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New Freshman Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Summer and Fall 2021 Deadline Extension

Due to the current circumstances, we are suspending our summer and fall Regular Admission deadline as we continue to work with students who wish to apply. We are no longer accepting applications for residential students on the Dahlonega campus. We are closely monitoring class availability on each of our campuses to best serve our students needs; therefore, we encourage all interested students to apply as soon as possible. 

Note for Dahlonega students:  Due to extraordinarily high demand we have reached capacity in our residence halls and are currently working off a waitlist of housing applications.  Students impacted by this situation will receive an email outlining available options for fall enrollment. 

SAT/ACT Scores No Longer Required for 2021 Admission

First-year students applying to University of North Georgia for the spring, summer and fall 2021 semesters can be admitted without ACT or SAT scores if they have a sufficiently high GPA. Standardized test scores are still required for dual enrollment applicants.

Bachelor's degree new freshmen applicants must meet one of the following admissions criteria:

  • 2.8+ unweighted high school GPA in the required high school curriculum
  • 2.4+ unweighted high school GPA in the required high school curriculum and SAT scores that meet a 480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and a 440 Math or ACT scores that meet a 17 English or Reading and a 17 Math. Students must also meet a 2400+ freshman index (FI).
If a bachelor's degree applicant does not meet one of the above requirements, they will automatically be considered for associate pathway admission. Associate pathway freshman applicants must have at least a 2.0 unweighted high school GPA in the required high school curriculum to gain admission.

Requirements for All New Freshman Applicants

(Note: If you are a current Dual Enrollment student at UNG wishing to continue as a freshman, you do not need to complete an additional application for admission. Please complete the Dual Enrollment Intent Form for freshman admission consideration. Freshman admission into a specific degree pathway or a particular campus is not guaranteed.)
  • 16 or older before the first day of class.
  • Must be a graduate from an accredited high school.  See list of approved accrediting organizations in the notes section below.
  • Students graduating from a non-accredited homeschool or high school program, please apply as a non-accredited home school applicant.
  • Students whose secondary education was completed outside the United States system of education must also meet English Proficiency Requirements.
  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

At this time, the University of North Georgia will not superscore current and redesigned SAT test scores due to variation in design and content. 

High School and College Dual Enrollment GPA Minimums

High School

Effective spring 2017, all new freshmen seeking admission to the University of North  Georgia must have at least a 2.0 high school GPA in the Required High School Curriculum.

College Dual Enrollment

Those applying for freshman admission who have completed dual enrollment through another institution while enrolled in high school should meet the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree-seeking students: 2.50 Cumulative GPA on all College Dual Enrollment coursework attempted. Students with dual enrollment GPAs below 2.5 may be considered for bachelor's admission on a case by case basis.

Applicants who have been suspended from a college or university during dual enrollment may not be eligible for admission.

SAT/ACT Minimums

Associate Degree

All students whose SAT or ACT test scores fall below bachelor's degree minimums, or who are deficient in the areas of English and/or math, must also have an English and/or Math Placement Index calculated for course placement and admission purposes. Minimum scores on these indices are required in addition to the minimum SAT/ACT requirements. For further details, please review the English and Math Placement Index Calculation document
Associate Degree Test Score Requirements
SAT (After March 2016) 380 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 360 Math
SAT (Prior to March 2016) 330 Reading 310 Math
ACT 12 English or Reading 14 Math

Bachelor's Degree Minimums

Admission to a bachelor's degree program is selective, and meeting minimum scores does not necessarily guarantee acceptance. For the 2021 application cycle, UNG will be using a GPA only admissions model and will consider applicants who have at least a 2.8 GPA in the Required High School Curriculum for admission. Those who have a Required High School Curriculum GPA of at least 2.4 and meet USG test score minimums will also be considered.

Bachelor's Degree Test Score Requirements
SAT (After March 2016) 480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 440 Math
SAT (Prior to March 2016) 430 Reading 400 Math
ACT 17 English or Reading 17 Math

The following GPA and test scores show the middle 50% range that was accepted from the Fall 2019 bachelor's degree-seeking new freshman applicant pool.

Bachelor's Degree Middle 50% Profile (Accepted Fall 2018 Class)
Required High School Curriculum GPA 3.33 - 3.87
SAT (Combined Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) 1080 - 1220
ACT Composite 22 - 26

Freshman Index

Calculating Freshman Index (FI)

  • After March 2016 FI: FI = 500 x (H.S. GPA) + 1.06(EBRW+MATH) – 74
  • Prior to March 2016 SAT FI = (High school GPA x 500) + SAT critical reading + SAT math
  • ACT FI = (High school GPA x 500) + (ACT composite score x 42) + 88

Note:  The only high school courses that will be considered when calculating GPA are the Required High School Curriculum courses.

Associate Degree Minimums

Minimum FI 1830

Bachelor's Degree Minimums

Each fall semester, the minimum freshman index (FI) requirement is determined by the applicant pool. 

