First-Year Applicants

Applying to college is a thrilling experience and we're excited that you're considering the University of Georgia. We want to do everything we can to answer your questions, guide you through the admissions process, and introduce you to UGA.

In reviewing first-year applicants for admission, the University of Georgia sets no rigid standards for test scores or high school grade point averages that carry over from year to year. Admission is competitive as there are a limited number of spaces available in the first-year class. Admission standards depend on the number and quality of students who apply each year, thus varying accordingly.


The Primary Factor in Admission Decisions at UGA

"Demonstrated academic achievement" is the primary factor in first-year admission decisions at the University of Georgia. The academic review of first-year applications centers on three criteria: the student's grade point average (GPA) in core academic courses, the rigor of a student's course selection, and his or her best combination of scores on the SAT or ACT. Additionally, all applications are reviewed for conduct issues; recommendations; satisfactory completion of all courses and completion of the required College Preparatory courses.

Grades from high school and rigor of school curriculum make up about 75% of our prediction of academic success at UGA with standardized exams comprising the remaining quarter. Effectively, this means that a student with a 4.0 GPA in a superior curriculum of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses might be admitted with an SAT score at or below 1000. Yet, another student with a 3.0 GPA and an SAT score of 1400 might not be admitted, if the student opted for no more than a standard college prep curriculum with few if any Honors, AP or IB courses.

Additional Factors in Admission Decisions

UGA's Faculty Admissions Committee has identified a number of additional factors that may be considered in admission decisions or merit scholarship consideration. These 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. A more detailed description of the first-year admission process at UGA can be found under First-Year Admission Criteria.

All first-year candidates who are offered admission for Summer or Fall semester must submit a non-refundable commitment deposit no later than May 1 to secure a seat in the first-year class. Commitment deposits will be credited towards students' accounts at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Prospective First-Year students have two application options: 

Early Action and Regular Decision.


Early Action  Regular Decision            What's the Difference?

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