David Graves      December 15th, 2023 in Blog


Out-of-State Early Action decisions will be released at 4 pm EST today, so here are some details about the overall EA applicant and admitted groups. 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. Again, today’s decisions are only for Out-of-State applicants, and the data below is for the entire admitted EA group (In and Out of State). 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.

Quick Early Action Numbers (These numbers are mid-ranges, not minimums.)

Applications Received: 26,760 Total
Based on the EA data and on applications started for RD this year, we expect a larger group of total applicants overall.

Offers of Admission: Approximately 9,000 Total EA Admits
-This is somewhat more than last year’s admitted numbers for both In-State and Out-of-State acceptances. I will not be splitting up the in-state and out-of-state data at this time.

Mid 50% Admitted Average GPA: 4.13-4.38 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): 1370-1500
-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): 31-34
-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: 9-13 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.

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).

For this year’s EA group, the acceptance rate for In-State applicants was roughly 50%, and the acceptance rate for Out-of-State applicants was roughly 25% (not using the small number of incomplete applicants in the data for either group). 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 with a goal of enrolling (not admitting but enrolling) a class with roughly 80% being In-State students. We look 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 and scholarships will also go out today, and these decisions can be seen on the status page, with scholarships also being in the acceptance packet that will be mailed out next week. We will continue to award scholarships through early April, and Honors questions should go to the Honors College, as they handle their application questions and decisions. While our Out-of-State 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.

FAFSA Financial Aid Reminder: The UGA Office of Student Financial Aid is expecting the new and improved FAFSA will not be available for students to complete until December 31, which means that their office will not start receive any FAFSA information until the end of January at the earliest. Make sure that if you are looking at need based federal aid, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as it is available so colleges can start to work on preliminary aid estimates for you.

Please be patient, be nice and be courteous. Have a great weekend and go Dawgs!

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