What is the Early Action Process?

Early Action (EA) has an application deadline of October 15. It is non-binding, which means that students offered EA admission have the same commitment deadline of May 1 as students admitted in the Regular Decision process. 

For Early Action applicants, the admissions office primarily considers three aspects of each student’s application:

  • grades through the end of junior year,
  • the rigor of a student’s curriculum relative to the curriculum offered at his/her high school,
  • and, results of either the SAT or ACT.

For some Early Action applicants, secondary consideration is given to the following factors:

  • intellectual pursuits,
  • creative endeavors and intercultural experiences,
  • public service,
  • co-curricular activities,
  • community involvement,
  • leadership and family commitments,
  • and, integrity and personal maturity.

So why apply Early Action? This option allows students an expedited process to learn of a decision sooner, typically prior to December 1. EA is an appropriate option for students who present competitive credentials in the areas provided above.

There are three possible decisions released for EA applicants: an offer of admission, a deferral of decision, and a denial of admission. In previous years, slightly over 50% of EA applicants were offered admission in EA, between 35-40% were deferred, and about 10% were denied admission. Keep in mind that the academic credentials of denied EA applicants are sufficiently low enough that an offer of admission would not be possible in Regular Decision.

We recommend that deferred students submit updated mid-senior year grades and any new SAT or ACT results that were not submitted previously.

Early Action: Required Materials

These materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than October 15:

  • Application for First-Year Admission (MyCoalition or UGA)
  • Short-Answer Essays
  • Non-refundable $70 application processing fee

These materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than October 22:

  • Official high school transcript with complete grades through the end of junior year
  • Counselor / School Evaluation Form
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores (must be both taken and scores requested to be sent to UGA by 10/15)
  • Optional Teacher Recommendation Form

We will only be able to use SAT or ACT scores for exams administered prior to the October 15 EA deadline. Note that scores must be submitted to UGA electronically directly from the testing services.

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