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 5,839 first-year students enrolling at UGA in August 2017 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 2021 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: 36,574
Undergraduate Enrollment: 27,951
Graduate Enrollment: 8,623

2017 First-Year Applications

Applications Received: 24,486
Applicants Admitted: 13,058
New First-Year Students Enrolled: 5,839

High School Core Grade Point Average

Middle 50% of All Enrolled First-Year Students: 3.88-4.13
Overall Average of All Enrolled First-Year Students: 4.0
Average of Admitted Honors Students: 4.12

Standardized Tests

SATR Middle 50% of Admitted First-Year Students: 1220-1360
Overall SATR Average for Admitted First-Year Students: 1344
ACT Middle 50% of Admitted First-Year Students: 28-32
Overall ACT Average for Admitted First-Year Students: 30
SATR Average of Admitted Honors Students: 1490
ACT Average of Admitted Honors Students: 33

Honors and Scholarships

First-Year Students in the Honors Program: 586



If you want to know more about the class of 2021, take a look at these other interesting statistics.

A Competitive Class

The Class of 2021 has outstanding academic credentials:

98% took at least one course at an advanced level such as AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment.
Earned an average of over 20 semester hours of college credit through AP, IB or Dual Enrollment
More than 96% were in their school's "advanced" or "most difficult" curriculum.
More than 3371 have a core high school GPA of 4.00 or higher.
54% were in the top tenth percentile of their high school class.
More than 235 graduated first or second in their class.
586 are enrolled in the Honors Program.

Interesting Facts

182 students represent 34 different countries and 362 come from homes where English is not the native language.
Over 1,883 identify themselves as non-Caucasian.
More than 275 first-year students began their studies in the Freshman College Summer Experience Program
Students are enrolling from over 460 different high schools from the state of Georgia, and came from 147 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, 134 students come from countries other than the United States. The top 10 home states (other than Georgia) of students are:

North Carolina
Tennessee South Carolina
New York

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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