Traditional Freshman

Traditional Freshmen are applicants who have been out of high school less than five years from an accredited or approved high school.

As a new Freshman applicant you must submit the following:

  1. Apply to SSU via and pay the $20 Application Fee (Non-Refundable).
  2. Have your guidance counselor send us your official high school transcript.
    Savannah State University accepts mailed, faxed, emailed, or e-transcripts that come directly from the high school. To process transcripts, we will recalculate your GPA based on the Required High School Curriculum, so it may appear lower than you originally anticipated GPA.
  3. Send us official copies of your SAT/ACT scores from the testing agency (SAT Code: 5609 / ACT code: 0858).
    If you submit scores and then take the test again, you may submit the new scores for us to review. We will reassess your file and make a new decision based on the updated scores. Writing scores are not required for the ACT or SAT. We “super-score” ACT or SAT exams; we consider the highest score from a single test.
  4. If you have completed coursework at another college or university (ex: Dual Enrollment), you are required to submit your official college transcript. Please have your official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities sent to the Office of the Registrar. Having official transcripts sent through digital storefronts such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse is acceptable. It is important to ensure that Savannah State University is the recipient of your transcript order, as our staff cannot accept copies of official college transcripts directly from studentsIf a recipient email is required for your order, please use  
  5. Verification of Lawful Presence
    In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.3.4, applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission to Savannah State University, and who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes, are required to provide validation of their lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to Savannah State University may be delayed until lawful presence is verified.

    Most students complete this requirement by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Students not completing a FAFSA may instead submit a copy of the following:

    • Original or Certified U.S. Birth Certificate 
    • Current U.S. Passport Book or U.S Passport Card
    • Current Real ID GA* Driver's License or State-Issued ID (cards that are Limited Term, temporary, or are not Real ID compliant cannot be accepted)
    • Current GA Voter ID Card
    • Current U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident Card 
    • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issue by Dept. of State (DS-1350)
    • U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
    • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561)
    • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570)
    • Military ID cards may be accepted when presented in person (copies cannot be accepted) and the student is the servicemember (dependent cards cannot be accepted).

*Current Real ID compliant driver's licenses and state-issued IDs from a number of other states and meeting specific parameters may also be accepted as evidence of lawful presence. Please contact us for additional information at

  1. A complete Certificate of Immunization is required for all Transient applicants. This form needs to be submitted to  
  2. Check your status online.
    This status will reflect your admission record at the current moment of review. You will be able to see if your record is missing any documents needed for an admissions decisions. You will be aware of our admissions decision as soon as it is made without having to wait for an admissions letter.

    All application materials should be mailed to:
    Office of Admissions and Recruitment
    Savannah State University
    3219 College Street
    P.O. Box 20209
    Savannah, GA 31404

The Office of Admissions considers the following when evaluating students for admission to Savannah State University.

High School GPA & Required High School Curriculum

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SSU accepts both the SAT and ACT test.
SAT & ACT Test Scores




Evidence-based reading and writing score: 480+
Math test score: 440+

Note: We will "super-score" your highest test scores.

English or reading: 17+

Math: 17+
Composite: 17+

Note: We will "super-score" your highest test scores.

In addition to completing the above RHSC requirements an applicant must meet the following requirements, for full admissions (regular); satisfy the minimum test requirements of a 480 SAT I EBRW score (ACT 17) and a 440 SAT I math score (ACT 17) and earn a Freshmen Index (FI) of at least 1940. The FI is calculated by multiplying the academic grade point average (college prep courses only) by 500 plus 1.06 multiplied by the combined SAT I math and EBRW scores minus 74. For ACT, the FI is calculated by multiplying the college prep courses grade point average by 500, and adding the ACT scores which includes the verbal, math, and composite +88.


Home Schools

Savannah State University will consider applications from students who are educated through a home schooled program who meet the requirements for admission with a diploma from a regionally accredited home study program will be given the same consideration for admission as students with a diploma from a public school. The prospective student should submit a home schooled transcript that includes a list of all coursework (both completed and in progress), showing final grades and units earned for each course completed. A brief description of each course the student has taken or is planning to take (with information regarding the teaching materials including the title and author of all textbooks, DVD's, and other teaching materials utilized) and the methods used for evaluation should accompany the home schooled transcript

Home study programs accredited or approved by the following are acceptable:
The following items are required of all Home School applicants: In addition to the above items, home schooled applicants who have graduated from an accredited high school program are asked to submit an official high school transcript and diploma. Home schooled applicants who have not graduated from an accredited high school program are asked to submit a portfolio that includes:
Application deadlines
Semester Deadlines
Semester Date
Fall Semester May 31 (Priority)
Spring Semester November 15
Summer Semester May 1