Admissions Requirements


  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age for all programs.
  • Applicants for Cosmetology and Allied Health must be 17 years of age or older.


  • A high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) Diploma is required for all associate degree programs, diploma programs and most certificate programs.
  • High school transcripts must be accredited by an agency recognized by the Technical College System of Georgia. Special Education diplomas or Certificates of Attendance are not recognized for admissions purposes.
  • Students from secondary schools outside of the United States must have transcripts translated and evaluated by an approved outside organization.

Competitive Admissions

  • A competitive admissions process has been implemented for many Health Sciences programs. All applicants must first meet state standard minimum requirements for admission and then be referred to the individual programs.
  • Each program has its own process for determining program admission from among the qualified applicants. Acceptance to Savannah Technical College does not guarantee acceptance into competitive admissions programs. Applicants are encouraged to contact the program advisor for details.

Placement Tests

  • Placement test scores are used to determine program readiness by evaluating reading, writing, and math skills.
  • A student with prior college credit must request official copies of transcripts of all colleges attended to determine if the student must sit for the ACCUPLACER exam.
  • Once a student takes the ACCUPLACER test, program readiness will be based on the assessed results and the review of a college transcript will no longer be a program placement option.
  • ACCUPLACER, COMPASS and ASSET scores taken at another college may be sent to Savannah Technical College for review.  
  • Placement exam scores are only valid for 60 months (five years).

Program placement testing may be waived if one or more of the following criteria are met:

  • Completed transferable English and Math courses with grades of “C” or higher. These courses must be equivalent to the entry level English and Math courses required in the applicant’s chosen program of study.
  • SAT scores meet or exceed:
    • If test was taken before 03/01/2016: Critical Reading 430 & Math 400 for diploma programs
    • If test was taken on or after 03/01/2016:Critical Reading 24, Writing 25, & Math 22 for diploma programs
    • If test was taken before 03/01/2016: Critical Reading 450 & Math 440 for degree programs
    • If test was taken on or after 03/01/2016: Critical Reading 25, Writing 26, & Math 24 for degree programs
  • ACT scores meet or exceed:
    • Reading 13, English 12 & Math 17 for diploma programs
    • Reading 17, English 16 & Math 19 for degree programs

Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States

Effective January 1, 2012, all applicants, both new and returning, who are applying for in-state tuition, must provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Documents used to verify lawful presence include the following verifiable documentation: Driver’s License, State ID, Permanent Residence, etc. Visit the Lawful Presence page for a complete list of required verifiable documents.

Proof of Georgia Residency

All students are coded as out-of-state and must prove residency for previous 12 consecutive months to qualify for in-state tuition rate. Documents used to verify Georgia Residency include the following verifiable documentation: Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, etc. Visit the Georgia Residency page for more information and to view a complete list of required verifiable documents.

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