Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Unofficial 2015 Admitted Freshman Stats

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 student had taken approximately 7 Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses.  Over 1,000 of these students are 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.

Statistics, of course, cannot describe other crucial non-quantifiable qualities.  Our UGA accepted applicants have exceptional high school records and undoubted potential for continued success in college.  That was also true for the vast majority of the students to whom we were not able to offer admission.  Leadership capabilities, strong writing, being an active member of their school and community and showing growth from freshman to senior year were all looked at, especially as our Admissions professional staff read and re-read the final decision applications.

The above numbers will change slightly when we are able to give out the academic averages for enrolled freshmen in September, as we will then know who out of this accepted group has decided to enroll. These are all the unofficial statistics I have available right now, as we are also focused on trying to get out transfer decisions, work with rising HS juniors/seniors who are visiting campus, and working with admitted students.

Congratulations to everyone in the college graduation class of 2019!  For those of you admitted and ready to commit to UGA, don’t forget to send your University of Georgia commitment deposit no later than May 1.

 Go Dawgs!

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