David Graves      March 19th, 2021 in Blog

We plan to make the final wave of freshman decisions available today, March 19th, in the late afternoon time frame. For those of you who have been admitted to UGA, here is a post for you and a chance to comment.  Please remember that this is not a blog where you should post statistics or throw fellow students under the bus. These types of comments will be deleted.

Congratulations to all of the freshman who were admitted and we look forward to you becoming part of the Bulldog Nation.  The next steps for a new student can be seen in the flyer in your admission packet, so please go ahead and review what you need to do next.  In addition, there will be a great deal of information you can access off of your Status page.  When you have the time, please review this, as there is key information in the Next Step materials.  Please remember a small number of students will be admitted to start in January 2022.  You will find specific information on your Status page and in your admissions packet, and it is stated very clearly so there is no confusion.

Here are some rough statistics on the Entire Freshman Admitted Class for 2021-November, February and March waves, where we admitted 15,400+ students total, which is somewhat above last year’s offers of admission (I do not have separate data on just the final group, sorry):

UGA Calculated Grade Point Average mid-range/average:  4.00 – 4.27, with a 4.12 average

  • Please remember this is not the GPA students see on their high school transcript, but rather the GPA that UGA recalculates for everyone based on the core academic courses taken in high school and looking at the actual grades posted on the transcripts. Over 88% of the HS core grades were A’s, and 11+% were B’s, thus showing the academic strength of the accepted group.

AP/IB/Dual Enrollment course mid-range/average: 7-12 courses, average of 10

  • We determine academic rigor based on all core classes a student has taken (CP, Honors, Advanced, AP, IB, DE, etc.) as compared to what is offered in the school/community. This is not based simply on the number of AP/IB/DE courses, but instead we look at the overall coursework over four years in the core areas and the progression of rigor over the years. The AP/IB/DE information is the most specific data I can give on it, but the numbers do not cover all of our curriculum review.

SAT Total mid-range for students: 1350-1480

  • This data is only for students who requested that we use their scores.
  • This data is based on admitted students where the SAT was the strongest score if both SAT and ACT were submitted or if the SAT was the only test taken and sent.

ACT Composite mid-range for students:  31-34

  • Remember, UGA focuses on ACT E and M. For reporting purposes, we give out the best score overall ACT score, but the ACT E and M are very similar to the overall score.
  • This data is only for students who requested that we use their scores.
  • This data is based on admitted students where the ACT was the strongest score if both SAT and ACT were submitted or if the ACT was the only test taken and sent.

For the 2021 class, roughly half of the students chose to have us use a test score, while half decided to be test optional and not send scores. Overall, over 40% of the accepted students were test optional/did not send scores. Whether a student had a test score or not, the biggest academic factors were still a students grades and course rigor, as these are the best indicators of future success in the UGA classroom. We did not favor one group over another, and we made decisions based on the overall student information and the overall applicant pool. For this year, we had an extremely large increase in out of state applicants, so in-state/out-of-state information did have a slight impact on a small group of final decisions.

For the small group of Spring 2022 admits, this decision is final. We are not able to change students to Fall and we are not able to consider them as Wait List students. An email will go out explaining the Spring offer in more detail.

The Housing and myID pages may need a few business days before your information will be available.  Please be patient with these sites. As well, we will continue to offer scholarships through late March/early April. 

You have until May 1 to submit a commitment deposit in order to hold a spot in our freshman class.  We hope the next stage of the admission process is a little less nerve wracking than the decision process.  As you celebrate, make sure to be considerate of others in your school who may not have been admitted.

Good luck in the next stage of the college admissions process.  Go Dawgs!

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