General Admissions Criteria Overview

At the University of Georgia, applicant files are classified as "international" if they meet ANY of the 6 criteria listed below. Supplemental application materials are needed for each of the following criteria, so review this web site carefully to see what is needed in your specific case.

 

1. You will require an F-1 visa to enter and study in the United States.

2. You are not a U.S. citizen and are currently in the United States on an F-1/F-2 (student) visa and attending a United States High School.

3. You are currently in the United States on some other class of visa. Please submit a copy of the visa from your passport as well as your passport picture page with your supporting application information.

4. If you are a Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, please submit a copy of the front and back of your card for inspection.

5. If you are in the process of obtaining permanent legal residency, please submit all documentation related to this process. This would include, but not limited to, an Employment Authorization Document, the form I-485, or your I-94 departure record.

6. If you hold refugee or asylum status, please submit all documentation related to this status.


1. The First Important Admissions Factor

Too often overlooked, is making sure you have all the necessary materials to the Admissions Office by the designated deadlines. We suggest that students apply well before deadlines in order to make sure that all materials arrive on time. You can verify that UGA has received all your materials via the Application Status Check. Prompt action also allows UGA to respond by the published notification dates. 

2. What Type of Applicant Are You?

 First-Year

First-year (including international first-year students), and dual enrollment 

 Transfer

Transfer (including international transfer students), non-traditional, summer transient, exchange, post-baccalaureate, second-degree, pharmacy and transfer students to UGA at Tifton or Griffin.  

Former UGA Undergrad

 Former UGA undergraduate students

 Re-Activation      

 Undergraduates who have previously applied to UGA but never enrolled should fill out the Transfer Application and mark "Yes" when asked about applying previously (if re-applying as a freshman applicant for a future term, fill out the freshman application). 

3. Apply On Time

First, be sure that you apply and complete your file by the deadline. All required materials must be submitted by the deadline, or we will not make an admissions decision. UGA is not able to offer provisional admission.

August 15

Postmark deadline for Spring Transfer and Non-traditional Admission. Completed application, non-refundable $75 processing fee, and official, sealed transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted no later than today.

October 15

Postmark deadline for First-Year Early Action applicants. Completed Part I of the application, non-refundable $75 processing fee, counselor/school evaluation form, official test scores and official, sealed transcript(s) from all schools attended must be submitted no later than today. 

January 1

Postmark deadline for First-Year Regular Decision applicants. Completed Part I and II of the application, non-refundable $75 processing fee, counselor/school evaluation form, official test scores and official, sealed transcript(s) from all schools attended must be submitted no later than today. 

March 1

Postmark deadline for Summer Transfer and Non-traditional Admission. Completed application, non-refundable $75 processing fee, and official, sealed transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted no later than today.

Priority deadline for submission of Financial Aid application forms. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid or call +1 (706) 542-6147.

April 1

Postmark deadline for Fall Transfer, Non-traditional Admission and Transient for Maymester. Completed application, non-refundable $75 processing fee, and official, sealed transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted no later than today.

4. Pick a Decision Plan and Take Application Deadlines Seriously

The first important admissions factor, too often overlooked, is making sure you have all the necessary materials to the Admissions Office by the designated deadlines. We suggest that students apply well before deadlines in order to make sure that all materials arrive on time. You can verify that UGA has received all of your materials via the Application Status Check. Prompt action also allows UGA to respond by the published notification dates. 

Early Action (non-binding)

First-year applicants for Summer (June) or Fall (August) semester for whom UGA is a top choice have the option of submitting a completed application by October 15 of their final year of high school. These students will receive an admission decision by December 15. Primary consideration under the Early Action plan will be focused on demonstrated academic achievement: grades in core academic courses through the junior year, rigor of curriculum and performance on the SAT or ACT with Writing. Early Action candidates may be offered admission, denied, or deferred to the Regular Decision process for further consideration. Applicants admitted under the Early Action plan are not bound to accept an offer of admission and have until May 1 to submit a non-refundable commitment deposit in order to secure a seat in the first-year class.

Applicants deferred to Regular Decision should submit mid-year senior grades and any new test scores; they will be notified of a final admission decision no later than April 1. Applicants denied admission through Early Action will not have the opportunity to submit additional information or to re-apply under the Regular Decision plan. Therefore, if an applicant wishes for November or December test scores or mid-year senior grades to be considered, he or she would be better advised to apply under the Regular Decision plan.

Regular Decision

First-year applicants for Summer or Fall semester who choose this plan must submit a completed application by January 1 of their final year of high school and will receive a decision by April 1. Primary consideration under the Regular Decision plan will also focus on demonstrated academic achievement (grades in core academic courses, rigor of curriculum and performance on the SAT or ACT), with secondary consideration given to a combination of the following factors: intellectual pursuits, creative endeavors and intercultural experiences; public service, co-curricular activities, community involvement, leadership and family commitments; integrity and personal maturity. By April 1, Regular Decision and deferred Early Action candidates will either be offered admission, denied or offered a place on the Waiting List. 

5. Factors in Admission Decisions 

"Demonstrated academic achievement" is the primary factor in first-year admission decisions at the University of Georgia. The academic review of first-year applications centers on three criteria: the student's grade point average (GPA) in core academic courses, the rigor of a student's course selection, and his or her best combination of scores on the SAT or ACT. Additionally, all applications are reviewed for College Preparatory deficiencies in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language as well as any grades of D or F.

How does Admissions recalculate high school grades?

