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What Type of Student are You?

First-Time Freshman

A first-time freshman is defined as an entering student under 25 years of age who has never attended any college (or other postsecondary institution). This includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college standing-college credits earned before graduation from high school. If you have taken dual enrollment courses or additional courses at other institutions, those transcripts should also be sent to the admissions office.


What you need to get started

1. Non- refundable $20 application fee

Application fee waivers are not allowed. Application fees can be paid:

  • Online when submitting application only
  • By mail with a money order or check
  • By credit card by calling the Cashiers Office (318) 274-2671 or (318) 274-2285

Please do not complete multiple applications for one semester or submit payment for more than one application.

 2. Official High School Transcript

3. Proof of Immunization/TB Questionnaire

4. ACT or SAT test scores

Scores can be mailed to the Office of Admissions or faxed to 318-274-3292

GSU Test Codes: 

ACT: 1582 | SAT:6250

Testing Requirements:

ACT: 20 Composite or
19 Math or
18 English
SAT: 1030 total score or
510 ERW (reading) or
510 Math or
25 Writing and Language (SS)

Accuplacer:  Writing – 250, Math - 250

In – state Students Admission criteria:

  • Must meet core 4 curriculum (19 credits) : 4 English, 4 Math, 4 Social Studies, 4 Science, 2 Foreign languages (or 2 speech classes), one elective.
  • Minimum 2.0 unweighted GPA
  • Alternative High School Credential
    • HiSET: 15 on any subtest AND 4 on HiSET essay - OR
    • NRS: Score level 6 on NRS approved assessment

Out of State Students Admissions criteria:

  • Must meet 17 of the 19 core credits
  • Minimum  2.0 unweighted GPA

*Additional Options due to Covid-19 Testing Site Cancellations:
College Level Math or English Dual Enrollment Courses (passing grade of C or better)
Introductory Algebra or Developmental Writing through Grambling Global Academy (passing grade of C or better) via
Please apply and turn in your transcripts and the test scores you have in a PDF file to your admissions counselor.

Transfer Student

Transfer Students have attended a regionally, accredited institution since graduating from high school. In order to be admitted as a transfer applicant, you must:

  • Have a minimum of 18 college-level hours (excluding developmental courses– you must have completed college-level English and math course designed to fulfill general education requirement)
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on college-level courses, and
  • Be in good standing and eligible to return to the last college or university of attendance

What you need to get started

  • $20 application fee 
  • Proof of immunization, and
  • Offiial transcript from EACH regionally, accredited institution attended, regardless if credits appear on another transcript. An official transcript is defined as one mailed directly from one institution to another. It bears the institution's seal, signature of the registrar, the date of issuance, and is issued to Grambling State University – Office of Admissions. (Note: A sealed transcript issued to the student is not official; it must be issued to us)

If you have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on college-level work and earned less than 18 semester hours of course work (excluding developmental courses), you must meet the admission criteria for new first-time freshmen. NOTE: You will be admitted as a transfer student, but will be evaluated using the new freshman criteria.

All transfer coursework will appear on the GSU transcript.  Credit is given for courses, taken at a regionally accredited institution, in which a grade of “C” or better was earned.  The appropriate department head determines if an accepted courses will be used toward a degree. The equivalence of a course taken at an institution within the Louisiana system is determined by the Board of Regents transfer articulation matrices, and Grambling State University.  All other course equivalences are determined by the appropriate department head. We do not accept credits earned at institutions not regionally accredited.

NOTE: You can access the transfer articulation matrices that indicate the correlation of courses among Louisiana’s public colleges and universities by going to the Board of Regents website and viewing the Master Course Articulation Matrix.

Adult/Non-Traditional Student

Degree-seeking applicants who are 25 years of age or older may be admitted without meeting the core requirements of a traditional new freshman, and may need no more than one developmental course. However, for placement in appropriate English and mathematics courses, placement examinations will be administered and the results will be used to determine course entry level.

International Student

The Center for International Affairs (CIAP ) fosters global cooperation and articulation linkages that augment overall campus internationalization. Additionally, CIAP encompasses the Office of International Student & Scholars Services which provides immigration counseling, coordinates the Homeland’s Security (SEVIS Database System) and complies with the code of federal regulations as it pertains to F-1, J-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visas. It also provides retention services for international students & supports foreign faculty exchanges and cross-cultural advising. CIAP will also administer the ESL program which will provide an intensive ESL language training to meet the needs of our growing international student population.

The Office of Study Abroad & International Academic Programs will coordinate international academic programs, faculty exchanges, GSU faculty taught courses overseas, foreign language and international studies; international joint degree programs and short term and special summer language and academic programs both overseas and in the USA in cooperation with provost’s office.

The Office of International Graduate and Undergraduate Admission will coordinate foreign credit evaluation, the entire international application process, bi-national degree programs.

CIAP serves as liaison and ombudsman between the university and international students, global partners, federal government, public and private agencies, and the community.


International students who apply early may qualify for a partial scholarship grant lasting up to 4 years. Earliest applicants will receive first consideration, since the number of admission seats and grants are limited. Subject to availability of funding. Certain conditions and restrictions apply.


Please contact:

Center for International Affairs & Programs (CIAP)
Grambling State University
100 Founder Street, Suite 51
Grambling, Louisiana 71245-1188 USA
Tel: (318) 274-6556
Fax: (318) 274-3292


Reamitted Student

Any student not attending Grambling State for one regular semester, excluding summers, must apply for readmission.  The readmission application and other required items must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at least thirty (30) days prior to registration.  Former students who have attended other regionally accredited institutions during their absence from the University must submit official transcripts from each college attended. Items needed in order to be considered for readmission are:

  • Online application for admission
  • $20.00 Application fee
  • Official transcript from accredited college(s) attended while absent from Grambling State University
  • Proof of Immunization

Note: You must provide proof of immunization even though you attended Grambling State University previously. Please contact the Foster-Johnson Health Center if you have questions.


Contact the Telecounselor:
(318) 274-6183 

Visit Grambling State

Campus tours for prospective students, their families, and groups are offered throughout the year. Reservations are required for all tours. Campus tours are led by extremely knowledgeable volunteer student tour guides who follow a carefully choreographed route designed to highlight key areas of the campus and provide historical information on campus buildings and facilities. You will have an opportunity to tour key areas of the campus that include residence halls, Assembly Center, University bookstore, Tiger Express, Eddie G. Robinson Museum, and other attractions at the institution.

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Weekly Tour Schedule:

  • Mon- 10am | 12 pm
  • Tues- 11am | 1 pm
  • Wed- 10am | 12 pm
  • Thurs- 11am | 1 pm
  • Fri- 10 am
  • Saturday - 10 am

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Office of Admissions and Recruitment

Grambling State University

Grambling Hall, Suite 51

403 Main Street – Box 4200
Grambling, Louisiana 71245
Phone: (318) 274-6183 

Fax: (318) 274-3292

Toll Free: 1-800-569-4714


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