Admission Policy

It is the policy of Georgia Gwinnett College to create admissions requirements that fulfill the stated mission of the college, by encouraging students of diverse levels of preparation, ethnicity, and age to attend this institution and develop their full potential as individuals and members of the community. These guidelines are in keeping with Georgia Gwinnett College’s strong commitment to student success, a process that begins when students first apply to the college and continues through graduation and job placement. Georgia Gwinnett College complies with the access mission institution admission standards established under University System of Georgia Board of Regents policies, and is committed to ensuring that the admissions procedures implement these standards.

Admission Requirements for Programs Leading to the Baccalaureate Degree

These policies apply to first time freshmen as well as to those who have not earned the equivalent of thirty (30) semester hours of transferable college credit.

Freshman Requirements

See Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 4.2.1.1.

Applicants who have never attended other colleges or who have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester hours from previous colleges are classified as freshman. The following requirements are in effect for freshman applicants:

High School Diploma/Required High School Curriculum

Freshmen must have a high school diploma from a high school accredited by a regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), or the Georgia Accrediting Commission or from a public school regulated by a school system and state department of education. Certificates of attendance or special education diplomas are not acceptable. High school students with a general diploma must have a minimum 2.00 grade point average based on the grades in the 16 (if graduation was before 2012) or 17 units (if graduation was in 2012 or later) of Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) as defined by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

As part of the admission process and in compliance with Board of Regents Policy, each student will be evaluated to determine satisfactory completion of the following 16 or 17 units of the University System of Georgia RHSC. Following is information on courses that satisfy these requirements. Specific information about USG BOR’s RHSC requirements and course requirements (PDF) is available.

  1. MATHEMATICS: Four (4) units of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. For students who graduate from a Georgia Public School in 2012 or later, the 4 units of Mathematics must include a course at the level of Math 3 or higher.
  2. ENGLISH: Four (4) units of English which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills.
  3. SCIENCE: Three (3) units of science, with at least one laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences. Students who graduate in 2012 or later must have four (4) units of science. Georgia Public High School graduates must have at least one (1) unit of biology, one (1) unit of physical science or physics, and one (1) unit of chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement course.
  4. SOCIAL SCIENCE: Three (3) units of social science, with at least one (1) course focusing on United States studies and one (1) course focusing on world studies.
  5. FOREIGN LANGUAGE/ AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/ COMPUTER SCIENCE:  Two (2) units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Two (2) units of American Sign Language or two (2) units of Computer Science emphasizing coding and programming may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Addressing RHSC Deficiencies

Students with RHSC deficiencies shall be required to satisfy those deficiencies using one of the following methods:

Address Deficiency Prior to Enrollment

Applicants, including those coming from other states, who have Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) deficiencies but can demonstrate competency in the deficient area(s) will be deemed as meeting the RHSC requirements. Provided these students meet all other requirements for regular admission, GGC will not be required to admit them under the Limited Admissions category. 

A student can satisfy an RHSC deficiency by demonstrating competency in the subject matter area(s) considered deficient or by addressing the deficiency through an appropriate course successfully completed prior to enrollment at another institution.

Option 1: Demonstrate Subject Matter Proficiency through Approved Standardized Tests

A student may demonstrate competency through standardized examinations such as the SAT, ACT, CLEP, DSST, Accuplacer, COMPASS or other comparable examinations approved by the BOR.

Students must complete four Board of Regents-approved science units, including two units with a laboratory component, as outlined in the Staying on Course document (PDF). Additionally, Georgia public high school students are required to complete coursework in four areas of science (see “Required High School Curriculum” for science in the previous section). Students with a science deficiency may address the deficiency prior to enrollment through a standardized examination provided the examination demonstrates competency in an area not already reflected in their high school coursework.

  1. A student whose SAT or ACT score in the deficient area is at or above the average SAT or ACT score of the previous year’s fall semester first-time freshmen admitted to GGC indicates competency in the area. 
  2. A student may use the following SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate competency in a deficient area: English, Writing, Literature, Foreign Languages, Math Level 1 or Math Level 2, American History & Social Studies, World History, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students may use SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate exposure and competencies for areas not reflected in their course work.
  3. A student may use the CLEP and DSST subject examination to demonstrate competency in a deficient area. 
  4. Students with an English deficiency and who are required to have an English Placement Index (EPI) calculated may satisfy the deficiency by earning an EPI sufficient to exempt Learning Support English. Students with a mathematics deficiency and who are required to have a Math Placement Index (MPI) calculated may satisfy the deficiency by earning an MPI sufficient to exempt Learning Support mathematics. 
  5. Students with an English deficiency and placed into Learning Support English will satisfy the deficiency upon successfully exiting Learning Support English. Students with a mathematics deficiency and placed into Learning Support mathematics will satisfy the deficiency upon successfully exiting Learning Support mathematics.

Option 2: Demonstrate Subject Matter Proficiency Through Approved Coursework.

