Admissions Tips, Hints & Myths

Admissions counselors and staff members answer many questions about what it takes to be admitted to UGA. Over time, we have identified a specific pattern of questions that indicate there is some misinformation passed around the prospective student population which can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety.

We have polled our staff to create a top 10 list of UGA Admission Urban Legends. We hope that you will find the attempt to debunk these myths helpful as you proceed through the admissions process at UGA. In the video below, UGA Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management, Patrick Winter, dispels some of the misconceptions associated with first-year admission to UGA.

UGA admits a quota of students per year from my high school, county, zip code or state.

The most competitive applicants are admitted regardless of high school, county, zip code or state. There are no quotas assigned to these, or any other, characteristics.

There are minimum SAT/ACT scores and GPA's required for admission.

UGA does not have a “minimum” SAT, ACT or GPA requirement for first-year students. The Board of Regents in Georgia has established minimum requirements for applicants to the research institutions within the state. UGA’s middle 50% from the 2014 entering first-year class exceeded the Board of Regents minimum requirements. Students are encouraged to compare their profile with the previous year’s class to gauge their competitiveness for admission.

My SAT/ACT score will be the most important factor in the consideration of my application.

Grades in academic coursework and curriculum choice are the primary factors in consideration of first-year applications. Performance on standardized tests will also be considered, but the importance of standardized tests does not exceed the emphasis placed on grades earned in a rigorous curriculum.

I can just take easy classes and make straight A's, and that will get me admitted.

While GPA is the most important factor in the admissions process, rigor of curriculum is a close second. We expect students to take advantage of the most challenging courses offered at their high schools. It is possible that a student with a 4.0 GPA who has avoided the challenging courses offered at their high school may not be admitted while a student with a lower GPA who has attempted the most rigorous courses at their school is offered admission.

UGA has different admissions standards for out-of-state applicants.

Admissions standards are exactly the same for out-of-state applicants as they are for in-state applicants. UGA does not have a cap on the number of out-of-state students that can be admitted.

It is easier/harder to get admitted Early Action than Regular Decision.

Students applying to UGA must determine which decision plan is best for them. Early Action applications are reviewed based on grades and curriculum earned through the end of the Junior year and performance on standardized tests. Regular Decision applications are reviewed based on the above criteria with secondary consideration given to intellectual pursuits, creative endeavors and intercultural experiences; public service, co-curricular activities, community involvement, leadership and family commitments; integrity and personal maturity. Ultimately, students are encouraged to gauge which decision plan will provide the best opportunity to demonstrate their strengths and achievements.

There is a summer trial program and therefore, if I apply for summer, I will have a better chance of being admitted.

The term for which a student applies does not impact the admission decision. All first-year applicants have the same chance of being admitted to UGA regardless of the term for which they apply. UGA does not offer a summer trial program for students not offered admission for Fall.

My entire family went to UGA, so my legacy status will help me get admitted.

Legacy does not play a role in the admission process to UGA. All applicants have an equal opportunity to get admitted regardless of whether or not there is a family history of attending UGA.

UGA will use ALL of my classes in calculating my GPA for admission.

In calculating an applicant’s GPA for admission, UGA will only use the classes that satisfy the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) in the main five core academic areas – English, Math, Science, Social Sciences, and Foreign Language. AP Art and Music Theory courses will also be calculated into the GPA for students completing those courses.

If I apply EA, it will demonstrate to UGA that I really want to go there. Even if I am deferred admission, this will be an advantage in RD.

Applicants deferred from Early Action to Regular Decision do not have any advantages/disadvantages over those who apply Regular Decision. All applicants seeking admission to UGA are offered an equal opportunity for admission regardless of the decision plan.