Freshmen Admission Requirements

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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, Algebra II or higher)
  • 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)

GPA and Test Scores

USA generally admits students with:

  • a minimum ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 900 (critical reading and math only) and
  • a minimum GPA of 2.50

Students who do not meet the standards for regular admission will be considered for conditional admission. It is recommended that students submit the following items for additional consideration:

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

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

3. 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; 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; high school grade-point average of at least 3.5 (‘B+’); favorable recommendation from the high school counselor.


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 been graduated from high school for five years or longer 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.