Freshmen Admission Requirements

USA is dedicated to the creation of an environment of intellectual excitement and an educational climate that will stimulate students. We encourage applications from all individuals whose preparations and abilities give them reasonable chance of success in our programs. We welcome those with a strong high school academic curriculum, overall high school GPA, and test scores.

Requirements for First Time Freshmen admission:

Required Official Documents:

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official ACT or SAT score

16 hours of required academic core courses

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of social science
  • 3 years of Math- Must include Algebra I and two higher level math courses (for example: Algebra II, Algebra w/ Finance, Algebraic Connections, Geometry, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry, Pre-Calculus, or other higher level math courses will be considered)
  • 3 years of science (At least two of the sciences must include labs)
  • 3 years of advanced electives (Courses chosen from any of the four core areas above and may include foreign language)

The Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Endorsement meets all University of South Alabama core requirements. The Credit Based Diploma awarded by Alabama High Schools is accepted; however, students must meet all high school core requirements listed above.

GPA and Test Scores

USA generally admits students with:

  • a minimum ACT score of 19 or
  • a minimum SAT (Critical Reading + Math only) score of 900 (if taken prior to March 2016) or
  • a minimum SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math only) score of 990 (if taken March 2016 or after) and
  • a minimum GPA of 2.50

Students will be permitted to enroll in mathematics classes at USA based on either a prerequisite course, their Math-ACT score, their Math-SAT score, or the Mathematics Placement test.  Mathematics placement can be found at  Students may also be required to take reading or English courses based upon their ACT-English, ACT-Reading or SAT-Critical Reading score. 


Students who fail to meet the standards for admission and who believe they have extenuating circumstances that might justify a different decision may appeal for further consideration. Students who have completed and satisfied academic certification requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association under Division I guidelines may be considered for admission. (This option is available to all freshmen applicants.)

It is recommended that students submit the following items for additional consideration:

  1. Admissions Appeal Form, located at

  2. Letter of recommendation from your high school counselor or a teacher in a college preparatory course.

  3. Personal essay on your reason for attending USA and your career plans.

  4. Resume, to include a summary of special talents or skills.      





ACEP (Accelerated College Enrollment Program) applicants are students who live in Mobile or Baldwin Counties, have completed their Junior year of high school, and are eligible to take a free course at USA.

Official high school transcript, official ACT or SAT scores, and a letter of recommendation from the high school counselor.

Minimum ACT composite of 25 or SAT of 1130 (if taken prior to March 2016) or SAT of 1200 (if taken March 2016 or after); high school grade-point average of at least 3.0 (‘B’); favorable recommendation from the high school counselor; must reside in Mobile or Baldwin counties in Alabama.

Early Admission applicants are students who have completed their junior year of high school and wish to enroll prior to high school graduation.

Official high school transcript, official ACT or SAT, and a letter of recommendation from the high school counselor.

Minimum ACT Composite of 28 or SAT of 1250 (if taken prior to March 2016) or SAT of 1310 (if taken March 2016 or after); high school grade-point average of at least 3.5 (‘B+’); favorable recommendation from the high school counselor.


Freshman with Previous Credits applicants who attended another college prior to high school graduation. Note: A student who also attended another college during the Summer directly after high school graduation, with no more than 11 credit hours earned, will be considered as a Freshman with Previous Credits. If a student earns 12 or more hours during the Summer after graduation or earns college credits in subsequent terms prior to enrolling at USA, the student will be considered as a Transfer student.

Freshmen with Previous Credits applicants must submit all the documents required for First-Time Freshmen as well as an official transcript from each college attended prior to enrolling at USA.

Applicants must satisfy the requirements for First-Time Freshmen applicants and must have earned at least a "C" (2.0) average on all previous collegiate work attempted. The grade-point average used is that computed by the Office of Admissions.

GED First Time Freshmen applicants sat for the high school level General Education Development (GED) test and did not graduate from high school. Applicants must be at least
17 years of age.

Official GED scores.

Students taking the test prior to January 2014, must score an average of at least a 500 or a 50, if taken before January 2002. Students taking the GED beginning January 2014 must score at least a 170 in each subject area.

Special Freshmen applicants have graduated from high school five or more years ago or have reached the age of 23

Official final high school transcript.



The University of South Alabama publishes certain crime statistics each year as required by the Jeanne Clery Act. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings and property owned or controlled by the school and on public property immediately adjacent to the campus. This report is available online at: /resources/fireandsafetyreport.pdf. You may also request a paper copy from the University Police office located at 290 Stadium Blvd.