Impressive early admits to Georgia Tech: Average SAT is 1453, 96 percent took AP calculus

Students who applied to Georgia Tech through early action learned today if they won a spot.

Those admitted to Tech are among Georgia’s highest scorers on college admissions tests. They also took very high numbers of AP and college-level classes.

gatechStudents applying early action to colleges must submit applications by an an earlier deadline but learn sooner whether they are admitted, denied or deferred to the regular-decision pool.

Typically, top students apply under early action. For example, the University of Georgia, which announced its earlier decision acceptances in November, said its admitted students this year had an average GPA exceeding a 4.0, a mean SAT of 1374 (with a mean SAT writing of 659), or a mean ACT of 30.

Tech’s early admit students boasted higher SAT and ACT scores than their UGA counterparts. Here are details from Tech about the students admitted today.

-4,424 students — 30 percent of those who applied Early Action — were admitted.

-Undergraduate admission saw a 27 percent increase in students who applied under early action, for a record total of 14,861.

-The admitted group is 48 percent female — higher than last year’s record of 41 percent.

-The average ACT score of the admitted pool is 33. For SAT, the average score of those admitted is 1453 out of 1600 (2166 out of 2400). The admitted students have taken an average of more than 10 college-level courses and 96 percent have taken an Advanced Placement calculus course.

-The admit rate for Georgia applicants was 45 percent. Out-of-state students were admitted at a rate of 28 percent.

-The regular application decision deadline is tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 10). Admission decisions for that group and for students deferred during Early Action will be issued March 12.

Tech offers a nifty explainer video on how to apply to Tech:

 

 

 

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Lunaville
Lunaville

The Tech Alumni Magazine (p.16) states the average number of AP classes taken by this cohort was 10. Meanwhile, articles abound explaining what a profit maker the AP classes and exams have become for the "non-profit" College Board. In a sense, I'm    inside the snow globe right now, so maybe I'm not being entirely fair, but part of me feels that if a student must pay for 10 AP exams just to apply to GA Tech, then perhaps there are other schools that offer equally "honest" value like: Phoenix University or Brown Mackie. I feel this way because parents and schools cannot put much more pressure on high school students without kicking up the suicide rate, paying for that many AP exams on top of paying the application fee is an expensive way to apply anywhere, and, considering our economy, I suspect even a GA Tech degree will be less valuable to the class of 2020 than it was to the class of 1990. Yet, it is harder for a student to gain admission every year. I suspect that there is declining value here.

Travelfish
Travelfish

What percent of those admitted are black? How do we know they're getting their "fair" share without that figure?

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Travelfish 

A much more significant figure is the percent of admissions from foreign countries. Even I, not a GT alum, can figure it out: 27%. Of course, it's their very high tuition payments that GT needs, not just their high test-scores. 27% international students admitted, and 45% Georgians.

Pablo1885
Pablo1885

@OriginalProf @Travelfish  Please read the article again. "The admit rate for Georgia applicants was 45%" means that of all Georgia students who applied for early admission, 45% were admitted. Georgia Tech's goal for foreign admissions is approximately 10%, which reflects the current undergrad population.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Pablo1885 @OriginalProf @Travelfish 

Please read the article again. "The admit rate for Georgia applicants was 45 percent. Out-of-state students were admitted at a rate of 28 percent." So the remaining admissions are 27%, since 100% is the total; and foreign students are the only omitted category. A goal does not mean the final realization.

Pablo1885
Pablo1885

@OriginalProf @Pablo1885 @Travelfish  With respect, I believe you are misinterpreting that sentence, but I leave that for Maureen Downey to clarify. In any event, for the most recent year, the figures for enrolled students are 62% from Georgia, 27% from other states, and 11% international.

sssinff
sssinff

@OriginalProf @Pablo1885 @Travelfish


Means: 45% of GA applicants were admitted, 55% were denied or deferred. 28% of out of state applicants were admitted, 72% were denied or deferred, fewer than 10% of international applicants were admitted.


