UGA Requirements for Admission

What are UGA's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into UGA and build a strong application.

School location: Athens, GA

This school is also known as: University of Georgia


Admissions Rate: 53%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at UGA is 53%. For every 100 applicants, 53 are admitted.

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This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.


UGA GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.9

The average GPA at UGA is 3.9.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.9, UGA requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. Furthermore, you should be taking hard classes - AP or IB courses - to show that college-level academics is a breeze.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.9, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to UGA. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

UGA SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1879 (New: 1330)

The average SAT score composite at UGA is a 1879 on the old 2400 SAT scale.

On the new 1600 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1330.

This score makes UGA Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.

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UGA SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1230, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1400. In other words, a 1230 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1400 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math650600700
Reading333135
Writing343135
Composite133012301400

UGA SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1710, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1990. In other words, a 1710 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1990 puts you well above average.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math633580670
Reading625570660
Writing621560660
Composite187917101990

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.


UGA ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, UGA likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 29

The average ACT score at UGA is 29. This score makes UGA Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 26, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 30.

Even though UGA likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 26 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 29 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

However, in our research, we found that UGA does in fact offer an ACT superscore policy. To quote their Admissions Office:

If a student takes the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider the best scores we receive for each section on either exam.

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Superscoring is powerful to your testing strategy, and you need to make sure you plan your testing accordingly. Of all the scores that UGA receives, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all ACT test dates you submit.

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For example, say you submit the following 4 test scores:

English Math Reading Science Composite
Test 1 32 16 16 16 20
Test 2 16 32 16 16 20
Test 3 16 16 32 16 20
Test 4 16 16 16 32 20
Superscore 32 32 32 32 32

Even though the highest ACT composite you scored on any one test date was 20, UGA will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 20 to 32 in this example.

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and UGA forms your Superscore, you can take the ACT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your ACT score is currently below a 29, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the ACT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.

Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the ACT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.

UGA requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that UGA requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.


Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.

The only minimum score requirements in place are the ones required by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for admission to its four research universities: that is, an SAT Critical Reading score of 430 and an SAT Math score of 400, or subscores of 17 on both the English and Math sections of the ACT. The SAT II is not required but recommended.

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Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is moderately selective, strong academic performance will almost guarantee you admission. Scoring a 1990 SAT or a 30 ACT or above will nearly guarantee you admission. Because the school admits 53% of all applicants, being far above average raises the admission rate for you to nearly 100%.

If you can achieve a high SAT/ACT score, the rest of your application essentially doesn't matter. You still need to meet the rest of the application requirements, and your GPA shouldn't be too far off from the school average of 3.9. But you won't need dazzling extracurriculars and breathtaking letters of recommendation to get in. You can get in based on the merits of your score alone.

But if your score is a 1710 SAT or a 26 ACT and below, you have a good chance of being one of the unlucky few to be rejected.



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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of UGA here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Not accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Recommended for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $60
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes Counselor evaluation required for freshmen

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Required
  • SAT or ACT Writing Required
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office January 15

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 4
  • Science 4
  • Foreign Language 2
  • Social Studies 3
  • History
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes January 15 April 1
  • Early Action
    • Yes October 15 December 1
  • Early Decision
    • No

Admissions Office Information

Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school's admissions process and found the following information:

The main components of admission are high school GPA, rigor of courses, and SAT/ACT score, with GPA and courses weighted about 3:2 compared with SAT/ACT scores. Other factors, like service, intellectual pursuits, and extracurriculars are considered and may also help with merit scholarship decisions.

There are merit scholarships and an honors program, which both have priority review deadlines of December 1. Learn more about deadlines here. For the honors program, a separate application must be submitted once the basic University of Georgia application is submitted. 10-15% of honors students are given automatic admission based on GPA/test scores without submitting an application. Learn more about honors admissions here. For more on merit scholarships, some which require an application, see this page.

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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in UGA, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to UGA.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than UGA. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1440 2050 32
Boston University Boston, MA 1370 1946 29
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1370 1940 31
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1360 1929 29
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1340 1898 28
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1330 1874 27
American University Washington, DC 1320 1858 28

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for UGA, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1310 1846 28
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1290 1226 27
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1300 1839 28
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1290 1815 29
Chapman University Orange, CA 1290 1807 27
University of California, Davis Davis, CA 1290 1800 27

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for UGA, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If UGA is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1270 1786 27
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1270 1782 27
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1270 1775 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1240 1178 27
Auburn University Auburn University, AL 1250 1742 27
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1230 1726 26
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1230 1719 26

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