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Home Schooled Applicants

It shall be the policy of Gordon State College to follow the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Admission Policy 4.2 for Undergraduate Admissions.

On October 10, 2001, the Board of Regents issued a statement concerning home-schooled applicants and applicants who have graduated from non-accredited high schools:


"To enhance access into the University System, home-schooled students or students graduating from non-accredited high schools now will be able to submit their SAT 1 test total score (math and verbal) and a portfolio of work demonstrating coverage of the CPC subjects. To determine eligibility for admission, admission representatives will assess whether the student's SAT score is at or above the previous year's fall semester SAT average score of the first-time freshmen admitted to that institution. The student's portfolio will be assessed to determine whether or not the applicant has completed the equivalent of each area of the CPC (College Preparatory Curriculum). As promised, the University System of Georgia has added yet another option for home-schooled students. We've provided our institutions with additional flexibility in assessing the academic qualifications and potential of prospective students. These steps will help us expand access and move forward in creating a more educated Georgia."


In addition, the Board of Regents has established five paths to admission for a home-schooled student...

  1. Diploma from a home study program accredited by an agency recognized by the University System of Georgia
  2. SAT scores in top 5% of national college-bound seniors (In addition students must satisfy any *College Preparatory Curriculum deficiencies in areas other than English or Math)
  3. SAT I or ACT equivalent scores and satisfactory documentation of equivalent competence in each of the College Preparatory Curriculum areas at the College Prep level. (This documentation includes but is not limited to the following for each of the 16 CPC units):
    1. Course descriptions
    2. Work samples
    3. Course outlines
    4. List of educational resources
  4. SAT II Subject Tests
  5. GED

University System of Georgia currently recognizes the following agencies of accreditation:

  • Regionally accrediting Agencies
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Private School Accrediting Council
  • Accrediting Commission for Independent Study
  • Public school regulated by a school system and State Department of Education
SAT II Subject Tests as equivalent validation
of College Preparatory Curriculum Completion
Mathematics: 500 SAT II IC or 570 SAT II Math IIC
English: 520 SAT II English Writing test and 530 on SAT II Literature test
Science: 520 on SAT II Biology test and 540 on SAT Chemistry test or 590 on SAT II Physics test
Social Science: 560 on SAT II American History and Social Studies test and 540 on SAT II World History.
Foreign Lang.: To show equivalence with two years of high school study of a single foreign language, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written components.

GED Applicants

Applicants who graduated from a non-accredited home-school within the past five years fall into the traditional beginning freshman category, and may also present the GED exam score sheet as an alternate means of entrance into a state college of the University System. The minimum passing score for the GED, under current University System of Georgia policy, is a 275, with a minimum score of 55 on each subpart. Home-school applicants who present GED scores will be required to take the COMPASS placement exam and provide SAT I scores. The GED applicant who enters the college under the traditional freshman category must complete the 16 CPC requirements that all traditional beginning freshman applicants are required to provide; in many cases, the applicant successfully exits out of learning support English, Reading, and Math, thereby making up 8 CPC deficiencies automatically. However, in many cases, those applicants who do not test out of learning support classes must take extra courses that make-up/validate the 16 CPC requirements, and those make-up courses do not count toward degree requirements, thereby extending the time frame for completion of the associates or bachelor degree.

*16 College Preparatory Units

ENGLISH (4 units): Four college preparatory Carnegie units are required which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English and World) and advanced composition skills.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (2 units): Two college preparatory Carnegie units in the same foreign language are required. Both units must emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing.

MATHEMATICS (4 units): Four college preparatory Carnegie units of mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry.

SCIENCE (3 units): Three college preparatory Carnegie units of science, with at least one laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences.

SOCIAL SCIENCE (3 units): Three college preparatory Carnegie units of social science, with at least one course focusing on United States studies and one course focusing on world studies.