Admissions, Baseball and the Land of Statistics

  David Graves      February 27th, 2019

When I was growing up in Connecticut, baseball was my passion. My sister was a NY Yankees fan, so naturally I became a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. I lived and died (mostly died) with the Red Sox, and my hero was Jim Rice, the home run hitting left fielder for my beloved team. I can still name most of the Sox starting nine from the late 1970’s, from Hobson at third, Scott at first, Evans in right, Lynn in center and Fisk behind the plate among others. And like any baseball fan in the 70’s and 80’s, I collected baseball cards. There was nothing better than getting a fresh pack of Topps baseball cards to see which players you got (and nothing worse than the cheap stick of gum with a texture like cardboard and flavor that lasted for three minutes tops). The greatness of a baseball card was not just the photo on the front, but the wealth of each player’s statistics on the back of the card. This information transformed a kid from a mere fan into a fountain of baseball knowledge, with the ability to magically produce statistics like rabbits from a hat, amazing your friends by knowing exactly what Carl Yastrzemski’s batting average was in 1977 (.296 in case you are wondering). But statistics are a funny thing. Data that at one time seemed vital to success now is not so important now, while lesser know pieces of information suddenly take on a much larger […]

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2019 EA Decisions and Data

  David Graves      November 16th, 2018

Early Action decisions will be released late this afternoon, so here are some details about the EA applicant and admitted groups. I will also add a comment to the top of this post when decisions go live, and I will announce it on Twitter as well. For students who were deferred, please understand that this is not a denial decision.  We want to be able to have a more in-depth review of you, including short essays, activities, recommendations, etc.  Please be sure to read the deferred student FAQ page before commenting on here. There is also a 2019 Early Action Decision story at UGA News which gives more broad details on the class as a whole, so I suggest you also review this information. Quick Early Action Numbers (These numbers are mid-ranges, not minimums.) Applications Received: 17,000 (16,921 with fee paid)   –UGA received roughly 2,000 more EA applications than last year. Offers of Admission: 7,556   -This is slightly below last year’s admitted numbers, but with the spike in EA applications and current RD data, it makes it harder to predict what will happen with overall application numbers. Mid 50% Admitted Average GPA: 4.07-4.33 GPA   -Please remember this is not the GPA students see on their high school transcript, but rather the GPA that UGA recalculates for everyone based on the core academic courses taken in high school and looking at the actual grades posted on the transcripts. Mid 50% Admitted Average SAT (EBRW+M): 1360-1490   -This is data […]

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Early Action Decisions are Available

  David Graves      November 18th, 2016

Early Action decisions are now available online! For students who were deferred, please understand that this is not a denial decision.  We want to be able to have a more in-depth review of you, including short essays, activities, recommendations, etc.  Please be sure to read the deferred student FAQ page before commenting on here. While official statistics will come out early next week about the admitted freshman, here are some limited statistics on this group: Quick Early Action Numbers* Applications Received: 15,614 Offers of Admission: 8,059 Mid 50% Admitted Average GPA: 4.00-4.26 Mid 50% Admitted Average SAT (old, CR+M): 1300-1480 Mid 50% Admitted Average SAT (new, EBRW+M): 1300-1430 Mid 50% Admitted Average ACT: 30-33 Mid 50% Admitted AP/IB/MOWR courses (over 4 years: 6-11)      -Academic Rigor is based on an overall core course review, but this gives a good glance at the challenge of our admitted student’s curriculum. * Please Remember that these numbers are mid-ranges, not minimums. If you have questions about your specific decision, please do not post them on this blog.  As well, do not give out or request personal academic information in your post, as we would then need to delete these posts. We are not able to answer questions about individual students here because we will generally not have your information in front of us and we cannot disclose individual student information in a comment.  I would recommend talking with both your family and high school counselor first, then reviewing this previous post on […]

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Unofficial/Rough 2016 UGA Freshman Data

