SAT Requirements for Georgia Colleges


The Standardized Achievement Test (SAT) is administered to high school juniors and seniors at will. A student’s test scores are used, in conjunction with her grades and extracurricular activities, to determine admission to college. SAT scores are divided into two areas: Critical Reading and Math, with each area having a potential score of 800. Most Georgia colleges require a minimum score in each area for admissions, though a few institutions only require a minimum combined score.

Public Research Universities

  • Four-year colleges in the University System of Georgia are designated as research universities if they perform a substantial number of grant-funded research projects every year. As of 2010, three Georgia universities qualify for this designation: University of Georgia (UGA), Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. UGA requires a minimum combined SAT score of 1150. Georgia State requires a minimum Reading score of 430 and a minimum Math score of 400. Georgia Tech has the highest minimum score requirements among the public schools and will only accept students with a Reading score of 590 and a Math score of 650. Georgia Tech is also the only public college in Georgia to set a higher minimum score for Math than for Reading.

Regional Universities

  • Regional universities are major four-year public universities that serve as the primary four-year college in a large geographic region. Georgia Southern University serves the mid-eastern region of the state, including Savannah. Valdosta State University services the southern half of the state. Georgia Southern requires a combined score of 1000. Valdosta requires a Reading score of 440 and a Math score of 410.

State Universities

  • The University System of Georgia classifies all other public four-year colleges as state universities. As of 2010, there are 13 state universities in Georgia. Georgia College & State University, the state’s only public four-year liberal arts college, requires a minimum combined score of 1050. North Georgia College & State University requires a minimum combined score of 1020. While the requirements vary from school to school, all other state universities require at least a minimum score of 400 in each area. Most require a score of at least 430 in Reading. Southern Polytechnic State University has the highest state college requirements and demands a minimum score of 500 in each area.

Two-Year Schools

  • The University System of Georgia administers a number of two-year colleges throughout the state. The Technical College System of Georgia operates nearly 50 technical colleges. Neither public two-year colleges nor public technical schools require SAT scores for admission. However, students applying for academic scholarships at these schools may still need to provide SAT scores.

Private Colleges

  • Private colleges are privately owned and operated; they are not run by the state. Each private college establishes its own admission requirements. Most do not publish this information. However, private four-year colleges traditionally implement stricter admissions guidelines than do public schools. Students applying to a private university should ask their admissions counselor about SAT score requirements.

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