Gcsu Admissions Essay Examples

Undergraduate Application for Admission

Your road to Georgia College starts here. Georgia College does not prefer one application over the other. All applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are complete, regardless of which application is used. Please submit ONLY ONE application and use ONLY that application all the way through to submission. Submitting more than one application will most certainly delay your admission decision.

The Early Action application deadline for Fall 2018 is November 1. The Rolling Application Deadline is April 1, 2018.

As you prepare your application please review the items below.


Other recommended items include a letter of recommendation and resume of co-curricular activities. Letters of recommendation and resumes may be included on the application for admission, mailed to Campus Box 23, Milledgeville, GA 31061, or emailed as a Microsoft Word document to admissions@gcsu.edu. Please include the applicant’s full name and birth date when sending the recommended items to ensure materials are updated to the correct application.

NEW! Bring your story to life! Georgia College will review your ZeeMee digital resume in addition to the other required materials. ZeeMee is a free service that helps students bring their applications to life. Simply copy and paste your link into your application in the resume section.  Sign up at ZeeMee.com. Please note, submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely OPTIONAL. Evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.


Undergraduate Update Form

The undergraduate update form can be accessed by clicking here. When does a student need to submit an update form? The form must be submitted for students who meet the criteria below.

  • Move On When Ready students currently enrolled at Georgia College
  • GC students who attend another school as a transient for either the Fall or Spring semester (the student needs to send an official transcript to the Admissions Office once their final grade is posted)
  • Students who withdraw and receive a full refund for a Fall or Spring semester
  • Non-Degree Seeking students  (must update every semester)
  • Non-Degree Seeking, Amendment 23 students (must update every semester)
  • Students who wish to attend/return to GC and applied or were enrolled less than a year ago (If more than a year has passed, student needs to submit new application)


Graduate Application for Admission

If you are considering Georgia College for graduate school, please complete the Graduate Application.  If you are interested in learning more about our graduate programs and opportunities visit our graduate student overview page.


For current GC students, the application fee is waived when applying by mail.



International Application for Admission

If you are an international student considering Georgia College for an undergraduate or graduate degree, please complete the appropriate application.  If you are interested in learning more about resources and opportunities for international students, please visit our International Education Center section.

International Undergraduate Application
International Graduate Application


Annual Security and Fire Safety Report  

The GC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes crime statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred On Campus; in or on certain Non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by GC; and on Public Property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, fire safety policies/statistics and other matters. Hard copies are available at the Department of Public Safety. You may also request a hard copy by emailing publicsafety@gcsu.edu or get an electronic copy here.

1. Application Fee

The $35 online application fee is payable at the time of application for both freshman and transfer applicants and is non-refundable. The paper application fee is $40. If you submitted your application without paying the fee, you may do so by clicking here.

Application processing fee is NOT required of:

  • Students who registered for the SAT using a SAT fee waiver and chose the fee waiver option as their payment method after completing an application. Students must make sure to submit one of their official fee waivers to the Georgia College Office of Admissions for waiver to be accepted.
  • Applicants aged 62 and above
  • Applicants who applied and paid the application fee within the past six years, but never enrolled 

2. Transcripts

Transcripts must be sent directly from each and every high school or college attended to the GC Office of the Admissions, Campus Box 023, Milledgeville, GA 31061.

Faxed documents and copies provided by the student are NOT considered official and will not be used for admission purposes. Courses from one institution that are listed on another college transcript will not substitute for an official transcript. Prior educational experience may not be omitted from an application package.

3. Two Essay Questions: 200-300 words each

1. Given your own individual background, life experiences, and personal identity, how will you contribute to the overall diversity of the student body at GC?

2. Please describe the most important goal you have established for yourself regarding your future undergraduate experience and explain how a Georgia College education fits into accomplishing this goal.

Generally, essays are completed on the application. However, if sending the essays via mail or email, please include the applicant’s full name and birth date to ensure materials are updated to the correct application. Essays may be mailed to Campus Box 23, Milledgeville, GA 31061, or emailed as a Microsoft Word document to admissions@gcsu.edu.


With its “small town feel” and “absolutely gorgeous” campus, Georgia College and State University offers students the total liberal arts college experience “but without the private school price.” Indeed, a warm and welcoming vibe can be felt all around the grounds and it’s no surprise to undergrads that “everyone really strives to help you succeed and reach your goals, no matter what they are.” Just as important, students are grateful that GCSU provides “abundant opportunities for [both] internships and study abroad.” Within the classroom, undergrads find that their professors are “passionate about the subjects they are teaching.” Moreover, they “always ask for student input and try to be available at whatever time you may need them.” As this highly content undergrad further explains, “I love my professors. They really strive to give you one on one attention. I’ve eaten lunch with several of my professors. I know them on a personal level and they know me by name.” And as her peer succinctly sums up, “Overall, my academic experience here has been incredible so far.”

Student Body

When asked about their fellow students, many undergrads at GCSU quickly described them as “white/Caucasian, usually religious…from [the] Atlanta suburbs [and] well-off [or] comfortable.” Fortunately, there’s far more to these students than race or socio-economic status. Indeed, the majority of undergrads also report that “the typical student is friendly, willing to meet new people, and is most likely in a sorority or fraternity.” Additionally, they are “committed to their education and lead a healthy social life outside of the classroom.” And another pleased undergrad pipes in to share, “The typical student at GC&SU is very kind and always takes the time to be courteous, whether it’s holding the door or simply saying thank you when you show kindness towards them. Students fit in really well. There is always someone you can find to talk to and make you feel welcome no matter the situation.”

Campus Life

Undergrads at Georgia College tend to agree that life at school is, above all else, “busy.” As one student elaborates, “We have a hundred things going on all the time, Greek organizations [host] lots of events people can get involved in, there are community service projects, and events going on on Front campus. For fun we go to the greenway near the school [or] to the river, we volunteer with the local animal rescue, and go to cookouts and things. Sometimes we go to school plays and advertised events.” What’s more, “intramural sports are HUGE here and that’s where you see a lot of school spirit.” Of course, undergrads like to get off campus as well. However, GCSU is “located in a small town, so beside Wal-Mart there isn’t much to see or do here.” Certainly, that doesn’t stop students from “usually go[ing] out (downtown) on Thursday-Saturday nights.” And when undergrads do want a little more action or excitement, they often head “out of town to visit friends in better college towns (Athens/Macon/Atlanta).”


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