Application for Atlanta Students

Please review these requirements before applying. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

To be eligible for the 5 Strong program, all applications must:

  • Reside in the Atlanta, GA metropolitan area (Fulton County and surrounding counties)
  • Be a current-year graduating high school senior
  • Demonstrate the potential to be a leader in the classroom and on campus
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 2.8
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 19 or a combined SAT score of 990 for both Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections
  • Commit to attending mandatory bi-monthly college prep sessions
  • Be available to attend all bimonthly College Ready Prep Sessions
    (in person in Atlanta when safe, remotely for now)


Fort Valley State University applicants must also:

  • Meet the Georgia HOPE Scholarship Requirements (ask your school counselor to confirm)
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 17 or an SAT score of 24 for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and a 440 score on the Math section.

We urge you not apply for the scholarship funding alone; we’re looking for committed, engaged students excited about joining a community and eager to do the work that comes with it!