English and/or math courses.


The Access Institute provides an alternative admission pathway to applicants identified as having the potential to succeed in college but who do not otherwise meet admissions criteria. Unless Access Institute students have Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) deficiencies, the Accuplacer exam will not be administered. 

Although all GSC students have assigned advisors, Access Institute students will meet regularly with academic coaches, advisors, and tutors appointed by the college at no additional cost.  Students will take a set of prescribed courses with a cohort. Students will also receive information on study skills, leadership opportunities, and support from faculty and staff.  The requirements for the Access Institute Pathway are as follows:


NOTE: Exceptions may be made for students with high GPA’s (2.5+ and test scores below the USG minimums).  These will be reviewed on an individual basis and may be admitted as regular admits and placed into co-requisite English and math courses instead of the Access Institute.

Freshmen Index 

Freshman Index is calculated as:

  • SAT FI = (HS GPA x 500) + SAT Verbal+SAT Math
  • ACT FI = (HS GPAx500) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88


SAT Test Score Conversion 

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Once we have received all required documents, we will evaluate your file for acceptance.

There is also study help for the SAT. Let an SAT Prep Guide help you get ready.

Application Deadlines

You should submit all required application materials before the PREFERRED deadlines.

Fall Semester: July 15

Spring Semester: December 1

Summer Semester: May 1


For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or (678)359-5021. You can also chat with us by clicking the Live Chat link in the lower right corner of your screen.

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