Nearly 6,000 UGA freshmen arrive with record test scores and eight college-level courses

UGA released its freshmen profile; this class brings higher average ACT scores and more advanced coursework.
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Here is the annual freshman profile from the University of Georgia, showing the rising academic foundation of its enrolled students:

The academic qualifications of incoming students at the University of Georgia have risen dramatically over the past several years, with each successive class reaching unprecedented heights. The Class of 2021 continues that extraordinary trend, with an average high school GPA of 4.0 and a record average ACT score of 30.

“With our world-class learning environment, booming research enterprise and unyielding commitment to serving others, it is no surprise that the University of Georgia is attracting the best and brightest students,” said President Jere W. Morehead.  “I am delighted to welcome this newest class and look forward to all they will accomplish at the birthplace of public higher education in America.”

More than 5,800 first-year students will begin their studies this fall. The superb academic qualifications of the Class of 2021 coincide with a year of record-breaking first-year enrollment that highlights the growing demand for a UGA education. Nearly 24,500 students applied for admission to the Class of 2021, a 20 percent increase in just four years.

As in previous years, the rigor of students’ high school curriculum remains a key factor in admissions decisions. Members of the Class of 2021 completed an average of eight College Board Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or dual enrollment courses in high school, an increase from six in 2013. For comparison, the average high school GPA in 2013 was 3.86, and the average ACT score was 29 on a 36-point scale. On the new SATR, which replaced the previous SAT, the Class of 2021 boasts an average score of 1344.

In addition to bringing outstanding academic talent to UGA, the Class of 2021 also brings increased diversity to UGA. The class includes nearly 1,900 students who self-identify as non-white, a 29 percent increase over 2013. The number of incoming first-year students who self-identify as African-American has increased by 20 percent over the same time period, and the number of Hispanic students has increased by 33 percent.

“The Class of 2021 includes some of our nation’s most promising students, and our faculty are committed to giving them unrivaled learning opportunities that position them for success after graduation,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “We welcome them to campus and look forward to seeing them develop as leaders and innovators who are poised to make a positive impact on our shared future.”

Incoming first-year students come to UGA from more than 90 percent of Georgia’s 159 counties, and Georgia residents comprise 87 percent of the class. The Class of 2021 also includes students from 44 states and 15 countries. This fall UGA also will welcome nearly 1,600 transfer students to campus from more than 300 colleges and universities.

“The Class of 2021 brings an impressive record of accomplishment to the University of Georgia,” said Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav. “We are proud to welcome them into a community of scholars where classroom instruction is complemented by hands-on learning and an unwavering commitment to student success.”

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Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

"...average high school GPA of 4.0 and a record average ACT score of 30."

"the Class of 2021 also brings increased diversity to UGA..."


Then they should have no problem publishing the average scores broken down by race.    Prove that you are not lowing standards just to increase "diversity".

Jeff W. Gaston
Jeff W. Gaston

Isn't this a weighted GPA as determined by UGA? Raw GPA with extra points for AP/IB, right?

Poor Man
Poor Man

What great news for UGA and the state as a whole. 87% of these kids are from the State of Georgia. 


A great time to be living in Georgia when our best and brightest students need not leave the state to get the best education possible, whether it be at UGA or at Tech.

HokeSmyth
HokeSmyth

Further proof of grade inflation:  the average GPA of the class in 4.0.  Wish they would report how many of these wizs need remedial courses?


GenericPoster
GenericPoster

Wow, UGA must be taking a lot of out of state students these days.

Mark Mann
Mark Mann

All to be found unconscious and drunk in a bush, dorm room, parking deck or lot on campus near you soon.

Page Lassiter
Page Lassiter

AP courses are being "diluted" like everything else in public schools.

Ceretta Sheppard
Ceretta Sheppard

Maybe in some, however, I know a few that parents hire tutors because of the work

Moreofthesame
Moreofthesame

AP courses and curriculum are from College Board,the state doesn't control it.  The AP exams are created and administered by the College Board.  If they are being diluted, it is from above.  BUT, from the kids I know, once they get to college they tell me college is easier than AP classes.

redweather
redweather

@Moreofthesame I think what has been diluted, at least at some schools, is the decision making as to which students are eligible for AP.

teachermom4
teachermom4

@redweather @Moreofthesame Exactly. Schools' CCRPI scores are partially dependent on "rigor", which is measured by how many AP classes they offer and how many kids take them. More kids are taking the classes because the schools want them to.

redweather
redweather

According to UGA's website "About 10% of the freshman class will have joint enrolled in college while still in high school. In order for a student to receive credit for college courses taken at an accredited college, the student must make sure that the college Registrar at the Joint Enrolled institution sends the UGA Admissions Office an official transcript of all courses taken."


What parents and students need to find out is which DE courses taken will satisfy CORE requirements at UGA and which will be accepted only as electives. 

