Who got into University of Georgia today?

Students who did not get into UGA may have another chance with regular decision in January. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

From the University of Georgia press office today:

Nearly 15,000 students applied for early action admission to the University of Georgia’s Class of 2022, bringing record academic qualifications to the birthplace of public higher education.

This year more than 8,000 students are being offered early action admission to UGA, and their average GPA of 4.11 reflects their dedication to academic excellence and rigorous coursework such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.

The average ACT score of students being offered admission through early action is 32, which exceeds last year’s record of 31. The average SAT score is 1390, which exceeds last year’s average of 1363. The mid 50th percentile ranges for the ACT and SAT scores of admitted students are 30-32 and 1320-1470, respectively. The average number of AP, IB and dual enrollment courses is nine, with a mid 50th percentile range of seven to 11.

“The academic achievements of these admitted students are remarkable,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “They were selected from our most outstanding pool of applicants for early action ever, attesting to the increasing recognition of the quality and value of a degree from the University of Georgia. We are excited to offer admission to this first group of students in the Class of 2022.”

The number of students who apply for early admission to UGA has increased by more than a third over the past five years, and the number of students who apply through the regular decision process has grown substantially, as well.

Early action applicants are considered for admission based solely on their grades, the rigor of their high school curriculum relative to what is available at their school and the results of their SAT or ACT scores. Regular decision applications, which are due no later than Jan. 8, are reviewed holistically, with the core academic qualifications supplemented by factors such as a student’s intellectual and creative pursuits, community involvement and leadership, and recommendations from counselors and teachers.

Students who apply through early action admission but are deferred have their applications reviewed with the regular decision applicant pool, and decisions are typically announced in mid-March.

“If a student was deferred, they still have a chance to be a part of the incoming first-year class,” said Patrick Winter, associate vice president for undergraduate admissions and enrollment management. “Deferred is not the same thing as being denied. It means that we are still considering their application in the holistic review. This gives us a chance to learn more about their involvement and activities beyond the classroom.”

The demand for a UGA education has risen dramatically in recent years in tandem with academic enhancements that include the launch of the university’s campus-wide experiential learning initiative and a small class size initiative. Earlier this year, the university launched its Double Dawgs linked-degree program, which gives students more than 100 opportunities to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less. UGA recently moved up to 16th among public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking—its highest U.S. News ranking yet—and Kiplinger ranks UGA among the nation’s top 10 values in public higher education.

 

 

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willteach4shoes
willteach4shoes

The 4.11 average GPA of early admission students, attributed to their commitment to taking Advanced Placement and IB courses in high school, is clear evidence that those programs are recognized over dual enrollment as preparing students better for course work at Georgia’s flagship university and other top schools. Admissions officers know that AP and IB students are capable of succeeding because they have already succeeded on rigorous, nationally recognized curricula and exams, and those are the students they select. That is one of the main reasons I advise my students to take AP over dual enrollment.

Dawn Moss

Lawrenceville

Renee Lord
Renee Lord

My child had perfect ACT & almost perfect SAT, numerous AP classes with 4 or 5 on the exams, extracurricular activities with leadership roles and was deferred. I️ would love to know the criteria used for selection.

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

I would call -- this seems out of whack as
GPA and test scores are the critical factors in early action and it sounds like your child had those nailed.

UGA guy
UGA guy

@MaureenDowney I don't see mention of grades in the comments, and as you know, we value what a student does over four years of high school (grades and curriculum) over 4 hours on a Saturday morning taking the SAT/ACT. We have a number of students with very high test scores who were deferred, as there is no minimum test score that guarantees admission. This was a very strong applicant pool, and as such tough decisions had to be made.

John Knox
John Knox

Who got in? To be blunt, a cohort that is not representative of the population of Georgia in most ways. Speaking as a longtime UGA professor, I believe based on performance in my introductory classes that exclusivity in the admissions process is overrated. There is too much emphasis on the rising badge-of-excellence numbers to get into UGA, and not enough emphasis on what needs to happen academically, intellectually, and emotionally once students are here to make the most of a university education.

Carole Ann
Carole Ann

Exactly. I never will understood the hype. I don’t see UGA grads have anything special! Not from GA but been here 15 years, and know too many UGA grads lacking basic English skills.

SouthernHope5
SouthernHope5

My kid got into a number of schools around the country and he/we chose UGA for financial reasons. He's had an okay first semester but he seems to have no academic excitement about the school and his teachers (actually, he doesn't have any professors...they're all TAs.) Its been a big academic contrast with his older sibling who is going to school in boston and came home the first time at thanksgiving raving about the teachers she had met and the classes she had finished.  I mean, UGA is free and we would have freaked out having to pay two tuitions but still.  It's sad to see a kid who was so excited leaving the teachers at state's GHP program and then losing that moment. 

Renee Lord
Renee Lord

My son’s perfect ACT score wasn’t good enough for UGA.

Melissa Payne
Melissa Payne

Feeling old because I was accepted 20 years ago!