The admissions policy of Albany State University is designed to admit those applicants who show a reasonable probability for success in completing requirements for a degree. In considering the applicant, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment will review the previous academic record, entrance examination scores and grade-point average.

All applicants must present the required credentials for review and evaluation. Acceptance or denial of admission is determined by the Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

An application for admission is considered when the completed application and all requested credentials have been received by the University.

General Requirements

An applicant must submit the following credentials by:

  • June 1 for Fall Semester
  • November 1 for Spring Semester
  • April 1 for Summer Semester

Applying for admission is as easy as 1-2-3!  Use the steps below to begin your journey to becoming an ASU Golden Ram.

  1. Submit your application online. Click here to apply now.
  2. Send your official transcripts and test scores.
  3. Complete your FAFSA online.

Standards for Admission

Freshmen Students

Below are the current admissions requirements for ASU undergraduate first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 transferable semester hours:

High School Transcript

  • An official high school transcript of the previous academic work should be mailed by the high school counselor or principal directly to the University.
  • The official high school transcript should indicate all courses taken and certify the date of graduation with a diploma from a regionally accredited high school.
  • To submit official high school transcripts, please contact your high school counselor or graduation coach. Transcripts may be sent electronically or by mail to:

    Albany State University
    ASU West Campus
    Office of Admissions
    2400 Gillionville Road
    Albany, GA 31707

    Albany State University
    ASU East Campus
    Office of Admissions
    504 College Drive
    Albany, GA 31705

College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) Requirements

  • Minimum high school CPC grade point average (GPA): 2.00
  • Applicants must meet the University System of Georgia's CPC requirements for regular admission.1 The high school curriculum is the cornerstone of the University System of Georgia (USG) admissions policy.
    • 4 Units of English
    • 4 Units of Mathematics
    • 4 Units of Natural Science
    • 3 Units of Social Science
    • 2 Units of the same Foreign Language

Test Score Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores1 are required to receive a regular admissions decision.  The scores are as follows:
    • OLD Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (taken before March 2016)
      Combine 830 (Critical Reading and Math scores combined)
      Critical Reading: 430
      Mathematics: 400
      Writing: Not considered
    • NEW Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (taken March 2016 or after)
      Critical Reading: 440
      Mathematics: 24
      Writing: Not considered
    • American College Testing (ACT)
      English – 17
      Mathematics – 17
      Science Reasoning: Not Considered
      Reading: Not Considered
  • Admissions decisions for the Access Pathway are based on the following requirements:
    • Must submit Accuplacer Placement Examination scores
    • OLD Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (taken before March 2016)
      Combine 640 (Critical Reading and Math scores combined)
      Critical Reading: 330
      Mathematics: 310
      Writing: Not considered
    • NEW Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (taken March 2016 or after)
      Critical Reading: 360
      Mathematics: 18
      Writing: Not considered

Nontraditional Students

  • Students who have been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five years ago, and hold a high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school, or satisfactorily completed the GED, and have earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours are not required to take the SAT or ACT; however, these students must take the Accuplacer Placement Examination and complete any Learning Support requirements.

Homeschool Graduates or Graduates of Non-Accredited High Schools

  • Graduates of Home School programs or Non-accredited high schools may satisfy admissions requirements using SAT scores and satisfactory documentation of equivalent competence in each of the areas at the college-preparatory level. Applicants who achieve designated scores on each of the following SAT II Subject Tests in an area will be considered to have demonstrated equivalent competence and do not need to submit additional documentation in that area: English Writing, Literature, Math IC or Math IIC, American History & Social Studies, World History, Biology, and one of the following: Chemistry or Physics.

Transient Students

  • Students who are regularly enrolled in other institutions may be allowed temporary matriculation at Albany State University. Transient admission is ordinarily limited to one semester. Transient students must submit an official application for admission and letters of approval from an Academic Official of the institution in which they are enrolled certifying that they are currently eligible to return to the parent institution, and that they have been granted permission to enroll at Albany State University for a specified period of time. The University requires that the letter of approval include a list of courses that the student should take while enrolled at Albany State University.

Transfer Students

  • Applicants who have attended other regionally-accredited institutions can apply for admission with advanced standing, provided they are academically eligible to return to the college or university last attended and have 30 or more transferable college credits. Students transferring from other colleges must send official transcripts of all previous college work to the Office of Enrollment Services at Albany State University. Students with fewer than 30 transferable college credits will be required to meet the Freshman Admissions standards for Albany State University.
  • The applicants' eligibility for admission will be based on previous academic performance. The Institution reserves the right to require high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores for transfer students; it also reserves the right not to accept the credits of an institution, regardless of its accreditation status, when the University determines that the course content is not equivalent to the course content at Albany State University.
  • Students must report all courses completed at other institutions. Failure to report previous college attendance is sufficient cause for cancellation of registration and credits earned at Albany State University. A maximum of 90 academic semester hours from an accredited senior college may be applied to the program in which an applicant desires enrollment, provided that grades earned are "C" or better. Applicants who have completed the core requirements in a transfer program in another unit of the University System will receive full transfer credit for all core courses. A maximum of 30 semester hours in any combination of independent study, extension and/or credit by examination earned at other accredited institutions can be accepted toward graduation.
  • Albany State University will accept as transferred credit "D" grades earned in core curriculum courses unless otherwise noted in program of study requirements; no freshman English courses with grades less than "C" will be accepted as transfer credit. All transfer applicants accepted for admissions will be provided a copy of their transcript evaluation, which includes the work accepted from the college(s) previously attended. This evaluation must be presented upon registration to the student's advisor. Unofficial transcripts cannot be evaluated. Applicants who have NOT completed at least 30 semester hours of transferable college credits should complete all the requirements for freshman admissions. Students who have not completed Learning Support requirements at another System institution shall be admitted only in accordance with the Learning Support guidelines. Applicants transferring from an institution or program that did not require the CPC may be subject to CPC requirements.