  David Graves      June 21st, 2016

When you look at a college’s Admission page, most of the time you will see a profile of the entering freshman class from the year prior. Many times, this data will have enrollment numbers, mid-50% ranges for GPA’s and test scores, and at times ranges for an Honors Program and or Scholarship ranges. At UGA, specific data for the entering Class for 2016 will come out in September after we have exact data on who is enrolling at UGA for the Fall 2016 term. In addition, many colleges also post some information prior to this timeline based on the students who have been admitted so students/families can understand a little better the competitive nature of the applicant pool. For the applicant pool of 2017, there are a number of changes (FAFSA timeline pushed forward, Coalition application for some, new SAT, etc.), and so I am going to post some rough, non-perfect data on the admitted 2016 class with some SAT R data based on the College Board concordance tables so future applicants can better understand what to expect next year. Caveat 1 -This is not the final data on the enrolling 2016 freshman class, so do not think that it is. Caveat 2 – Any SAT R numbers are projected out based on concordances from the SAT 1 scores, and as such are very, very projected and not actual! Everyone understand and agree on that? Good.   2016 Application Data 23,000 Applications 11,500 Accepted Students Estimated 5,400 Enrolling Students 2016 […]

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Unofficial 2015 Admitted Freshman Stats

  David Graves      March 25th, 2015

UGA once again attracted an exceptionally strong applicant pool this year.  Competition for admission was stronger than ever.  Over 22,200 applications made for an increase over last year’s numbers, and our target goal for the freshman class is 5,200 students.  This goal still allowed us to offer admission to about 11,600 students. Here are a few middle 50% statistics about the accepted group. As these are the middle 50% range, there were admitted students with academic information both above and below these ranges. • UGA Calculated Grade Point Average mid-range:  3.84 – 4.09 Please remember this is not the GPA students see on their high school transcript, but rather the GPA that UGA recalculates for everyone based on the core academic courses taken in high school and looking at the actual grades posted on the transcripts. Another way of looking at this is to know that roughly 82% of the core grades received by admitted students were A’s, 17% were B’s, and less that 1% were below that. In addition, we estimate that, on average, at least 6-10 of these core grades were AP/IB grades (depending on semester or block terms). GPA’s above a 4.00 include added weight for AP/IB grades  SAT Critical Reading + SAT Mathematics mid-range: 1210 – 1380 SAT Writing mid-range:  590-690  ACT Composite mid-range:  28 – 32 If you converted the ACT scores received to the SAT equivalents, the mid-range SAT averages would go up by approximately 50 to 60 points.  In addition, our average admitted […]

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2014 Accepted Class Statistics

  David Graves      March 31st, 2014

UGA once again attracted an exceptionally strong applicant pool this year.  Competition for admission was stronger than ever.  Over 21,000 applications made for a slight increase over last year’s numbers, and our target goal for the freshman class is 5,200 students.  This goal still allowed us to offer admission to about 11,600 students. Here are a few middle 50% statistics about the accepted group. As these are the middle 50% range, there were admitted students with academic information both above and below these ranges. • UGA Calculated Grade Point Average mid-range:  3.80 – 4.09 (Please remember this is not the GPA students see on their high school transcript, but rather the GPA that UGA recalculates for everyone based on the core academic courses taken in high school and looking at the actual grades posted on the transcripts. GPA’s above a 4.00 include added weight for AP/IB grades). • SAT Critical Reading + SAT Mathematics mid-range: 1210 – 1370 • SAT Writing mid-range:  590-690 • ACT Composite mid-range:  28 – 32  In addition, our average admitted student had taken approximately 7 Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses.  Around 1,600 also enrolled in dual enrollment courses. While we consider AP and IB courses as factors indicative of a student’s curriculum difficulty, we also look at the entire course selection in light of each student’s chances for academic challenges.  To that end accepted UGA students have taken a wide range of Honors, Accelerated and Advanced courses, summer academic programs, and dual enrollment work. […]

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A First Look at 2013 Admitted Freshmen Credentials

  David Graves      March 29th, 2013

UGA once again attracted an exceptionally strong applicant pool this year.  Competition for admission was stronger than ever.  Our 21,000 applications were a significant increase over last year, but it was unfortunately not balanced with an equivalent increase in the number of possible spaces for enrolled freshmen, around 5,200.  This goal still allowed us to offer admission to almost 11,000 students. For perspective, here are some basic statistics on those offered admission.  Because simple averages and highest-lowest extreme for summarizing groups of students can be misleading, our professional associations and testing agencies recommend describing applicant, accepted and enrollment cohorts’ statistics using the “middle 50%.” Here is a first look at four basic factors showing who was ranked between the 25th and 75th percentile: • College Prep Grade Point Average:  3.77 – 4.05 (Please remember this is not the GPA students see on their high school transcript, but rather the GPA that UGA recalculates for everyone based on the core academic courses taken in high school and looking at the actual grades posted on the transcripts). • SAT Critical Reading + SAT Mathematics: 1200 – 1370 • SAT Writing:  590-690 • ACT Composite:  27 – 32  In addition, our average admitted student had taken 6 or more Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses.  Around 1,500 also enrolled in dual enrollment courses. While we consider AP and IB courses as factors indicative of a student’s curriculum difficulty, we also look at the entire course selection in light of each student’s chances for […]

