What is the Regular Decision Process?

Regular Decision (RD) has an application deadline of January 1. Decisions are typically released in mid-March and students have until May 1 to submit a commitment deposit. 

For Regular Decision applicants, the admissions office conducts an initial academic review of a student’s file to see if they meet Early Action admission credentials, and then moves forward with a holistic review of the applicant that balances the following primary considerations:

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

Secondary consideration is given to the following factors in RD evaluations:

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

There are three possible decisions released for RD and deferred EA applicants: an offer of admission, an offer to accept a position in the waitlist pool, and a denial of admission.


Regular Decision: Required Materials

These materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than January 1:

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

The materials must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than January 8:

  • Official high school transcript with complete grades through the end of junior year
  • Counselor / School Evaluation Form
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Optional Teacher Recommendation Form

We are able to accept SAT or ACT results from exams administered no later than December. Note that exams must be taken and scores requested to be sent to UGA by January 8. Scores must be submitted to UGA electronically directly from the testing services.

Spring Admission

First-year applicants for Spring semester will be considered on a space-available basis only. Completed applications must be submitted by August 15; decisions will be released by December 1. Primary consideration for Spring Admission will be focused on demonstrated academic achievement: grades in core academic courses, rigor of curriculum and performance on the SAT or ACT. Applicants admitted for Spring semester are subject to the same commitment deposit requirements as admitted students for Summer or Fall.

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