Georgia Public College Entrance Requirements
Track your HOPE GPA (In-State Aid)
Keep track of your HOPE Scholarship GPA with the tools on this site.
All students are encouraged to create a GAFutures account to obtain tons of post-secondary resources.
**Students will need their social security number to access their HOPE GPA.
Transitional Intellectual and Developmental Disability College Opportunities
Transitional planning for college can begin as early as possible during the student high school years.
With inclusive programs, referred to as Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE), students with I/DD can now realize their dream of continuing their studies in a university or college setting with their peers.
The Include College campaign wants to spread the word about the possibilities now open to students with I/DD in Georgia. Take a look at the following links to find out what parents need to know, firsthand stories from students and parents, and a roadmap to success at including college in your plans. Information about each school's program is offered below to help you understand your college options.
Horizons SchoolThe Horizons School in Birmingham, AL - Since 1991, The Horizons School has been preparing young adults with learning difficulties for an independent life. Our curriculum, with the community as our classroom, provides students with the skills to live and work independently. (from their website)
Foundation for Independent Living
The Foundation for Independent Living in Coconut Creek, FL - Founded in 1985 by a group of parents who wanted an integrated living environment for their children with learning disabilities, the Foundation continues to foster independence to this day. (from their website)
Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI)The Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) in Atlanta, GA - they provide job services, family support, and other resources, including medical.
Roosevelt Warm SpringsRoosevelt Warm Springs in Warm Springs, GA - they are a part of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation department and provide job training.
Have you considered a Honor College (Programs)?
What is Honor's College or Program?
PrepScholar states that an" honors college is a program that exceptional high school students can apply to and enroll in while completing a traditional bachelor’s degree".
Honors college is another on-campus school that forms part of the university’s educational system. Honor programs or Honor Colleges are essentially a Scholars academic extension of the academia campus experience.
While every honors college is different, many honors colleges offer enrolled students perks. Here are some unique opportunities that you can find at honors colleges and programs across the nation:
Courses with more rigorous and/or specialized curriculum that are exclusively open to honors college students
Smaller class sizes that can be conducted seminar-style, allowing students to interact more meaningfully
A smaller faculty-to-student ratio, giving students the opportunity to interact more frequently with professors and advisors
Housing and/or housing amenities that are reserved for honors students, giving honors students the opportunity to form a close-knit community
Priority registration, giving honors students a wider range of course options and the opportunity to curate a semester schedule that suits their needs
Having a high GPA and great test scores to qualify for admission will typcial afford students to qualify. Most honors programs have minimum score and GPA requirements that you must meet in order for your application to be considered.
Example: UGA Morehead's Honor Program & Georgia State's Honor Program
Average First-Year High School GPA 4.06 Average First-Year SAT 1517 Average First-Year ACT *34
3.91* HIGH SCHOOL GPA *WEIGHTED,
CORE 1380 SAT (COMBINED)
31 ACT (COMPOSITE)
Honors College vs. Honors Program
Honors colleges function as discrete schools within the larger university system, and honors programs aren’t separated into individual colleges within the university.
Lastly, there are SCHOLARSHIPS, stipends and study aboard opportunities offered to students that get accepted into Honor Colleges & Programs
Full Ride Scholarships - Colleges & Universities
There are tons of colleges & universities that offer full ride scholarships, however any student looking to apply has to be open to applying to schools outside of your potential college list. These scholarships will normally be available during 1st semester of your senior year & "Early Application" college admission timeframe.
Early vs. Regular Application Decision
Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
List of HBCUs These institutions are 2-year or 4-year programs, and either public or private.
HBCUs are Historically Black Colleges that were created to support students of color & minority. HBCUs are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community as well as the entire nation.
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors. ED.gov/HBCU
The Black Common Application is available to students with a majority interested in applying to HBCU colleges & universities at a set one-time cost.
Guaranteed Admissions Programs
Have you considered colleges & universities with Guaranteed Admissions Programs? Do you know what Guaranteed Admissions Programs mean for you?
Guaranteed Admissions Programs allow a student to apply once and not an additional time after freshman year to get into a particular program later.
Guaranteed Admissions Programs mean a student meeting a certain GPA & testing criteria will be given an automatic admission into a specific program.
Engineering, Nursing, Law & Medical are just a few programs that students could be provided a Guaranteed Admissions Programs.
Want to be a pilot?
Delta Propel is a great option with colleges & universities as partner schools.
Academic Common Market
Is a degree program you’d like to pursue not available in your state? Is out-of state tuition a barrier to a major offered at a college in another state?
You’re in the right place. For more than 35 years, SREB’s Academic Common Market has enabled students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at in-state tuition rates, through agreements among the states and colleges and universities.
With the SREB Academic Common Market search, get results from more than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 15 states.
What career path will you take?
Students are also encouraged to sit for the ASVAB Exam Test, which is a Career Exploration Test that will assist them in finding out the career field they are stronger suited in.
This exam/test is used by the military but it DOES NOT REQUIRE enlisting in any military branch to sit to take the exam.
Out-of-State Students - In-State Tuition
Test Optional Colleges & Universities
Colleges & Universities extending Test Optional (ACT/SAT can be waived)
for Class of 2023:
With the possibility of testing limitations (SAT/ACT), please research your potential college and university choices to see if they offer TEST OPTIONAL admission! Test Optional is when SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission. Test Optional Colleges 2021-2023
Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charleston Southern University
University of Louisville
Ohio State University
University of South Alabama
University of California, Berkeley
University of Alabama
University of Houston
University of Virginia
University of Missouri
*This might not be applicable to scholarships that require test scores
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