First-Year Class Profile

Statistics can't tell you everything about the students at the University of Georgia, but they can at least give you some insight into the people you will be sitting next to in your first English class, belaying the rope as you scale the Ramsey Center climbing wall or just having a conversation over coffee at the Tate Student Center.

The 5,475 first-year students enrolling at UGA in August 2016 represent the most academically prepared entering class in UGA history. Some numbers have been rounded for clarity or consistency. While the following information about the Class of 2020 describes some of their more important statistics, we are also aware of the great diversity of interests, backgrounds, abilities and talents that we have not measured or that cannot be described succinctly.

Overall Enrollment

Overall Enrollment: 36,130
Undergraduate Enrollment: 27,547
First-Year Enrollment: 5,475

2016 First-Year Applications

Applications Received: 22,980
Applicants Admitted: 12,239
New First-Year Students Enrolled: 5,475

High School Core Grade Point Average

Middle 50% of All Enrolled First-Year Students: 3.91-4.17
Overall Average of All Enrolled First-Year Students: 3.98
Middle 50% of All Enrolled Honors Students: 4.02-4.29
Middle 50% of All Scholarship Students: 3.97-4.3

Standardized Tests

SAT-I Middle 50% of Admitted First-Year Students: 1850-2140
ACT Middle 50% of Admitted First-Year Students: 27-32
Overall ACT Average for Admitted First-Year Students: 29
SAT-I Middle 50% of Admitted Honors Students: 2130 - 2240
ACT Middle 50% of Admitted Honors Students: 32 - 34
SAT Middle 50% of Admitted Scholarship Students (CR&M): 1300-1480
ACT Middle 50% of Admitted Scholarship Students: 30 - 34

Honors and Scholarships

First-Year Students in the Honors Program: 525
First-Year Students Offered a UGA Academic Scholarship: 14%



If you want to know more about the class of 2020, take a look at these other interesting statistics.

A Competitive Class

The Class of 2020 has outstanding academic credentials:

97% took at least one course at an advanced level such as AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment.
More than 20% took college classes while in high school.
More than 96% were in their school's "advanced" or "most difficult" curriculum.
More than 2380 have a core high school GPA of 4.00 or higher.
55% were in the top tenth percentile of their high school class.
More than 220 graduated first or second in their class.
525 are enrolled in the Honors Program.

Interesting Facts

Some 230 students represent 51 different countries and 334 come from homes where English is not the native language.

Over 1,700 identify themselves as non-Caucasian.

More than 260 first-year students began their studies in the Freshman College Summer Experience Program.

Students are enrolling from over 450 different high schools from the state of Georgia, and came from 136 different Georgia counties.

Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The top two graduates from every SACS-accredited Georgia high school are guaranteed admission to UGA, provided certain criteria are met. Approximately 4% of the entering first-year students were valedictorians or salutatorians.

Location, Location, Location

13% of the entering UGA first-year class come from outside Georgia and represent 43 different states. In addition, 230 students come from countries other than the United States. The top 10 home states (other than Georgia) of students are:

North Carolina    
South Carolina
New Jersey
New York 

48% of the new first-year students had Social Security numbers assigned in a state other than Georgia.

Top Intended Majors for First-Year Students

Intended Business Unspecified            
Intended Finance
Intended Marketing
Computer Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Intended Mechanical Engineering
Intended Management

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