Admissions Standards

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 previous academic work should be mailed or sent electronically.
  • 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
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 Minimum 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: 24
    Mathematics: 22
    Writing: Not considered
  • American College Testing (ACT)
    English – 17
    Mathematics – 17
    Science Reasoning: Not Considered
    Reading: Not Considered
    Freshman Index = 1940

Admissions decisions for the Access Pathway are based on the following requirements (*Students who do not test will be placed into learning support courses.):

Must submit Next-Generation Accuplacer Placement Examination scores

  • OLD Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (taken before March 2016)
    Critical Reading: Not Considered
    Mathematics: Not Considered
    Writing: Not considered
  • NEW Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (taken March 2016 or after)
    Critical Reading: Not Considered
    Mathematics: Not Considered
    Writing: Not considered
  • American College (ACT)
    English: Not Considered
    Mathematics: Not Considered
    Science Reasoning:  Not Considered
    Reading:  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 Next-Generation 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 Admissions and Recruitment. 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 requirementsno 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 9-12th grader attending a public, private, or home study program in Georgia to participate in the Dual Enrollment 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 the 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
    • TOEFL Exam- Students whose first language is not English or who have not studied exclusively in English, will need to send official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 480 on the written test, 1 57 on the computer-based test, or 54 on the internet-based test must be sent to the Office of International Education. Students may submit satisfactory SAT or ACT test results in lieu of the TOEFL. Cambridge English Test is also acceptable. 
    • Students who completed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in lieu of the TOEFL may submit their IELTS scores. The minimum IELTS score is Band 5. 
    • TOEFL Exemptions: Countries & Territories considered primarily English speaking: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland , Jamaica, New Zealand , Nevis & St. Kitts, South Africa, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom (England , Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales), & the United States., OR if you have had college level English with grade of "C" or higher that transferred in from an accredited U .S. post-secondary institution. 

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  • 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).
  • Students who are admitted as auditors are not eligible to receive financial aid.
  • Under extraordinary circumstances, the president may waive the requirement of high school diploma or equivalent for auditors.
  • The following high school equivalency tests are approved:                                                   
    • GED
    • HiSET
    • TASC 

Senior Citizen Students (Amendment 23)

  • Must be residents of Georgia, 62 years of age or older at the time of registration, and shall present a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation of age to enable the institution to determine eligibility.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses offered for resident credit on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.
  • Shall meet all USG and institution undergraduate or graduate admission requirements. However, institutions may exercise discretion in exceptional cases where circumstances indicate that certain requirements such as high school graduation and minimum test scores are inappropriate. In those instances, involving discretionary admission institutions will provide diagnostic methods to determine whether or not participation in Learning Support will be required prior to enrollment in regular credit courses. Reasonable prerequisites may be required in certain courses. 
  • Shall have all usual student and institutional records maintained. However, institutions will not report such students for budgetary purposes. 
  • Must meet all USG, institution, and legislated degree requirements if they are degree-seeking students.
  • Complete the Application and Certification of Fee Waiver under Amendment 23.