Admission Requirements (Fall 2023 - Summer 2025)

Starting Fall 2023 - Summer 2025, New Freshman applying to Valdosta State University can be admitted without ACT or SAT test scores, if they have an academic GPA of a 3.2 or higher.*

Students who have an academic GPA of 3.1 or less should submit official ACT or SAT test scores along with their high school transcript to be considered for admission. 


ACT/SAT Requirements:        

English or Reading: 17 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480
Math: 17 Math: 440


Freshman Index:

Valdosta State University utilizes a formula known as "Freshman Index" to determine an acceptable grade point average (GPA).

The Freshman Index (FI) requirement is 2040. It is calculated in the formula listed below. Please note, only courses from the "Required High School Curriculum" are used for the High School GPA. 

  • FI = 500 x (HSGPA) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88
  • FI = 500 x (HSGPA) + SAT Verbal/Critical Reading + SAT Math

Required High School Curriculum:

    • Students must meet required high school curriculum requirements which will be determined upon evaluation of their high school transcript. 
    • Students graduating from a Georgia high school must meet the "Required High School Curriculum" set forth by the Board of Regents. More information on acceptable courses for the curriculum can be found online at the "Staying on Course" document. 

Here are Georgia's State Graduation Standards:

Courses # of Courses Required
English 4
Foreign Language 2
Math 4
Science 4
Social Science 3 (American History, World History, Economics or Government)


*If a student is not graduating from a Georgia high school, we will review the courses based on the state's graduation standard to determine if the student can be admitted. 


Verification of Lawful Presence

    • Required by the Board of Regents to prove lawful presence in the US only for in-state tuition. 
    • Please note that if the GA Driver's License is "limited term", it cannot be used to satisfy the VLP requirement.


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