U.S. Admissions Requirements and General Admissions Policy
Admissions RequirementsOn-campus applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a minimum of a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent. Distance Education applicants who do not have a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent may be eligible to enroll upon successfully meeting the minimum required scores on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST). Contact Admissions for additional information.
Distance Education applicants younger than 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their applications. Applicants younger than 18 and who are still in high school must also submit letters of approval from a parent or guardian and from a school counselor, principal, or administrator, and must successfully meet the minimum required scores on the WBST. The WBST must be conducted by an independent certified test administrator; GIA will assist prospective students in locating a testing center within the U.S. Applicants under the age of 18 are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. GIA does not accept applications from individuals younger than 16.
Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must also submit the following documents to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee:
- A detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding the felony and how a GIA education will support the applicant’s career goals
- A copy of court documents stating the judgment, sentence, disposition, and any terms of parole or probation
- At least one character reference letter from a non-relative written on appropriate letterhead