 Grade Value
 A - Excellent 4.0 
 B - Good 3.0 
 C - Satisfactory 2.0 
 D - Passing 1.0 
 F - Failure 0.0 

6. GPA and Rigor of Curriculum 

GPA and rigor of curriculum weigh roughly three to two to standardized tests in predicting academic success at UGA. Effectively, this means that a student with a 4.0 GPA in a superior curriculum of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses might be admitted with an SAT score at or below 1000. Yet, another student with a 3.0 GPA and an SAT score of 1400 might not be admitted, if the student opts for no more than a standard college prep curriculum with few if any Honors, AP or IB courses.

7. Additional Factors

UGA's Faculty Admissions Committee has identified a number of additional factors that may be considered in admission decisions or merit scholarship consideration. These include: excellence in academic achievement, intellectual pursuits and creative endeavors; an understanding of and respect for intellectual, social and cultural differences; significant commitment to citizenship through public service, school activities, community involvement, leadership, and/or family; evidence of integrity and personal maturity; and the ability to benefit from a culturally and intellectually diverse community of scholar-citizens. 

 

 College Prep Curriculum (CPC)

Required Units 

 English

4

Mathematics
• Algebra I
• Algebra II
• Geometry
• One math course beyond Algebra II 

 4
 Science*
• Unit of biological science
• Unit of physical science of physics
• Unit of chemistry, environmental science or earth science
• A fourth science (out-of state and private school students can use 8th grade physical science as their 4th science)

 4

 Social Science
• United States History
• World History
• One social studies elective

 3

 Foreign Language
• Two sequential years of the same foreign language
• If English is not your first language, then you are exempt from this requirement 

 2

* A unit is often referred to as a Carnegie Unit and represents a full academic year of credit 

8. Curriculum Difficulty and the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) 

As outlined above, the level of academic rigor in your course selection is the second of three major factors influencing your chances for admission to UGA.

At a minimum, by policy of the University System of Georgia, all first-year applicants must complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC), which consists of 17 academic units in English (4), Mathematics (4), Science (4), Social Studies (3) and Foreign Language (2). The Georgia Board of Regents has a detailed high school curriculum guide to assist students in understanding what courses need to be completed for college. In the math section of this document, UGA will not accept the courses marked with **, except for the newly BOR approved Advanced Mathematical Decision Making (AMDM).

9. Being the Most Competitive 

You should challenge yourself by pursuing the most rigorous courses available in your high school that you, your parents, and your guidance counselor deem appropriate to your level of ability in each respective academic area. The number of courses taken beyond the minimum requirement of 17—not to mention those designated as advanced, Honors, gifted, AP/IB or dual enrollment—will be considered in the admission process. In fact, in recent years, 98% of first-year students admitted to UGA pursued an honors or advanced level curricular track. 

Please note: A challenging schedule will not counterbalance a non-competitive GPA, as your grades ultimately remain the single most important factor. Additionally, any grades of D or F on your transcript— especially in your junior or senior year—would be cause for concern on the part of our Admissions Committee and should be addressed in your application.

10. Standardized Tests: ACT, SAT I and SAT II

For first-year admission, the University of Georgia requires that an applicant submit an official score report for either the ACT(including optional writing) or the SAT I. Currently, we recommend (but do not require) students to submit SAT II scores. Scores must be submitted electronically by the respective testing agency. UGA will not accept scores that appear on your high school transcript, nor will we consider paper reports. We receive electronic transmissions of ACT and SAT scores from the testing agencies on a weekly basis, and we will automatically update your application file with any new scores received by our application deadlines.

11. Myths and Misconceptions

There are many myths and misconceptions about standardized tests and how they are used in admission decisions. At UGA, the only minimum score requirements in place are the ones required by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for admission to its four research universities: that is, an SAT-V of 430 and SAT-M of 400, or sub scores of 17 on both the English and Math sections of the ACT. If a student takes the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider the best scores we receive for each section on either exam. 

12. Preference Between the ACT and SAT

Though historically we have received more SAT scores from applicants, we do not have a preference between the ACT and SAT. In fact, we often recommend that students attempt each test at least once. Used in conjunction with a student's grades and rigor of curriculum, both have proven equally reliable in predicting academic success at the University of Georgia, as is evident in UGA's nationally-envied first-to-second year retention rate of 95%. 

13. Additional Factors in Admission Decisions

UGA’s Faculty Admissions Committee appreciates the importance of considering other factors beyond academic achievement to discern the overall qualities of an applicant. For many students, therefore, a more comprehensive review of their entire application files will occur after the initial academic review. Our goal is to build a first-year class of highly qualified, intellectually curious and actively involved students who have demonstrated high levels of maturity and personal integrity as well as commitment to serving their communities.

14. The University's Goal

To achieve this ambitious goal, the University will consider information gathered from a number of different sources beyond a first-year applicant’s transcript and test scores. These include, but are not limited to the following: the application essay and short answers; school and community activities, leadership positions and awards; participation in athletics; work experience, summer activities and special circumstances; the counselor or school evaluation; and a teacher recommendation from the junior or senior year. Due to the high volume of applications received, however, we are only able to consider information gathered on the application form or the required supplementary forms. Applicants are requested not to submit resumes, certificates or additional letters of recommendation, unless specifically requested for scholarship consideration.

15. How Do International Students Contact UGA? 

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at: admintl@uga.edu or call our office at +1 (706) 542-2112


All application materials can be mailed to the Admissions Office at this address:

UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Terrell Hall, Room 212

210 South Jackson Street

Athens, GA 30602-1633

Additional documents may be requested at time of application. Faxes and photocopies of official documents will not be accepted. 

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