First-Time Freshmen

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Academic Requirements

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from a school accredited by a state or a regional accrediting agency OR a minimum standard score of 450 in each area of the General Educational Development (GED) Test 
  • 16 units of college preparatory courses from a school accredited by a state or a regional accrediting agency upon graduation. The units must include:
    English 4 units
    Mathematics 3 units
    Natural Sciences 3 units
    Social Sciences (1 History) 3 units
    Electives 3 units
  • Completion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test  (Paine College SAT Code: 5530) or American College Test (Paine College ACT Code: 0852)
  • Pass all areas of the Georgia High School Exit Exam, if graduating from a Georgia public secondary school

Applicants must submit the following information: 

  • A Completed Paine College application
  • Non-refundable application fee of $25 ($40 for international students) 
  • Official SAT or ACT score reports 
  • Autobiographical essay (500-words typed) 
  • Two letters of recommendation or completed reference forms (one from a school official) 
  • Official high school transcript or GED scores (Official final transcript with verification of high school diploma is required after graduation) 
  • Applicants graduating from Georgia public secondary schools must pass all areas of the Georgia High School Graduation Test


  • Official transcripts, score reports, and other official documents must be received from an authorized institution.
  • Standardized test scores are not required for applicants who have been out of high school for five years or longer.
  • As soon as all documents for the admission process have been received, the application will be evaluated and applicants will be notified by mail of the results.