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Georgia Tech accepts 5,000 early action students. All 50 states represented for first time.  

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By Maureen Downey

The quality of student earning admission into Georgia's premiere public campuses is rising.

We've already seen the stats on the early action admission students at UGA who had an average GPA of almost 4.0 and a mean SAT of 1355 (with a mean SAT writing score greater than 650), or a mean ACT of 30. They also took an average of seven advanced placement or international baccalaureate classes.

Now, Georgia Tech has released a profile of its early action admits. On average, the students admitted to Tech have a 4.0 GPA, an SAT score of 1485 out of a possible 1,600 and will have taken 9.4 AP/IB/Dual enrollment courses by high school graduation.

According to Tech:

Over the weekend, more than 5,000 students around the world earned acceptance to Georgia Tech as part of the Early Action admission pool for the 2014 freshman class.

These high schoolers, as in previous years, are at the top of their classes. Georgia Tech's average admitted student has a 4.0 GPA and an SAT score of 1485/2193 and will have taken nine college-level courses prior to high school graduation.

For the first time, however, students applied and were accepted from all 50 states, not to mention 42 countries. The admitted pool includes more women and African Americans, while also being the most selective in recent years — 40 percent were admitted this year compared to 55 percent in 2013 — yet it includes just as many Georgia residents.

“We think the trend of increased selectivity will only continue with our use of the Common App,” said Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission. In spite of Common App glitches and woes earlier in the admission cycle, Georgia Tech saw a 37 percent increase in Early Action applications in its first year using the system, with applications continuing to come in for the Jan. 10 regular admission deadline.

For the 5,000 students who learned of their acceptance this weekend, they now face the decision of choosing which college to attend. Many applicants also receive offers of admission and generous scholarships from other prestigious universities.

The regular decision deadline for freshman applications is Friday, Jan. 10. Decisions on those applicants will be issued mid-March.

Maureen Downey

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