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Georgia State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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With an acceptance rate of 76% (fall 2019), seeking admissions into Georgia State University seems selective. Student’s GPA along with the standardized tests scores are considered important while granting admission. For now, the university is accepting unofficial standardized test scores and transcripts, however, students must submit the official scores and transcripts before the commencement of the term.

In the current COVID-19 scenario Georgia State University has adopted a blended learning approach for Fall 2020 session. Blended learning integrates traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction with online digital learning. Georgia State will continue online courses during the summer semester, which begins on June 8, with only limited exceptions.

  • Georgia State University admission intake opens in Fall, Spring, or Summer sessions.
  • The university expects a minimum GPA of 2.5 from its applicants
  • Application for scholarships should be submitted by March 1.
  • International students must have an F-1 visa to study in the U.S.
  • Prospective students applying for Fall or Summer 2020 sessions can apply without SAT or ACT scores.
  • The Georgia State University admission decisions declared before March 23, 2020 will not be reconsidered under new admission guidelines.
  • International applicants can contact the Education USA Advising center for any assistance with the USA academic admission process.
  • Each graduate degree program has unique admission requirements and all the related information is available on their websites.


Application PortalThe Common Application
Acceptance Rate57%
SAT score range480
ACT score range17
Intake SessionFall/Spring/Summer
Mode of PaymentOnline application - Credit Card
Paper application - Cheque or Money order

Georgia State University Admission Deadline

Students are requested to submit their applications prior to the deadlines for them to be considered for admission. The University does not entertain late applications. Here are the deadlines for international freshman applicants:

Deadlines for UG Students

FallMay 1
SpringNovember 1
SummerApril 1

The deadlines for graduate students differ by programs, which can be checked at the respective course pages.

Georgia State University International Student Admission

International applicants can apply online or can submit paper applications along with a check or money order. Georgia State University offers a limited number of SAT/ACT waiver to students with exceptional academic performance. However, international students are highly recommended to take exams to study in the USA for better chances of admission. Find below all the relevant application information:

Admission Portal - The Common Application

Application Fee - 60 USD

Admission Requirements - International applicants must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for Georgia State University admissions:

  • A complete application
  • Official High-school academic transcript
  • Mark sheet (including final examination result)
  • ACT or SAT score report sent electronically to Georgia State University
  • Proof of English Proficiency

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

In addition to the above-mentioned documents, International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency.

Duolingo English Test95
PTE - Pearson Test of English Academic58
MELAB (Michigan English Language Test Battery)77
Cambridge English Scale Score169 (CPE=180)
Cambridge International Examinations“D” or better
UK GCSE “English” exam“C” or better
UK GCE A-Level “English” exam“C” or better
Edexcel International A-Levels and EGCSE English exams“D” or better

Visa Process for International Students

To obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 document, you must review the Admission process for International students and complete the necessary e-forms on iStart

  • Under GSU main campus there is a PreArrival group of e-forms, you will be required to complete them. In order to do that you have to log in to iStart. The visa process is explained there.
  • Once you obtain the I-20 you need to follow the below stated instructions:
  • Pay the SEVIS Fee: Before applying for your F-1 visa, you need to pay a SEVIS Fee
  • Schedule your visa appointment interview accordingly.
  • Things to bring to your Visa Interview:
    • DS-160 form: Non-immigrant Visa Application
    • I-901 fee receipt
    • Official acceptance letter from Georgia State University
    • Your I-20 or DS-2019
    • Valid passport for at least months
    • Proof of Financial support
    • One page of your educational goals/plan
    • A list of your family members along with their names, addresses, and places of employment. Also list any property or businesses you and/or your family may own.

Georgia State University Undergraduate Admission

Georgia State University offers more than 60 Undergraduate Majors and Minors. So students who wish to enter Georgia State University from high school will be admitted based upon their SAT/ACT scores and high school GPA. However, for this Fall and Summer 2020 the university admits students without ACT or SAT scores. A complete admission application to Georgia State University includes:

Application Portal: The Common Application

Application Fee: 60 USD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Official High school transcript
  • Submit a letter of recommendation
  • GPA must be between: 3.3-3.8
  • Freshman applicants must submit their ACT or SAT score
    • SAT (Reading and Writing) - 480
    • SAT (Math) - 440
    • SAT (combined) - 1070-1260
    • ACT (Reading and Writing) - 17
    • ACT (Math) - 17
    • ACT (composite) - 21-28

Georgia State University Graduate Admissions

From basic research to practical applications, innovation is central to everything that they offer. As you step inside Georgia University Graduate School professional development will be a key part of your experience. So, to be a part of this experience you need to follow the below-mention procedure

Here are specific academic requirements for some of the popular graduate programs offered by the Georgia State University:

RequirementsM.S. PhysicsM.A. EnglishMBAM.A. Anthropology
DeadlineFall - January 15
Spring - N/A
Summer - N/A
Fall - February 15
Spring - November 15
Summer - N/A
Fall - December 1
Spring - N/A
Summer - N/A
Fall - April 15
Spring - November 1
Summer - N/A
GMAT/GREGRE requiredNot requiredGMAT requiredNot Required
Letter of RecommendationRequired (3 letters)Required (2 letters)Required (3 letters)Required (2 letters)
Statement of PurposeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Writing sampleNot requiredRequiredNot requiredRequired
CV/ ResumeNot requiredNot requiredRequiredRequired

Georgia University is an enterprising urban public research institution in Atlanta, the leading cultural and economic center of the Southeast. Students should be aware of the iStart portal which is an international data management tool. It helps international applicants with immigration services, requests, and other benefits. Once the application is accepted, students can use iStart to request immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) and other services.

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