FAQ for Denied Applicants
The Office of Admissions at UGA recognizes that many applicants will be discouraged to learn that they have not been offered First-Year admission to UGA. We have designed the list below to answer some of the questions that you may have about the admissions process at UGA.
Students who submitted a complete application were given consideration based on a number of criteria. Most importantly, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions reviews the grades earned in core academic courses, the rigor of curriculum that the student selected and performance on the SAT or ACT.
Additional factors 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 and contribute to a culturally and intellectually diverse community of scholar-citizens.
While most students believe that it was their score on the standardized test that kept them from being admitted, it is usually their choice of courses and performance in the classroom which could have been improved. Many people find that our Admissions Urban Legends page answers many of their questions relative to the admissions process.
Each complete file received a thorough review before a decision was made. Demonstrated academic achievement and performance on standardized tests are important factors in the admissions decision. Equally important is the rigor of core curriculum courses that a student completes. The application essays and individual achievements are also considered when evaluating applications. Ultimately, all of these factors are evaluated as a whole. Therefore, neither GPA, nor testing alone, are indicators of whether or not a student will be admitted.
No. We regret that we will not be able to place any student who has been denied admission on the Waiting List. It would be unfair for us to extend any false hope at this time.
The University of Georgia uses the same criteria for admission for Summer and Fall, therefore changing your planned starting date will not impact the decision. If you wish to start at a later date, you will need to apply as a transfer student after completing a minimum of 30 transfer hours and a full year elsewhere.
Yes. If your goal is to earn an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, you will want to become familiar with our transfer guidelines. Currently, in order to be considered as a transfer applicant, you must have completed--by the appropriate deadline for the term of enrollment--a year of full-time enrollment at another accredited institution after high school graduation with a minimum of 30 transferable semester hours (45 quarter hours). In order to be considered a candidate for transfer admission with 30 to 59 semester hours of transfer credit you must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.20* while those with 60 or more hours should have a GPA of 2.80* or higher. We encourage you to stay up to date with our transfer requirements and deadlines on our website as they are subject to change.
*Please keep in mind that there is no minimum GPA that guarantees admission as a transfer student, as space availability is also a factor.
The staff of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions realizes that the admissions decision you received may be disappointing to you and your family. We were tremendously impressed by the accomplishments, quality and diversity of the students who submitted applications for admission for Summer/Fall 2019. The strength of the applicant pool made the task of selection an extremely difficult one. We wish you success in all your future academic endeavors.