Friday was a big day for 7,500 high school students who were offered early admission to the Class of 2020 at the University of Georgia.
The state’s flagship institution received a record 14,516 applications for early action admission, an increase of almost 10 percent over the previous year.
MacKenzi Tobin, a senior at Schley County High School in Ellaville, was the first student offered early admission and received a surprise visit and hand-delivered letter from UGA officials at her high school.
In addition to application records, the early admission 2020 class also set academic records, with an average student grade point average of 4.11, exceeding last year’s GPA average of 4.01. The average best SAT score this year was 1395—compared to 1374 last year—and the average ACT score increased by one point over last year, to 31.
Prospective first-year students have two application options at UGA: Early-action applicants are considered for admission based solely on their grades, the rigor of their high school curriculum and the results of their SAT or ACT scores. The early-action application deadline was Oct. 15. Students learned Friday whether they have been admitted, denied or deferred to the regular decision pool.