Fall -
(Selective Admission)
Spring 2500
Summer -
(Selective Admission)

Applicants who do not meet the bachelor's degree admissions requirements will automatically be considered for admission to associate degree programs.  If admitted to associate programs, enrolled students may request a Degree Level Change when eligible.  If you wish to appeal your acceptance into an associate pathway program, you may submit a written appeal to Molly Potts, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at

Required High School Curriculum

Associate Degree

  • Complete 17 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units of high school course work. If you are missing a course, you may be considered for admission if you meet additional guidelines.
  • You may be considered for admission if you earned qualifying scores on the GED, HiSET, or TASC, are at least 18 years old (exceptions for younger students may be considered), meet all associate admissions requirements, and your high school graduating class graduated within 5 years of the start of your intended semester of enrollment.

Bachelor's Degree

Selecting a Campus Location

  • Associate pathways are not offered on the Dahlonega campus.
  • If your primary campus is Cumming, Gainesville or Oconee, please do not secure off-campus housing until after you have registered for New Student Orientation. Please view our off-campus housing resources.
  • UNG provides campus shuttle services for the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses.
  • You may choose to start in an associate degree program on our Cumming, Gainesville or Oconee campus, or in a bachelor's degree program on any campus. However, bachelor's degrees can only be completed on the Dahlonega or Gainesville campuses. 
  • Not all degree programs are offered on all campuses. Please refer to the Degrees & Programs Listing to see which degrees are offered on which campus. You may need to take classes on other campuses or internally transfer to another campus to complete your degree.
  • You are not guaranteed a class schedule at particular times or locations.
  • Not sure of which major you should choose?  Use these tools to help you determine a career interest and what major is best for you.

UNG Residence Policy

Full-time students who are accepted on the Dahlonega Campus of UNG and who have not earned 60 semester hours or lived four semesters in university housing must live on campus. For further details, please visit UNG's Residence Policy in the Residency Life Handbook.

Application Deadlines for All New Freshman Applicants


(All supporting documents are due within two weeks of the application deadline)

Student Type Spring Summer Fall
New Freshman - Associate Nov. 1 April 1 July 1
New Freshman - Bachelors Nov. 1 April 1 Nov. 15 (Early Action) | Feb. 15 (Regular Admission)

Programs with Additional Requirements

Some bachelor's degree programs have additional requirements that you must complete before you can enroll in that major.  Examples include Elementary & Special Education, Middle Grades, Secondary & Science Education, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Nursing.  Please contact the academic department of your desired major to determine whether there are additional requirements. Admission to UNG doesn't guarantee you admission to a specific major.

Applying to UNG

Application Process
Apply for admission online: GAFutures. If you cannot apply online, download a paper application. All applicants (online and paper) will pay a non-refundable application fee.

Submit official high school transcript through GAFutures or request an official transcript from your counselor. If you enroll in any college ask the college/s to send us an official transcript.

If you have completed dual enrollment credit by the time you apply to UNG, please request an official college transcript to be sent to UNG directly from the college where you were taking your dual enrollment credit. If you have dual enrolled at multiple colleges, please request that an official transcript from each school be sent to UNG. We must receive the transcripts through e-script, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse or another secure transcript delivery service directly from the institutions: choose Admissions Imaging Center or use as the intended recipient. If your institution is mailing your transcript directly to UNG: UNG Admissions Imaging Center, PO Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503. (Transcripts sent by the student or parent are not considered official.)

If you earned a GED in Georgia, you should request a copy from the Technical College System of Georgia. If you completed your GED in another state, request a transcript. If you earned qualifying scores on the HiSET test, request a copy of your scores here. If you earned qualifying scores on the TASC exam, request a copy of your scores here. Transcripts must arrive in our office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Opened transcripts cannot be used for admission.

If you were internationally educated, please send an official National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) evaluated document-by-document high school transcript or Certificate of Education. A GPA calculation is not required. The evaluation must be sent directly from the agency to the Admissions Office. Find a full list of NACES members.

SAT and ACT test scores must be sent electronically through the College Board or ACT. Test scores printed on high school or college transcripts will not be accepted.

You may request the College Board to send your SAT scores to account #5497, or your ACT scores to account #0848, regardless of which campus you want to attend. Test scores printed on high school or college transcripts will not be accepted.

Submit your verification of lawful presence documentation if you wish to pay in-state tuition. This is not required if you pay out-of-state tuition. Out-of-state tuition is much higher than in-state tuition. Admission to UNG is not contingent upon proof of lawful presence. If you no longer wish to be considered for tuition at the in-state rate, please contact us so that we can remove the requirement from your record.
Check your application status to ensure we have received all required documents to evaluate your application.

Mailing Documents

Mail Documents for associate or bachelor's degree to:

University of North Georgia
Admissions Imaging Center
PO Box 1358
Gainesville, GA 30503-1358

Need Assistance?

E-Mail Phone
Blue Ridge Campus 706-946-5462
Cumming Campus 470-239-3105
Dahlonega Campus 706-864-1800
Gainesville Campus 678-717-3641
Oconee Campus 706-310-6201


1. Home-school programs accredited or approved by the following are acceptable:

  • Accrediting Commission for Independent Study
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Association of Christian Schools
  • Georgia Private School Accrediting Commission
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges

2.  Learn more about Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits granted by UNG.

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