Dual Enrollment Students

  • Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to enroll in college level courses. The best part is students get credit for college classes AND their equivalent high school course at no cost or very little cost to the student. There is no charge for tuition, mandatory fees, and required books, providing a huge cost savings for parents and students. Students can enroll part time or full time in online or on campus classes. Some even graduate with an Associate’s Degree at the same time they graduate from high school. Albany State University welcomes any 10-12th grader attending a public, private, or home study program in Georgia to participate in the Dual Program. Georgia Student Finance Commission will pay full tuition and fees for students enrolling in approved courses. Course related fees are also the responsibility of the student.

Readmit Students

  • Students who have previously attended Albany State University and have not been in attendance for one semester or more are required to file an application for readmission in the Office of Academic Services and Registrar, by the deadline dates listed on the academic calendar for admission. Students must reenter the same academic department in which they were last enrolled until the change of major is approved.

International Students

  • International students must meet the following regular admission requirements:
    • Complete and submit an official application for admission at least two months prior to the regular admission deadline.
    • Have an official United States evaluation completed for all non-US secondary schools attended and for examinations taken. Applicants must have the equivalent of a US high school college preparatory diploma.
    • Test scores providing evidence of English language proficiency. If English is not the official language of the applicant's home country, then the applicant must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores for the TOEFL are as follows:
      • Internet TOEFL – 69
      • Paper TOEFL for Associate’s degree – 500
      • Paper TOEFL for all other degrees – 523
      • Computer TOEFL (no longer available) – 193
      • IELTS – 6

        The school's destination code is 5004.
  • Scores on the SAT from the College Board or scores on the ACT from the American College Testing Program.
  • Scores from the Accuplacer Placement Examination of the University System of Georgia.
  • Must present evidence of adequate financial resources for the entire period the student will attend Albany State University (complete the Albany State University Certificate of Finances form).

Student Auditors

  • Students wishing to enroll without receiving academic credit are considered auditors.
  • Student auditors must submit an application and an official high school transcript showing date of graduation or the General Education Development (GED) Examination. Why is this necessary? May be difficult for older learners to obtain.
  • Auditors must pay the regular fees for enrollment and shall be prohibited from receiving credit at a later time for courses for which they were registered as auditors. Auditors do not receive credit, but receive a grade of V (see grading system).

Senior Citizen Students (Amendment 23)

  • Citizens of the state of Georgia who are 62 years of age or older are eligible to enroll on a "space available" basis without payment of tuition and fees, except for supplies, laboratory, shop or special fees. To be eligible, senior citizens should:

Credit for Prior Learning and Experience

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

  • The University grants credits for acceptable performance on the College Board administered AP Examination. In order to receive college credit, a minimum exam score of three (3) is required.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

  • The University accepts certain courses which have been passed on the IB examination. Students must bring a copy of the IB transcript to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for evaluation. If the scores meet the University's requirements, credit will be placed on the student's Albany State University transcript.

Military Credit

  • Veterans and active duty personnel who have at least two years of honorable service are eligible for Academic credit as a result of their military training and experience. In recognition of the contributions made by persons serving in the military and the extensive training in which they have engaged, the University grants the following academic exemptions to veterans:
    • A maximum of 3-semester hours of credit for the health and physical education courses in the "Above the Core" category is awarded to all veterans and active duty military personnel.
    • A maximum of an additional 6-semester hours of credit in social science is awarded to enlisted persons in grades E-1 through E-6. This credit may be used to fulfill 6 semester hours of the social science requirements.
    • Commissioned and Warrant Officers and Noncommissioned Officers in grades E-7 through E-9 are awarded an additional 3 semester hours of credit in social sciences, as determined by the student's declared program of study, plus 3 semester hours in public speaking.

Albany State University follows the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) to award credit for military training where it is appropriate to do so. Students are encouraged to request their military transcripts for review as part of the admission process.

Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard

Air Force

Work Experience Credit

  • Albany State University values the life experiences of our students, and it is possible for you to accelerate your degree through our Prior Learning Assessment option.
  • Undergraduate college credits can be requested for job, volunteer, or life experiences that are similar to the learning outcomes for a particular course. The student must prepare and submit a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio that demonstrates the depth and breadth of prior learning by providing compelling evidence. The dean, department chairperson, and faculty will participate in the review process for student portfolios and, if warranted, are able to grant credit for prior learning that is found to be at the college level.
  • Students should recognize that while many prior learning experiences are meaningful, they are often not equal to the quality of knowledge learned in the college classroom. Therefore, students who seek academic credit for life or work experience must be able to clearly demonstrate and document that their experiences are equal in quality to the knowledge they would gain in the classroom. Credit for prior learning experience is awarded only for comparable courses required of the student's academic major.