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College Admissions Cheat Sheets 2019/2020

Samford University:

Dates to remember:

August 1st – Applications open

November 1st- Admission notification begins

December 1st- First scholarship deadline


There is no minimum score or GPA for admission, but Samford’s website states that 50% of their accepted students have an average GPA of 4.0 and average ACT scores of 23-29.

Applications can be filled out online. The application fee is $40. Along with an application, students are encouraged to provide an essay of 250 words minimum (Those who do not apply online and use the Common Application do not need to write an additional essay). Students will also need a high school transcript, official test scores, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.


Samford has a long list of scholarships on their website. To locate this list, you can to go to the “Frequently asked questions” tab on the home page and scroll down to the question: “How do scholarships work at Samford?”

To apply for scholarships, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started your Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for scholarships using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, you will need to log in as a new user.


Troy University:



Unconditional Admission- Beginning freshmen who are graduates from a regionally accredited and/or state approved high school or who have earned a state issued GED (General Education Diploma) with a cumulative score of at least 500 may be granted unconditional admission with proof of an acceptable test score (20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT-1) and a minimum high school GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.


Troy offers a full list of scholarships on their website. From the homepage type: “Undergraduate Scholarships” into the search box and it will give you a full list if you click on the first option.



Columbus State University:


Each application that is submitted requires a non-refundable application fee of $40. Once an application is submitted, it will be considered incomplete until all required items are received. Admission decisions at Columbus State are made on a rolling basis which means that we accept and examine applications as they are sent in, instead of waiting to judge all applications at once.

Students must have a minimum core GPA of 2.5 and a Minimum score of 17 on the English and Math portion of the ACT. Students can apply online at


Information about scholarships can be found on the CSU webpage under the Financial Aid page. Here, CSU has a list of all institutional and external scholarships and how to apply for each one.


Southern Union State Community College:


Southern Union has no minimum GPA or ACT score requirement. The application process is free so anyone and everyone can apply. Students can apply online or print out an application and take to the records office at Southern Union.

Students need to submit valid ID, high school transcript or GED completion, and the application itself.


Southern Union offers a number of scholarships for academics, participation in extracurricular leadership activities and fine arts achievements. A full list of scholarships can be found online at by searching “Scholarships”.

Applications for institutional scholarships must be received by the published deadline. Applications are normally available starting late Fall for the following academic year. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA before applying for any institutional scholarship. In order to receive an institutional scholarship, a student must meet all college admission requirements.

Scholarships are also available through the SUSCC Foundation.


Auburn University:

Dates to Remember:

August 15th- Admissions application opens.

October 1st- FAFSA available.

December 1st- Early Decision release date. 

December 15th- Scholarship deadline: Incoming freshmen accepted for admission must complete AUSOM to receive consideration for scholarships.  Students should also complete the FAFSA for max scholarship consideration.

January 15th- All application files must be complete by this date for admission consideration.  If the freshman class has reached capacity as of this date, students may be wait-listed for admission.

February 1st- FAFSA must be completed. 

March 2nd- Regular Decision release date.

May 1st- Deadline to accept or decline scholarships. 


Students must submit application, $50 application fee or application fee waiver, official test scores and official high school transcript.

Is there a minimum GPA or ACT score requirement? The answer will depend on the number and quality of students who apply this year. It also depends on our evaluation of each applicant's credentials. In addition, we have to take into account the limited number of places in the Freshman Class. Competition for these spaces will ultimately set the standards.

Act scores generally range from 24-30 and average GPA is generally 3.83-4.0


Approximately 60% of freshmen are awarded a scholarship!

The best way to check for scholarships and eligibility is with the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager. Through AUSOM, you can view available scholarships you may be eligible to receive, complete scholarship applications, accept your awards, and more. Students are only required to complete the AUSOM application once each academic year. You can apply for this program and find more information about scholarships at


The University of Alabama:


To apply, students will need to submit a copy of their official test scores directly from the testing agency, your official high school transcript, and your application which can be found online. And of course if you are admitted, there will be some other steps to take care of before you enroll. You can see a list of these items on the “Freshman Enrollment Checklist” page of the Undergraduate Admissions website. There is a $40 application fee to apply.


One of the first questions that comes up for many people during the college selection process is "How much is this going to cost?" You can always find the latest information about tuition and other enrollment costs at

Incoming freshmen must apply for admission before applying for scholarships. About 24-48 hours after you submit your application for admission, you will receive an email with your myBama username and your CWID (Campus Wide ID). The email will include instructions about how to set up your myBama password.

The scholarship application is in myBama, so once you have your username and password, you can go to myBama and log in. From there you will be able to complete the application for scholarships (see detailed instructions on where to find the scholarship application in myBama).

You should apply for scholarships during the fall semester of your senior year of high school. The deadline for priority consideration is December 15. Please do not apply before your senior year of high school as the scholarship application is updated each year.



University of Alabama at Birmingham:


To apply to UAB, you will need to submit the following:

a completed UAB application
$30 application fee (nonrefundable, payable by credit or debit card) or application fee waiver
your official high school transcript (which should be sent directly to UAB from your high school)
your official ACT or SAT scores submitted directly from ACT or College Board.
Applicants may submit scores from either the redesigned SAT, the former SAT, or both. A writing score is not required.

UAB employs a holistic approach when reviewing candidates for admission to the university. Consideration for admission is based on three critical performance factors: (1) strength of curriculum, (2) grade point average (GPA), and (3) ACT or SAT scores. The academic profile for the 2017 freshman class includes an average high school GPA of 3.62 and average ACT of 25/SAT of 1200. All applicants are considered on an individual basis.

The minimum ACT score requirement is 20.

Certain programs have additional requirements beyond UAB’s requirements for general admission. For details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

To be considered for UAB academic scholarships, you have to be admitted by December 1 of your senior year of high school.


UAB offers a number of scholarships that can be found online under the “Paying for College” tab on the homepage.

University of South Alabama


The University of South Alabama generally admits students who have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 Scale. Accepted students usually have a minimum ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 900. 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.


Scholarship information can be found under the Admissions tab in the section titled “Scholarships and Financial aid”.  Last year, USA awarded more than $17 million in scholarship dollars, through a variety of programs. These scholarship opportunities include four-year, renewable Freshman Scholarships for incoming traditional freshmen, one-year General Scholarships for new and current students, Transfer Scholarships, and Departmental Scholarships awarded by USA's Colleges and Schools.