Early Action decisions will be released later this afternoon, so here are some details about the EA applicant and admitted groups. I will also add a comment to the top of this post when decisions go live (4 pm EST), and I will announce it on Twitter as well. When you log into your status page, you will see a “View Update” link under the Status Update, and that is where you will see your decision. About 20 minutes after we release decisions, an email will go out to students who have not already checked their status letting them know a decision is available on their status page. For students who were deferred, please understand that this is not a denial decision. We want to be able to have a more in-depth review of you, including short essays, activities, recommendations, etc. in comparison with the overall applicant pool. Please be sure to read the deferred student FAQ page before commenting on here. I expect that there will also be an article in the UGA News next week which will give more broad details on the class as a whole, so I suggest you also review this information when it is available.
Quick Early Action Numbers (These numbers are mid-ranges, not minimums. The EA academic data is very similar for in-state and out-of-state students so we are giving out overall data.)
Applications Received: 26,001
–UGA received roughly 21% more EA applications than last year. Based on the data on applications started for RD for this year, we expect a larger group of total applicants overall.
Offers of Admission: Approximately 8,253
-This is somewhat less than last year’s admitted numbers, as our applicant pool has grown and we expect a larger RD applicant group as well. With a larger applicant pool, we need to be slightly more cautious in EA as we do not know what the entire applicant pool (EA and RD) will look like.
Mid 50% Admitted Average GPA: 4.16-4.38 GPA
-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. I have a previous blog post on how admissions calculates the UGA GPA for your reference.
Mid 50% Admitted Average SAT (EBRW+M): 1370-1510
-This is data for students who were admitted with the SAT being the highest or only test score in their review.
Mid 50% Admitted Average ACT (Composite): 32-34
-This is data for students who were admitted with the ACT being the highest or only test score in their review. Remember, UGA focuses on the ACT English and Math scores, but we report the Composite data as that is the official/accepted data for national publications.
Mid 50% Admitted AP/IB/DE courses over 4 years of HS: 8-13 courses
-We determine academic rigor based on all core classes a student has taken (CP, Honors, Advanced, AP, IB, DE, etc.) over the four years of HS as compared to what is offered in the school/community, but this information is the most specific data we can give on it. This does not mean a student needed X number of AP/IB/DE courses to be admitted, as we do not base rigor on the number of these courses taken.
The rough breakdown of decisions are the following: 8,253 admits, 11,500+ deferred, roughly 4,300 denied and slightly over 1,800 with incomplete applications. If you have questions about your specific decision, I do not suggest you post them on this blog. As well, do not give out or request personal academic information in your post, as we would then need to delete these posts. We are not able to answer questions about individual students here because we will generally not have your information in front of us and we cannot disclose individual student information in a comment. I would recommend talking with both your family and high school counselor first, then reviewing this previous post on suggestions about how to react to an EA decision, and finally reading the FAQ’s available from your Status page. In addition, please do not post any comments disparaging another student or individual, as these comments will be deleted (see the rules in the upper right-hand corner under About the Blog).
As a reminder, UGA looks at in-state and out-of-state applicants using the same overall review process, but it is more challenging for an out-of-state student to be admitted due to the volume of applicants and UGA being the flagship university for the state of Georgia. We expect this difference will be seen more in final decisions than in EA. In addition, we do not have any limits on the number of students we can admit based on school, neighborhood, county or state, and we do not use major, gender, race, demonstrated interest or legacy status in our review process. We are looking at each individual applicant in the context of the overall applicant pool, and making decisions based on both the EA applicant group and what we expect the applicant pool (EA and RD) will be like overall. I suggest you look at the Admissions Tips, Hints & Myths page for more details about what we do and do not look at in our review.
Admitted Students: An initial wave of Honors College offers will also go out today, and these decisions can be seen in the acceptance letter and on the status page (if a student was admitted by Honors). The initial scholarship offers will go out in mid-December, so please be patient with us as we review files for UGA based scholarships. While our EA admission offers are available today, it will take a few days for our campus partners such as housing and financial aid to pull this information into their systems, so please be patient with these other offices. For instance, Housing will send out an email on Saturday to admitted students explaining their process and timelines and registration will not open until next week. Lastly, we do send out a gift to accepted students (the now famous UGA socks), but these do take time to get mailed out, so please be patient.
Please be patient, be nice and be courteous. Have a great weekend and go Dawgs!