Admission to Columbus State University

Traditional Freshman

Applicants who have graduated from high school within the last five years. All traditional applicants must meet the institutional grade point average of 2.5 and SAT minimum scores of 480 Evidence Based-Reading/Writing and 440 Math OR English 17 OR Reading 17 and Math 17 ACT.  Traditional freshman must also show successful completion of the Required High School Curriculum with 17 units.

Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) The following curriculum is required for students whose high school class graduated within the previous five years and who plan to enroll in programs leading to the baccalaureate degree. The Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) requirements and graduation must be completed 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.

Students applying must present credit for the seventeen (17) specified units:

  1. MATHEMATICS: Four (4) units of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry/Analytic Geometry, Algebra II/Advanced Algebra, and a 4th unit of advanced math, or equivalent courses.
  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. 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 science 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.

The USG’s Staying on Course document (https://www.usg.edu/assets/student_affairs/documents/Staying_on_Course.pdf), provides important information about the RHSC requirements, including the specific high school courses approved to satisfy the 17 RHSC units.

Traditional Freshman Limited Admission 

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, will be evaluated for admission for learning support  (Please refer to the Learning Support Section for further information). To be eligible for referral to the Department of Basic Studies, applicant, or if not legally declared independent, applicant’s parent(s) or legal guardian must reside in one of the following counties in Georgia: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor, or Troup. If an applicant resides locally but their high school is located outside of one of the nine counties listed above, documentation will be required to verify domicile of the student, and if still a dependent of a parent or legal guardian, local domicile in one of these counties of the parent or legal guardian must also be verified through such methods as employer/employment verification, banking records, bills, and other applicable methods. 

The minimum admission requirements to the Department of Basic Studies are:

  • 14 Required High School Curriculum units
  • 330 Critical Reading and 310 Math (or ACT English 12 and Math 14)
  • 2.0 High School GPA

Non-Traditional Freshman

Non-traditional freshmen are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years and whose high school class graduated at least five years ago;
  2. Hold a high school diploma from an accredited or approved high school as specified in or have satisfactorily completed the GED; and,
  3. Have earned fewer than thirty transferable semester credit hours as defined in 

Non-Traditional Transfers

Non-traditional transfer students are defined as individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Have been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five (5) years ago; and,
  2. Have earned thirty or more transferable hours of college credit, as defined in 

Non-traditional freshmen and non-traditional transfer applicants are evaluated for Learning Support placement.

Admission to Career Associates Program

Columbus State University offers the Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Applicants seeking admission to the career associate program are not held to CPC requirements. However, applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school and meet the regular CSU SAT/ACT score requirements. Students admitted to this program must complete all associate degree requirements before they may seek a baccalaureate degree.