March 26, 2020

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Waives Test Score Requirements, Application Fees for Undergraduate Students

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University is waiving SAT/ACT scores for all first-year undergraduate applicants who meet high school grade point average, high school curriculum, and other established requirements for admissions during the upcoming summer and fall semesters. 

Following guidance from the University System of Georgia, this decision is an effort to adapt admissions processes at VSU due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has led to a more personalized, virtual approach for new applicants following the cancellation of testing services by the College Board and ACT. As always, VSU remains committed to the individual success of its students. 

Ryan Hogan, director of VSU’s Office of Admissions, affirms that his team is in the process of contacting prospective undergraduate students who have already applied about the status of their applications. 

To further remove barriers prospective students may be facing as they apply to college during this challenging time, VSU is also waiving its undergraduate application fee for the time being.

“We understand this is an uncertain time for many people,” Hogan says. “At Valdosta State, we are determined to use this time to connect with our prospective students and their families. We look forward to speaking with them on the benefits a degree from VSU has to offer.”

Doug Tanner, director of VSU’s Office of Financial Aid, encourages all prospective students, as well as returning students, to be proactive and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at as soon as possible. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are available now. First-year students who plan to attend during the upcoming summer semester will also need to complete the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“This is a great time to submit your financial aid application,” Tanner says. “We cannot award financial aid unless a student first completes the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Even as we adjust to working under new and unusual circumstances, staff from the Office of Financial Aid at VSU are still working hard to process financial aid applications for summer and fall semesters and beyond.”

VSU’s Office of Admissions may be reached by calling (229) 333-5791, by sending an email to, by visiting, or by contacting a personal admissions counselor at Prospective students are invited to take a virtual tour of the university at

VSU’s Office of Financial Aid may be reached by calling (229) 333-5935, by sending an email to, or by visiting