GT strives to maintain a rate of 60% in state, 30% out of state, and 10% international.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@sssinff @OriginalProf @Pablo1885 @Travelfish 

As I read it, 45% of those admitted are from Georgia and 28% of those admitted are from out of state. There is a difference. The former is a statement about Georgia Tech and how many it admitted from different places, and the latter is about the places of origin and how many applicants from those places were admitted. The story, notice, is about Georgia Tech.

creative
creative

@OriginalProf @sssinff @Pablo1885 @Travelfish well you read it wrong.  And it just goes to show how retarded you are that several people have pointed out how wrong you are.  You went back, read it again and came to the same conclusion.  Moron.  And just think, you are probably college educated and YOU are probably smarter than 75% of people out there.  So that means that 75% of humans are even dumber than you.  And you would be considered a smart person by all rationale.  Were going down hill.  Well at least crime is down and life expectancy is up.  

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@creative @OriginalProf @sssinff @Pablo1885 @Travelfish 

The article is about Ga. Tech. and its early admissions, not Georgia applicants. The percentages given relate to Ga. Tech's early admits, and break down how many are in-state and how many are out-of-state. I used the percentages given to draw a conclusion about early admits who are foreign.

The point we're discussing here is really a trivial one of implied referent. But it's worthwhile noting, creative, that several times you insult me with bigoted words referring to the mentally disabled ("moron," "retarded"). That is K-12 language that adults don't use, certainly not those who have had personal contact with them.

Hillary's Emails
Hillary's Emails

Now let's see a racial breakdown to determine if blacks are receiving their "fair" share of admissions.

Starik
Starik

@Hillary's Emails I think that number was intentionally omitted... I'd love to know which Georgia school districts got the most students in.  Let's have all the numbers.

sssinff
sssinff

@Hillary's Emails African Americans make up less than 7% of the undergraduate student body. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make here.

Starik
Starik

@sssinff @Hillary's Emails My point is that one of my major criticisms of the AJC is that only selected statistics are published to prove a point. I love statistics, and like to see a complete set so I can make up my own mind. Why not present them in a table?  It's stated above that the student body is more diverse, but only the 48% of women applicants is cited. I'd like to know how many are from China? How many are black?  What are the SAT scores from each group?  How many kids from APS? DeKalb? Fulton?
 

GeorgiaThoughts
GeorgiaThoughts

As a Georgia resident,and, after regular decision, I would hope the combined out of state and international percent of new students is less than our Georgia student admit rate.  If not, as the old German engineer would say, "Georgia, we're screwed".

AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

Hard to tell if Tech is a good school or not when it starts with students at that high a level. Maybe they should lower costs by reducing all tech faculty salaries and instituting merit pay.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@AvgGeorgian 

Remember that so many GT faculty are on federal grants paying their salaries that it's not a very high expenditure for the University.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@sssinff @AvgGeorgian 

In all fairness to AvgGeorgian, I think that his/her comment is meant to reflect more on Georgia's K-12 salary situation than GT's; and I chuckled when I read it.

Beach Bound2020
Beach Bound2020

I suspect like UGA's early action, the top of the admit class only applies for security and to use it as negotiation for other universities once admissions roll in. One possible way to explain the abysmal first year retention rate as well as the loss of HOPE after first year rate?

Beach Bound2020
Beach Bound2020

@RationalThoughts67 @Beach Bound2020 If it is THAT hard for THAT many where the average ACT is 33 and students have 8-12 AP courses, then there must be a gap in preparation somewhere. How much might grade inflation in the secondary schools play into this, I wonder... 

Pablo1885
Pablo1885

@Beach Bound2020  For the most recent academic year, Tech's first-year retention rate was 97% versus the national average for public universities of 80%. That's from a November press release.

GTJoe
GTJoe

@Beach Bound2020 @RationalThoughts67  First, there are probably too many kids taking AP classes in the first place.  Second, grade inflation surely happens.  But the great equalizer is the standardized test (ACT/SAT).  Tech is a hard school.  Engineering is a different animal than any other degree.  Loss of HOPE scholarship is sad, because a 3.5 GPA at UGa is not comparable to a 3.5 GPA at Tech.  There is a reason why honor roll at Tech is 3.0 GPA.  They should change the rules on HOPE scholarship.

RationalThoughts67
RationalThoughts67

@Beach Bound2020 The abysmal first year retention rate and loss of HOPE is because Tech is hard s**t. I transferred to GT from UGA.  My GT gpa was almost a full point lower than my UGA gpa. And I was a Physics major at UGA.  

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Sounds like a strong class.  What is their yield rate on early admits?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@EWS200 @Wascatlady Do you have figures on the early admits?  Does their early admit document require them to cease pursuing admission to other colleges?