Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Early Action Facts and Reality
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, the most popular name was Sarah, followed by Emily, Elizabeth, Katherine and Mary. For last names, the most common one was Smith, followed by Patel, Williams, Lee and Davis. The most popular major was Biology, and the and the most common hometown was Atlanta. We received the most applications from Northview HS in Alpharetta, and as you can probably guess, we had the most admits, defers and denies from Northview HS. We admitted students from 38 different states in Early Action, with the most popular states (behind the big leader of GA) being NC, TX and FL.
Now, if your name is Sarah Smith, and you live in Atlanta and attend Northview HS and want to major in Biology (and you are a Libra), does this mean you are going to be admitted? I have no idea, as these are just random facts about the class, but have no bearing on the actual decision.
I hope you enjoyed this (hopefully) humorous post, and Go Dawgs!