A student may address the deficiency prior to enrollment by taking a USG-approved high school course in the deficiency area(s) or a three credit collegiate course (with a course grade of “C” or better) in the appropriate subject area(s). A student who has taken a terminal course in a subject area (for example, a student who has completed calculus in the 11th grade) will be deemed as meeting the RHSC requirement in that subject area.

Address Deficiency After Enrollment

Students who have RHSC deficiencies, which are addressed after enrollment, can be admitted under the Limited Admissions category. 

Students who have RHSC deficiencies and who successfully complete collegiate courses addressing all of their deficiencies within their first 30 credit hours will be considered as having satisfied the deficiency or deficiencies. These students will receive collegiate credit that can count towards the student’s degree program. If a student does not address the deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours, then the student may not register for other courses, unless they also register for the appropriate deficiency course or courses. Successful completion (“C” or better) of a three credit collegiate course in the appropriate subject area demonstrates collegiate-level preparedness and is sufficient for satisfying an RHSC deficiency in that subject area.

Admission Decision Process

Test scores will be required for all freshman applicants. Students must meet testing requirements before an admissions decision can be made. The testing requirement can be satisfied by meeting the minimum scores on 1 of 4 tests:

Minimum SAT Scores:

For Fall 2016 and Spring 2017:
  • Critical Reading: 480 (26 on the Reading Test if taken March 2016 or after)
  • Math 460: (500 on the Math Section if taken March 2016 or after)
For Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018:
  • Critical Reading: 430 (24 on the Reading Test if taken March 2016 or after)
  • Math 400: (440 on the Math Section/22 on the Math Test if taken March 2016 or after)

Minimum ACT Scores:

For Fall 2016 and Spring 2017:
  • English: 21
  • Math: 19
For Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018:
  • English: 17
  • Math: 17

Required Minimum COMPASS* scores (effective summer 2017, COMPASS exam must have been taken August 2016 or later):

  • Ewrite: 6
  • Reading: 62
  • Math: 20

Required Minimum Accuplacer* scores:

  • WritePlacer: 4
  • Critical Reading: 46
  • Elementary Algebra: 32

*Effective with spring 2017 admission, if a student does not meet the minimum SAT/ACT scores, they are required to take the Accuplacer test. COMPASS scores will still be accepted as well. Effective with Summer 2017 admission, for students who do not meet the minimum SAT and ACT scores, a Mathematics Placement Index (MPI) and an English Placement Index (EPI) will be calculated based on High School Grade Point Average (HSGPA) and the respective SAT / ACT/ COMPASS / Accuplacer test scores. Students will be admitted based on EPI and MPI indices. Minimum EPI and MPI scores for admission will be as follows:

  • EPI Minimum Score: 3032
  • MPI Minimum Score: 928

Applicants will be denied regular admission if they score below the minimum scores. If students are below the minimum on one of the index scores, they must have an “offset” score on the other index greater than the following to be considered for admission:

  • EPI Offset Minimum Score: 3905
  • MPI Offset Minimum Score: 1028

Beginning freshmen must also meet the minimum 2.00 high school GPA.

COMPASS or Accuplacer along with MPI and EPI scores will also be used for course placement.

Students who attend a high school outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES-approved evaluation service such as Josef Silny & Associates; World Education Services; or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or other BOR-approved services. The student must submit transcripts to an evaluation service and request that an appropriate evaluation be submitted directly to the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office.

Students with Fewer than 30 Transfer Hours of College Credit

The college transcripts of students who have attended other colleges (but earned fewer than 30 semester hours of eligible transfer credit) will be considered as part of the admissions process. If a student meets the freshman requirements listed above and their combined GPA from previous college work is at or above a 2.00, the candidate will be admitted without condition; those who fail to meet both these requirements will be denied admission.

A student who has fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit will be admitted on Academic Probation, if one of the following two conditions occur: a) the student meets the freshman admission requirements listed above but has a combined GPA from previous college work below a 2.00 or b) the student does not meet the freshman admission requirements listed above but has a combined GPA from previous college work above a 2.00. Furthermore, students will be required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by their academic classification in order to be placed in good academic standing at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Admission Decision Appeal Process

A student who is denied admission can submit a letter of appeal to the Admissions Committee. The letter must be typed and include the student’s electronic or handwritten signature, and it should be mailed (or hand delivered) to the Office of Admissions.

The letter should provide details that will help the Committee make an informed decision to help the student achieve success at the College. Such information may include:

  • reasons why the student’s previous academic work may have suffered
  • how the student intends to perform better academically
  • the student’s weekly work and/or family commitments
  • any other information the student would like the committee to consider

Exceptions to Freshman Admission Requirements for Special Groups of Students

See Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 4.2.1.2. Additionally, the following conditions apply:

Limited Admissions Category

In recognition of the fact that a limited number of students do not meet established standards but do demonstrate special potential for success, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is authorized by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to grant admission to a limited number of such students. GGC will use multiple measures whenever possible, such as interviews, portfolios, and records of experiential achievements, for students being considered for Limited Admission. The number of students who may be granted Limited Admissions is restricted and cannot exceed 33%.

