If your child applied early to University of Georgia, watch this video. Decisions due Friday.

Georgia is purging thousands of students from college rolls because they can’t pay tuition. Is need-based aid the answer? KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

If your children or students want to attend the University of Georgia, share this interview I did with David Graves, UGA’s senior associate director of admissions and author of the popular admissions blog.

Our talented video folks turned the interview into three 8 to 12 minute segments that I will share today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

I asked Graves about the chances of the current crop of seniors seeking admission. I also asked him how high school juniors, sophomores and freshmen can increase their chances of getting into UGA.

Early action seniors — there were 15,600 applicants in that pool this year — will find out Friday whether they were admitted. Graves talks about the options for those who were deferred to regular admission.

Graves offers some guidance for seniors applying regular decision as well — those applications are due January 15.

Here are some other college related stories by the AJC:

Myths about getting into UGA

Myths about getting into Georgia Tech

College costs

Graphic of tuition increases over time

Crime on college campuses



Reader Comments 0

Beach Bound2020
Beach Bound2020

I actually am in a position to know, and grade inflation in high school is rampant.  The driving force behind it is parents who demand that high school teachers give their child an A whether they earned it or not. The teacher who doesn't is routinely subjected to harassment in terms of having to provide mile high documentation down to the minutia of every grade on every assignment from the entire semester. This is particularly challenging for teachers of subjects like English and the Social Sciences where teacher subjectivity '(AKA - back in the day known as professional assessment by professional on the student's earned grade) can be involved. Teachers have become so worn down by it, most simply choose to give the A and not deal with the aftermath.  Honestly, look at some of our high school GPAs, the person graduating at the bottom 20% has a 3.5 and above. I find it sad that Mr.Graves is not aware of this given the position he is in at UGA.

UGA guy
UGA guy

@Beach Bound2020 As I believe I stated in the video, I am not in the position to give objective data driven information on grade inflation. It is easy to give subjective information (I know a student/teacher), but I have not seen any detailed data studies on grade inflation in GA high schools, or in other state's high schools. As such, I do not want to "guess" or assume, as I feel that would be wrong. I am the parent of a HS senior and a college sophomore, and I can always give subjective responses, but that does not prove what the reality of the situation is for this subject.

Beach Bound2020
Beach Bound2020

I understand your need on the university level to stay away from non-empirical data and answers that do not rely on solid research. Granted my reply may come from day in and day out, decade after decade of anecdotal experiences but I guess I find it disheartening that you did not even recognize it as a real possibility. Not that it seems to matter and it is just my perspective, but has UGA ever considered why it about a decade the average AP, IB and MOWR classes have risen to 13 for your freshman class?  I propose that is because having a 4.0 in college prep courses is now such a given that it doesn't mean a thing.  Further a 4.0 in 13 plus AP courses is now such an average one has to wonder what is next? I live the day in and day out of student break downs, anxiety attacks, cutting and worse, all to reach a standard that was created by grade inflation.  Of course students are smarter, of course there are more of them graduating, but as a whole an artificial ceiling has been created (and not just at UGA nor in Georgia) that is not good for students.  I further propose that this is parent driven and I'd encourage you, if you ever have free time. to ask some high school teachers about it.  There is an ugly paradigm that permeates our secondary schools (again I speak from experience not research) and it has taken us far from actually looking at student learning only to student grades for college acceptance, and frankly, it's sad. I do hope you learn more about what those of us in the field are facing as we try to prepare students for acceptance to your university.

UGA guy
UGA guy

I think we are now starting to talk about 2 different topics, one being grade inflation and the second being the growing pressure on students to be seen as "selective college admissions" ready. On the second one, I think that everybody has played a part in this issue, from parents to students, admissions offices to high schools, and even independent counselors. While the report "Turning the Tide" has done a great job of looking at this issue, it is not an easy one to solve. While I think your number of 13 AP course average is actually GT instead of UGA (our average was 6-9 AP/IB/MOWR courses), it is going up. At what point do students/parents/eduction systems push people to challenge themselves vs making sure they are having a well balanced life? I can't answer this, but I think this is a solution that will have to come from the whole group, not just one part. And I am guessing this is not just an academic issue, as we see students focusing on one sport year round (school and travel teams), pushing themselves hard in one creative venture, etc.