|University of Georgia|
Jumping way ahead of many peer institutions, the University of Georgia (UGA) announced yesterday that admissions decisions were released for the more than 13,000 early action (EA) first-year applicants who were organized enough to submit their applications by the October 15th deadline.
And this year, applicants are learning the results earlier than ever—a full week earlier than the last three years.
Prospective UGA undergads received decisions by logging into an online application status check. And students with completed applications (all supporting materials) received one of 3 possible decisions: admit, deny, or defer to the regular decision pool.
According to a press release, UGA received a record 13,300 early action (EA) applications. As is usually the case, the admitted group is academically strong, boasting of an average GPA exceeding 4.0, mean SAT scores of 1374 (plus a writing score of 659), and an average ACT of 30.
Approximately 56 percent of UGA’s EA applicants were offered admission. In addition to presenting strong numbers, the nearly 7,500 admitted students have enrolled in an average of seven Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes. Many have also enrolled in college courses.
Although the early application option is very popular, UGA wants to remind students that they are continuing to receive regular decision applications through January 15, 2015. Students deferred from the early pool of applicants must submit Part II of the Application for Admission, a teacher recommendation and a transcript (optional). They are encouraged to submit mid-year senior grades and additional standardized test scores prior to deadline.
"We always try to stress to early-action applicants that if the admission decision was deferred, they still have a chance to be part of the incoming freshman class," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. "In the past few years, we have admitted about half of the students who were initially deferred and then completed Part II of the application by Jan. 15. Being deferred at this point does not mean that an application is denied. It means we are still considering their application."
This year, UGA expects to receive in the range of 22,000 applications.
Students admitted through the early action option are not bound to accept the offer and may consider other colleges until the national reply date of May 1, 2015.