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2012 Admitted Freshman Statistics

  David Graves      April 9th, 2012

As I promised last week, here are the statistics on the Admitted Class of 2016. I do not have the stats for the wait-list group ( just over 1100 were offered wait-list) at this time as we do not know who will remain on the WL, so you will have to be happy with this information for now. We are thrilled that we had such a strong applicant pool, and the admitted group is very impressive. Remember, the statistics I give out are the middle 50% ranges, so please take that into consideration when viewing the information. We admitted slightly under 10,300 freshman, and are aiming for a class of 5,000 enrolling students. Mid-50% range for GPA: 3.74-4.04 (please remember that this is not the GPA you see on your transcript, but the GPA that UGA calculates based on the core courses taken in HS, and looking at the actual grades on the transcript) Mid-50% range for the SAT CR and M: 1190-1360 Mid-50% range for the  SAT Writing: 580-690 Mid-50% range for the ACT: 27-31 Average number of AP/IB courses: Approximately 6 39% of the freshman admitted to UGA had their strongest test score from the ACT, and if their ACT was then translated to the SAT, the SAT mid-ranges increase by over 30 points for the combined CR/M. While we show the average number of AP/IB courses, we look at the entire course selection, and the accepted students have challenged themselves with a wide range of Honors and […]

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Stats on the Class of 2015

  David Graves      March 28th, 2011

As I promised over the weekend, here are the statistics on the Admitted Class of 2015. I do not have the stats for the wait-list group ( just under 900 were offered wait-list) at this time as we do not know who will remain on the WL, so you will have to be happy with this information for now.The wait-list letter will give you more details on past years for admission off the wait-list. We are thrilled that we had such a strong applicant pool, and the admitted group is very impressive. Remember, the statistics I give out are the middle 50% ranges, so please take that into consideration when viewing the information. Mid-50% range for GPA: 3.68-4.00 (please remember that this is not the GPA you see on your transcript, but the GPA that UGA calculates based on the core courses taken in HS, and looking at the actual grades on the transcript) Mid-50% range for the SAT CR and M: 1170-1350 Mid-50% range for the  SAT Writing: 570-680 Mid-50% range for the ACT: 27-31 Average number of AP/IB courses: over 5.6 Almost 40% of the freshman admitted to UGA had their strongest test score from the ACT, and if their ACT was then translated to the SAT, the SAT mid-ranges increase by about 30 points for the combined CR/M. While we show the average number of AP/IB courses, we look at the entire course selection, and the accepted students have challenged themselves with a wide range of Honors […]

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Early Action Facts and Reality

  David Graves      December 15th, 2010

In reviewing the chart to the left , which shows Early Action admitted freshman and their zodiac signs, some people would say “I knew it, they did not admit me because I was a Capricorn” or “I knew that they Libra’s the best!”, while others would just understand that the zodiac signs (of which I am not a believer) had nothing to do with admissions, and it was just randomness that made the admitted students fall into these groups. Yet every year after Early Action decisions are released, our office is hit with a swarm of emails, phone calls, and posts to this blog stating that the student/parent knows someone whose GPA/SAT/ACT/Rigor was not as strong as their own, yet the other student was admitted over themselves, and we hear about X GPA or X SAT/ACT. The believe is that somehow an applicants high school, gender, zip code, height or hair color has negatively impacted their students chances. As you may have guessed, this leads to our reply that you cannot really compare students, as you would not know everything about them, from core grades to individual test subscores to how UGA views a student’s rigor, and that the rumors they hear are generally false. For fun, though, here are few odd facts that put a little different spin on our Early Action admits and facts that are just facts, nothing more. The most popular name for admitted males was John, followed by William, Andrew, Michael and Matthew. For females, […]

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