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

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

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 by 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 17 units of required high school curriculum as defined by the 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 17 units of the University System of Georgia Required High School Curriculum (RHSC):

Course CategoryInstructional Emphases
ENGLISH (4 Carnegie units required)Grammar and usage; literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills
MATHEMATICS (4 Carnegie units required)Math I, II, III and a fourth unit of math from the BOR approved list, or the equivalent courses
Algebra I and II, geometry and a fourth year of advanced math, or equivalent courses
SCIENCE (4 Carnegie units required)One laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences
SOCIAL SCIENCE (3 Carnegie units required)At least one course focusing on United States studies and one course focusing on world studies
FOREIGN LANGUAGE (2 Carnegie units required)Two units of the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening and writing, or two units of American Sign Language, or two units of computer science emphasizing coding and programming

RHSC Deficiencies

Students who have not completed the required RHSC units must take additional courses as outlined below to make up for the RHSC deficiencies. All RHSC deficiencies must be made up before the student has earned 20 semester hours of college level credit. College courses taken to satisfy RHSC deficiencies required for degree completion can be used to fulfill core curriculum or program requirements at Georgia Gwinnett College. The credits earned for these courses are calculated in the term grade point average as well as the cumulative Georgia Gwinnett College grade point average. Transfer students who satisfy RHSC requirements at another institution of the University System of Georgia will be acknowledged as having met those requirements.

Area of RHSC DeficiencyPrescribed Remediation
ENGLISHPass placement tests in reading and English or complete Student Success coursework in reading and English. Courses used to satisfy RHSC deficiency in English and reading:
  • ENGL 0989 Foundations for English Composition
MATHEMATICSPass placement tests in mathematics or complete Student Success coursework in mathematics. Courses used to satisfy RHSC deficiency in mathematics:
  • MATH 0987 Foundations Quantitative Reasoning
  • MATH 0989 Foundations for College Algebra
SCIENCEComplete a laboratory science course from Area D of the General Education curriculum; course must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better. Courses used to satisfy RHSC deficiency in science:
  • PSCI 1101 Physical Sciences I
SOCIAL SCIENCEComplete a course from Area E of the General Education curriculum; course must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better. Courses used to satisfy RHSC deficiency in social science:
  • ANTH 1102 Anthropology
FOREIGN LANGUAGEComplete an approved foreign language course from the General Education curriculum; course must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better. Courses used to satisfy RHSC deficiency in foreign language:
  • SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish I

Course Placement

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 3 tests:

1. Minimum SAT Scores: 
 Critical reading480
2Minimum ACT Scores: 
3. Required Minimum COMPASS* Scores: 
 English32 or

*Effective December 2016, Accuplacer testing will replace COMPASS testing and an addendum will be added once required minimum scores are available, which is expected to be no later than November 2016. 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 Accuplacer placement test scores. Students will be admitted based on EPI and MPI indices. Minimum EPI and MPI scores will be as follows:

  • EPI minimum score: 3095
  • MPI minimum score: 1028

COMPASS or Accuplacer along with MPI and EPI scores will also be used for course placement. Applicants will be denied admission if they score below the minimum on the designated minimum scores for admissions.

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

Students who attend a high school outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service such as Joseph Silny & Associates; World Education Services; or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. The student must submit transcripts to an evaluation service and request that an appropriate evaluation be submitted 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.

Exceptions to freshman admission requirements for special groups of students

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, institutions are authorized to grant admission to a limited number of such students. Institutions 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 will be restricted.

Presidential Exceptions

Presidents of University System of Georgia institutions may 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. Institutions will be 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 institution'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 LS courses using a placement test administered by a University System of Georgia institution 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 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 “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 evaluated for RHSC competence based on the general RHSC requirements detailed in 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 above under the general “RHSC Requirements”) to satisfy the 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.

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 260/2600/690 – regular admission
  • Non-Traditional students – Minimum score of 225/2250/600 – 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.
  • A minimum of 480 verbal and 460 math scores on the SAT-1 and a combined SAT score of 970 or a minimum of 21 English and 19 mathematics score on the ACT and at least a composite score of 20. COMPASS 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.
  • 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 list.