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International Students

Entrance Requirements

International Students are required to submit the following documents/information to the Office of Admissions before a final admissions decision can be made:

  1. Application for admission to Gordon State College. International applicants are encouraged to complete the entire application process as detailed below, by May 1 for Fall Semester entry, and by October 1 for Spring Semester entry to the college.
  2. Immunization form signed by a physician or health official. The form must show proof of two doses of the MMR vaccination. The link to the immunization forms is http://www.gordonstate.edu/admissions/immunization.
  3. Official copy of document showing that the applicant has attained an education level equivalent to a United States high school diploma. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended in the United States and other countries.

    IMPORTANT: All documents must be provided in English language translation.

    Gordon State College recommends applicants consider contacting World Education Services (WES) www.WES.org, especially if college-level coursework is submitted for consideration as transfer credit into the college. The applicant will pay a fee to WES for this service.

  4. Official scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) if English is not the applicant's native language. A minimum score of 525 Paper, 197 CBT, or 71 IBT is required for admission. If an international student graduates from a US high school, the TOEFL will not be required; instead the applicant can submit SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Test) scores. If English is your native language, the SAT or ACT is required, along with final, official high school transcript.
Gordon State College Admissions Standards
Regular SAT I scores for Gordon State College admission: 430 Verbal 430 Math
Regular ACT scores for Gordon State College admission: 17 English 18 Math

These requirements allow a student to exempt the COMPASS placement exam.

Contact Information for testing services


Educational Testing Service
P O Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone number: 609. 951. 1100
website: www.toefl.org


College Board ATP
P O Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08541
Telephone number: 609. 951. 1100
website: www.collegeboard.com


ACT National Office
P O Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243-0168
Telephone number: 319. 337. 1000
website: www.ACT.com

  1. If the applicant is not a US citizen or Resident Alien, an official, certified financial statement of responsibility must be provided.  This statement must document that the applicant has sufficient funds ($24,000 US dollars minimum) to cover all expenses involved in attending Gordon State College for one (1) academic year (2 semesters) of study; traveling to and from the United States; and living away from the college when the campus residence halls are closed for holidays.

    The Gordon State College International Financial Documentation form is available for downloading below. The form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. Instructions for downloading and installing the Adobe Reader are available on the Adobe web site.

    International Financial Documentation form (pdf)

The breakdown of the costs is as follows:
Tuition and Fees $12,422
Living Expenses $6,770
Other $4,808
TOTAL $24,000
  1. Gordon State College, in general, does not offer any financial assistance for citizens of other countries. However, some international applicants do receive athletic scholarships to cover partial expenses. Athletic scholarship eligibility information may be obtained by contacting the appropriate coach:
Soccer (Women’s): Coach Dave West 678.359.5350
Fast-pitch Softball: Coach A. Hattermann 678.359.5351
Baseball: Coach T. McClanahan 678.359.5349
Basketball (Men's) Coach I. Ingle 678.359.5856
Basketball (Women's) Coach G. Sherman 678.359.5350
Swimming: refer to Athletic Director 678.359.5061
Cross Country (Women’s and Men’s): John Campbell 678.359.5056
  1. IMPORTANT: The applicant must provide all necessary documentation of current status with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (BCIS). This documentation includes, but is not limited to:
    • Copy of VISA
    • Resident Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (front and back)
    • Passport
    • Copy of current I-20 form (if transferring from US college/university).

Upon request, the applicant may be asked to provide additional documentation.

After all of the above information (steps 1-7) has been received, applicants who are determined to be acceptable to Gordon State College will be issued the I-20 form for entry into the United States. Prior to registration for classes, international applicants may have to take the COMPASS (Collegiate Placement Exam) if they have not graduated from a US high school. This exam is free, un-timed, and computerized. It consists of three (3) parts: English, Reading, and Math. The COMPASS exam results are used for determining the applicant's entry level into the college and are used in advisement.

International applicants, upon final acceptance, must attend the New Student Orientation prior to registration of classes and before moving into residence halls.


It is highly recommended that the international applicant obtain proper insurance coverage while attending Gordon State College since the college does not provide this benefit.

International applicants who wish to live in a residence hall should submit a "Gordon State College Residence Hall Contract" with the $250 security deposit and $50 housing application fee at the earliest convenience. Please keep in mind that our residence halls fill up very early, so applicants are encouraged to apply for a room before May 1 for Fall Semester, and October 1 for Spring Semester.

In general, Fall Semester usually begins around the third week of August, and Spring Semester usually begins around the first week in January. Residence Hall fees and mandatory meal plan may increase. Additional information about fees for residence and dining halls are available on the Gordon State College website at www.gordonstate.edu.

In addition, international students have been mandated by the Board of Regents to pay for mandatory student health insurance. These fees are charged to students automatically when the fee assessment process is finished.