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

Uh, Tech was rated 16th best public college/university and UGA was 24th - not as big of a difference as BurroughstonBroch wants to believe....

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

There's a considerable difference between UGA and Tech; Tech has higher quality entering and higher quality graduating. You can look up the statistics online yourself.

Pam Hofer Grigorian
Pam Hofer Grigorian

Just test scores or AP classes does not make a successful person necessarily. I think it is causing a lot of stress of students which is not healthy.

Carolyn Parsons Akridge
Carolyn Parsons Akridge

It definitely makes you wonder about the attrition rate. Has all this rigor resulted in more students completing their degrees in 4 years?

Pam Hofer Grigorian
Pam Hofer Grigorian

There is an organization out of Stanford called Challenge Success! They have white papers on A/P, cheating and changing the conversation about homework. They are out of Stanford which tells you that it is an area of very high achievement which is stressing out kids. I am just suggesting that we need more balanced kids not ones with just scores. They are trying to find a balance instead of just rigor and scores. I love this organization.

Kelly Duncan
Kelly Duncan

UGA has a very high graduation rate - 85% I believe I saw recently.

Doug Monroe
Doug Monroe

Unfortunately, they don't know how to drive.

AJC  Get Schooled
AJC Get Schooled

Do most people? My weekly drives on I-285 have led me to wonder.

Doug Monroe
Doug Monroe

I got rear-ended yesterday by a hit-and-run driver. One of the faculty members got rear-ended twice by the same student, who couldn't quit texting.

Ginger Kerr
Ginger Kerr

Amazing how high the bar is but stinks that my children will probably both not be able to go where I went to college. One took a lot of AP classes, grades were ok and SAT was good and he played sports etc. Daughter has very good grades, decent SAT, sports, few AP classes, lots of clubs... SAT isn't currently high enough. Makes me sad. UGA is awesome.

Eileen Sewell Stone
Eileen Sewell Stone

Don't be discouraged! I would advise regular decision for her...I believe they really DO read the essays. Your daughter sounds like my daughter-she used the essays to write from her heart and show that she was a well-rounded and dedicated student. Happy to report that she is a member of the UGA Class of 2021!

Jennifer Henley
Jennifer Henley

To clarify, that is AP/IB, not dual enrollment classes? Did they address dual enrollment and how many of the class of 2021 participated in DE?

AJC  Get Schooled
AJC Get Schooled

What UGA said: "Members of the Class of 2021 completed an average of eight College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in high school, an increase from six in 2013."

AJC  Get Schooled
AJC Get Schooled

Jennifer: From UGA: "Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions determines academic rigor based on all core classes a student has taken (CP, Honors, Advanced, AP, IB, DE, etc.) The average you mentioned does include dual-enrollment courses, and we’ve updated the news release accordingly."

Quint Bush
Quint Bush

With all the dual enrollment options, lots of students are opting out of AP. They would rather get the college credit for taking the DE classes rather than risk losing credit for not making a 3 on the AP exams to earn the credit.

Jennifer Henley
Jennifer Henley

Quint Bush that is what I thought and I was surprised DE wasn't mentioned originally. For students staying in state for college, DE is an amazing option.

Heather Merritt
Heather Merritt

Members of the Class of 2021 completed an average of eight College Board Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or dual enrollment courses in high school, an increase from six in 2013.

Heather Merritt
Heather Merritt

We were advised at year to call the schools my son was interested in to see if they prefer AP or dual enrollment..... Uga said AP classes so my son only took one dual enrollment class. He was admitted early decision last move for this fall. His GPA falls above the average, his act is right at the avg and his ap/dual enrollment courses are above the avg

Heidi Kniskern Chambers
Heidi Kniskern Chambers

A UGA rep came and talked to the high school at which I work, and he said they want to see the students in the most rigorous classes offered AT the high school. I asked for clarification with regard to AP versus DE and he said AP. For example, they want to see AP Language over ENG 1101. However, if AP is not offered in a certain area, DE may be more rigorous.

Carrie Budd McGowan
Carrie Budd McGowan

We asked same question at a campus visit at UGA this summer -- response from the admissions rep was that DE counted as a rigor course like AP or IB. My kid is doing a little of both.... hope it works out (but I sure wish there was a solid answer in writing we could count on?).

Suzanne Moore
Suzanne Moore

The answer is AP if offered at your school. If AP isn't offered, DE seems more rigorous than senior ELA but that depends on the rigor at the high school.

Danielle Beck Smith
Danielle Beck Smith

AJC Get Schooled Disclaimer: Novice here - are IB and AP classes equally weighted or are one desired over the other?

AJC  Get Schooled
AJC Get Schooled

Equally weighted but college credit for both depends on scores on the tests. A surprising number of Georgia kids do not take the tests.

Heather Merritt
Heather Merritt

My kids did not have a choice at their high school..... Between his dual enrollment and his ap scores he's going in with 2 semesters of credit.