Unprecedented Heights

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The Class of 2021 brings record academic qualifications to UGA, with an average high school grade point average of 4.0 and an average ACT score of 30.

The beginning of the academic year is always an exciting time, but this year the University of Georgia has extra reason to celebrate: The incoming students in the Class of 2021 have already set new academic records.

The average high school grade point average of the more than 5,800 incoming first-year students is an outstanding 4.0. Their average ACT score is 30—another record—and their average score on the new SATR, which replaced the previous SAT, is an impressive 1344.

The rigor of a student’s high school curriculum relative to what is available to them remains a key factor in admissions decisions. For example, members of the Class of 2021 completed an average of eight College Board Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or dual-enrollment courses in high school.

To get a sense of how much demand for a UGA education has grown, consider that nearly 24,500 students applied for admission to the Class of 2021—that’s a 20 percent increase in just four years.

Word is clearly getting out about the extraordinary learning opportunities the University of Georgia provides. Last fall UGA became the nation’s largest public university to ensure that each of its students engages in hands-on learning through internships, research, study abroad or service-learning. Through experiential learning, students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world challenges. As a result, they are better positioned for success after graduation.

The Class of 2021 brings a rich diversity of experiences and perspectives to campus. First-year students come to UGA from more than 90 percent of Georgia’s 159 counties, and Georgia residents comprise 87 percent of the class. The class includes nearly 1,900 students who self-identify as non-white, a 29 percent increase over 2013. The number of incoming first-year students who self-identify as African-American has increased by 20 percent over the same time period, and the number of Hispanic students has increased by 33 percent. The Class of 2021 also includes students from 44 states and 15 countries.

The Class of 2021 includes some of our nation’s most promising students, and our faculty are committed to giving them unrivaled learning opportunities that position them for success after graduation. We welcome them to campus and look forward to seeing them develop as leaders and innovators who are poised to make a positive impact on our shared future.

More information:
Welcome UGA: https://welcome.uga.edu/