High School Applicants


Admissions Requirements

Traditional Freshman Applicants

Transfer Degree Programs (Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees)

Georgia Highlands College offers two transfer degree programs, with pathways in many areas of study, designed for students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree after completing an associate degree.  Please visit the GHC Areas of Study site for a complete listing of degree options and areas of study pathway descriptions.

Freshman applicants desiring entry into a transfer degree program, who are within five years of their high school graduation date, or the graduation date of their appropriate age group, and those within that same range who have not yet earned the equivalent of thirty (30) semester hours of transferable college credit, must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a general diploma from a high school that is accredited by a regional accrediting association (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), or the Georgia Accrediting Commission or from a high school regulated by a public school system and state department of education, as evidenced by submission of an official high school transcript with date of graduation
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0 (as calculated by GHC based on grades earned in English, math, natural science, social science and foreign language coursework)
  • Meet current learning support placement standards
  • Be re-admissible to the last college, university or technical school attended (if applicable)

Accredited High School Graduates:

The following admissions requirements are for any student that is a senior currently enrolled in an accredited high school or a student that has already graduated from an accredited high school within the last five years:

  • 2.0 GPA as Calculated by GHC within your college prep curriculum
  • Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) = 4 English, 4 Mathematics, 4 Natural Sciences, 3 Social Sciences, and 2 Foreign Languages in the same language
  • Mathematics courses must include Algebra I, Algebra II, Trig or Geometry, and one more above Algebra II (Algebra I part I and Algebra I part II only count as one Math)

Non-Accredited High School Graduates:

Students that have graduated from a non-accredited high school may be considered for admissions at GHC through one of the following options:

  • By taking the GED and attaining a passing score required by the State of Georgia
  • By scoring at or above the average SAT I score of the previous year’s fall semester first-time freshman class with at least a 450 verbal score and 450 math score, or equivalent ACT scores, and substantiating college preparatory curriculum completion via the SAT II subject exams in English writing, English literature, Mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics, American history and social studies and world history – and achieving designated scores in each area.
  • Be considered as a Presidential Exception by obtaining a minimum score of 500 in both the SAT I Math and Verbal score or equivalent ACT scores.
  • By scoring in the top five percent of all students nationally on the SAT I or ACT

  1. Complete an admissions application and pay the $30 application processing fee
  2. Request official high school transcripts be sent directly to GHC
  3. Request official SAT or ACT scores be sent to GHC (not required but can be used to exempt placement testing)
  4. Applicants who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes, are required to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States. Below is a list of acceptable documentation to prove lawful presence in Georgia:
    • A current driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008. A limited term license or a license issued for a period of less than four years is not acceptable.
    • A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory (must be delivered to a GHC campus – fax or photocopy is unacceptable)
    • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570)
    • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561)
    • A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)/
    • A current U.S. Passport
    • A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008. A limited term ID or an ID issued for a period of less than four years is not acceptable.
    • Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)
  5. Monitor the Check Admissions Status link often for updates to your application
  6. Register to take the placement exam through the Check Admissions Status link (if required)
  7. Register to attend Orientation through the Check Admissions Status link (at orientation you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes)

*A certification of immunization signed by a licensed healthcare provider is required for continued registration (after student’s first semester of attendance) at GHC.