Presidential Exceptions

The President of GGC is authorized by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to grant Presidential Exceptions to the Required High School Curriculum units and requirements for Limited Admissions if the student shows promise for academic success in college and has at least a high school diploma or GED credential. GGC is required to report to the University System of Georgia chief academic officer on those students granted Presidential Exceptions. Presidential Exceptions must be included as part of the GGC’s maximum percentage for Limited Admissions.

Students who enter under the Limited Admissions category (including Presidential Exceptions) must make up any Required High School Curriculum units deficiencies in accordance with University System of Georgia procedures. They must also be screened, as applicable, for placement in Learning Support courses based on their EPI/MPI score(s) and must meet University System of Georgia criteria for exemption or exit of learning support in reading, English, and mathematics.

Home School Applicants

Applicants from home school or graduates of non-accredited high schools may be considered for admission to GGC upon submission of a portfolio of the student’s academic work and official SAT/ACT scores. Students who have completed each of the 17-unit RHSC areas as documented in the portfolio (or as documented by the SAT II Subject Tests) and have achieved the minimum SAT scores described in 3.3.2.1.1 Student Placement Test Scores Relative to Course Placement. All applicants in this category must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and an interview with the candidate may be required. 

Required High School Curriculum Requirements (RHSC) – Home School and Non-Accredited High School Applicants

All home school and non-accredited high school applicants must demonstrate equivalent RHSC competence as required by Board of Regents policy. Home school applicants who receive credit from accredited institutions and curriculum providers can demonstrate compliance by submitting official transcripts from these providers. These transcripts will be evaluated for RHSC competence based on the general RHSC requirements detailed in 4.2.1.1 Freshman Requirements.  

Home school applicants who have credits from non-accredited institutions and curriculum providers, as well as applicants from non-accredited high schools, will submit a Home School/Non-Accredited High School College Preparatory Credit Evaluation Form (or a transcript in similar form) and one of the following:

  • SAT II or CLEP scores in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, American History and World History, and a foreign language. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office for the minimum score criteria
  • A detailed description of course work completed in each subject area that includes the subject title, course description, texts or program used, and primary teacher as well as writing samples, reading lists, major projects and assignments, exceptional learning experiences, and additional standardized test scores such as the Iowa Basic Skills that can be used to evaluate RHSC compliance.  Each subject should be representative of one Carnegie Unit (or academic year) of study.  The Admissions Committee will review the portfolio for RHSC compliance, and at its sole discretion can recommend that an applicant has met some, all or none of the RHSC requirements. 
  • Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may still be admitted, but will be required to enroll in the appropriate courses (outlined in 4.2.1.1  Freshman Requirements under Addressing RHSC Deficiencies.

Home School Portfolio Review Procedures

The committee will review the student portfolio with the primary goal of determining the applicant’s potential for success at the college level. If the committee is not satisfied with the material submitted in the portfolio, it will seek additional information from the applicant as a condition for admission. If the committee’s request is not satisfied, the applicant will be denied admission. Information regarding how applicants can satisfy the portfolio requirement and guidance in preparing their portfolio is contained on the GGC website.

View the Home School/Non-Accredited High School College Preparatory Credit Evaluation form (PDF).

General Educational Development (GED)

Persons over 18 years of age (or whose class has already graduated from high school) whose secondary schooling was interrupted may be admitted by presenting General Educational Development (GED) equivalency. Official GED test score reports must be mailed directly from the Technical College System of Georgia Office of Adult Literacy/GED Testing Service to the Georgia Gwinnett College Admissions Office. GED applicants are strongly suggested (but not required) to take either the College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), the results of which will be made part of the applicant’s portfolio. All GED applications must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and an interview with the candidate may be required.

GED cutoff scores are as follows: 

  • Traditional students – Minimum score of 260/2600/630 – regular admission
  • Non-Traditional students – Minimum score of 225/2250/580 – regular admission

Move On When Ready (MOWR)/Dual Enrollment 

Move On When Ready (MOWR) program provides eligible high school students with the opportunity to take college courses to satisfy their high school graduation or home study completion requirements while earning college credit.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a high school student entering the junior or senior year. You must also be age 15 or older by the first day of the semester of enrollment.
  • A minimum of 480 verbal and 460 math scores on the SAT-1 and a combined SAT score of 970 (prior to March 2016) or a minimum of 26 Reading Test and 500 Math Section scores (March 2016 or later) or a minimum of 21 English and 19 mathematics score on the ACT and at least a composite score of 20. The COMPASS or Accuplacer test scores cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • A high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in courses taken from the required College Preparatory Curriculum unit.
  • Submit a MOWR Student Participation Agreement (PDF).
  • You must follow a plan to complete the University System of Georgia College Preparatory Curriculum requirement on schedule.
  • You must take courses from the approved courses directory.