College Planning

1)  The high school curriculum is the cornerstone of the University System of Georgia (USG) admissions policy. This document reflects the minimum USG unit requirements in each of the academic subject areas. Students should pursue a challenging and rigorous high school curriculum to be best prepared for a successful college experience and should consult with their high school counselor to determine appropriate coursework. Click on the following link to read more...

Each college has unique criteria for admission, so please refer to individual school websites for the most accurate information. However, as a rule, the following represents admission criteria for most post-secondary schools:

  •  Admission criteria in order of importance:


    • Rigor of curriculum - based on courses offered at each high school
    • Grade point average
    • Standardized test scores
    • Essay - colleges see this as a code word for "good thinking;" it is the student's voice
    • Letters of recommendation - those from teachers are particularly important
    • Extracurricular activities - colleges want diverse talent; desire students who will add value to the campus
    • Demonstrated interest - students should take advantage of campus visits or talk with a college representative when they visit the high school; you can even give them a call